Category Archives: cookbooks

Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie: Food Truck Road Trip

Do you live in a town that is big enough to have a food truck or two?  Have you ever eaten at one?  Even more likely, have you watched a show on television, be it crime or comedy and seen the actors raving over food bought at one?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, have I got a cookbook (Food Truck Road Trip–A Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes Collected from the Best Street Food Vendors Coast to Coast)
for you!  And while I am at it, have I got a pie for you, too!!

Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie Continue reading

The Holiday Kosher Baker #cookbookreview

I can never say no to baking books of any kind, especially when they are filled with chocolate, fruit and cinnamon in the form of cookies, breads and cakes. The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts by Paula Shoyer is just such a book.  It takes the reader through the year of big Jewish holidays and all of the wonderful sweets and baked goods that go along with them.

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#Cookbook Review Idiot’s Guides: the Mediterranean Diet Cookbook

I have long been a fan of Mediterranean cooking.  I love fruit, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, nuts and yogurt.  When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to review Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook.  This series of books breaks the subjects down to the nitty gritty.  I read the whole book while sitting by the community pool one afternoon.  I knew the first recipe I wanted to make from it was Garlic Scrambled Eggs.  They sounded like something my entire family would devour.

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#Cookbook Review: Dairy Made Easy

With the number of school days left down to single digits, my efforts are focused not on making fancy gourmet dinners, but on just getting through.  Luckily, I was asked to review Dairy Made Easy: Triple-Tested Recipes for Every Day which is full of easy, delicious meal ideas.  For this review, I chose to make Sundae Pops, which have quickly become one of my favorite desserts to serve my family.Hot Fudge Sundae Pops Continue reading

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe is actually printed in a real cookbook!  I was honored to be asked to contribute to Brianna Hobbs’ The Essential Gluten-Free Cookie Guide.  These Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are melt in your mouth delicious.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
  • ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar (or coconut palm sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour mix (I used Bloomsfield Farms)
  • ½ cup gluten-free oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Cream peanut butter, coconut oil and sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla and mix.
  3. Combine dry ingredients and add to peanut butter mixture.
  4. Scoop out cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Press down with the bottom of a glass.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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#Cookbook Review: The Healthy Slow Cooker

The Healthy Slow Cooker by Judith FinlaysonAnother cookbook review for you!  This time it’s all about easy and healthy meals made in the slow cooker.   Whether the temperature is cold or hot outside, your slow cooker can be your best friend, saving you time in the kitchen.  With the help of The Healthy Slow Cooker: 135 Gluten-Free Recipes for Health and Wellness, it can also help you produce delicious, healthy, gluten free meals, too. Continue reading

#Cookbook Review: A Taste of Pesach

Cookbook review: A taste of Pesach. A fabulous resourse for delicious gluten free and Passover foodI am excited to review this beautiful new book from the publisher of the Kosher by Design series. A Taste of Pesach: Trusted Favorites, Simple Preparation, Magnificent Results is not only filled with tried and true Passover recipes, it’s 95% gluten free.  So, as a non-Jew-but-gluten-free-eater, I am excited to spread the word about this untapped resource for us. Never let the fact that a book is written for one group of people stop you from exploring the possibilities! Continue reading

Black Bean Chicken Quesadilla

Black Bean Chicken QuesadillasHave you ever taken a moment to look at the Latin food section of your grocery store?  There are so many fun things to find there.  Goya Foods is a Latin food brand that, as far as I can tell in all of my moves around the country, is a national brand found everywhere.  Their product line is very extensive.  Some of their foods are even in the freezer section!

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#Cookbook Review: #Bacon Lovers Cookbook

Bacon Lovers CookbookI have an interesting cookbook review for you today.  The Bacon Lovers Cookbook is a new addition to the Golden Press line up of “lovers” cookbooks.  You may recall that I reviewed the Pumpkin Lovers Cookbook a few weeks ago.  This book is full of bacon recipes, bacon tips, bacon jokes and bacon facts, all of which was gathered from other sources and bound together in one bacon extravaganza. Continue reading

#Cookbook Review: Estee Kafra’s Cooking Inspired

There is still time to shop for the discerning foodie before the holidays are over!   Right in the middle of Hanukkah and a few weeks to go before Christmas, this new cookbook, Cooking Inspired
is filled with recipes taken from the pages of, one of the biggest kosher websites on the internet. Continue reading

#Cookbook Review: Stealth Health Lunches Kids Love

Let’s face it, getting kids to eat healthy foods is not always easy.  I had such plans with all of my children: they were going to love broccoli and hate Sweet Tarts.  I did achieve the former; all five of my kids are broccoli lovers, but dang it, all five of them love red and blue dye, ascorbic acid and corn syrup laden candies, too.  As babies and toddlers, I had so much control over their diets.  They really were pretty good eaters.  However, when they got to be school aged and started playing and eating at friends’ homes, all of my good work went out the window.  Continue reading

#Cookbook Review: Cowgirl Creamery Cooks

This month a new cookbook hit the shelves.  The Cowgirl Creamery Cooks
by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith is much more than just a cookbook, though.  Half of the book is part autobiography, part cheese making primer.  It tells the story of two friends whose culinary journey has culminated in an artisanal creamery and restaurant.  The other half is filled with recipes using cheese, glorious cheese. Continue reading

#Cookbook Review: Kids Cooking Made Easy

I got my first cookbook for Christmas the year I turned eight years old.  It was a book made just for children learning to cook and made every dish look like fun.  I am sure my grandmother, who gave me the book, had no idea the adventures that would come to my life because of that gift.  Today’s review is for a new cookbook for children: Kids Cooking Made Easy: Favorite Triple-Tested Recipes
by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, authors of the “made easy” series of cookbooks. Continue reading

#Cookbook Review: 201 Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids

Because I have a gluten intolerance and my mother has a gluten intolerance and my mother-in-law has a gluten intolerance, I pretty much figure that my daughter is doomed.   While I cook gluten free dinners, I still make regular treats, breakfasts and snacks for the rest of the family.  As time goes by, however, I am starting to sneak more and more gluten free items into the regular line-up.  Eventually, I hope to convince my husband that we need to get rid of the gluten completely.  It may take a while, though. Continue reading

#Cookbook Review: The Greek Yogurt Cookbook

Yogurt has long been a healthy food, but now Greek yogurt has taken over.  With a huge amount of protein, vitamins, minerals and less sodium than regular yogurt, sales of Greek yogurt are booming.  The yogurt section of my local grocery stores have gone from being 90% regular yogurt to being at least 50% Greek.  There is even Greek yogurt cream cheese!  So with all of this new commerce, it is only fitting that there is now a The Greek Yogurt Cookbook: Includes Over 125 Delicious, Nutritious Greek Yogurt Recipes
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