Category Archives: Cookbooks

Apple, Walnut, and Stilton Cheese Salad

If you’re craving a good salad, this is a great one for fall! The crisp, chopped fresh apples and lightly-toasted chopped walnuts give this Apple, Walnut, and Stilton Cheese Salad a delicious autumn taste. It’s tossed in a dressing of raspberry balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and walnut oil, but if you don’t have those ingredients, there are some substitutions noted in the recipe—you can even make it super easy and use your favorite raspberry vinaigrette from a bottle!

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Tomatoes Provençal

Have you ever been to Provence? I have never been to France  but if I have the chance to go, Provence will be one of the areas I want to visit! This region of southern France stretches from the Mediterranean to the hills of Haute Provence, and from the Rhone River valley to the Italian Alps. It was the site of the first Roman colony beyond Italy and today it’s known for fragrant lavender fields, beautiful beaches like Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and Nice, quaint small villages, and fine wines and food. The cuisine of this area includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, extra virgin olive oil, and nuts—basically the core of the healthy Mediterranean diet.

I learned these things about Provence when I did a review a few years ago of Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living, by François Millo and Viktorija Todorovska. This book introduces you to the geography, history, traditions, wines, and recipes of the region, one of which is Tomatoes Provençal. Since I love tomatoes, that is the recipe I chose to make from the book, and I’m reposting it now because it is a wonderful recipe for summer and a simple yet delicious way to use your garden tomatoes!

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Wallace Station Pimiento Cheese

If you’re not familiar with Wallace Station, it’s a popular restaurant just outside Midway, Kentucky. It’s one of the “family” of restaurants in that state owned by Ouita Michel, one of the authors of the new cookbook Just a Few Miles South: Timeless Recipes from Our Favorite Places (Sara Gibbs and Genie Graf are also coauthors of the book). This hardcover cookbook features recipes that patrons of Michel’s acclaimed restaurants have come to know and love. I was excited to review this cookbook because I have a special place in my heart for timeless southern recipes! 🙂

The Wallace Station Pimiento Cheese caught my eye because I’ve been wanting to make pimiento cheese for the longest time! But there are so many other wonderful-sounding recipes that I still want to try from this book, including: Breakfast Sandwich Omelets, Inside Out Hot Brown, Smoked Roast Beef Po-Boy, Big Brown Burger (rated by Guy Fieri in 2010 as one of his top 5 burgers of all time), Super Foods Salad, Cheesecake Brownies, and Spiced Pecan Pie. You’ll find delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert to keep you well-fed all day long! 🙂 Although this book does not include any photos of the recipes, I believe you can be confident of the quality of all of the recipes, since Ouita Michel is a six-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee and was a judge on the Top Chef series! Also, for those of us who enjoy reading cookbooks, there are stories and traditions about the recipes shared throughout the book.

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Book Review: The Complete One Pot Cookbook

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

Cooking the one-pot or one-pan way is so easy and convenient, whether you’re using a Dutch oven, slow cooker, sheet pan, or Instant Pot®. And to help make meal-making even easier, there’s a new cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen that includes 400 one-pot recipes! It’s called The Complete One Pot: 400 Meals for Your Skillet, Sheet Pan, Instant Pot®, Dutch Oven, and More. It’s touted as the only one-pot cookbook you’ll ever need, and after looking through my review copy, I have to agree!

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Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn

When I think of autumn flavors, cinnamon is one of the first to come to mind for me. I use cinnamon in quick breads, muffins, cakes, all kinds of treats…and I guess that’s why this Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn stood out to me when I reviewed the cookbook Sally’s Candy Addiction: Tasty Truffles, Fudges & Treats for Your Sweet-Tooth Fix  a few years ago. 

As the book mentions, this Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn is inspired by a caramel sticky bun drizzled with vanilla glaze. It has a yummy, slightly cinnamony caramel coating and it’s drizzled with melted white chocolate—a combination that’s definitely hard to resist!

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