Saturday, December 7, 2019

November
I used How To Cook Italian cookbook.

                 Page 82- Pasta E Fagioli
VERY GOOD
Page 359-Zucchini Casserole
VERY GOOD

Page 164- Baked Maccheroni
WOW
Page380-Swiss Chard with Olive Oil nd Lemon
VERY GOOD
Page 69- Tuscan Tomato Bread Soup
WOW

All together this is a really nice cookbook.  You should definitely try it.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

10/11/2019
 PIES SWEET AND SAVORY - nice book and good recipes
                                    
Page226
Apple Tourte with Nuts and Raisins
               Taste was WOW                        

Page96
Chicken and Vegetable Pielets 
Taste was WOW

Page 197
Swedish Cheese Tart
Taste was a mixed review
1-WOW (me)
6-VERY GOOD
1-UGH
Page 184
Creamy Spinach Tart
Taste was VERY GOOD
(make sure the spinach and watercress are very dry)

INSTANT POT COOKBOOK 550 RECIPES FOR EVERY DAY- poorly written and recipes are sometimes repeated or left off without finishing only to find the whole recipe a couple of pages further.  Otherwise the recipes were good.

Page 391
Pumpkin-Spice Brown Rice Pudding with Dates
Taste was VERY GOOD
I did not care for this- too much Cinnamon for me

Page 300
Maple Mustard Brussel Sprouts
Taste was VERY GOOD
I wanted more of something, maybe some Parmesan cheese


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

September. , 2019

This month I am using Martha Pullen's Southern Family Cookbook

So far I have a slight problem with this cookbook.  It does not tell you how many servings each recipe is for.   A new cook would have a lot of trouble using it.

All recipes were easy to follow and not expensive to make.
Page 84
Bowl on left
Tangy Sweet Coleslaw
Taste was WOW

Page 89
Bowl on right
Strawberry Buttermilk Jell-O Salad
Taste was VERY GOOD
Page 68 
Bowl on left
Moldovan Cabbage and Tomato Soup
 Taste was VERY GOOD

Page 83
Bowl on right
Tabbouleh
Taste was WOW
Page301
Easy Cherry Cheese Pie
Taste was VERY GOOD
Page 26
Lemon Poppy Seed Mini Muffins
Taste was GOOD
These did not have a nice lemon flavor.  I would prefer to use real lemon juice and not lemon extract.
Page  178
Maw's Fried Chicken
Taste was VERY GOOD
Page 38
Sausage Cream Cheese Frippies
Taste was GOOD
I wanted more of a zip to them
Page 79
Broccoli, Bacon, and Raisin salad
Taste was WOW
The dressing made the salad

Ruby used Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson

Cookies on plate
Page 191-Aniseed Shortbread
Taste was WOW

Page 148- Instant Chocolate-Orange Mousse
Glass on plate
Taste was VERY GOOD
Ruby said she would use a deep narrow bowl to fold in the chocolate in order to stop the chocolate from solidifying.  Use a whisk instead of a spatula to fold in the chocolate.

Friday, August 16, 2019



Page 122-Caprese Salsa Zucchini with Sea Salt

Easy to follow recipe, not expensive and taste was GOOD.  I would recommend letting the tomatoes drain a while before putting in with the rest of the ingredients.  

Page 229- Traditional Hummus

Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was GOOD.  It needed more spice to me but everyone else loved it.

Page 57- Sunflower Granola Breakfast Parfaits

Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was GOOD.  I myself did not like the flax meal in the granola and I would put a little sweetener in the yogurt.

Page 191-Crispy Potato Chips

Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was WOW.  These were delicious.  However the next day they needed crisping in the microwave or oven.


Page 147- Strawberry Jam

Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  This just needs more cooking time than recipe says.


Page 37-Buttermilk Biscuits

Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  This recipe is very adaptable,you can add all kinds of spices.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

July 18, 2019

No pictures at this session of Cookbook Recipe Critiquers 

I used Cooking Light Big Book of Salads

On page 47, Candied Walnut, Pear and Leafy Green Salad
Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was GOOD.   Everyone in our test group loved it.  I felt it needed more zing to the taste.  The candied walnuts were VERY GOOD though.

On page 51, Creamy Buttermilk-Herb Potato Salad
Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  Again everyone in the test group loved it, even me.  It was not that good the next day though.

On page 106, Orzo Salad with Radish and Fennel

Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was GOOD.  Again a hit with the group, not so much with me.  I wanted more zing again. 

Ruby used Dutch Feast

On page 146, Yellow Rice
Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  Every one loved the rice.

On page 159, Fried Plantains
Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  Again everyone loved it.

We recommend both cookbooks.
 

Friday, June 21, 2019

June 20, 2019

I used Eat More of what you Love cookbook.
On page 149-Lime-Cottage Cheese Jell-O Salad
The recipe was easy to follow, not expensive to make and taste was VERY GOOD.
On page 174 Lazy Day Lasagna
This recipe was so easy, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  The only thing I would do different would be to put paper towels under the lid.  The recipe got a little soupy. 
On page 190- Cajun Jambalaya Pasta
This recipe was easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  It was quite spicy so you may want to cut down on the cajun spice.  The recipe uses 5 teaspoons of spice.  I would also use some cornstarch to thicken the gravy.
I also did on page 219, Inside out Stuffed Mushrooms, page 204 Pizza Pasta Pie, page 265 Crispy Pork Scalloppini, page 312 Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayo Cake.  
All were easy to follow,not expensive.  
I did not care for the mushrooms, the pork was GOOD, the chocolate cake was GOOD and the pasta pizza pie was GOOD as long as you got pasta with the sauce on it.  The pasta was put in pie plate like a crust and the sauce and ricotta were put on top.  The edges of the pasta became crusty and hard.
On page 220, Sauteed Cabbage, Onions, and Apples
Recipe was easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  I personally would use a tad more vinegar.
On page 67, Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Recipe was easy to follow, not expensive and taste was GOOD.  I personally did not care for the odd tang of the orange zest in the recipe.  The next time I make it I will leave it out.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

May 16, 2019


This month I used Indian Instant Pot Cookbook

The dish on the left front is Saffron Pulao on page 164.    The recipe was easy to follow, not expensive and taste was GOOD.

The dish on the right front Chana Masala om page 198.  The recipe was easy to follow, not expensive and taste was GOOD.

The pourable recipe is Ginger TumericLassi on page 48.  The recipe was easy to follow, not expensive and taste was GOOD.

A nice cookbook.  I did find that for myself the Cilantro overpowered the food.  Some of our group of tasters liked the food and some did not.  

You will have to try the recipes to see if you like the food or not.