Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Talk With Your Mouth Full by Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh

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he original winners of The Next Food Network Star bring their signature style of casual entertaining to their first book. These Hearty Boys don't solve literary mysteries, but they sure are great at demystifying party-throwing. Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh are two guys who never attended culinary school yet build one of Chicago's most popular catering businesses, and now run the popular restaurant Hearty. Their self-deprecating, natural approach to cooking, which made them such a hit on the Food Network, comes through on every page. Packed with exciting but accessible recipes, clever how-to tips, and a gaggle of tales from the catering trenches, this is a truly entertaining guide to the art of entertaining.

Featured recipes include hors d'oeuvres, starters, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and libations. Nibble on Gorgonzola, Fig, and Pecan Cheese Terrine, or pass Seared Ahi on Wonton Crisps. Or sit down to enjoy Balsamic Mushroom Chicken and Oven-roasted Root Veggies, and finish the meal with Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes. Talk with Your Mouth Full offers help on everything from chilling wine to decorating a buffet table, as well as complete menus and planning advice. It's the ultimate guide to enjoying good food and good company.

Teeny's Tour of Pie by Teeny Lamothe

This wonderful cookbook is a must for anyone interested in pie baking. Whether you are a beginning cook or an experienced baker there is something for you in this gem of a cookbook. I enjoy baking but I am the first to admit to buying pre-made refrigerated pie dough because I just didn't want the bother and/or disappointment of making a pie crust from scratch. I have tried a few different crust recipes and the results only varied for bad to fair. However, following the easy step by step instructions Lamothe provides helped me to create a crust that was easy and delicious. The fact that Teeny substitutes vodka for water is a genius move that I never would have conceived of myself. There's not just the traditional crust recipe though, there are recipes for a pretzel crust, a sugar cookie crust, a gluten free crust, as well as many others that will tempt you to think outside the box. There are several variations on the whipped cream toppings that will leave you wanting to make a pie a day. 

There is a pie filling for any and every desire from sweet to savory. If you can't find several pies to try in this wonderful cookbook then there just isn't a pie for you! The photography is drool worthy and the interesting combinations make so many of these recipes temptingly unique. This cookbook will take you through the seasons with appetizing recipes that are easy to follow and worth the preparation of a homemade pie.

I received a copy from Workman's Publishing/Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Teeny Lamothe is a young woman on a mission—and the mission is pie. Charming, passionate, determined, Teeny traveled America to work with the country's best bakers and learn their techniques, tricks, and wisdom. Now she shares the fruits of her apprenticeship—the crumbs and crusts of her crusade—in Teeny’s Tour of Pie, a delectable journey into total pie immersion. 

Here are more than 55 pies, sweet and savory, plus a complete crust primer, and all of it seasoned throughout with Teeny’s humor and inspiration. There are fruit pies: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Lemony Blueberry Crumb Pie, Rosemary-Infused Caramel Apple Pie. Cream pies: Zested Lime Curd Pie, French Silk Pie. Traditional pies—Sweet Potato Pie, Shoofly Pie, Chess Pie—and unexpected pies—Peanut Butter Brownie Pie with a Pretzel Crust, Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie. And savory pies, too, like Thanksgiving Dinner Pie with a Stuffing Crumble. Teeny is a gifted baker and writer who demystifies every step. She explains why to add vodka to the pie crust; what to do when the dough is sticky or tears; how to cut and weave a lattice topping. There are the 5 Commandments of Crust and more than 10 no-fail crust recipes, even including one gluten-free. Plus she shows how to make “teeny” pies—her specialty, using a 5-inch pie pan—from the recipes. 

