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Queso! Book Review

Queso by Lisa Fain (The Homesick Texan) Queso (aka chile con queso) is a spicy, cheesy, comforting cult favorite that has long been a delicious addition to any party, barbecue, or family gathering. This appealing and accessible book features a mix of down-home standards and contemporary updates, from historical, regional, and Mexican quesos to vegan and dessert quesos, including Chile Verde Con Queso, Squash Blossom Queso Fundido, Fajita Queso, Cactus and Corn Queso Poblano, Frito Salad with Queso Dressing, Pulled Pork Queso Blanco, and Sausage Queso Biscuits. Whether you’re relaxing with friends, having a few people over to watch the football game, or entertaining a hungry crowd, queso is the perfect party food for good times. My Thoughts: Queso is one of those things that most people love, even if it’s absolutely plain. However with some upcoming events I really wanted to up my game and when I saw this book was available I immediately wanted to get it to review! It is a smaller book (especially for a cookbook) but has a hardcover and …

Holiday Cookies, Book Review

Holiday Cookies by Elisabet der Nederlanden From Icebox Pinwheel Cookies to Red-and-White Meringue Kisses to Apple Cider Caramels, find new inspiration for the best of seasonal baking with Holiday Cookies.   This instant holiday classic is packed with 50 recipes, each gorgeously photographed and meticulously tested, along with dozens of decorating and packaging ideas. Filled with reimagined favorites like Giant Molasses Spice Cookies and Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies; confections like Peppermint Bark, Smoked Almond and Cacao Nib Brittle, and Dark Chocolate–Hazelnut Fudge; and detailed instructions for gorgeous gingerbread houses, cookie place cards, and edible ornaments, this is a cookie book like no other. Because the recipes are easy to scale up or down, Holiday Cookies is perfect for cookie exchanges, gift-giving, and just enjoying throughout the season. From a veteran baker and recipe developer, each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to be a stand-out, and destined to become your new Christmas classic. My Thoughts: I know it isn’t even October yet but I’m so ready for the holidays! So of course when I was offered …

Sweet Potatoes, Book Review

Sweet Potatoes by Mary-Frances Heck Roasted, Loaded, Fried, and Made into Pie 60 next-level sweet potato recipes that call on new techniques and bold flavors—like chilies, coconut milk, and chocolate—for flavorful takes on this delicious superfood. ABOUT MARY-FRANCES HECK Mary-Frances Heck is a freelance food editor and contributor to Lucky Peach. Her recipes and writing have appeared in numerous cookbooks and magazines including Bon Appetit, Saveur, Cooking Light, Redbook, Rodale’s Organic Life, Fitness, Rachael Ray Every Day, SELF, and SHAPE.  My Thoughts: As you probably know I absolutely love cooking and with that comes reading cookbooks for new ideas! Luckily it seems to be the season for such books again (Book Review: The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook was the last one!) so I’m here with another review, this one for Sweet Potatoes thanks to the publisher for giving me a copy to do so. To start with I absolutely loved the cover of this book but since there wasn’t really a very good summary of the book I wasn’t all that sure what I was getting into! …

Book Review: The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook

The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook, by Coco Morante Fresh and Foolproof recipes for your electric pressure cooker Authorized by Instant Pot and filled with beautiful photographs and more than 75 simple, well-tested comfort food recipes, this indispensable book is the ultimate collection of delicious weekday meals. The best-selling Instant Pot has been a runaway hit, with an almost cultlike following and users who swear by it. But finding delicious, well-tested, weekday-friendly recipes that are both inspiring and trustworthy has proven difficult, until now. The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook covers each meal of the day, offering plenty of tried-and-true classic recipes, such as spicy beef and bean chili, a whole roasted chicken with mushroom sauce, and decadent New York cheesecake, alongside a hearty array of contemporary meals, such as Greek-style Gigantes beans with fresh feta, braised pork loin with balsamic vinegar and caramelized onions, buttery cauliflower mashed potatoes, pork adobo, and more! Whether you’re looking to expand your pressure cooker recipe repertoire or seeking the ultimate gift for the Instant Pot aficionado, this is the book …

The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook, Book Review

The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook by Patsy Catsos The Proven Low-FODMAP Plan for Eating Well and Feeling Great About the Book: From the leading expert in FODMAPs and IBS, this is the complete guide and cookbook for overcoming IBS by discovering your dietary triggers and building a personalized, doable, and fulfilling diet around nutritious, delicious foods that let you finally feel your best. Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD, pioneered the use of the low-FODMAP diet to find your unique FODMAP fingerprint when she self-published IBS–Free at Last!, ushering in a new era of treating IBS through diet instead of medication. Written for at-home use, her book quickly established itself among doctors and other specialists as an invaluable tool for anyone suffering from IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, SIBO, and gluten sensitivity. This new, definitive edition offers the theory along with a program that walks you through eliminating FODMAPs (difficult-to-digest carbohydrates found in a variety of otherwise healthy foods) and adding them back one by one–the most usable, thorough program available. And its 56 delicious …

The Book of Greens, Book Review

The Book of Greens,  by Jenn Louis with Kathleen Squires A Cook’s Compendium About the Book: From one of Portland, Oregon’s most acclaimed chefs comes this encyclopedic reference to the world of greens, with more than 175 creative recipes for every meal of the day. For any home cook who is stuck in a “three-green rut”—who wants to cook healthy, delicious, vegetable-focused meals, but is tired of predictable salads with kale, lettuce, cabbage, and the other usual suspects—The Book of Greens has the solution. Chef Jenn Louis has compiled more than 175 recipes for simple, show-stopping fare, from snacks to soups to mains (and even breakfast and dessert) that will inspire you to reach for new greens at the farmers’ market, or use your old standbys in totally fresh ways. Organized alphabetically by green, each entry features information on seasonality, nutrition, and prep and storage tips, along with recipes like Grilled Cabbage with Miso and Lime, Radish Greens and Mango Smoothie, and Pasta Dough with Tomato Leaves. My Thoughts: Upon receiving this book for review from …

Recipe, Shish Taouk w/ Tahini Sauce

It’s been a little while since I shared a recipe with you guys and I thought that I could get back into it by sharing this Middle Eastern one. I’ve shared a few others like Making Syrian Casserole + Recipe and Arabian Gulf Style Baked Chicken & Vegetables Recipe that were super popular but I think this one will be even bigger of a hit.  This recipe is  incredibly easy to make and tastes great, even for those not as accustomed to the typical mid east cuisine. So lets get started with the Shish Taouk with Tahini Sauce.  Ingredients: Shish Taouk  2 Chicken breast  plain yogurt (1/2 cup) olive oil (2 tablespoons) vinegar (tablespoon) 1/2 lemon Spices (this is to your specific taste) garlic, black pepper, curry, salt, cumin, cinnamon, chick spice mix First cut the chicken into cubes, and place into a bowl. Mix in the spices yogurt, olive oil, and vinegar. Then put the refrigerator (this can be done overnight, but at least an hour) so the chicken absorbs everything. Once this is done warm a frying pan, …

Vibrant India Cookbook, Review

Vibrant India Cookbook By Chitra Agrawal Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn About the Book: Lifelong vegetarian and chef Chitra Agrawal takes you on an epicurean journey to her mother’s hometown of Bangalore and back to Brooklyn, where she adapts her family’s South Indian recipes for home cooks. This particular style of Indian home cooking, often called the “yoga diet,” is light and fresh, yet satisfying and rich in bold and complex flavors. Grains, legumes, fresh produce, coconut, and yogurt—along with herbs, citrus, chiles, and spices—form the cornerstone of this delectable cuisine, rooted in vegetarian customs and honed over centuries for optimum taste and nutrition. From the classic savory crepe dosa, filled with lemony turmeric potatoes and cilantro coconut chutney, to new creations like coconut polenta topped with spring vegetables ‘upma” and homemade yogurt, the recipes in Vibrant India are simple to prepare and a true celebration of color and flavor on a plate. Chitra weaves together the historical context behind the region’s cuisine and how she brought some of these age-old traditions to life …

Quick and Easy Naan Recipe

I’ve been a bit MIA here for awhile, typically school stuff, but I had to share a recipe with you guys. As you might already know I’m a little obsessed with making my own breads, primarily using a bread machine, which makes it a whole lot easier but I’ve found something even easier, making naan. I actually eat a lot of this Persian / Indian bread so much so that it’s on the weekly grocery store list. However I didn’t have any idea how easy it was to make until seeing a video where a group of men were using an steel drum to do it on a desert camping trip. I figured if they did it then I could too, and I didn’t even need to turn on my grill to get it done. Ingredients: 1 2/3 cups of water 2 Teaspoons active dry yeast 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 1/3 cups of flour (plus extra) Butter to fry The first step is putting the sugar and yeast in a …

The Dumpling Galaxy, Book Review

The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook, by Helen You About the Book: “Flushing jiaozi master Helen You’s guide to what many consider the best shuijiao (or boiled Chinese dumplings) in town.” [New York magazine]   From the restaurant where adventurous foodies get the freshest dumplings in New York City, comes the ultimate Chinese cookbook with 60 recipes for classic and unexpected dumplings and dim sum-like side dishes. New York Times critic Pete Wells calls Helen You “a kind of genius for creating miniature worlds of flavor” and, indeed her recipes redefine the dumpling: Lamb and Green Squash with Sichuan pepper; Spicy Shrimp and Celery; Wood Ear Mushroom and Cabbage; and desserts such as Sweet Pumpkin and Black Sesame Tang Yuan. With information on the elements of a great dumpling, stunning photography, and detailed instructions for folding and cooking dumplings, this cookbook is a jumping-off point for creating your own galaxy of flavors. My Thoughts: I love cooking, especially foods that are a little out of my comfort zone, so of course I love cookbooks. That meant as soon as I saw The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook being offered …