Review: Shinnytaste Fast and Slow

I love the Skinny Taste blog and checked out her first cookbook from our public library and loved it as well. I enjoyed this one, but not as much as the first. Maybe a personal preference, but there were more recipes that called my name in her first cookbook.

I was eager to get my hands on a copy of this one since it contains slow cooker recipes as well as quick fix ones. Many of the  breakfast recipes were more like ideas than recipes to me.  For instance  stuff on toast.

I did try the Perfect Medium-Rare Roast Beef in the Slow Cooker, but after the suggested time my beef was still very raw in the middle. Then I think I might have gone a bit too long, as once it rested it was done and a bit on the tough side. It had a great flavor though. The gravy was way to thin. I had to double the flour to get it to a thickness a little more than water.  I did shred the left overs and added them and the gravy back in the slow cooked the next day. I cooked it for a few hours till falling apart tender. Then served them on rolls with some Provolone, and it was delicious.


Hoping to try a few more of the recipes soon especially some more of the slow cooker ones. There are gorgeous photos though out the book. I love that there is nutritional information for all the recipes.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review



Weekends in a French Kitchen Oct 30, 2016


This weekend is a cooks choice weekend so I decided to do a recipe I missed earlier in the schedule – Roast Chicken. If you’re sill with me I’m continuing  to cook through Mimi Thorisson’s book, A Kitchen in France with some other bloggers. We share our adventures, with each other on the Facebook group, Weekend’s in a French Kitchen. If you’d care to join is the link is:

I made this chicken when I was staying with my daughter after she had her baby. Son in law, daughter and I loved this chicken. I did use sour cream instead of creme fraiche though and my chicken was 5 pounds instead of 3 so I had to add some cooking time but it turned out delicious. I served it with the Potatoes al a Lyonnaise from page 92 and they went together great with some broccoli as another side.


Until next time.

Weekends in a French Kitchen Oct 23, 2016


This weekends recipe from A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson is Potatoes Al a Lyonnaise.  I made this recipe to go with the roast chicken from page 46 which I will be posting for a Cooks Choice weekend this month.

I only put caramelized onions on half of this dish since son, and son-in-law don’t enjoy cooked onions. Daughter and I loved the ones with the onions on top and son and son-in-law loved the others. Hubby didn’t eat any. These potatoes are cooked three times but worth it. Boiled, sliced, fried in butter then topped with the onions and baked in the oven.

”TammyIf you’d like to join us in cooking through this book please consider joining the Facebook group at the following link:

Until next time Bon appetit!

Review: Big Bad Breakfast

I don’t have many breakfast books but do love trying new breakfast recipes. When I saw this book was coming out I knew I wanted to have a look. I’m so happy I did. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes in this book. The recipes inside are inspired by John Currence’s restaurant by the same name as the book title.

I love sweet and savoury and when I saw the first recipe, Sausage Cinnamon Rolls I knew this book was going to be great. A few other recipes I’m looking forward to trying are Broiled Tomato Benedict, Banana Pecan Coffee Cake, Louisiana Crab Cake Benedict, Low Country Cast-Iron Scramble, Toasted Oatmeal Pancakes, Roasted Tomato Cobbler, Creamed Chipped Mushrooms on Toast (as did the author I grew up eating Chipped beef on Toast, and his version of Pimento Cheese.

If you enjoy stories with your recipes then you’ll enjoy this book. Be aware though that there is some salty language, but if that bothers you just skip over those words because you’re going to want to try some of these recipes. Lots of great drool worthy photos are inside as well. John Currence is a southern breakfast genius.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.


Weekends in a French Kitchen Oct. 2, 2016


This weekends Mimi Thorisson’s recipe is Harvest Soup from A Kitchen In France and what a wonderful fall dish it was. My daughter and son-in-law just had a new baby, our first human grandchild. I took a week off from work to stay with her and spoil her and my new grandson. For lunch one day I made a half recipe of this delicious soup. I was a little surprised that daughter and I loved it so much since neither of us are big fans of cooked turnips, but they went well with all the other ingredients.

We loved the garnish of fresh chopped tomato, garlic, parsley and olive oil. Our baguette went bad so we toasted some leftover hamburger buns to dip in the delicious broth.


”TammyPlease consider joining us as we cook though A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson at the following group on Facebook:

Until next time Bon Appetit!


Review: Victuals by Ronni Lundy

I thoroughly enjoyed Ronni Lundy taking me on an Appalachian Journey and the recipes included, as it brought back memories of the way I grew up eating and enjoying food in the NC mountains. Besides North Carolina, there are also recipes and stories from Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. Lundy has a way with words and the stories included here along with the recipes will make your mouth water.

Since I grew up eating many recipes similar to the ones in the this book it speaks to my southern Appalachian heritage. I still love sallet, or a mess of greens with corn bread to soak up that delicious pot likker in the fall, Soup beans and corn bread with chow chow and onions in the winter, Killed Lettuce and corn bread in the spring, and Mountain Green Beans and Taters in the summer also, with corn bread or along side fried chicken and biscuits. If you don’t already know the wonders of these delicious meals you’ll learn about them  in this book.

I learned how to make Leather Britches from my Grandma and mother in law and made them for my family. I enjoyed reading about them in this book. My Grandma often made my sister and I cornmeal mush when we’d visit her and there is a recipe for fried cornmeal mush included in the book.

I also discovered some new and interesting recipe such as Kentucky Kimchi, Kale Potato Cakes and Icebox Green Strawberry Pickles to name a few.

If you enjoy stories with your recipes then this is the book for you.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.


Weekend in a French Kitchen Sept. 4, 2016


I’ve missed several weekends, but I’m finally getting back to my French kitchen weekends. What better way to start back than with a Vegetable Tian. I had to get a little creative with this one. Daughter and I don’t care for eggplant, but I was going to try it anyway, but store didn’t have any. I used some extra zucchini and added yellow squash instead of the eggplant. Didn’t know my garlic had gone bad until I started the dish, so I brushed the pan with olive oil and sprinkled on some garlic powder. Also added more garlic powder where the sliced garlic was called for. I only made a half recipe, so I used an 8×8 pan instead of an 8×12. I got flat leaf parsley just for this recipe and then forgot to put some on when I removed from oven. Daughter and I still enjoyed this dish and it was beautiful with the red from the tomatoes, green from the zucchini and yellow from the other squash. I did used some sprigs of thyme, but omitted the bay leaves since I’m not real fond of their flavor.

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Hope to see you again soon in my weekend French kitchen. ”Tammy