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Noted: Here’s how to replace oil with applesauce and still make a delicious snack

March 26th, 2017 No comments

I use applesauce to replace oil in almost every recipe I use including cakes, pancakes and quick breads. My cookies still require butter, but nearly everything else gets applesauce. It might be worth trying in your own recipes to see how it works. It has been very successful for me. — Douglas

Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home-Cooking Triumphs by Julia Turshen [Book]

March 13th, 2017 Comments off

Small Victories
Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home-Cooking Triumphs
Julia Turshen

When reading a cookbook I don’t tend to make grand proclamations that this book is good and that book is bad. Cookbooks are all about what you take away from the book and one person’s favorite is another’s failure. For me, my like or dislike of a cookbook directly relates to how well it works for me. Does its message resonate? Are the recipes actually something I would consider making? Can I put my new found knowledge to immediate use? With those criteria in mind, Small Victories certainly worked for me on a variety of levels.

First, even though I am a bit of a fussy eater, I found many recipes I want to try out as soon as possible. Each recipe is well described and also includes several variations you might want to try. Turshen includes old standards like her take on biscuits (Everything Biscuits), roast chicken (Roast Chicken with Fennel, Rosemary + Lemon) and desserts (Berry + Buttermilk Cobbler) while also exploring further afield with Roasted Salmon with Maple + Soy, Jennie’s Chicken Pelau, and Crisply Hominy + Cheddar Fritters.

In Small Victories, you’ll find sections dedicated to Breakfast, Soups + Salads, Vegetables, (maybe even a few that I would eat) (LAUGH), Grains, Beans + Pasta, Meat + Poultry, Shellfish + Fish, Desserts, A Few Drinks + Some Things To Keep On Hand and Seven Lists — which gives some great ideas on small bites to serve with drinks, 7 Things To Do With Pizza Dough, Leftover Roast Chicken and more.

Another reason I found Small Victories so enjoyable are the excellent stories attached to each recipe. Even when I wasn’t particularly interested in a recipe, I still made a point of reading each of these descriptions almost like I would read a regular book. These descriptions also contain the “Small Victories” which are the namesake of the book. These are small tips and hints are a great addition to the cookbook and provide yet another level of value.

As Turshen writes, “Think of small victories as the corners of the puzzle, the pieces that help us become inspired, relax cooks who know how to fill in the rest.

I found my copy of Small Victories at my local library and you might find it there, too. It’s always a great place to start when looking for new books in your life. However you get your hands on Small Victories, I highly recommend you do. I think you’ll find some interesting recipes, tips and maybe even the next step in your cooking adventures.

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New Cookbook: The Short Stack Cookbook

February 14th, 2017 Comments off

The Short Stack Cookbook: Ingredients That Speak Volumes

Another new cookbook I came across in my reading. I was able to quickly and easy download the cookbook as an ebook from my local library — and perhaps you can, too. Don’t forget this excellent source for new books of all sorts.

The Short Stack Cookbook is an interesting complication — selecting 18 “essential ingredients” and then finding some of the best food writers available today to select their best and favorite recipes for that ingredient.

I found a few recipes to check out here in my own kitchen and most of the ingredients were something that I would normally cook and eat — being a bit fussy about my food choices. Brussel sprouts and squash aren’t going to show up on my table unless I am making them for family or guests, but there are plenty of other ingredients to choose from including lemon, apples, cheddar, honey, rice, tomatoes and more.

A few of the recipes I found interesting include:

  • Cheddar Obatzda (Beer Cheese)
  • Cheddar-Walnut Shortbread
  • Lemon-Cornmeal Poundcake
  • Lemony Ricotta Pancakes
  • Smoked Mozzarella & Sage in Sourdough Carrozza
  • Pappardelle wth Bacon & Root Vegetable Ragu
  • and many more!

From Amazon.com…

The first cookbook from Short Stack Editions, an artful collection of 150 new and original recipes organized by ingredient from IACP and James Beard Award–winning cookbook authors, chefs, food writers, recipe testers, and editors.

The ethos behind Short Stack Editions is simple: Pair honest, common ingredients with trusted voices in the culinary world for inspired recipes home cooks can actually use. And for their first cookbook, Short Stack founders Nick Fauchald and Kaitlyn Goalen call upon their acclaimed contributors to extend their love letters to favorite ingredients. Exclusively created for this cookbook, these recipes–from all-star chefs, food writers, editors, and stylists–are destined to become favorites.

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Revisited: Simple Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies – Yum! [Food]

January 11th, 2017 Comments off

I revisited these cookies a couple of times over the holiday season — once for my annual cookie party and then as something to share when visiting friends. In both cases — and almost universally — these cookies are a great hit with nearly everyone. In fact, the have become one of my favorite cookies — if not THE favorite — of anything else I make.

Even better, they are nearly foolproof to make. Some other recipes — like most baking — can be a bit fussy, but I have made these in my big KitchenAid mixer, with a hand mixer and even mixed them by hand with a wooden spoon.

New Food: Chewy Ginger Cookies - 18

Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies

…from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Taste of Home magazine

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Additional sugar for rolling

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2) Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. In a separate bowl combine flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

3) Roll into 1-1/2-inch balls, then roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until puffy, lightly browned and cracks appear. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

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No. 14 Pecan Puffs | Welch’s 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party

December 21st, 2016 Comments off

No. 14 Pecan Puffs | Welch's 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party

No. 14 Pecan Puffs | Welch’s 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party


Another cookie from The Joy of Cooking, my first cookbook. Not too sweet and made with pecans, my favorite nut. 


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Snow Family atop the cake. A cool cake at a friend’s party last night. [Photo]

December 18th, 2016 Comments off

No. 13 Angel Bars | Welch’s 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party

December 17th, 2016 Comments off

 

No. 13 Angel Bars | Welch's 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party


No. 13 Angel Bars | Welch’s 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party


Another cookie from The Joy of Cooking, my first cookbook. These are a pastry crust topped wlth a yummy caramel top that is both crunchy and gooey.


#cookies #christmas #food #candy #family #chocolate #pecan #cooking #recipe

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No. 9 Soft Ginger Cookies | Welch’s 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party

December 12th, 2016 Comments off

No. 9 Soft Ginger Cookies | Welch's 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party

No. 9 Soft Ginger Cookies | Welch’s 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party


These quickly became one of my favorites when I discovered them last year sometime. They were a great hit at the party, as well. They are very full of ginger flavor, without being too spicy or too hot. Almost a perfect combination of ginger and sweetness and the lovely soft center makes it nearly perfect.



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No. 8 Green Gables Lemon Biscuits | Welch’s 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party

December 11th, 2016 Comments off

No. 8 Green Gables Lemon Biscuits | Welch's 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party



No. 8 Green Gables Lemon Biscuits | Welch’s 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party



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One of my wife’s favorite books and television series is Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery. Years ago, while searching for information on the series, we came across an Anne of Green Gables activity book, to be used for Green Gables parties and such. These lemon biscuits were included there and they quickly became a part of our annual party.



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No. 7 Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies | Welch’s 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party

December 10th, 2016 Comments off

 

No. 7 Oatmeal-Raisin | Welch's 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party

No. 7 Oatmeal-Raisin | Welch’s 24th Annual Christmas Cookie Party

One of my wife’s favorites, it’s always important to make a good batch. I even had to make this one a second time as the first batch didn’t turn out too well. I don’t tend to make cookies much during other parts of the year, so this is usually her only chance to get this special treat

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