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COOKBOOK CHALLENGE

Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox

Today is the first day of Spring, or the Equinox, and it was supposed to be the official end of my spring cleaning ritual and “Cookbook Challenge”. The spring cleaning tasks will be wrapping up in the next few days, but the cookbook challenge was […]

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Encore: Revenge of the “Vedge”

Encore: Revenge of the “Vedge”

You just can’t keep me away from the cookbook, “Vedge”, by Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. Everything I make from it is so dang flavorful and unique that I feel like a culinary rock star. In my search for recipes for this cookbook challenge, I […]

Cookbook Challenge: “The Garlic Lover’s Cookbook” Part 1 & 2

Cookbook Challenge: “The Garlic Lover’s Cookbook” Part 1 & 2

This cookbook has a little bit of everything for everyone and you can get as intensely garlicky as you want. Some of the amounts of garlic per recipe, range from as little as 1/4 teaspoon, all the way up to 40 cloves. When I’ve been […]

Cookbook Challenge: “The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook” Part 2

Cookbook Challenge: “The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook” Part 2

After such a successful first recipe, I had a hard time picking something that I thought would capture my enthusiasm. It seems funny to me now, that out of everything in this cookbook, I decided to pick a very normal, popular baked item. Somehow, I […]

Cookbook Challenge: “The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook”

It’s not very often that I get novelty cookbooks, or that I expect anything amazing to come from them, but this recipe was the exception. I was gifted this book for Christmas one year and I have only made one recipe from it prior to […]

Cookbook Challenge: “Steam Cuisine” Part 2

Cookbook Challenge: “Steam Cuisine” Part 2

Recipe number two from the Steam Cuisine cookbook by Marina Filipelli was one of the most simple, yet easy, dinners I have ever put together. My choice for this was the Tofu with Spring Onions, Ginger and Ponzu Sauce. The sauce for the tofu is […]

Cookbook Challenge: “Steam Cuisine”

Cookbook Challenge: “Steam Cuisine”

This book came from the same school book fair that my tapas cookbook came from. I remember being so excited when I found it, because I had recently been gifted a bamboo steamer and wasn’t sure where to start. When I use this cookbook, I […]

Cookbook Challenge: “Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America” Part 3

Cookbook Challenge: “Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America” Part 3

My third recipe was chosen because I had just about everything on hand and it looked easy. It is called the Moorish-style Chickpea and Spinach Stew (or garbanzo con espinacas). Some changes I made to the recipe were to swap the spinach for kale from […]

Cookbook Challenge: “Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America” Part 2

Cookbook Challenge: “Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America” Part 2

My second choice for a recipe from this tapas cookbook was the Chicken and Mushroom Paella (or paella de pollo y setas). I love saffron so much that I purposely picked a second recipe which called for it, but that’s not terribly hard to do […]

Cookbook Challenge: “Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America”

This is a cookbook that I’ve had for quite a long time, but felt a little intimidated to fully dive in. I tried one recipe from it before and used the wrong sausage and it ruined the whole recipe. It seems hard to screw up […]