Teeny’s Tour of Pie captures both the timeless, homespun appeal of pie and its very timely popularity, right down to the “bakery box” cover with its embossed “string,” flaps, and spot-laminated “tape.” Includes profiles of pie-makers, personal stories, and gorgeous full-color beauty shots and step-by-step photographs.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Remarkable Refrigerator Cakes

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If you have every spent half your day slaving over a hot stove to prepare a delicious dessert, the through has probably crossed your mind that there has to be an easier way. Well, the good news is that this is true – there is an easier way to make delicious desserts without wasting your entire day. Refrigerator cakes are a simple yet delicious way to enjoy some of your favorite dessert flavors. Most refrigerator cake recipes only require 5 or 6 ingredients and, after just a few minutes of prep time all the work is done! Thanks to refrigerator cake recipes you can now enjoy your favorite flavors like chocolate mousse, pineapple upside down cake and rocky road in a fraction of the time it usually takes to make these desserts. Make the most of your local farmers market by using fresh fruit and berries to create fruit-flavored refrigerator cakes like cherry, peach and orange. When it comes to refrigerator cakes, the flavor combinations are endless and each and every one of them is delicious in its own unique way!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Slow Cooker Cookbook

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As our time becomes more precious, as daily life pulls us if different directions with erratic work schedules, kids after school clubs, errands, long commutes to and from work, it’s often our meals that are compromised with take outs, pre-packaged meals, biscuits, chips and other snacks. 

Well to ensure that we maintain healthy well balanced diets and manage our time more effectively, slow cookers have started to make a comeback…and with good reason. 

Slow cookers are gentle, economical and safe giving your meals lots of extra flavour and variety. 

The Slow Cooker Cookbook gets you started with a wonderful selection of 200 fantastic and mouth-watering recipes to get you started such as mushroom and onion scramble, asian beef soup, vegetable curry, BBQ mini meatballs, mediterranean chicken stew, sweetcorn risotto , banana pudding cake, mulled wine and chocolate sauce. 

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We’ve deliberately kept the Slow Cooker Cookbook simple and easy to apply so you can start enjoying the great way of cooking today.. 

What To Expect Inside: 

What is slow cooking 
Benefits of slow cooking 
Types of slow cookers 
Tips for successful slow cooking 
200 delicious recipes 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Treats Freebie

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Easy and Elegant & Adorable Easter 

Thе bіrdѕ аrе сhіrріng, thе grаѕѕ іѕ gеttіng grееnеr аnd thе flоwеrѕ аrе рееkіng оut оf the ѕоіl. Sрrіng hаѕ оffісіаllу ѕрrung аnd Eаѕtеr іѕ аlmоѕt here. 

Whether уоu аrе рlаnnіng a ԛuіеt dау аt hоmе or аt сhurсh, a lаrgе family gеt-tоgеthеr оr аn еlеgаnt Eаѕtеr brunсh, the dеѕѕеrt rесіреѕ lіѕtеd wіthіn аrе sure to gеt аnуоnе into thе hоlіdау spirit. If you аrе lооkіng fоr thе реrfесt sweet trеаt tо еаt thаt nоt only tаѕtеѕ gооd but іѕ simply аdоrаblе аnd сutе аѕ ріе, look no furthеr. Friends аnd fаmіlу will bе ооhіng аnd aahing аnd hippity hорріtіng аt thе іnсrеdіblе сrеаtіоnѕ you whірреd uр іn hоnоr оf thе аnnuаl hоlіdау. 

If уоu'rе lооkіng fоr ѕоmеthіng ѕресіаl to serve аt your Eаѕtеr celebration thіѕ уеаr, this соllесtіоn оf ѕuрrеmеlу ѕіmрlе dеѕѕеrtѕ іѕ ѕurе tо hаvе ѕоmеthіng tо рlеаѕе еvеrуоnе at уоur tаblе. This compilation of recipes and pictures have been either handed down or a favorite found among the pages of some of my favorite magazines. Most of the recipes are adapted through my years as a chef for today. 

Your table and guest are waiting some of the pleasurable surprises and looks of these recipes designs of finish products. A recipe contained within for Phillipes French Fried Strawberries w/ Zabaglione Custard Sauce was created and handed to many restauranteurs, pastry chefs and even friends of mine who were executive chefs In the New Orleans, LA and Orlando, FL. It's a wonderful simple recipe. Another recipe favorite is Heavenly Floating Islands. There is a list of Adorable Easter Treats Starring Peeps presented herein, among many cookies, cupcakes and glorious cakes. 

So Turn The Page, Decide your favorite for your Easter celebration. Make some memories and make some of these recipes your own as have I.