Zingerman’s recipe for Detroit-Style Pizza and Cookbook Review: Zingerman’s Bakehouse by Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo.

91smFQDXpPLIt’s chilly outside. Fire-pits and fireplaces, sweatshirts and sweaters, cocoa in warm mugs, crinkly orange leaves, cozy socks, baking, and melted cheese. This weather has me reaching for the book, Zingerman’s Bakehouse to make their pizza with a caramelized, crusty cheese edge and an oh-so-pillowy interior. It’s divine.

A huge thanks to Chronicle Books for letting me share the recipe for Detroit-Style Pizza with you so that you can taste the book!

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Marie Forsberg’s Meatballs with Parsnip and Cardamom Puree recipe and Cookbook Review: The Cottage Kitchen by Marte Marie Forsberg. Norwegian British Fusion.

 

CoverYou’ll want to get on your cozy socks and grab a warm cuppa to peruse Marte Marie Forsberg’s The Cottage Kitchen: Cozy Cooking in the English Countryside. Her home put me in mind of that charming cottage in The Holiday, which would make a delightful movie accompaniment.

A huge thanks to Marte Marie Forsberg for letting me share the recipes to make this scrumptious dinner with you!

My review of the book with my pics and thoughts on the dishes I tried is below the recipes for this lovely dinner. Continue reading “Marie Forsberg’s Meatballs with Parsnip and Cardamom Puree recipe and Cookbook Review: The Cottage Kitchen by Marte Marie Forsberg. Norwegian British Fusion.”

Jeff Koehler’s recipes for Grilled Marinated Chicken Brochettes, Cucumbers in Sweet Marinade with Oregano, and Carrot and Cumin Salad and Cookbook Review: Morocco

Just about forever ago, my husband and I adventured around Spain, Portugal, and Morocco on our honeymoon. I took tons of pictures, but it was all on physical film, and we’d spent all our money on experiences, and came home filled with amazing memories, a $5 poster from Madrid, and empty pockets. It was awesome. We were young and poor, and the film never got developed.

Mag-Marrakech-940x460I stumbled on Jeff Koehler’s cookbook, Morocco: A Culinary Journey with Recipes from the Spice-Scented Markets of Marrakech to the Date-Filled Oasis of Zagora, and thumbed through it. Oh my gosh. The photographs of the landscape, people,  architecture ranging from simple to extremely intricate, exquisitely detailed carvings and patterns, the rooftops where you drink mint tea in tall thin glasses, and those glorious open air spice markets flooded the pages between the recipes. It’s a beautiful book.

Then I tried the recipes and was transported right back there.

A big thanks to Chronicle Books for letting me share the recipes for this fantastic dinner with you! The photograph is mine. Jeff’s are much cooler. My review of the book with my pictures and thoughts of the dishes I tried are below the recipes. Continue reading “Jeff Koehler’s recipes for Grilled Marinated Chicken Brochettes, Cucumbers in Sweet Marinade with Oregano, and Carrot and Cumin Salad and Cookbook Review: Morocco”

Lidia Bastianich’s Wedding Soup recipe and Cookbook Review: Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian

52847096Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian is an absolute delight! While the recipes range from simple to more complex, and casual to dressy, all of the dishes are holiday and party special!

A big thanks to Knopf Publishing for giving me permission to share the recipe for Wedding Soup with you!

My review with my pics and thoughts on the dishes I’ve tried is below the recipe.

 

 

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Fireball Whiskey Meatballs recipe and Cookbook Review: The Complete Electric Smoker Cookbook by Bill West

IMG_3030It’s starting to cool down a bit outside. Fall is the perfect smoking weather.  The Complete Electric Smoker Cookbook is great for when you’d rather be out throwing a frisbee or bonding with your lawn chair in the sunshine than playing in the kitchen. It’s an easy, yummy book that will get you out in that yard. It’s called an electric smoker cookbook, but the recipes work perfectly in my kamado-style grill with a heat deflector plate, too. Any tweaks I made to the recipes are noted in the review below. Continue reading “Fireball Whiskey Meatballs recipe and Cookbook Review: The Complete Electric Smoker Cookbook by Bill West”

Homesick Texan’s Spinach Queso Blanco recipe and Cookbook Review: Queso by Lisa Fain

Queso coverTexas is pretty awesome. We get maybe 5 days of snow a year. Just enough to be ridiculous. When it does, kids get sent out in redneck sleds (laundry baskets). I saw an excited dad hand his beer off to his friend, and then he took his kayak down a snowy hill. And we have smoked brisket, queso, kolache, and Mediterranean geckos. It’s a good place. About that queso…. Lisa Fain, author of Homesick Texan and Homesick Texan Family Table, just put out a book of nothing but queso, and it’s fantastic!

