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.