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review 2017-08-13 01:31
Remembering Little House on the Prairie and Marking Recipes
My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours - Dane Holweger,Melissa Gilbert

My sil and I have been making meals for the family (my dad, her dad, her brother, my husband/her brother, my girls) and I like to look through recipes to find new things to make so that we have lots of choices and can change things up, but also have things that can be brought to her house (50 miles south) or prepared in advance and set out when we have it at my house. We look for low sugar desserts that everyone will enjoy and experiment with ones that we find and change them to suit our needs or likes. 


This book was recipes that Melissa Gilbert (Half-Pint) collected over her life and that she makes for her family. She reminisces about her time on the show and tells stories about things that happened. It was a fun read and lots of good recipes. This is a book that I borrowed from the library and have marked for purchase. I know that my girls will enjoy the recipes, too.  

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review 2017-08-06 01:46
Summer Desserts
Fake It, Don't Bake It!: 40 No-Bake Reci... Fake It, Don't Bake It!: 40 No-Bake Recipes – Oven-Free Treats for the Whole Family - Martha Stephenson

We are getting into some serious birthday time in the family. From May to November, we have at least one birthday a month, until September and then it is 3 or 4 or 5 birthdays. We are constantly on the lookout for desserts that are good for birthdays and that don't require lots of heating up the kitchen to make. Come November through March we love to bake, but in the summer months, we work on non-baking desserts. We have become very good at making ice cream cakes. My sil found a dessert that she wants us to make for her birthday and we will definitely try to make it look as good as the dessert we found. It is a lot of fun to read cook books and find things to try. Do you ever read cook books? Do you look for something in particular or just looking to look? 


This was a free purchase from Amazon for Kindle. 

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text 2017-06-10 03:03
Baking Powder Wars by Linda Civitello
Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking (Heartland Foodways) - Linda Civitello


 I find history truly fascinating, from the changes we can read and see in people, culture, places. One thing that connects us more is none other then food. Food history is just as rich as it showcases the culture impact every day food such as Baking Powder had on us,that today we take for granted.

 Linda Covitello packs in so much history from the 19th century to today in how Baking Power changed the way we cook and in some cases changed the world.
Covitello just doesn't talk about baking power, but takes the reader along as you see how women, homemakers,bakers and later inventors used to cook before baking powder with old recipes, dairy entries and digging deep into our history from America to Britain and all over.

While I truly enjoyed the history, at times I felt that Covitello put a little to much info, making the reading at times a bit slower or something we had to slog through to get at the meat of the matter. This was a double edge sword though. One had to understand this to understand how it effect that. While this balancing act was troublesome, it didn't take away to much from the book overall.

  For those who love history to cooking, this is a fun book to dig into and learn how something as simple as baking powder changed the world around us.

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text 2017-04-19 01:46
Curioser and curiouser, more library ebook finds
Bourbon Desserts - Lynn Marie Hulsman
The Boozy Baker: 75 Recipes for Spirited Sweets - Lucy Baker
The Drunken Botanist - Amy Stewart

I just gotta try some of these recipes

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review 2017-04-11 20:52
Behind the Beautiful Bakes
The Art of Baking Blind: A Novel - Sarah Vaughan


As a fan of The Great British Bakeoff this was too temping to pass up. I don't think I even read the books description all the way before I was purchasing it. "What a joy" see I sounded like Mary there didn't I ? LOL

So this book takes you into the live of a cooking contest and into the lives of the contestants. What is driving them, who is behind them, where did they come from, where are their hearts ? 

I could hear "bake" and see the people scrambling to get their crusts and rises done in time. It is about the bakes, and so much more. *Warning do not read while hungry. There are cakes, biscuits, pies, pastries and things I've never seen but would be more than willing to taste. Life does not begin and end in the test kitchen for these people, they have a home life. Each contestant has a life, some filled with drama, abandonment, self-esteem issues and more. Baking and stepping out into the spotlight changes each of them, brings things left in the dark for years to the surface. Emotionally charged, changes each better than when they started. I cheered for each of them through the contest and I felt the truly best baker won in the end. Woot Woot ________ !

I really loved listening to this audiobook. The narration was fantastic. It was a feel good read about good realistic people and baking.

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