Saturday, August 26, 2017

We're back after a three month hiatus.  Our meeting was on August 17th.  I decided to use the Prairie Home Cooking cookbook and did three recipes from it. 

The first one (top left) was Honeyed Carrot-Ginger Marmalade.  the recipe was easy to follow and did not cost a lot to make.  Grating the carrots and ginger was a real pain in the neck.  The cookbook said you could cook the marmalade in a slow cooker.  I did that and the the taste was Good but the marmalade needed a thickener.

The second recipe (top right) was Pasta with Tomato Sauce Simmered with Pork.  Again the recipe was easy to follow and did not cost a lot to make.  Taste was Good but I like a thick sauce with my pasta and this was not a thick sauce and it needed salt.

The third recipe(bottom center) was Irish Potato Griddle Scones.  Easy to follow and not expensive to make.  Taste was Nothing Special, it needed salt and pepper.
Ruby used A Taste of the Tropics cookbook.  She tried two recipes. 

The first (left side of plate) was mango Cobbler.  The recipe was easy to follow and not costly.  Taste was Good but she would add almonds to the crust.

The second(right side of plate) was Fried Plantains.. Again easy to follow and not expensive to make.  Taste was Very Good and she would not change a thing to the recipe.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 20, 2017

The top picture  is food made from Food Everyday Cookbook and Ruby cooked the five dishes.  They were:
1. Top of picture-Lemon Thyme Dip- Easy recipe to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.
2. Middle left of picture-Sweet Potato Wedges- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.
3. Middle of picture-Rice Salad and Sides- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.
4. Bottom middle of picture- Hot Spinach Dip- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.

The middle right picture is toasted breads for dipping.

I used  Baking with Less Sugar
 1. Banana Bread-left of left picture- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.
2. Rasberry Yogurt Ice Cream-Right in left picture- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was GOOD.
3. Super Snappy Gingersnaps- left of right picture- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.
4.  Double Chocolate Whoopie Pies- right of right picture-easy to follow, Expensive to make and taste was between UGH and NOTHING SPECIAL.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

March 16,2017

We had a feast this month.  Ruby cooked Sour Cream Corn Bread, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Parmesan Kale Chips, Baked Farro and Butternut Squash and Blueberry Bran Muffins from ina garten make it ahead cookbook.

All the recipes were easy to follow and were not expensive.  Ruby gave a rating of GOOD to all but the Roasted Red Pepper Humus.  She gave that a rating of NOTHING SPECIAL.  She commented that the cookbook had a nice layout and that the Kale chips smelled awful but tasted good.

Cost per recipe is as follows:

Corn Bread- 2 loaves cost $5.24
Kale chips-serves 6- $9.98
Baked Farro and Butternut Squash-serves 6-8- $12.96
Blueberry Muffins-12 large muffins-$12.22
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus-$7.63

I cooked Granola bars, Bulgar Salad and Chicken Mac and Cheese using the Eat Well Lose Weight cookbook.

All recipes were easy to follow and not expensive.  The Granola Bars and the Bulgar Salad were VERY GOOD and the Chicken Mac and Cheese was NOTHING SPECIAL.

Cost per recipe is as follows:

Granola Bars- 18 servings-$6.21 ( I did have some of the ingredients on hand and did not figure in                                                   the cost for them, the ingredients I bought had more than I needed)
Bulgar Salad-6 servings at two wraps each- $17.89
Chicken Mac and Cheese-5 servings-$22.98


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ruby used Deliciously Ella:
1. Warm Wild Rice Salad-Easy, not expensive and tasted GOOD
2.Easy Roast Veggies-easy, not expensive and tasted VERY GOOD
3.Creamy Polenta-easy, expensive and tasted GOOD
4.Beet Carpacio-easy, not expensive and tasted WOW
5.Creamy Coconut Porridge-easy, not expensive and tasted WOW
 
