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Posts from ‘December, 2009’

The Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook: Tasty Traditions

olive-filled rolls, brussels sprouts salad with roasted shallot vinaigrette, roasted turkey breast, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes with caramelized parsnips
In retrospect it was probably not very smart to spend both Christmas Eve and Christmas laboring in the kitchen to create multi-dish meals. But the results were so good for both, I can’t really fault myself, and [...]

Curries Without Worries: Indian Food for Christmas Eve

paneer do piaza, dam aloo, cachumbar ka salad, rasmalai
Curries Without Worries is subtitled “an introduction to Indian cuisine,” and it’s well set up to offer that. Author Sudha Koul explains principles of Indian cooking, details both vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes, and suggests a number of set menus to try. I’ve owned this book for a [...]

Two at One Blow: Moosewood Cooks at Home, CIA Vegetables

spaghetti with zucchini and lemon, Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home
Brussels sprouts with mustard glaze, Culinary Institute of America Vegetables
This is not the first time I’ve made more than one blog recipe at once, but I think it’s the first time I’m combining two books’ worth in a single post. I’m doing it because the recipe [...]

McCall’s Cookie Collection: Two New (to Me) Holiday Cookies

coffee-almond lace wafers, glazed fudge drops
This is the third and last Christmas cookie post. I’ve come back to McCall’s Cookie Collection, which I used in June only to realize I’d made that recipe before, and so this time I was careful to choose things I know I’ve never made. From this book or any other, [...]

Martha Stewart Holiday Cookies: The Great Caramel Spill of 2009

golden popcorn squares
The really crazy part of this isn’t that I tried out a caramel sauce recipe that nearly led to disaster. The really crazy part is that I almost made fortune cookies in addition to the other holiday sweets.
Martha Stewart Holiday Cookies is another of those special-issue magazines, this one from 2001 (several years [...]

Christmas Cookies: First of Three Holiday Cookie Posts

Christmas sugar wafers
Christmas Cookies is a pretty little volume published by Oxmoor House, which also puts out a lot of Martha Stewart titles. The photography is lovely, and the recipes are very nice. I’ve used this book before; last year I made a pecan-butter cookie that was truly delicious and very easy. I may make [...]

Cooking Light: What’s for Dinner: Fast and Easy Supper

taco burgers
Cooking Light: What’s For Dinner is a bit of a stretch to define as a cookbook; it’s a special extra issue of Cooking Light magazine with fast, easy and light dinner recipes. These seem like they would be good for busy weeknight cooking. I’m not sure where I got the magazine, but it’s dated [...]

Laurel’s Kitchen Bread: Patience Is a Virtue

oatmeal bread
Saturday was a nasty day in New York: cold, gloomy and rainy, with snow making a halfhearted attempt to fall closer to sundown. Scott was fighting off a cold. It seemed like a perfect day to make soup, but I didn’t feel like digging out a soup recipe from the blog cookbooks; I wanted [...]