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

March 26th, 2017 Comments off

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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Noted: No-Knead Maple Challah, made with home-made maple syrup!

March 12th, 2017 Comments off
I love bread waaaaay to much…and maple syrup even more, so this recipe seems a perfect fit. I don’t have the wherewithal to make my own maple syrup (or the trees) but I am sure this is just a good with maple syrup from the store. — Douglas
 

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On YouTube: How To Make Bread | Jamie Oliver – AD

March 5th, 2017 Comments off

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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New Cookbook Cafe Cookbook: Recipes in Rotation by Douglas E. Welch

March 16th, 2013 Comments off

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My latest cookbook, Recipes in Rotation, is now available from Bakespace’s Cookbook Cafe iPad app and web site. This contains 15 recipes first seen in the Recipes in Rotation series here on My Word with Douglas E. Welch. The cookbook is available for free.

You can download the Cookbook Cafe iPad app from the iTunes App Store  and then “buy” the cookbook from within the app or access the cookbook directly from the Bakespace.com web site.

Recipes in Rotation are the recipes we use most frequently here at our house. These recipes are in a special notebook that is always close at hand. While we often try to add new food to our family rotation (See the New Food series, also here on My Word), these are the standards we return to again and again.

Recipes in Rotation joins my previous 2 cookbooks for Cookbook Cafe:

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Books on Hold: Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips, and Other Savory Bites

March 7th, 2013 Comments off

Books on Hold is a blog series dedicated to books I have seen in passing and requested from my local library. See more in the series at the end of this blog post. — Douglas

Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips, and Other Savory Bites

From Amazon.com…

“This collection of 75 recipes for savory puffs, chips, crackers, breads, nuts, veggies and meats puts a fresh, crunchy spin on homemade snacks.

Are you ready to take your love of salty snacks to the next level?

This collection of seventy-five recipes for veggie chips, cheese straws, toasted nuts, pita chips, herb crackers, savory cookies, and snack mixes puts a fresh, crunchy spin on homemade nibbles.
So broaden your horizons beyond microwave popcorn and bagged chips to include inventive snacks like Roasted Chickpeas with Sumac, Coconut Crisps with Basil and Chiles, Salami Chips with Grainy Mustard Dip, Stilton and Walnut Pinwheels, and more.
Indeed, with all the excess sodium and hidden preservatives in prepackaged foods, it’s smart as well as delicious to make your own savory bites from scratch. Nutritious offerings like Parsnip and Carrot Chips, gluten-free recipes like Cumin Lentil Crackers, and the option to customize the amount of added salt (or alternative spices and sprinklings) will appeal to snackers of every stripe. Perfect for cocktail parties, after-school snack time, or anytime you need a nosh, this collection’s easy techniques and exotic flavors are sure to delight anyone with a “salty tooth.”

* Discovered via Baking Bites

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Books on Hold: Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making by Alana Chernila

February 9th, 2013 Comments off

Books on Hold is a blog series dedicated to books I have seen in passing and requested from my local library. See more in the series at the end of this blog post. — Douglas

Another cookbook for the “To Read” pile. #KitchenParty has been a big influence on my reading habits lately. We have taken to making a lots of the foods that we used to buy, whenever we can. This can be something siple like making our own Taco Meat spice mix or something more complicated like making our own pasta. I look forward to checking out the recipes here to see what else we might be able to make at home.

Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making by Alana Chernila

From Amazon.com…

“This is my kitchen. Come on in, but be prepared—it might not be quite what you expect. There is flour on the counter, oats that overflowed onto the floor, chocolate-encrusted spoons in the sink. There is Joey, the husband, exhausted by the thirty-five preschoolers who were hanging on him all day, and he is stuffing granola into his mouth to ease his five o’clock starvation. There are two little girls trying to show me cartwheels in that miniscule space between the refrigerator and the counter where I really need to be.”

In her debut cookbook, Alana Chernila inspires you to step inside your kitchen, take a look around, and change the way you relate to food. The Homemade Pantry was born of a tight budget, Alana’s love for sharing recipes with her farmers’ market customers, and a desire to enjoy a happy cooking and eating life with her young family. On a mission to kick their packaged-food habit, she learned that with a little determination, anything she could buy at the store could be made in her kitchen, and her homemade versions were more satisfying, easier to make than she expected, and tastier.

Here are her very approachable recipes for 101 everyday staples, organized by supermarket aisle—from crackers to cheese, pesto to sauerkraut, and mayonnaise to toaster pastries. The Homemade Pantry is a celebration of food made by hand—warm mozzarella that is stretched, thick lasagna noodles rolled from flour and egg, fresh tomato sauce that bubbles on the stove. Whether you are trying a recipe for butter, potato chips, spice mixes, or ketchup, you will discover the magic and thrill that comes with the homemade pantry.

Alana captures the humor and messiness of everyday family life, too. A true friend to the home cook, she shares her “tense moments” to help you get through your own. With stories offering patient, humble advice, tips for storing the homemade foods, and rich four-color photography throughout, The Homemade Pantry will quickly become the go-to source for how to make delicious staples in your home kitchen. 

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Cookbook: Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich

February 6th, 2013 Comments off

This was a random cookbook discovered first through The Kitchn blog. It sounded interesting enough to pick up at my local library and I have finally had a moment to look through it and give my impressions.

Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich

* Discovered via The Kitchn

Medrich writes about food with a passion, as do many food writers and cookbook authors. There is a true joy to be felt in her words about techniques and ingredients which grace the first sections of the book. She discusses how to measure flour, cocoa powder and liquids. Then she moves no to discussions of how and where to find the very best ingredients — and these ingredients are the inspiration for most of the recipes in the book.

As a more amateur baker, some of her recipes use unfamiliar ingredients and can take more time than the typical recipe, but I think there is something to be gained by engaging with these ingredients and working at little harder at the food we make. I am a notoriously fussy eater, but there are many recipes here that sound intriguing enough to try at least once.

Featured recipes include:

  • Sour Cream Ice Cream
  • Buckwheat Strawberry Shortcakes
  • Nutella Bread Pudding
  • …and many more!

As always, it was the many cookie and cookie-like recipes that caught my eye the most. I marked a few of the recipes to keep for later use, including:

  • My Gingersnaps
  • Coffee-Walnut Cookies
  • Honey Snaps
  • Cocoa Wafers
  • and a cocoa fudge sauce that looks very decadent

From Amazon.com…

When you are working with great ingredients, you want to keep it simple. You don’t want to blur flavor by overcomplicating. This is why Pure Dessert, from the beloved Alice Medrich, offers the simplest of recipes, using the fewest ingredients in the most interesting ways. There are no glazes, fillings, or frostings—just dessert at its purest, most elemental, and most flavorful.

Alice deftly takes us places we haven’t been, using, for example, whole grains, usually reserved for breads, to bring a lovely nutty quality to cookies and strawberry shortcake. Pound cake takes on a new identity with a touch of olive oil and sherry. Unexpected cheeses make divine soufflés. Chestnut flour and walnuts virtually transform meringue. Varietal honeys and raw sugars infuse ice creams and sherbets with delectable new flavor.”

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Video: #KitchenParty 2012 – Season 1 – Watch all the shows here

December 28th, 2012 Comments off

Here is a complete index of all the #KitchenParty shows from 2012. #KitchenParty started on September 13, 2012 and has aired LIVE each Thursday night at 8pm via Google Hangouts. Afterwards each show is archived on the BakespaceTV YouTube Channel.

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#KitchenParty 2012 from Bakespace.com

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