I don’t often make new year’s resolutions but after winning a stack of cookbooks from Random House for the holidays, I thought this might be the
excuse push I needed to actually start cooking more & eating healthier! So who knows.. this might be the first of many “Lost in the Kitchen Reviews”!
Over the holidays, I made one thing from 3 of the cookbooks, and now I’d like to share with you how that went! (Keeping in mind that this is all from someone who can cook by following recipes but otherwise not a very experienced chef 😉 )
Tiny Food Party! by Teri Lyn Fisher & Jenny Park
I decided to make the bite-sized Caprese Skewers for one of our family Christmas dinners, and they were quite the hit! Taking a classic combination and slicing it up was a nice twist that made for great presentation. I also got a lot of compliments on the balsamic vinegar/brown sugar glaze/dip!
The rest of the book has some fairly easy-to-prepare appetizers and small eats. Definitely looking forward to trying more for future dining!
The Soup Sisters Cookbook edited by Sharon Hapton
I was most excited about this cookbook win. I love soup but didn’t really know how to make any, despite everyone saying how easy it was. Flipping through the book, organized by the 4 seasons (“Winter” vs “Summer” soups) I found myself tabbing a lot of the recipes to try in the future. The recipes aren’t bogged down by too many instructions, and typical methods & terms are explained in the beginning so the individual instructions get right down to it.
After much tough decision making, I chose the Broccoli, Spinach & Leek soup. While I didn’t have a handheld mixer to purée the soup near the end, I improvised and used a potato masher to smash down the larger bits.
This actually gave the soup a nice chunkier texture to it.
150 Essential Whole Grain Recipes by the Canadian Living Test Kitchen
There’s been a lot of talk lately about quinoa and brown rice, so I was intrigued with the recipes in this cookbook. I selected the Creamy Rice & Kale Casserole and while it took a bit longer to prepare, the end result was quite tasty!
I wasn’t able to find the brown & wild rice blend mentioned in the ingredients list, so I substituted it with a brown rice that didn’t take as long to cook as the instructions said, so juggling that plus all the different pots that were required was a bit trickier for a novice chef. In the end, I probably could have chopped up the kale a bit smaller, and blended the cream cheese a bit more thoroughly but this casserole is SO savoury.
The cream cheese actually gives it quite a nice taste to mix with the rice & kale.
Lots of work, but well worth it!