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"The First Real Kitchen Cookbook," Megan & Jill Carle

Pros: A nice simple cookbook for someone who doesn’t have much experience and doesn’t want to be overwhelmed Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book (published 2011) courtesy of Chronicle Books   Some time ago I reviewed Megan

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"Hot Sauce!" Jennifer Trainer Thompson

Pros: Tons of spicy information, tall tales, and quirky personality. Don’t forget the delicious recipes! Cons: None so far Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book provided courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley   Jennifer Trainer Thompson’s Hot Sauce!: Techniques

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"Milk & Cookies," Tina Casaceli

Pros: Mmmmmmm….. Cons: Just remember to put that butter out to soften, and it helps to have a good stand mixer Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book (published 2011) provided courtesy of Chronicle Books     I’m eating a

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On Hot Chocolate Samplers

My husband and I have a long history of enjoying hot chocolate together going back about 15 years. So this year for Valentine’s Day I wanted to get him some sort of really nice hot chocolate. Now, really nice hot

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How to thicken a slow-cooker stew at the end

Yesterday my husband and I set a stew going in the crock pot bright and early in the morning. Being bright and early in the morning, I totally forgot about thickening it. I went on line to look for solutions.

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Perfect, quick & easy weeknight pizza

I couldn’t even bring myself to call this one a recipe in the post title. That’s how easy it is. I loooove pizza. But the price adds up, much of it is really greasy, and it’s hard to find one

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"Modernist Cuisine," Myhrvold, Young, and Bilet

Pros: Stunning collection of information, techniques, diagrams, photos, tables, recipes, and more! Cons: Very expensive; many of the recipes and techniques also require expensive, difficult-to-obtain, or space-hogging items or ingredients; complex techniques and recipes are not for the casual cook!

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"Cooking for Gracie," Keith Dixon

Pros: Lovely, engrossing memoir-with-recipes Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book (published 2011) provided by Random House.   I’m not a parent. Yet after reading Keith Dixon’s Cooking for Gracie: The Making of a Parent from Scratch, I

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"Quick & Easy Mexican Cooking," Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee

Pros: Delicious! Great layout Cons: Some ingredients may be a little tough to find Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book (published 20011) provided by Chronicle Books.   Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee’s Quick & Easy Mexican Cooking: More Than 80 Everyday

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Recipe: White Chocolate-Raspberry Decadence

We found some gorgeous raspberries on sale this week, and I had a package of frozen puff pastry in the freezer; this inspired me to make the following. It has four parts: white chocolate pudding; whipped cream; fresh raspberries; puff

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