Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Random Post

 I found in Costco this ginormous "Costco Size"cook book with over 1,000 pages of recipes. 
 I have been a fan of Cook's Illustrated and America's Test Kitchen for a little while.
You know the funny guy with the glasses?  Well, he doesn't look so funny in this picture. :)

  After I had my last baby I watched a lot of PBS cooking shows during the midnight feedings.  Maybe I was hungry, but everything they made looked so delicious! I love how they tell the science behind cooking and give you examples of why your meal didn't quite work out right.  I don't know about you, but I can be handed a wonderful recipe and mess it up right away.  Either I over stirred, overcooked, or just flat out messed up the recipe. Maybe it's because I usually have several kids pulling at my ankles while I'm cooking dinner! 
The cook book is not full of pretty pictures, but I love the how-to illustrations. Look how they split a ball of cookie dough to keep it chewy and thick while cooking. Bizarre...but it works!
  I have only tried five recipes so far, but they have turned out great.  
How about you?  Do you like Cook's Illustrated? Have you had any luck with their recipes?

Along with cooking, I am still playing with my new camera
I don't know what the heck I'm doing, but it sure is fun!:)

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures is having another photo party using Bokeh...or blurry background.
I headed outside to find some signs of spring.  I love spring! I think it's my most favorite season.
The Magnolia bush in our yard is starting to bud.

A bud on a Dogwood shrub.
The last picture is of our Choke Cherry Tree.  The weather has been so beautiful here!
Thanks for letting me share my little photo hobby! :)

In the next couple of weeks we will be starting on a much needed, big project, full of DIY. 
 We'll fill you in on the details soon!


Suzie said...

I love your pictures! All those beautiful buds!!!

Honey at 2805 said...

Really great pictures! I think I'll learn a lot today.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Love your bokeh shots. They are great. Branches and nature make me so happy. Thanks for linking.

The Single Nester said...

You will have to share with us recipes that you make from the book. I love that show! How much was the book?

Cristy @ Art•ing Shed•quarters said...

I have been cooking the cooks illustrated way since 2005. If you cook enough of their recipe, you learn to cook differently, with so much more flavor. I use their styles and apply it to most of my cooking. Not all of their ethnic stuff is authentic enough for me, but tender, juicy, moist, flaky...if thats what you want from homemade food, they have figured how to do it.

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