Whew! Things have been going in so many directions lately, I don’t even know where to start. That being said, I’m finally ready to start sharing over the next few weeks. Last week things came to a bit of a screeching halt when we were hit with a rounds of the flu. We haven’t had that happen since G was in elementary school (thankfully!) Putting it mildly, I was less-than-useless. However, I have been working on a freebie to share!
It was surprising how being out of the kitchen for a week really made me miss it. Hubbs has a birthday coming up soon and he’s really earned an extra special dinner. So, I’ve been scouring my cookbooks and cooking magazines looking for ideas. May I just say, have you seen the Southern Living 50th anniversary edition? If you cook anything, ever, you have to grab a copy. (I’m dying to give the Lane Cake a try!)
I hope you’ve enjoyed my craft book reviews and that you’ve been able to find a few new favorites for yourself. Since I’ve been on a kitchen kick lately I thought I’d share some of my favorite, go-to cookbooks. (And a wishlist!)
To start with, no cook’s kitchen is complete without some sort of all-inclusive, textbook of cooking basics. For me, it’s my edition of “The Joy of Cooking”. Mine is over 20 years old and whenever I’m working on a new recipe or working out the kinks in someone else’s it’s my go-to for sure!
2- Can any cookbook shelf be complete without at least one Barefoot Contessa?
3- My little “Nancy Welch” was the first cookbook I had in my first little apartment. Similar cookbooks make a great housewarming gift.
4- My “Made From Scratch” cookbook has been really helpful with creating new recipes for my family! If you’re familiar with the kitchen “classroom” of America’s Test Kitchen you’ll really love this one!
5- I’ve loved watching Lorraine Pascal’s UK cooking show and I’m looking forward to working through her cookbook. Don’t let the fact that she’s an international supermodel fool you, this girl really knows how to make food enjoyable!
As for my wish list, I’m mainly hoping to expand my horizons a bit with homemade bread and more exotic cuisines. I’ve tried a few basic loaves so far and they’ve been so-so. If I keep plugging on I should have a nice loaf by next fall! (fingers crossed) I’m also on the look out for new ways to work with plain (read- boring) ingredients like chicken (yawn!)
2016 Wish List
Do you have any favorites that you can recommend? Whether they’re old fashioned classics or choc full of modern methods, I’d love to hear about them!
See you soon!
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