I can’t believe it’s already 2008. Wow, how time flies. I will hit my year mark of blogging in a few short months. I am amazed at how this little blog has changed my life and my time in the kitchen. It has been a wonderful ride so far!!
I’m usually really bad about making new year’s resolutions. I actually get annoyed at the beginning of the year when I go to the gym and it’s so full that I have to fight or wait for equipment. I can’t wait until the middle of February when the gym is empty again. But this year I have made myself a few food related goals. I’m not promising to eat better or cut sugar, because I know that I would fail! But I do want to venture out of my comfort zone even more than I have over the last year. I was reading through a few cookbooks over the last week, and realized that there are so many things that I have never eaten and many techniques that I have never tried. So that is goal number one – to try new things. My second goal is to work through my cookbooks a little better. I still have many cookbooks that I either have never cooked from, or that I cooked from years ago but have never been back to. I want to make my goal to be to blog about at least one recipe from each of my cookbooks that I haven’t blogged about before. I’m going to try to work on a link to my cookbooks and the recipes I’ve made from each – just so I can make sure I accomplish this!
Speaking of cookbooks, another month has past, so I have a new Cookbook of the Month and a review of last month’s cookbook.
The new cookbook for January first. There are 2 things that I have really been into the last few months. The first is Cooking Light. I have finally subscribed, but since it’s a magazine and not a book, this leads us to the other thing I’ve been into – America’s Test Kitchen. I’ve started DVR-ing the weekly episodes on PBS. I had never watched an episode before the last few months, but now I can’t get enough of it!!
A few posts back, I had a comment from Patricia about a technique that I used for cooking chicken. She mentioned that they talked about this same technique in The New Best Recipe from the editors of Cooks Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen. I was immediately intrigued. So I ordered myself a copy, and was surprised when it it arrived because it is huge!! It is 1000 recipes large, and is about 2 inches thick – definitely my largest cookbook! I have already looked through it, and will not have a hard time choosing recipes to cook from it this month. (In fact, I’ve already made 2 recipes from it!!) I’m looking forward to posting from this book.
Last month’s cookbook was Candymaking by Ruth A. Kendrick and Pauline H. Atkinson. I feel like I didn’t really give this cookbook a chance, even though I made 6 recipes from it. There are just so many recipes in it that I want to try, but I ran into an unusually busy December. I did discover some wonderful gems, but I feel like I just scratched the surface.
This is the first candymaking cookbook that I’ve made anything from, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but overall I think it is a great book for the novice candy maker. The instructions were mostly clear – there were a few recipes that didn’t say if you should stir or not, and I know that with some candies, this could make or break the recipe. There is a wide variety of candy recipes, so you will most likely find the recipe for anything you are looking for in this book. One of the things I liked about this book is that for several candies, you get the basic recipe, plus an easier recipe, and a recipe that uses less expensive ingredients.
I’m planning on experimenting more with this cookbook around Valentine’s Day. I think that since I ran out of time to make gifts of chocolates for Christmas, that I will send out Valentine’s Day gifts!
Recipes made from Candymaking: