Tag Archives: cookbooks

I Deserve A KitchenAid Stand Mixer

 

I want one.  Plain and simple.  When you get to the point when you are turning 50, you love to bake, and you’ve never had one, you deserve a $350 mixer.  Don’t you agree?

The big decision is what color to get!

 

 

Sharing the joy of cooking

I am enamored with cooking.  It is obviously a very old art and a necessary one.  Cooking is survival and love.

With all the fast food and ready-made overly processed food out there, I know that cooking is essential to our survival.  I support cooking in my life and encourage it in others.  Here are a few things I do:

  • Give cookbooks as gifts
  • Talk about cooking
  • Share recipes by email, mail, Pinterest
  • Connect with others who love to cook
  • Blog about cooking and read food blogs
  • Gather, write down, and keep family recipes
  • Teach others, especially younger family members, how to cook

The artfulness of pie crusts

 

5 minute cake in a mug

 

I love baked goods but they are my downfall.  One way to satisfy my sweet tooth without going overboard is my discovery of  the single sized baked good.  Case in point: the 5 Minute Cake In a Mug.  What a fabulous idea!  No more eating the whole pan of brownies.

I had made this one time before and must have liked it because I added it to my collection.  Last night I wanted something sweet. I asked my husband if he wanted me to make brownies.  He declined, trying to be good.  Well I wasn’t going to make a whole pan of brownies to tempt him and gorge myself.  So, 5 minute cake in a mug to the rescue!

The only problem, it’s got a zillion calories.  Next time I will make some healthier substitutions like applesauce for the butter, or use less butter.  Something.  But it was still better than eating a pan of brownies!

Giving books wings

 

I am not a collector of books.  I am a giver away of books. Sure, there are a few I keep: the odd poetry book, reference books, books of art and craft, bibles and prayer books, language books. I love cookbooks. But what I read most are novels and I don’t often reread novels. Novels have wings. They are meant to fly and soar. While I’m reading a book I’m always thinking of who I know that might like it. When I finish it I give it away and I don’t want it back. In that way books travel and soar and I like to be a part of that.

 

Apple pie and cookbooks

My sister-in-law is trying out baking and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  I’m not sure she enjoys baking as much as I do.  I guess you either love it or you don’t.

 

For Thanksgiving, she may be baking an apple pie.  Have you ever heard the expression “Easy as apple pie?”  Apple pie is supposed to be easy.  If you cheat and buy a pre-made pie crust, like I do, that’s half the battle.  Unfortunately store-bought tastes better than my crust!  :(

 

I do recommend using fresh apples though, not canned, because it will taste better.  And it’s pretty easy to chop up apples.

 

I sent her 2 recipes for apple pie (Alton Brown and the Pioneer Woman).  I usually read a couple of recipes first and decide which appeals to me the most: ingredients, process, how long it takes, etc.

 

Once I decide on which to use, I read it again carefully to make sure I have all the equipment, ingredients, etc. Then I buy everything I need and try it out.

 

People that are into cooking often read cookbooks the way others read novels.  I love reading cookbooks.  There’s nothing like curling up with a great cookbook to drool over pictures, learn cooking techniques, and find good recipes and ideas.

 

Guten appetit! (German)
Enjoy your meal! (English)
Buen provecho! (Spanish)
Bon appetit! (French)

 

 

Beef and Bean Chili

I love this recipe because it’s yummy and it’s also Weight Watchers.  Only 6 points per serving.  It’s also on the Simply Filling/Core plan.

First chop up all the veggies.

Put them in the pot.

Add the ground beef.  I used the thick grind for chili.

Now let the meat brown.

Add your spices.

Stir it up and let it cook.

Next add the diced tomatoes and beans.  I used pintos.

Stir it up and let it simmer for 20 minutes with the lid partially off.

Beef and Bean Chili (adapted from Weight Watchers just a bit)

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

4 t olive oil

2 onions, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 green pepper, seeded and chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/5 lb lean ground beef

1 T chili powder

2 t cumin

1 t dried oregano

1/2 t coriander

1 (14 1/2 oz.) can diced tomatoes

1 (16 oz.) can pinto or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

salt and pepper to your liking

1. In large Dutch oven, heat the oil.  Saute chopped veggies until onions are translucent, about 15 minutes.  Add beef and cook, breaking apart with wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes.  Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, and coriander; cook stirring, 1 minute.

2. Add tomatoes, beans, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until flavors blended, about 20 minutes.

Serve topped with chopped red onion, cilantro, sour cream or shredded cheese.  Great with cornbread.