Review | The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook

August 19, 2013
Review | The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook

***This is a sponsored post. I was provided a copy of The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes for When It’s Too Hot to Cook for purpose of review. No other compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** Here in Florida we’re no stranger to it being just too hot to cook. Growing up without air conditioning, Mom would often forgo cooking supper in the summer months in favor of take-out or microwavable entrees. These days we don’t have the heat problem too often, but still there are nights when you just don’t want to pull out the pots and pans and go to all that trouble. Which is why I was happy to try out some of the recipes in The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook by recipe developer Matt Kadey. It’s not all salads and sandwiches, either, there are soups, pasta dishes, and even pizzas included in this slim volume as well as breakfast through desserts. Beginning with breakfast, I gave their Overnight Oats (p 8) a try. As a substitute for my usual instant oatmeal in the mornings, this was a nice, if chewy, change of pace. […]

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Low-FODMAP Graham Crackers

August 12, 2013
Low-FODMAP Graham Crackers

If you follow this blog’s cocktail companion, Sips & Shots, you already know that this past Saturday was National S’mores Day, and since 1/3 (or maybe even a full half!) of a s’more is the graham crackers, what’s a low-FODMAPer to do but make their own! While I could look for a pre-existing gluten-free graham cracker recipes, I wanted to try the theory that my favorite flour blend would truly work in any given recipe. So I went with the first Google result: the Smitten Kitchen’s Graham Crackers. Did it work? In spades, my friends, in spades! Here’s my adaptation of their adaptation of Nancy Silverton’s recipe: Low-FODMAP Graham Crackers 2 1/2 c + 2 Tbsp Gluten-Free flour blend 1 c light brown sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp xanthum gum 3/4 Kosher salt 7 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed 1/3 c maple syrup 5 Tbsp lactose-free milk 2 Tbsp vanilla extract Additional sugar for sprinkling Combine the flour blend, brown sugar, soda, gum, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine, or stir together in a large bowl. Add butter and process until the butter has been reduced to small bits among the flour and […]

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Review | The Low-GI Slow Cooker

August 5, 2013
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***This is a sponsored post. I received a copy of The Low-GI Slow Cooker for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own and no further compensation has been received. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…*** When I got married the first time, I purposely did not register for a slow-cooker as I patently did not want one in my house. So of course we received three, all from concerned relatives thinking we’d merely forgotten to request one. We gave two of them away but kept the one and over the years I learned to appreciate it for it’s convenience. And I still have that same Crock-Pot that I received in 1995 and it still works wonderfully. Better, for some things, than Todd’s newer, slightly larger model, in fact. (A few years ago they adjusted the internal temperature settings, so his cooker’s ‘Low’ cooks faster and at a higher temperature at mine.) And they keep coming out with  newer, shinier, multi-featured models all the time, it seems. Which is why, among other reasons, I was happy to take a look at The Low-GI Slow Cooker cookbook by Dr. Mariza Snyder, Dr. Lauren Clum, and Anna V. […]

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Review | She Cooks, She Scores by Jennifer F Stoker

July 29, 2013
Review | She Cooks, She Scores by Jennifer F Stoker

***This is a sponsored post. I was provided a copy of She Cooks, She Scores for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own and no other compensation has been received. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** Food-based memoir, on the surface, should be an easy mark to hit. After all, everyone eats and many people are able to tie certain strong memories to the food they enjoyed at those times. Home cooking, soul food, amazing dinners out, it all connects us on some level. And since I love hearing the stories behind the food, I was really looking forward to enjoying Stoker’s She Cooks, She Scores when it arrived. Todd always likes it when I get new review cookbooks in–he likes to pull new dinner ideas out of them as much as I do–but when I asked him if he’d found anything interesting in Scores (he’d gotten to it before I did), he said it was more frou-frou food. And after flipping through the first few sections, you’d think a better title for the book would be ‘My Love Affair with Lobster.’ The men don’t last, but her main ingredient takes center stage for many […]

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Low-FODMAP Pineapple Salsa

July 22, 2013
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I was expecting company last week and had meant to do some baking but the week had just gone from hectic to all-out-insane and I just couldn’t summon the will to turn on the oven. Still, I wanted to offer my guests something so I figured I’d just pick up some nice cheese on the way home and call it done. Until, that is, I got a hankering for something a little more tropical and came up with this: Low-FODMAP Pineapple Salsa 1 c diced tomatoes 1 c diced pineapples 1/2 c sliced green onion tops 1/4 c chopped cilantro* juice of 1 lime salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve. Good for about 3 days or so. If you like more heat in your salsa you can, by all means, add a diced jalapeno or other peppers to the mix. Not knowing the heat tolerance of my guests and wanting something a bit on the milder side I left it out. And if you’re in a hurry, many of these items can be found in your local grocery store already chopped and ready to […]

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So I’m Making My Own Yogurt Now?

July 15, 2013
So I’m Making My Own Yogurt Now?

Yup. In fact, as I write this post  my latest batch of lactose-free yogurt is perking along on the kitchen counter. Now, why would I go to this much trouble when there are ready-made options available, even for the lactose-intolerant and Low-FODMAP among us? Because not all options are created equally. I enjoy my afternoon yogurt snack both for taste as well as health benefits. I discovered ages ago that it helped keep me healthy long before Acitivia and the like started marketing as such. And, yet, the Low-FODMAP challenges showed me just how sensitive I am to lactose, even the reduced amount in most Greek-style yogurts, so I knew I needed to be a bit more careful with what I was consuming. That left me with pretty much one option at our local grocery store: Yoplait’s Lactose Free French Vanilla image via Yoplait.com | While it comes in peach, strawberry, vanilla, and cherry, my store only carried the latter 2 And while I wasn’t a huge fan of the flavor or texture, it was acceptable and got me my live cultures at a reasonable .60 a serving. At least it did when they kept it in stock. About the […]

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Review: Easy Indian Cooking, Second Edition

July 8, 2013
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***This is a sponsored post. I received a copy of Easy Indian Cooking, 2nd Edition, by Suneeta Vaswani, for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own and no other compensation has been received. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, you’ve probably figured out that Todd and I love Indian food in general, and that I love to try out authentic recipes when time allows (like participating in the Indian Cooking Challenge). So it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance to check out Suneeta Vaswani’s updated Easy Indian Cooking. The book opens with a brief information section that would have come in super-handy back when I first started trying those ICC recipes and I was having to Google every other ingredient to figure out what I was looking for or what I could substitute. If you’re just delving into Indian cuisine and are wanting to recreate some of the delicacies you’ve enjoyed in restaurants, this section will help you get started in ways that a single recipe might leave you wondering. Not that Vaswani doesn’t give you plenty of tips throughout the book, most […]

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