Saturday, June 2, 2018

May 17, 2018

Last month's meeting is not posted because after I finished writing it, saving and hitting publish it disappeared into the great internet sky.  Sorry folks.

Ruby used World's Greatest Christmas Cookies She made:
1. Coconut Oatmeal Cookies on page 47- easy to follow recipe, not expensive and taste was GOOD.  She would add more sugar and butter
2. Carrot Cake Cookies on page 28- easy, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL. She said frosting needs more confectioners sugar
3. Ginger Clouds on page 14- easy, not expensive and taste was WOW.
4. French Macaroon on page 37- easy, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  She would use more egg whites, the macaroons were flat.
5. Lemon Creams on page 50- easy, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.



I used Handmade Gifts From The Kitchen.  I made:
1.Coffee Cream Liquer on page 134- easy, expensive and taste was GOOD.  Not worth making again
2.Strawberry Pastilles on page 92- easy, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD however it did not come together as a candy consistency and after 30 minutes of stirring , I gave up.  This did make a very nice strawberry butter though.
3. Poppy seed & Sesame Seed Crackers on page 118- easy, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.



Saturday, April 7, 2018

At our March meeting Ruby used First Prize Pies
The recipe she used was Hawaiian Delight Pie on page 107.  She said the recipe was easy to follow but cost prohibitive.  The taste was VERY GOOD, however, she noticed that the ratio of filling was not enough to fill pie crust so had to be doubled.  This book is not for a first time baker.                .   


I used Half Baked Harvest Cookbook.  The dish at the very front is Braised Mediterranian Lentils with Roasted Spaghetti Squash.  The recipe was easy to follow but the cost was prohibitive.  Taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  I would not make this again as I felt there were to many conflicting tastes.

The next recipe I did was (middle left) Pumpkin and Cauliflower Gratin with Fried Sage.  Again recipe was easy to follow but cost prohibitive and the taste was  NOTHING SPECIAL.  I would not use this recipe again as I could not taste the pumpkin and the cheese was very expensive.

The recipe in the middle back was called Perfect Potato Soup and again easy to follow but expensive to make and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  The soup did taste good but in the long run it is just potato soup, a very easy thing to make.  

The recipe middle right was Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake.  Easy to follow, expensive and taste was GOOD.  I would not make this again as it is extremely fattening and expensive using 48 ounces of heavy cream.  The melted chocolate did not blend with the whipped cream to make a mousse and the frozen Snickers bars were hard to bite on.

The last recipe was Salted Brioche Cinnamon Rolls at the left back was easy to follow, not expensive(first one in this book that was not expensive to make) and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  Not a great roll,  I have a much better recipe using mashed potatoes in the cinnamon roll.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

January 18, 2018

Happy New Year everyone
We had 5 VERY GOOD recipes
             1 GOOD recipes and
             2 NOTHING SPECIAL

Ruby used Dinner in a Dime cookbook and did 5 recipes from it.

VERY GOOD- Ginger Scones
VERY GOOD-Classic Macaroni Salad
GOOD-Jumbo Banana Carrot Muffins
NOTHING SPECIAL-Rich Cheesecake Bar-she suggests more cream cheese and less sugar
NOTHING SPECIAL-Butterscotch Fudge Bar-she suggests less butterscotch chips

I used Betty Crocker Lost Recipes and did 3 recipes from it.

VERY GOOD-Sausage Cheese Balls
VERY GOOD-Baked Chicken Kiev- could use more salt and pepper
VERY GOOD-Tuna Noodle Casserole- could use pepper

All recipes were easy to follow and did not cost much to make.



Saturday, November 25, 2017

November 16, 2017

I did One Pan To Rule Them All:
Page 55- Quesadilla Stack- Easy to follow, not expensive to make and taste was WOW.  This was really good.
Page 173-Union City Eggplant Parmesan- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was UGH.  This was really awful, greasy  and unpleasant o make.
Page 208- No-Knead Crusty Italian Bread- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was GOOD.  I would use regular yeast and not the rapid rise next time.
Page 225- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was GOOD.  You really will get a workout if you follow the directions.
Page 230-Pineapple Upside-down Cake- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was GOOD.  I would not put the almond extract in at all and if you expect a nice gooey cake you will be disappointed.  The cake was very good.
Ruby agreed with all these ratings.
Ruby did Weeknight Wonders again this month.  She really loves this cookbook.
Page 76- Savory Carrot Cashew Soup- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  I rated it GOOD.
Page 257-Mulled Cider Sweet Potato- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  I rated it WOW.
Page260- Sesame Quinoa- easy to follow. not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD. I agree.
Page 267-Wasabi Mashed Potatoes and Peas- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  I would have added more wasabi.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

October 19, 2017

We had a guest taster today.  Her name is Audrey and we hope that she will join us in cooking recipes and then critiquing them.

Ruby used Week Night Wonders cookbook.

Page 32- Sweet and Savory Carrot Salad with Orange and Dates-(Front middle cup)-  recipe was easy to follow, not expensive to make and taste was a unanimous GOOD.  Audrey suggested using baby carrots instead of full grown carrots for a more consistant taste.

Page 68- Shot Gun Wedding Soup-(Left Back blue and white bowl)-  easy to follow, not expensive and tatse a unanimous VERY GOOD.   Audrey suggested that the spinach leaves be cut in bite size pieces and I agree with that.

Page 283-Two Minute Coconut Sherbert-(front left cup)- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was not unanimous.  Ruby said WOW, Audrey said VERY GOOD and I said GOOD.

Ruby will use this cookbook again, she really likes it.

I used The Complete America Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook.

Page 301-Pasta Alla Norina-(bak right bowl)- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was a unanimous VERY GOOD.

Page 416-Beef Empanadas-(back middle dish)- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was not unanimous.  Ruby said VERY Good, Audrey said VERY GOOD and I said GOOD.  Audrey liked it because it was not so spicy, I said it needed more spice.

Page 477- Indian Flatbread-(front right dish)- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was not unanimous.  Ruby said WOW, Audrey said VERY GOOD and I said VERY GOOD.  You need to plan ahead if you want to amke this recipe and I would add a litttle salt.  

I would use this cookbook again.