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Cookbooks on the Couch

The Southern Slow Cooker

I’ve loved cookbooks for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I was first married that I really started reading them.  I received Cookwise by Shirley O. Corriher as a wedding gift and although I probably tried a recipe or two from the book, what I really enjoyed was sitting down and actually reading through it and learning about how recipes work and why recipes work.  After that book, I started to really enjoy reading recipes.  Not just the head notes and stories that accompanied them, but the actual recipes.  I love reading through ingredient lists and instructions, imagining the process and seeing the food come together in my mind.  I learn from recipes, even if I don’t always follow them.  I pick up new shortcuts, flavor combinations, and techniques.  I learn that there can be more than one “right way” to do something.  I learn that it’s okay to experiment because almost every single recipe published is simply a variation of an older recipe.  And that’s okay.  That’s what cooking is. Continue reading →

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Baking with Almond Flour: Snickerdoodles

Grain-Free Snickerdoodles

As we’re transitioning from the Whole30 diet that we followed last month, I thought it might be fun to experiment with some grain-free baking.  We have added small amounts of natural sweeteners, butter, and cheese back to our diet this week but won’t be adding any wheat back for a little while yet.  This Snickerdoodle recipe from Deliciously Organic works perfectly for us at this stage because it uses almond and coconut flours in place of all-purpose wheat flour and is sweetened with a combination of honey and coconut sugar.  I followed Carrie’s recipe exactly and these were simple to make and they turned out perfectly.  The only real difference between mine and hers was that I used the convection setting on my oven when baking them.  Even though I turned the temperature down and shortened the baking time, the coconut sugar browned faster than I was expecting.  They didn’t burn, but they definitely have a delicious though unintentional caramel flavor.  Next time I’ll bake them without convection and then see which I prefer. Continue reading →

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Summer Fest: 20 Tomato Recipes

Tomatoes from our Garden - Pinch My Salt

It’s tomato season and our garden is producing beautiful red and yellow fruit at an amazing pace, not to mention the zucchini, crookneck squash, peppers, and three varieties of cucumbers that need to be harvested every single day.  Seriously, the cucumbers just don’t stop!  But this week we’re focusing on tomatoes because it’s Wednesday and we’re celebrating this garden favorite for Summer Fest this week. Continue reading →

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My Favorite Recipes of 2012

Strawberry Bruschetta with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil

I decided to look back through my blog posts of 2012 and pull together a few standout recipes that I will definitely be making again and again.  First up is this somewhat unusual spring appetizer that I made with some of our delicious local strawberries.  I can’t wait til next spring when I’ll be able to make this Strawberry Bruschetta with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil again. Continue reading →

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What I Made for Thanksgiving

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

We spent Thanksgiving at my grandparents’ house so I didn’t have to worry about making an entire Thanksgiving meal.  I was really only in charge of pies this year, but at the last minute decided I’d also try this Broccoli Cheese Casserole from Simply Recipes.  It was easy to make and everyone enjoyed it. Continue reading →

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Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Gratin

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Gratin

Green Beans with Tart Cherry Balsamic Glaze

Green Beans with Tart Cherry Balsamic Glaze

Spaghetti Squash Gratin

Spaghetti Squash Gratin

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese and Sour Cream

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Ideas for a Homemade Valentine’s Day

Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing Continue reading →

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Baking from Tartine Bread

Tartine Country Loaf

One of the best gifts I received this year was the gift of bread.  No, I wasn’t given a loaf of bread, but I was given a tool that allowed me to bake the best bread of my life.  Continue reading →

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