Cookbooks I Checked Out (And Actually Used!)

I am guilty of checking out cookbooks, declaring that I will make that recipe that intrigued me…and then doing nothing.  But occasionally I actually follow through and am happy with the results.  Here are some favorites:

by Eric Silverstein

The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas – Two words: Kimchi Queso.  This smooth, mildly spicy, cheesy dip has a nice, garlic flavor and was a hit at my house.  (Someone who “hates” kimchi loved this, which says a lot!) Use it with the meat/meat substitute of your choice in soft tacos if you find yourself with leftovers.   Also try the Binh Ma Tacos and the Rice Pudding. 

by Allison Day

Purely Pumpkin: More than 100 Wholesome Recipes to Share, Savor, and Warm Your Kitchen – Got some canned or fresh pumpkin to use up?  You’ll find a variety of savory and sweet recipes in this cookbook.  Try the Pumpkin Ginger Bread with Dark Chocolate and Coconut, a (IMO much better) take on the pumpkin bread from Starbucks.  I’ve had success substituting gluten free 1-for-1 measure flour in place of the spelt flour.       

by Jamie Oliver

Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals – The Cauliflower Cheese reminds me of a gratin.  (Note: don’t use frozen cauliflower because the texture will become very mushy in a bad way).  The Quick Salmon Tikka with Cucumber Yogurt is quick, easy, and very filling.  Feel free to experiment with the veggies in The Super-Quick Salmon Stir Fry.  Try the Baked Camembert Pasta. 

by Vivian Howard

Deep Run Roots – Cucumber Ginger Limeade makes me want to sit on the porch on a warm summer evening.  Try Citrus Sweet Potato Butter for a zippy take on mashed sweet potatoes.  At the end of summer when you have more tomatoes than you know what to do with, it’s time to make Roasted and Fresh Tomato Pie.  (I used store bought crust, so I cannot speak to how the pie crust recipe is).  Did zucchini magically show up on your doorstep?  Make Grilled Squash, Basil Pesto, and Stewed Tomatoes.

– Megan C.

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