Category Archives: Recipes

A Very Veggie World from Country Crock

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Country Crock is offering a free downloadable recipe book titled A Very Veggie World.

A Very Veggie World

Cover Photo of Country Crock's A Very Veggie World

It has 25 fun things to create with your veggies such as Mushroom Gnomes

 and Bear Paws.

Bear Paws from Country Crock's A Very Veggie World

Very cute ideas I’ll have to try.

Although, I have to confess that no matter how it looks, I don’t think I can eat brussel sprouts. (Shh! Don’t tell my kids.)

Molecular Model Brussel Sprouts from Country Crock's A Very Veggie World

Get your own copy here.

Fun Site: Eat Your Books!

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I just discovered this website called Eat Your Books. It’s a pretty neat concept. First, you search for your cookbook. Then, a list of recipes from that book appears. You can narrow your search using the “Only Show” filters for things such as Recipe Types, Ingredients, Courses (Afternoon Tea is an option!). You can also do a search by keyword but this took me a little while to figure out. Once you’ve clicked on a book, The Joy of Cooking for example, there is a link to “Search this book for recipes”. When you click on the link, a search box appears with the title of the book in quotes. If you then want to search for recipes with beef in it, type beef after “The Joy of Cooking” in the search box, and the matching results will appear.

I did search for four of my cookbooks (I don’t actually own The Joy of Cooking). Two of them did not appear at all, while two of them did. However, the two that did appear were not yet indexed. If I sign up to be a member, looks like I can request that the book be indexed. Speaking of being a member, there are different membership levels. The Limited Membership allows you to add up to 5 books to your bookshelf. There is then a $2.50/month membership and a $25/year membership. Pretty reasonable, I think.

The website does state that it’s not a recipe site. So, you won’t see a full listing of ingredients are directions for copyright reasons. But why would you need that if you have the book? Links are provided if the recipe is published somewhere else on the internet. What I would like to see, however, it the page number where the recipe can be found in the cookbook.

Page numbers are a feature of the magazine search – and I like this part even better than being able to search my cookbooks.

I don’t know about you, but there have been many times I’ve sat at the beauty salon or in a doctor’s office reading a magazine, and found a great recipe. But, how to bring it home? I’ve scribbled it on a scrap of paper I found in my purse. I’ve typed it into my cell phone, although I guess nowadays I could just take a photo of the recipe from the magazine. And yes, I confess, I’ve slipped a magazine into my purse before! But, I have, in fact,returned the magazine to its rightful owner.

Eat Your Books has indexed magazines such as Cooking Light and Food Network Magazine. Since these magazines tend to have websites, many of the recipes have links to the official website. Sure, you could just go to the magazine site but I think the database search is probably easier with Eat Your Books.

Overall, I think Eat Your Books is a great idea. As the database continues to grow, it will likely become a very handy tool for many cooks, especially those of you with a multitude of cookbooks on your shelves. At this point in my cooking career, I don’t think I have use for the site. Although, if they index my 100 Best 4 Ingredient Recipes and other similar cookbooks that I own, I might just change my mind!

Another Kale Chips Recipe (from IIN)

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After I published my last post, I actually clicked on the recipe link in the email from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and laughed to discover it was a recipe for kale chips! The recipe title is Crispy “Cheesy” Kale Chips and you can find it here.

I was wondering how this could be “cheesy” since you’ll see the ingredients do not include cheese. But then I googled “nutritional yeast” since I know nothing about it and About.com (get it, get it? It was actually the second result – I rarely use wikipedia) tells me:

Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods.

Hmmm…I’ll have to investigate where I can get some nutritional yeast and how it tastes. I’ll update here if I try this recipe. Anyone wanna take bets on whether the kids will love it or hate it? Oooh! Maybe I’ll make a love it vs. hate it scoreboard!

Kale Chips

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A couple of weeks ago I read something about kale chips and how they’re good for you and easy to make. So, I thought I’d give it a shot. I found a recipe for Crispy Kale Chips on the Food Network and made them for dinner.

One thing I recommend is make sure the kale is very, very dry before you put them in the oven. Otherwise they don’t get crispy at all – sort of soggy as if they’ve just been steamed. The kids hated them although they forced them down. The husband thought they were pretty good as did I. I saved the leftovers and snacked on them the next day, which was good because I tend to have salty snack cravings during the day.

I made them again another day but waited too long after I bought the kale, so it was a little wilted. That, on top of the fact that I had less kale but still used the same amount of olive oil, it didn’t turn out so well. I still ate it and I’ll definitely make again. I have hopes that the kids might grow to like it. The husband and I also thought it would taste good crumbled on something, but we can’t figure out what. If anyone has any suggestions, please share!

Oh…and watch out cause it can get stuck in your teeth and you’ll end up giving someone a big toothy kale smile.