Caitlin used Pillsbury Best of Bake Off  
1.Chocolate Dream Pie-easy, not expensive and tasted VERY GOOD
She said it could have been more explicit on what to do with the heavy cream
2. French Silk Chocolate Pie-easy, not expensive and tasted VERY GOOD
Barbara did Cooking for Two
1. Tortellini Stew-easy, not expensive and tasted GOOD
2. Pear, ginger Bread Pudding-easy, expensive and tasted VERY GOOD
I think that the crystalized ginger needs to be distributed better.  It tends to fall to the bottom of the custard mix and then when you pour ti on the bread it falls in one spot.

We met on February 16, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 19,2017
















Above pictures are what we did for this month's meeting. 

On the left Ruby used the Beetlebung Farm cookbook and she did Shaved Mint Feta Salad (far left) on page 120.  The recipe was easy to follow, not expensive to make and Very Good tasting. 

She also did Kale Gnocci with Fennel/Kale Ragu (blue and white bowl in the middle) on page 141.  The recipe was not easy to follow ( it had a lot of steps) it was not expensive to make and taste was Very Good.

Also done by Ruby was Beet Cake with Fennel Icing (white cake)on page 67.  Again not easy to follow (to many steps) not expensive to make and taste was Nothing Special.

I used Martha Stewart Baking Handbook again this month.  I love this book.  I did Ricotta Cheesecake (top right) on page 176.  It was easy to follow and not expensive to make, taste was Good.  I think it needed something on top because the cheese was kind of bland.

I also did Blueberry Muffins on page 37- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was Good 

On the right of this page Caitlin used the Better Homes Baking cookbook and she made Chocolate Chip Cookies.  The recipe was easy to follow, not expensive to make and taste was Very Good. They were not a hard cookie nor were they a soft cookie, they were just right.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

December  15, 2016 I used Martha Stewart Baking cookbook.  I really like this book and have ordered it for my own collection of cookbooks.

I made Chocolate Eclairs and Lemon Ginger Scones.

The Chocolate Eclairs were really a WOW especially the pastry cream filling.  The dough was easy to do, however, since I do not have a good pastry bag I really had a hard time piping the dough and then the cream filling.  The filling squirted all over me and my counter but I HAD A GOOD TIME SCOOPING IT UP AND TASTING IT.


The lemon Ginger Scones were not as great a success.  They tasted okay but were NOTHING SPECIAL.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

September meeting I did Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. I did not take pictures.  I made Chocolate pudding and chocolate mint sorbet.  Both were good, however, the sorbet was really hard to dish out.  It froze rock solid.  A good book but I would probably not use it again.

October I used Eat Cheap but Eat Well.  I did Must Have Seconds Chicken Waikiki and it was really Very Good, but I would cut the sauce by a third and leave the pineapple chunks out.

I also did Wild West Chili Soup, it was Nothing Special  I also did Seafood Bisque, it was not worth my time or money.  The taste was Not Good.  I would not use this book again.

In November , I used The Chopped Book.
                
Pork and Egg Stir Fry              Sauteed Chicken With            Pizza Strata  
with Broccoli                            Quick Mole Sauce

This was Nothing Special         This was Very Good              This was Very Good

None of the recipes were expensive and were easy to follow.  The pork and egg stir fry just had an off taste to me, I think it was the hoison sauce.  The sauteed chicken with quick mole sauce was a tad to hot but otherwise I would not change a thing.  The pizza strata just needed more pepperoni or if you are like me and do not like pepperoni, you could add mushrooms or sausage.

Ruby used Homemade Summer cookbook. 
The recipes she did were (Top Left) Peach Tart, (Top Right) Carrot Pie with Apple and Goat Cheese and (Bottom) Feta and Olive Loaf. They were all easy to follow and not expensive.  The peach tart was Very Good, the carrot pie was also Very Good and the feta and olive loaf was WOW.  She would absolutely use this book again and I borrowed it myself.