Cook the Books! Review: The Mile End Cookbook

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I was pretty excited about The Mile End Cookbook. Everything sounded so promising. So comforting. So delicious. I mean, really? Pickles? Cured meats? Home-y sides? Cheesecake? What is not to love really? The Cooking: I made a lot of things. I think I gave it a pretty fair shot, but in the end I was unimpressed. I did skip the cured...

Cook the Books! May: Tender with Nigel Slater

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It is stunning in Seattle at the moment. Sun. Warmth. As soon as I have this post up, I’ll be retiring to the garden to prep, weed, fiddle, and poke around. Or I will cuddle up on my gorgeous orange hammock with my post-it note marked copy of Tender and dream. You see, I’m way past longing for fresh vegetables other...

Garden Hopscotch and Games

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Like most 5-year-olds, our daughter (can I still call her the Babylady?) loves to move. Bounce. Run. Dance. Swim. Climb. It doesn’t really seem to matter what she is doing, the girl basically loves to move and be active in her body. Lately, she has taken to hopping. She pretends to play hopscotch on imaginary courts or on the...

Cook the Books! Beets, Carrots, Fava Beans, Chard, and More!

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Despite my lack of Cook the Books posting this month, I have actually made a lot of things from this month’s selection, Tender. The recipes are simple, yet delicious, and I am really enjoying it so far. I have forgotten to take many photos, other than quick snaps on the phone. This month has been personally very rough for me....

May Cook the Books! Tarts, Favas, and Soups – Review and Wrap-up

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Well that title sure was a mouthful! Yowsa! But, at any rate, we are closing out another productive month of Cook the Books after exploring Tender by Nigel Slater. Did you follow along at home? Have you used any of Nigel Slater’s books or recipes? We’d love to hear what you thought in the comments! Here in Seattle, we...

Cook the Books! Review: Street Food!

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In exploring our Cook the Books June selection, Street Food by Susan Feniger, I went for recipes that I already had most of the ingredients for. I barely managed to grocery shop at all this month, so the shopping I was willing to do was firmly planted in the most basic category. In fact, if a recipe required me...

Cook the Books! July: Gran Cocina Latina with Maricel E. Presilla

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We are headed into the 2nd half of Cook the Books! Can you believe it? At over 850 pages, July’s selection is our largest cookbook yet. Yes, you read that right. A veritable encyclopedia, if you will. It is an enormous cookbook. And not a fluffy cookbook either. It is absolutely crammed with recipes (more than 500!) and loads...

July Cook the Books! Review and Wrap-up: Gran Cocina Latina

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So, I’m churning this out from the road. I’m in California, with my brother and parents, working through things with my Dad. Corn tortillas are so easy a Babylady can do it We were out-of-town for a chunk of the month. July brought a fantastically fun road trip (bring my folks car back to California from Iowa). We took a long,...

Cook the Books! Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: “Daddy Tracks”

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Now, I’m an ice cream snob so, while I appreciate the realm of mix-ins, the ice cream itself is lackluster at best. I am firmly in the if-you-are-eating-ice-cream-make-it-premium camp. I can’t find the point to low-fat or fat-free ice cream. You find yourself eating something in hopes of it be something else. So you end up eating more and more to satisfy...

Cook the Books! (Final) Upcoming Books!

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Several weeks ago, I announced the selections for September & October. I also promised to fill you in on the last 2 selections in a few days. Well, it is 3+ weeks later and I’m just getting to it. It has been an incredibly painful few weeks, so I know you’ll forgive me. November is Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. Keeping...