Tuesday, November 25, 2014

We met on November 20, 2014 and boy did we have some good and some not so good food.

I used COOK LIKE A ROCK STAR cookbook ( I had used it once before and wanted to try some more recipes).  These are the two I used:

Risotto without a recipe on page 136
     It was easy to follow, not expensive and taste was UGH.  It needed a recipe. I would not even try to tweek this.

Spinach & Ricotta Gnocchi with Fontina Fonduta on page 134.
     It was easy to follow, expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  Not worth the money spent on the cheese.

I also used NIGELLA KITCHEN

Tarragon Chicken on page 64.
     Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  My only comment would be to make sure you don't brown the chicken just let it poach in the oil.

Maple Pecan Bundt Cake on page 239-242
     Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was WOW.  I would not change a thing.

Italian Tomato and Pasta Soup on page 470-471
       Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was a double UGH.  Just awful.

Ed's Mother's Meatloaf on page 458-460
     Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL. 

Pumpkin Scones on page 451-452
     Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  This is a savory scone so don't expect that sweet pumpkin taste.  It has a little bite to it from the Chili Oil.

Ruby did JUST ONE MORE BITE cookbook

Chicken Divan Casserole on page 58
  Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  A delicious recipe.

Asian Style Pork on page 43.
     Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was WOW.

Fig Jam with Thyme
     Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was WOW.  Awesome recipe.

Mom Mom's Ricotta Gnocchi on page 104
     Easy to follow, expensive and taste was WOW.  Super easy and delicious.   

PRESERVING PINT

Bluberry Jam with Crystallized Ginger on page 69.
Easy to follow, expensive and taste was WOW.  Easy preserving recipes in small amounts.

Today we had some extra tasters.  Lynn, Peggy and Mary Jane agreed with the above taste conclusions.  They were not able to taste the Cook Like A Rock Star recipes or  

Nigella Kitchen Tarragon Chicken, Maple Pecan Bundt Cake and Italian Tomato and Pasta Soup.  I had made them a while ago and the chicken and the cake were all gone and the soup I had to throw out it was so yucky.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

For the month of October, I used Cooking for Two (America's Test Kitchen) and I must say I was surprised.  Usually when a cookbook recipe says it feeds two, in my case, it only feeds one person.  This cookbook really had recipes that would feed two generously.  I really like this book.

I did Chicken Potpie with Savory Crumble Topping on page 31-32- it was easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  I would probably tweek it next time by omitting the lemon juice, and omit the shallots by substituting pearl onions one stuffed with cloves, add some sherry and increase the sauce by half again.

Beef Taco Casserole on page 49- easy to prepare, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  I would probably add some taco sauce with the Rotel, not to much and do not put the Tostitos on the casserole until ready to bake.

Spring Vegetable Pasta on page 87-88- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was GOOD.  I would use less leeks and add artichokes.

Ruby did At the Blanchard's Table

Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies- easy to Follow, not expensive and taste WOW.

Homemade Coconut Ice Cream- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was WOW.

Lemon Pound Cake two ways- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was WOW.

Caribbean Corn Bread- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was WOW.

Ruby says she loves this book and told her husband that she wants it for her birthday. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We met on September 18th this month and we did desserts.  YEAH and yummy!

Ruby used the Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library Muffins and Quick Breads.

1. Marion Cunningham Fresh Ginger Muffins on page 21- Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  Ruby says the recipe needs tweeking.

2. Blueberry Muffin- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  This also needs tweeking.

3. Sour Cream Maple- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  it needs tweeking.

I had a taste of each of these muffins and they were nice and moist, they just needed to be spiced up.


                                                                                                                                               
I used Scandinavian Classic Baking.

1. Danish Almond Tea Ring on page 31- Easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  This made a huge ring, next time I will cut it in half, also if using almond paste from a can, you should open the can up scoop it out and put in a mixer with the other ingredients.  don't even think you can do it at the last minute.  Next time I will probably substitute cinnamon and sugar for the almond paste mixture.

2. Lemon Sponge Pudding Cake on page 39- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  Needs prep before doing recipe and do not use a metal bowl or you will get a metallic taste to the pudding.