Book Review: Citrus: Sweet & Savory Sun-Kissed Recipes

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book review citrus

Sometimes you are ready to cook. You are psyched. But what to make? Sometimes trying to figure out what to make can be the hardest part. And once you figure out what you want to make, you have to see if you even have all of the ingredients. That is why I like ingredient specific cookbooks. So even if you do not take time to pre-plan and organize your cooking, you can simply whip something up based on what you have available. It is “easy” to put together dozens upon dozens of recipes but to assemble a finely tuned and carefully focused cookbook is more difficult. That is what intrigued and appealed to me about Valerie Aikman-Smith and Victoria Pearson’s Citrus: Sweet and Savory Sun-Kissed Recipes.
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Book Review: The River Cottage Curing and Smoking Handbook

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The River Cottage Curing and Smoking Handbook

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but that’s exactly what I did with The River Cottage Curing and Smoking Handbook by Steven Lamb. When I first got a copy of the book in my hands my first thoughts were: textbook. The book is not only hardbound but a rugged, solid hard binding that is going to hold up over years and years of use. It goes without saying that if you are interested in curing and smoking, you will be utilizing this book for quite a long time to come.
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Book Review: The Perfect Egg

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the perfect egg book review

When I heard about the concept of Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park‘s new cookbook The Perfect Egg I was extremely intrigued. The book is a “fresh take” on egg recipes for “morning, noon, and night,” to quote the book cover’s byline. As someone who frequently returns home from work, tired and with little or no dinner ideas, I saw incredible potential in such a cookbook. While there might not be much else in the refrigerator some nights, there always seems to be eggs. As it turns out, my hopes for the book and the actual contents of the book are a little different. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
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Homemade Hot Sauce

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smoked peppers

While I might unintentionally fling flour all over the kitchen from time to time — I’ve gotten better; I’m not nearly as messy a baker as I once was. It’s amazing what practice can do! — I’m not the only one in our household that is guilty of making a mess in the kitchen. My husband is a great cook and a willing one, lucky for me. He does most of the cooking in our house while I do the baking. Late last winter or so, he planted a bunch of different hot pepper seeds. Eventually he transferred them into a raised garden bed in our yard that quickly grew over. The plan all along was to grow the peppers to make salsa and hot sauce. He made his final batch of hot sauce over this past weekend and now he’s using it on nearly everything he eats. I might cover the kitchen in flour but he covers it in pepper seeds and an eye-watering pepper smell. Oh well, it cleans up easily!
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Farro Spaghetti

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Farro spaghetti

I don’t have a literal culinary bucket list but I do have a mental one. While I do seem to be adding things to the list quicker than I can find the time to make them, I can finally put a check mark next to pasta. I was provided with a package of Tuscan Fields Farro Perlato and decided to try something new: farro spaghetti. Sometimes I think I’m a little too fearless in trying new recipes…
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Post by . Originally published April 2, 2013. Last updated July 14, 2018.

Buckwheat Tuna & Sweet Potato Dog Treats

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Buckwheat Tuna and Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Over the last few years, my husband and I have becoming increasingly health conscious with the food we eat. We try not to eat processed food so why should the rest of our family? Of course, I mean George, our mini schnauzer. We always check the ingredients on the boxes of dog treats before we buy them. It’s amazing what some of the major brands include in their products for animals. Now I’m cutting through all the questionable ingredients by baking up some special dog treats for George.
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Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

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Homemade buttermilk biscuits
I’m not sure how it took me so long to make biscuits. I love them (…much like I like pretty much any bread-based product…). And somehow on our recent trip down south I didn’t get a chance to have any. So when I saw them make buttermilk biscuits on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives a few months ago, I saved the recipe online. It seems kind of funny now considering the hoopla recently related to Guy Fieri. Personally, I don’t really have any opinion on the guy although he seems more than a little goofy and I don’t feel like my taste in food is very similar to his. But whatever. Biscuits!
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Jägerschnitzel

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Jägerschnitzel
Jägerschnitzel, aka Hunter’s cutlet, is another one of those classic German dishes I love. While I could (and have) eaten Wiener Schnitzel everyday, I also love Jägerschnitzel. It’s essentially a pork chop in a cream sauce of mushrooms and onions. Of course, I wanted to try making it at home but the one part that concerned me was the sauce.
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Post by . Originally published October 21, 2012. Last updated July 14, 2018.

Homemade Apfelschorle

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Apfelschorle!
It wasn’t until I was doing the write up on my homemade Spezi that I realized that I should try making Apfelschorle at home. Apfelschorle is a mix of carbonated mineral water and apple juice that’s widely available and popular in Germany. Oh, and it’s pretty tasty, too. So, I had to do it. I had to try mixing it up at home.
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Post by . Originally published June 29, 2012. Last updated February 2, 2018.

Homemade Spezi

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Orange soda and cola make Spezi!
Recently, I was mixing sodas in my kitchen and I got a funny look from my guest. That’s when I had to go into the explanation. One of my favorite things about visiting Germany is the food. And that includes the beverages. And I’m not talking beer. I mean drinks like Apfelschorle and, my favorite, Spezi. No, really. So what are they?

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Post by . Originally published June 13, 2012. Last updated February 2, 2018.

In Search Of The Best Hot Chocolate

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parisian hot chocolate

One of the things I enjoy about cooking and trying different recipes at home is being able to recreate a meal or an item that I had or imagine from somewhere else. It’s an easy way to change the atmosphere and forget the day job or whatever else is bothering me. That said, I’ve also just been really looking for a hot chocolate recipe that isn’t like those watery mixes you buy at the grocery store. We had been using Cortez Chocolate bars, which are definitely a tasty and cost effective option, but had difficulty getting all of the chocolate to melt. Then I found this recipe from David Lebovitz that swears to be authentic Parisian hot chocolate. Oui, oui? Now that’s an atmosphere I can embrace.
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