Tag: cookbook review

Making changes…

Making changes…
February 24, 2011
For the soul

Every single moment of our lives presents us with a choice: either awaken to the reality of the present moment, or stay sleepy and push aspects of that reality away. Sensations are here every single moment. Why don’t we feel them? The visual field, in all its dazzling play, is here every moment that our eyes are open. Can we remember to look and actually see? Will Johnson This was the quote of the week and it could not have happened at a more opportune time.  Why don’t we feel the sensations of every moment?  How do we learn to reach that state of awakening or alertness?  I continue to work each day at making lasting, mindful changes in my life, my lifestyle.  Why is it often so hard to make the best changes for you?  Breaking habits… we get into comfortable routines and breaking those can be more than …Read more

Weekly menu

February 11, 2011
Home management

This week started well: my menu was set, grocery shopping done, and school planned out.  It feels really nice to face Monday that way.  Then DS came home to see the doctor for the stomach flu spreading rapidly through the college.  He was sicker than I have seen him in quite a while.  It is very comforting to see how well he takes care of himself (though he admits wanting to be home and get the right foods and some nurturing).  This is a very brutal virus, I hear it is everywhere so take care everyone.  What are your favorite home remedies for the stomach flu?  The BRAT diet of course.  I love Miso soup, ginger tea with a little honey or agave nectar.  I also read that chamomile is a stomach soothing herb.  Send in your favorite home remedies. I am working on the various projects started: I ordered …Read more

Winter is here… time for stews…

February 2, 2011
In the kitchen

“What fire could ever equal the sunshine of a winter’s day?” — Henry David Thoreau We will not see much sunshine today… 8 to 13 inches of snow might be coming our way along with snow blowing and shoveling with DD.  It is time to pull out the slow cooker!  I have a long love story with my slow cookers.  I have several sizes, use them often in the winter, and one Christmas Eve, I had 3 cooking our meal while we attended the Christmas Mass.  Last week I pulled my slow cooker cookbooks off the shelve and picked the ones to test…  My favorites (which do not need testing):  Lorna Sass’ has some intricate recipes, some with many gourmet ingredients but they are all worth the work and search.  Next to it is Rick Rodgers with delicious, full proof recipes.  Both gave good results with each recipe on the …Read more

“Gluten-Free Baking” by Rebecca Reilly

January 21, 2011
In the kitchen

The first cookbook we pulled out was not as much a test, I had not used it in a while favoring a couple of new books so I naturally wanted to check if it was still as strong a reference: Gluten-Free Baking by Rebecca Reilly.  This was one of the first really tasty gluten-free baking books with a little less sugar, healthier recipes that my kids loved (or accepted). I have made the “Sour Cream Coffee Cake” for Christmas morning.  I used Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free flower mix instead of Reilly’s mix simply for simplicity’s sake.  The kids gave it a thumbs up and asked for it again last week.  It was not too sweet (I might skip the chocolate chips next time), I find the bean flour in the mix I used a bit strong but the kids did not mind this time.  I plan to mix up …Read more