Cravings

by Chrissy Teigen

 

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen

 

I love cookbooks, and I really like Chrissy Teigen’s blog so I jumped at the chance to have this little book on my shelf and in my kitchen. I’m always on the lookout for recipes that we will eat, not just ones that look great but cost an arm and a leg to buy all the ingredients. Not to mention having to go to umpteen millions stores to find that 1 ingredient that is impossible to find. Cravings is not about fancy foods with hard to find ingredients, that cost lots of money. Cravings is about good down home flavorful foods that families will like. I have so many post it’s  coming out of this book it looks like a rainbow is stuck with in the pages. I have made many of the foods and even did a week of Cravings meal. Guess what my grocery bill was not really any different price range wise. It was a  few dollars more but nothing that would make me say wow these recipes are too rich for me. Chrissy is a tell it like it is gal and her charm and wit come across in the recipe descriptions. I laughed so hard while reading through this book, and that is a first with a cookbook. I just love Chrissy  and John and so happy for all the happiness they have going on right now, first her book baby and her pregnancy. Gift Cravings to any one wanting to good, or someone who loves to cook. This book makes a great gift for a bridal shower or birthday. Cravings would also make a wonderful new mom gift – make a meal from the book and gift the meal and book and you’ve just giving a wonderful gift to new parents.

Some of my favorite meals we’ve eaten so far from the book:

  • Spicy Tomato Skillet Eggs
  • Pull Apart Buttermilk Biscuits with sausage gravy
  • Pot Pie Soup with crust crackers (genius idea and so yummy)
  • Vegetable Tortilla Stew (so yummy! Even my have to have meat with every meal guy liked this one)
  • Cobb Salad with Honey Mustard Ranch Dressing
  • Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • Spicy Italian Sausage Meatloaf
  • Spicy Cajun Sausage Peppers and Cabbage
  • John’s Tuscan Brick Chicken with Charred Lemons

and so many more….

thank you Clarkson Potter, Chrissy Teigen and Bloggins for Books for sending me a copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

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The Homemade Kitchen

by Alana Chernila

The Homemade Kitchen

The Homemade Kitchen is a good cookbook and made perfect for the seasoned at home cook or the brand new to cooking person looking for info. Really this cookbook would be the perfect gift for a person that is new to cooking. The author has divided the book into chapters that as simple as Be A Beginner which is all so full of so much information it is one of my favorite chapters. I know how to cook eggs, veggies and such but she breaks it down into all kinds from how to steam and roast veggies to transforming milk or cooking grains. This is good for all levels of cooking and I learned a few things and have several post-its in this chapter. The other chapters are about making meals and while I won’t use a lot of them due to picky eaters I do have some post -its. My favorite book of hers will always be The Homemade Pantry but this one is good and I’m glad to have it in my kitchen cookbook library.

summary:  Written as much for the reader as the cook, The Homemade Kitchen covers a globe’s worth of flavors and includes new staples (what Alana is known for) such as chèvre, tofu, kefir, kimchi, preserved lemons, along with recipes and ideas for using them. Here, too, are dishes you’ll be inspired to try and that you will make again and again until they become your own family recipes, such as Broccoli Raab with Cheddar Polenta, a flavor-forward lunch for one; Roasted Red Pepper Corn Chowder, “late summer in a bowl”; Stuffed Winter Squash, rich with leeks, chorizo, apples, and grains; Braised Lamb Shanks that are tucked into the oven in the late afternoon and not touched again until dinner; Corn and Nectarine Salad showered with torn basil; perfect share-fare Sesame Noodles; Asparagus Carbonara, the easiest weeknight dinner ever; and sweet and savory treats such as Popovers, Cinnamon Swirl Bread, Summer Trifle made with homemade pound cake and whatever berries are ripest, and Rhubarb Snacking Cake.

In this follow-up to Alana’s wildly successful debut, The Homemade Pantry, she once again proves herself to be the truest and least judgmental friend a home cook could want

thank you blogging for books, Alana Chernila and Crown Publishing for allowing me to read, and review The Homemade Kitchen. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love from our Tuscan Kitchen

by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar

Host of Cooking Channel tv show Extra Virgin

extra virgin

I love cooking shows, cookbooks and Italian food! I’ve watched their tv show Extra Virgin and really enjoy it, the recipes seem so easy to make and yummy. The family seems to really love being in the heart of the home the kitchen! So when I saw this cookbook for review through blogging for books I jumped and waiting for it to arrive. I had the front door open the minute the ups truck pulled up to the house! 🙂

I have made many of the recipes since getting the cookbook, and some have been made a few times. The recipes use simple ingredients, ones that don’t have you searching through many stores. Everything I’ve made so far uses ingredients that mostly are already in my pantry, fridge and freezer. The have made a big time Risotto lover out of us! Oh my stars I can never go back to plain old rice, Risotto is so yummy!!! The pictures of some of the recipes are beautiful and show you that you don’t need a expensive, hard to find ingredient to make a yummy dish that your family will love.

I have so many pages dog eared already and many pages have stains from me cooking and reading, which is exactly what they say in the introduction that they want to of their book. The book is divided into sections just like any cookbook however this book is one that I have almost every single recipe dog eared. I love the Tuscan Kitchen Essentials pages where Gabriele Corcos talks about all this favorite ingredients he uses.

They include recipes ranging from simple homemade pasta to white bean and pancetta bruschetta, minestrone to hunters chicken. They cover all the bases and all types of meals. They even include a very simple 3 ingredient vegetable stock recipe, that is just to easy and tasty not to make. Forget buying it now you can have homemade veggie stock in 3 hours using 3 veggies and water!

Some of our favorites and new permanent menu items: Sausage and Asparagus Risotto, “Fake” Sauce, Red Sauce, Pici All”Aglione, Pasta and Bean Soup, Minestrone, Super Tuscan Burger, Sausage and Beans, Beef Stew with Polenta, Tuscan Bread {along with the bread starter}, see I love this book. There are a whole lot more recipe wise that we love but it would be like listing almost the whole book! 🙂

thank you so much Blogging for books, Crown Publishing, and Clarkson Potter for sending me this book for review! It’s my go to cookbook!