Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
A Homemade Life
by Molly Wizenberg
I am probably the last person to read this wonderful book. I had been following
the blog Orangette for sometime and Molly would refer to her book so I finally put it on hold at the library. It came in and I read it in three days.
This was a really wonderful read. I'm not very detailed on book reviews so I'll give my quick perspective. I think Molly has done her family proud. This book is destined to be a Wizenberg family heirloom. I just wish I had one in my family.
Molly takes you in and out of her relationships with her family, her mother, father, her Parisian boyfriend and eventually the future husband. The stories revolve around their relationships and food. Each chapter doesn't let you down...
at the end there is a recipe that you will have to try.
I found the chapters surrounding her father very touching... and I won't give the contents away but they are wonderful stories.
Molly has a knack with language and she draws you into her world and your reading just flows from one chapter to the next.
I'm just sorry I didn't purchase the book because there are too many recipes that I want to make and it would be easier if I was able to pull it down off the shelf when needed for a quick glance.
My kids are gone this weekend but when they get home,
Molly's "Winning Hearts and Minds Cake" will be waiting for them after dinner!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rosemary Kissed Orange Thumbprint Cookies Tuscano
I found this recipe in the April 2010 Better Homes and Garden Magazine and it was a $2500 winner in the Holiday Category and it was submitted by Mary Louise Lever from Rome Georgia.
I tried to find a link to the recipe on their site but nothing came up so I'll type below. With the Rosemary I got from the CSA last week I knew I had to try this cookie. They were very good!
Prep 30 min, bake 14 min. chill 1 hour. Oven 325 F
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp snipped fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup powdered sugar
a few drops of almond extract
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1. In a small bowl stir together flour, cornstarch, rosemary and salt. set aside. In medium mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed 30 seconds. Add 1/3 c powdered sugar and almond extract and beat until combined. Add flour mixture and beat until combined. Wrap and chill dough 1 hour or until easy to handle.
2. Preheat oven to 325 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Shape dough in twenty-four 1 1/4 - inch balls. Arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Use thumb to make indentations in each cookie. Spoon about 1/2 tsp. marmalade into center of each.
3. Bake 14 minutes or until edges are lightly golden. Coll 1 minute on cookie sheets. Remove and cool completely on wire racks. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar to serve.
Makes 24 cookies!