Today I'd like to cover a book that has been hanging out in my collection a while, but not too long, and I've been hording photos of for ages but missing quite a few photos too because I can't for the life of me lay my little mouse pointer on them . . .
Starting with breakfast I made the:
Blueberry Nutmeg Muffins (pg 19)
Mocha Muffins (pg 20)
Banana Biscuits (pg 25)
Breakfast Potatoes with Peppers and Onions (pg 45)
Soups Salads & Sides:
Quick and Hearty Chili (pg 70)
A nice quick chili. Great on it's own but super awesome over potatoes.
Garlic Dill Potato Salad (pg 80)This was awesome! As with everything I make with raw garlic these days, I scaled down the amount asked for because I couldn't bare to hear it was too much. I am totally in love with creamy potato salads anyway, always have been. This doubled as a good help to use extra fresh dill I had hanging out in my fridge.
Vampire Fries (pg 85)
Yup, more garlic and I loved them. But not too much garlic. Garlic is good for you!
Sweetheart Fries (pg 86)
Very Sloppy Joes (pg 93)I've always had a love hate relationship with sloppy joes. I like sandwhiches and I like the sloppy joe filling but half of it always squeezes out and you end up eating it with a fork anyway and for sandwhiches I feel like they are fork free foods. I forget which blog I recently saw this on but I had to do the old forhead smack on this one. Sloppy joes over potatoes. I think baked potato would be best but I don't do baked spuds often so the cubed and roasted are just fine here.
Quinoa Burgers (pg 100)
Cheezy Mac (pg 104)
Just add something green for a super yummy rounded out meal.
Jambalaya (pg 105)
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (pg 124)
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (pg 125)
Ooey-Gooey Brownies (pg 126)
Ok these I almost had to report a problem with before I realized the problem was me and my oven. It's a gas oven and I've always had trouble regulating temperature in gas ovens. Sometimes the seal has been crap. Sometimes there isn't even a suggestion of temperature control, just on or off. First I didn't make them exactly as written I had substituted whole meal flour and then realized as they were baking that I forgot the sugar completely. They still tasted ok, good thing I like dark chocolate! Both the first and second times I made them there was a baking time issue. I just could not get the centers to bake. Then I thought about it, no matter what I baked in there if it were dessert/snack bars or dinner casseroles I had a ridiculous time getting the centers to heat up before the edges hardened and turned to cemented lumps of charcoal. The final time I improvised a tray on a cookie sheet and followed the recipe exactly and voila! Perfect delicious best brownies ever brownies. Seriously make these.
Apple Crumb Pie (pg 138) with All Purpose Pastry Dough (pg 136)Sauces & Incidentals:
I won't comment on these individually but just say as a group all the sauces I tried were awesome and I have made them more than once since the first try.
Creamy Sage and Pepper Gravy (pg 160)
Rough Rider Barbecue Sauce (pg 178)
Carolina-Style Barbecue Sauce (pg 179)
Julie's latest book is Vegan Pizza: 50 Cheesy, Crispy, Healthy Recipes. Can't wait to get my mitts on that one.