Wednesday, July 6, 2016

June 16, 2016

The cookbook I used for the June meeting was An Essential Guide to Cooking and Entertaining.

This cookbook included recipes from the members of The Chew, a television program.

I only did two recipes from this book, and I decided that I would not use anymore.  Not that the recipes were bad but that they were nothing special.

The first recipe was Carmelized Onions and Sausage Puffs on page 119- it was easy to follow and not expensive to make, however, the taste was less than Nothing Special but better that Ugh and that was only for the taste of the onions and the sausage.  The puff pastry came out very greasy preventing the pastry from puffing correctly.  I do not know how big the pastry sheets they used were, but, the ones I bought were way to small for the amount of sausage required.

The second recipe was Chicken Meatballs Marsala on page 17- easy to follow recipe, not expensive and taste was Good for the meatballs and Nothing Special for the sauce.  If a new to cooking person were to try cooking this recipe they would probably start crying.  It does not tell you how many or how big the meatballs are, whether to crowd the pan or not and whether or not this can be made ahead and reheated, also 2 Tablespoons of oil might not be enough to fry the meatballs.  The sauce needed something else, straight Marsala gave it an off taste.

The next meeting will be August 18th.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Hi Everyone, it has been a long time since I last posted to this blog

Ruby and I met on February 18th.  Ruby used Martha Stewart's Cakes, the recipe is on page 232, however Ruby forgot to give the title of the recipe.  She said it was NOTHING SPECIAL and she would make changes to the recipe.  She would not use this cookbook again.  The cake recipe picture is the one on the top right.

She also used Fast and Fit cookbook (sorry no picture), Salmon alla Sala Consilinis ( the one on the bottom middle) and Easy Risie Bisi (the one on the top left).  She said both were VERY GOOD, easy to prepare.  She would not make any changes and she would use the cookbook again.

I used The New American Cooking