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.

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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

Review: Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings, Favorite Cookbook of 2016


I had the opportunity to get this book from blogging for books and passed it up. My first thought was “Oh, no another cookbook from a celebrity who probably can’t even cook. Nothing in this one I’d be interesting in making.” Boy was I wrong! After reading several outstanding reviews for this book and learning that Chrissy even has a foodie blog, I realized I might have made a mistake. Since I had an Amazon gift card I decided to purchase a copy of my own and see what  all the hoopla  was about. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love this book. I’m already made 25 of the recipes with many more marked to try. Almost all of the ones I’ve tried were hits at my house. We didn’t care that much for the meatloaf, but it was a taste preference and not anything to do with the actual recipe.

Also amazing is the stories of the food in this book. Chrissy uses some off color language that I’m not particularly fond of, but in this book it works. She often had me laughing out loud while reading this book. So it’s a fun read as well as to cook from. There is even a chapter of Thai inspired food from her Mom. Haven’t tried any of those recipes yet but if I can get the ingredients I’ll be trying those as well as we enjoy Thai food.

Some of our absolute favorites of the 25 were Sriracha Caesar Salad and dressing, Cobb Salad with Honey Mustard Ranch Dressing, Chinese Chicken Salad with Crispy Won Ton Skins, Roasted Jalapeno and Chroizo Queso, Steak Bites with Melty Blue Cheese Butter, Cheesey Jalapeon Bacon Cornbread, John’s Breakfast Sandwich, Spicy Cajun Sausage Peppers and Cabbage, Cheesy Jalapeno Tuna Casserole with Potato Chip Topping, and Everything Chicken Sandwich Melts. If you’d like to see my reviews and photos of all the recipes I’ve tried from this book check me out on Cookbooker.com where my handle is southerncooker.

Here are just a few pictures of the recipes I’ve tried so far.


I’ve added quiet a few new cookbooks to my collection this year and several of them have been outstanding but this one I think has to be my favorite. Looking forward to trying more from this cookbook and hoping she has a second one in the works.

Review: A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches


Reading the title alone of this cookbook by  Tyler Kord, Chef, No. 7 Sub, makes one curious as to what’s inside. The author is the owner of the No. 7 Sub shops in New York. The artwork which is by William Wegman and photography by Noah Fecks are both amazing. The artwork reminds me of the older cookbooks of yesteryear. The photos of the actual sandwiches will make you drool. This book is a fun read even if you never try any of the sandwiches. I haven’t yet, but do have several marked to try in the future.

This book had me chuckling out loud from the introduction which is by Emma Straub and is a fantastic story in itself. Some of the combinations sound like they’d never work, but you’ll never know unless you try. This coming from a southern girl who enjoys a banana, bologna and mayonnaise on white bread.

There are not only meat options for sandwiches, but some veggie ones as well.

Names of the sandwiches are intriguing as well, and the back stories about them a joy to read. For instance: The Empire Strikes Back, Alf, Hot Patootie, Don’t Cry for Me Argentia, The Battle on Pork Chop Hill, and How Soon is Now, to name a few. There is some strong language in places that isn’t my cup of tea, but not enough to be off putting to me. If you enjoy a good read along with your sandwich then this if the book for you.

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