Wednesday, August 27, 2014




Hi All

We met on August 21st and sampled some very good food and some okay food.  That's what happens when you are a cookbook recipe critiquer.  Here's what we did:

Ruby used Around My French Table cookbook.

1.  Rice Pudding and Caramel Apple-  easy to follow, not expensive and taste was WOW.  I totally agree with the WOW.  Ruby would not change a thing in the recipe.





2.  Marie-Helene's Apple Cake- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  Again, I totally agree.






Ruby loves the easy simple but tasty recipes.  She would use this cookbook again.  I want it next.

Barbara used The New Midwestern Table cookbook.

1. Smoky Sauerkraut Soup- easy to follow, not expensive, and taste was GOOD.  This recipe takes a while to make.  I would use regular sausage, leave out the bacon and add white beans.

2.  Spring Chicken Pot Pie- easy to follow, expensive to make, and taste was VERY GOOD.  This recipe takes a while to make.  I would use individual pot pie pans because this makes a lot of food.

3.  Nebraskan Runzas- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  I would not even bother to tweek this recipe.

The Back In The Day Cookbook

1.  Cinnamon Sour Cream Coffee Cake- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  I really would not consider this a coffee cake for breakfast more like a brunch coffee cake or leave out the streusel and use an icing to make it a dessert cake.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hi all,

Summer vacation is over and we will be meeting on August 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM.  Our critique club is open to all library members.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hi All

We met on May 15th. This is what we did:

Ruby

Comfort Food Fix (Ellie Krieger)

1. Vanilla Creme on page 283- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  Ruby said"Topping had an unexpected tang and sweet flavor.

2. Chopped Fixing on page 253- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  Ruby said "Great wholesome flavors for salad."

3. Peach Cobbler on page 278- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.

4. Creamy Potato Salad with Peas and Chives on page 248- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.  Ruby suggests you double the recipe.

Ruby would definitely use this cookbook again.

Barbara did Comfort Food Easy & Elegant Food that Soothes the Soul.

1. Lamb Stew Moroccan style on page 126- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was VERY GOOD.

2. Quick Apple Pie on page 158- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  I did not enjoy the phyllo dough and the taste was way to sweet for me.

3. Mushroom Strudel on page 22- easy to follow, a bit expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.

This tasted great before putting in the phyllo dough and baking- all the good tasting goat cheese got lost after baking- if I make this again, I won't put it in phyllo dough and bake- just serve it as a side.

I would not use this Cookbook again.

From Grandma's Kitchen

1. Grandma's Chocolate Drop Cookies on page 211- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  Did not like the chewiness of the oats and it was way to sweet.

2. Creamy Tuna Casserole on page 156- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  Okay in a pinch if you have the ingredients on hand- I would not make this again.

3. Slow Cooker Meatloaf on page 115- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was NOTHING SPECIAL.  I would make this again, but it would have to be tweeked.  I like the idea of doing it in a Crockpot.

4. Graham Cracker Brownies on page 199- easy to follow, not expensive and taste was good.  This is a very dense brownie, it could use some tweeking and it would be really good.

I would not use this Cookbook again.





Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hi All!

This is my second try at doing this post.  Wish me luck this time.  I'm trying something new.  We are gong to add pictures of what we have cooked.

Ruby used Ultimate Cakes Cookbook and did a recipe called Chocolate Forticimo.  It was easy to follow and not expensive to make and taste was VERY GOOD.  She suggests that you triple the frosting recipe and add 1 cup of powdered sugar instead of the 1/2 called for in the recipe.

She said" This book is awesome, definitely not for the meek.  Some recipes take some work but the results are a delicious adventure to the palette."