Monthly Archives: December 2010

My favorite Baking book is now matched with a Cook book! Dorie Greenspan has a new book out

Something that is very important to me is learning the basic way to make things. Over a year ago, I was blog-hoping as I love to do. I started by looking for other people that had tried the recipes from a Weight Watchers book I had just received from my Mom. I ended up finding a baking group called Tuesdays with Dorie. It is a group of bakers that make the same recipe as all the other bakers in the group. They post their outcome every Tuesday. Brilliant! I had never heard of Dorie Greenspan before but the idea of a group of bakers working their way through a baking book enticed me.

At the time, the group was closed so I just watched the group for a while. Finally, I decided to go ahead and purchase Baking: From My Home to Yours too. I started baking the same recipes as the group. It was so nice to be able to read about what was working and what wasn’t working for the other bakers. They also talked about where you could get some of the hard to find items.

I typically believe you should never trust a skinny cook. Dorie is skinny with a capital S. But let me reassure you, her recipes are perfection. The instructions were easy to understand and the recipes almost always came out beautifully the first time! I learned a lot of things and my family happily enjoyed the fruit of my labor.

Then there was a major food allergy discovered in my house. Well, it was a known thing but we started really changing our diets. Butter was not an item in our fridge anymore. So I stopped baking. I stopped baking everything. And it made me sad. And then we moved. At first we lived in a furnished apartment with all our stuff, including all my kitchen supplies, in storage.

I was blog hopping again, and visited the lovely Tuesday with Dorie blog. Dorie came out with a COOK book Around my French Table! I know! I hemmed and hawed for a few days. I got some money for my birthday and finally decided to splurge and pre-order her new book. I was so excited to hear the Tuesdays with Dorie group is going to work their way through Dorie’s new book too!

I just got he book! It is another huge and lovely book. The pictures are divine. The recipe names and descriptions are to die for! I was so excited to be holding the book in my own two hands. I actually received two other books today that were ordered for my birthday. One is a Scandinavian baking book and the other is a crochetting book. I know. I had a hard time deciding which book to look at first. But Dorie’s book called out to me.

I started to read it like it is a novel. I started making a list of the recipes I want to make. Seriously! I want to try most of them. It is like food porn to me flipping through the pages.

I wanted to call someone that also has the book in their hands and ooze over the beauty of it. I told my sister and she just didn’t get it.

Let’s start with the picture on the cover. I want to make that. Chicken in a pot: the garlic and lemon version. I am salivating.

I am excited to follow along with the cooking group. There are still major food allergies in my family. Our allergies are some of the basic ingredients in most recipes. Milk, wheat, oats, and lettuce are my allergies. Anything from a four-legged animal are my son’s allergies. I can’t say I’ll try everything in the book. I am totally excited to get my kitchen in order and crack the book to make some of Dorie’s recipes for my family.

Hello and welcome!

I am starting another blog. I know. I have had a private blog since 2007. At first it was public, but since I put pictures of my kids and talk about my family, I made it private. The problem with a private blog is that anything I make, I can only share with my friends and family. I’m not sure all my friends and family are as interested in reading about what I’m making as maybe someone else may be. So here I am with another blog. You may have seen me on a crafty blog I started with my sister and sister in law. I get a little posessive and want to do things my way. When my life got super crazy, I had to back out for a little while. Now, although it still is my family, I don’t feel quite right stepping back in.

I am interested in learning good technique. I want to learn the right way to make something as opposed to the fudging it way. I know that even I fudge it sometimes. But I have been turned off with a lot of blogs that don’t actually use good technique. I sew a lot and received a lot of comments from people that wanted no-sew options or that would complain that they couldn’t sew. I also got tired of everything being made with hot glue. When I make something, I want it to really last. Hot glue to me, is a temporary fix. I gave my sister my glue gun years ago. I do use some specific glues and E6000 is my favorite. I think if you are a real crafter, that is the go to glue and not a glue gun.

I thought of calling my blog lots of different names like “Back to Basics”, “Start with a good foundation”, “From my Hands”,or “From Scratch”…etc. but I wasn’t thrilled with them. I also thought of calling this blog “No glue allowed” but I don’t know that I can always keep to the name because as noted above, I do use some glues, just not hot glue and not on very many projects.

I am interested in learning fundamental things that women in our past would have known and excelled at. This ranges from canning and preserving food, to tatting. I am excited to again be sharing in the open, the things I am making. I consider myself a hobby collector. I enjoy learning all kinds of ways to make things. Basically, if it is with your hands, I have either tried it before, or I have wanted to try it. My bucket list for hobbies is a mile long.

Stick around and share some words as I chronicle what I am currently making.