Here’s the recipe for her Spinach Queso Blanco, so that you can taste the book. A big thanks to Lisa Fain for letting me share it with you!

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Veggiewise Floats

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We read Stephen King’s It for bookclub, and I was inspired by Pennywise the Clown to make a nice little produce sculpture to take with. Veggiewise the Clown. I cracked up when my friends were really hesitant to sample my little crudite display. He is a little bit more off-putting than our treats of Halloweens past…..

Edit: September 2019. I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking for a little more detail about Veggiewise, so I thought I’d add it in here. 😀

Veggiewise’s components

Overall face – Cauliflower florets
Hair – Grape tomatoes and irregular slices of sweet red bell pepper
Framing the top of his head – Irregular slices of green bell pepper
Ruffled collar – Green zucchini and yellow squash ribbons create with a vegetable peeler. 
His clown top – Yellow squash, halved the long way and then sliced into half moons
His clown top poofball – Baby carrots standing upright in a happy little bouquet
Eyebrows – Kalamata olives
Eyes – Radishes with green olive irises, and Kalamata olive trimmings and green pepper triangles
Nose – Radish and Kalamata olives
Mouth – The bottom of a sweet red bell pepper. It’s much easier to sculp if you choose a really fat-bottomed pepper. They make the produce world go round. The teeth are trimmed almond slivers over a Kalamata olive background. 

For the dip, I made float out of Kalamata olive slices. They float really well. My dip is ranch, but since this is the old-school Pennywise, it would be heeelarious to make a Curry dip for Tim Curry. I really need to make the new Bill Skarsgård version. That would be some mighty terrifying produce. 

Tools. I am a knife enthusiast. Here’s my collection. I have two very favorite knives for produce sculpture. They are wonderfully comfortable to work with for long periods of time and cut just so well. They are both full tang, which means that the blade runs the full length of the handle, so you don’t have to worry about it ever separating. 

Wusthof Trident Classic Ikon 7” Santoku Knife

Wusthof Classic Ikon 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife

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Okay, I am personally addicted to epic fails. Here’s one that someone sent me that cracked me up to no end. 

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And here’s a link to my own epic fail… and some flippin’ delicious popcorn if you need a treat right now. Jen’s defeated Santas. Happy Halloween, everybody!

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Jen’s Tyrolean Omelet and Cookbook Review: The German Cookbook by Mimi Sheraton. Oktoberfest!

Me and Al2Glückliche Schildkröte! My dear friend and knower of big German words, Alvin Heitmann, gave me the title, explaining that it translates as lucky or happy turtles. Perfect. My husband and I put 5 miles on our sneakers every day, but we’re so slow that I call us the proud turtles. We just got back from the Continue reading “Jen’s Tyrolean Omelet and Cookbook Review: The German Cookbook by Mimi Sheraton. Oktoberfest!”

America’s Test Kitchen’s recipe for Crispy Orange Seitan and Cookbook Review: Vegan for Everybody by America’s Test Kitchen

vegan_cover_1Do you ever get back from a delicious vacation and need to atone for it? When I do, I like to grab vegan or paleo books off my shelf. I know! They’re totally different approaches, but we’re omnivores – foodivores… Anyway, I have good luck with both. When I’m in the mood for vegan, I love to grab this outstanding vegan foodie book,Vegan for Everybody: Foolproof Plant-Based Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and In-Between!

I’m in love with their Crispy Orange Seitan! A big thanks to America’s Test Kitchen for letting me share the recipe with you so that you can taste the book! Continue reading “America’s Test Kitchen’s recipe for Crispy Orange Seitan and Cookbook Review: Vegan for Everybody by America’s Test Kitchen”

Shepherd’s Pie recipe and Cookbook Review: Outlander Kitchen by Theresa Carle-Sanders

IMG_4825They have tshirts that say, “The book was better”, but never, “The cookbook was better”. Just kidding. Are you an Outlander fan? There’s a cookbook, and it’s just as wonderful as the books and show! I boughtthis kilt to wear to the local Scottish festival, but now I like to bust it out whenever I pull out the book.

Here’s the best Shepherd’s Pie for you to try! Thanks to Theresa Carle-Sanders for letting me share it with you! Continue reading “Shepherd’s Pie recipe and Cookbook Review: Outlander Kitchen by Theresa Carle-Sanders”