Category Archives: Recipes

Easy Indian Cooking 2nd Edition

indian-coverwebIndian dishes are hard to find around these parts, there aren’t many places in Arkansas/Oklahoma you can get good Indian food.  That made me particularly happy that I could check out Easy Indian Cooking (2nd edition).  It’s always nice to have meals that are different!  😀

One of my favorite things about the book is the way the author, Suneeta Vaswani, breaks it down.  All of the intimidation is taken out as the basics are broken down so well even a meat and potato Southern girl like me can understand!  The book is broken down into some easy go to chapters so that you can seek out just what you are looking for.

Another thing I love about the book, aside from the stunningly appetizing photos, is the amount of things I was able to learn about Indian culture.  For example, flipping through the first time I learned about Chaat, which is part of the first chapter of recipes.  Chaato, the verb form, means to lick.  I thought it was pretty cool that there is a whole section of foods designed to go under that category.  Reminded me of growing up and licking the spoon when the adults cooked, you only wanted to do that to the best dishes, so these have to be great!!!

About the Book

From the Website

Indian cooking is an exciting cuisine, and now it’s easier to make than ever.

This new edition of Suneeta’s first release features 8 additional photos, as well as 30 all-new recipes. All of the dishes are richly flavored but are not complicated to create at home.

The recipes are easy for beginners to make, while also appealing to experienced home cooks and those already familiar with Indian cuisine. You’ll be absolutely delighted and amazed by the authentic flavor of these easy-to-prepare recipes.
Suneeta’s repertoire of 150 exciting and inspired recipes includes classic recipes from northern and southern India, as well as her personal favorites, all of which have been adapted for North American kitchens. These savory and tantalizing dishes bring the innovative flavors of India to your home.

Armed with the delicious recipes in this book and some aromatic Indian spices, you can prepare everything from snacks and appetizers to poultry, fish and vegetarian meals. There are also chapters dedicated to accompaniments, such as chutneys, sweets and beverages, so you can create a truly authentic Indian dining experience.

Suneeta shares her wealth of Indian cooking experience and knowledge by providing insightful cooking tips throughout the book. Whether you already love Indian cooking or are thinking about giving it a try, this is the perfect place to start.

About the Author

From the Website

Suneeta Vaswani was born in Mumbai, India, and lived in Houston, Texas, for many years. She has taught Indian cooking in the U.S. and internationally for over 30 years and has recently moved back to Mumbai.

Book Details

ISBN-10:   0778804505
ISBN-EAN:   9780778804505
Price (USD):   $19.95
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages:  264
Published Date:   Apr 2013
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Originally posted 2013-09-19 00:01:37.

Feed with Love: Better Food For Dogs

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Better Food For Dogs is an excellent book for any dog owner.  Whether you want to switch to a custom diet or simply want to know how to make treats, they’ve got it all covered!  It goes pretty in depth about the necessary diet for our 4 legged babies, basic diet necessities, and even has the recipes divided by weight so that you can properly feed your baby without making them overweight and unhealthy!  Throughout the book, there are adorable pictures of various breeds that brings out that all necessary ‘aww’!
Keep Reading!

Originally posted 2013-06-15 00:01:54.

Cookbook: 300 Sensational Soups

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I was recently able to check out 300 Sensational Soups and let me tell ya, I was impressed!  I honestly never thought there were so many possible soups!  This book covers a huge variety!  The chapters include:

  • soup stocks
  • chilled soups
  • fresh garden vegetable soups
  • bean soups
  • hearty meat lovers soups
  • cheese soups
  • fish and shellfish soups
  • chowders
  • world of soups
  • dessert soups
  • toppings and garnishes

I can’t wait to experiment with the chilled soups this summer, but for now we’ll stick with the hot soups on these cool days!  Nothing like a good hot soup to take the chill away!
There are a LOT of great soups, even for picky people like me.  We have to deal with some food allergies in our house, and there are enough recipes that I don’t really have to worry about not being able to try them out.  Monkey has picked one to try out soon, I’ll post pics.  😀  Some of the recipes will be posted in upcoming days so be sure to keep an eye out for them!  If you are reading this in reviews, you’ll be able to find the recipes in the recipe tab.  😀
One of the things I love about this book is the vast variety of different types of soup.  Chief Zoo Keeper tends to get tired of having a meal more than once a month so I am really appreciating the additions to our menu!
The awesome people at Robert Rose has been gracious enough to allow us a copy to give to one lucky reader.  I think you’ll really enjoy it and it has great recipes for soups year round!

Book Details

ISBN-10: 0778801969
ISBN-EAN:  9780778801962
Price (USD):  $24.95
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages:  384
Published Date:  Oct 2012

 

Originally posted 2013-03-22 05:00:00.

Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds Review

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Hey everyone!  Here at the Zoo we love having people over for dinner and what not.  Feeding people is Chief Zoo Keepers favorite hobby.  Generally, he does all the cooking and the house and any creative bits are my job.  I recently came across this book and was super excited to try it out.  At the time, we didn’t use cloth napkins but you know I just had to switch!  I’m really glad I did, because it really has saved a lot as far as napkins are concerned and they just seem so much nicer without much effort!
ISBN-10: 0778804232
ISBN-EAN: 9780778804239
Price (USD): 29.95
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Published Date: Oct 2012
The book contains exactly what it says: 100 Step by Step Napkin Folds!  I had never explored this area, never really cared to before, but I am super glad I did!  It is so easy and really adds such a special touch!  Each fold has a picture to picture step instructions to make it all the more easier, and I promise you can do this!  It just takes a few minutes and once you fold one of the designs, you are left wondering why you had never thought to try it before!  They have really fancy folds and even informal cute folds to fit any occasion!
Denise Vavaldo is the author whom has catered over 10,000 parties!  She founded Food Fanatics which focuses on recipe development, food styling, and catering.  Through her firm, Denise has catered the Academy Awards, Governor’s Ball, Hollywood Wrap parties and even more!
The book can be found here at Robert Rose Publishing for $29.95.  If you ever have people over for dinner, or even want a special meal for you and your loved ones, you’ll be glad you got it!

 

Originally posted 2013-01-11 14:48:00.

Babycakes Review

cake-popscoverOkay, these pops are flippin’ adorable!  I love them!  I was recently given the chance to review:
175 Best Babycakes: Cake Pops Recipes
by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss.
Let me start by saying that I love the book!  The pops are adorable, it is well written, and they even have tips, tricks, and ideas to go with every recipe!  The book includes recipes and ideas for every holiday, season or event you could think of.  Almost every recipe includes an idea to make a fabulous gift for someone!  Who wouldn’t use a great food gift!
Not big into sweets but love giving them as gifts?
I’ve got the solution!  😀  My specialization is rationalization.  LOL
Ready???  The cake pops don’t have to just make/do cakes!!!  They also have appetizers, fondues, dips, muffins, breakfast items and so much more!  See, you thought you didn’t need it.  😀
The book tells you how to use the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker, along with tips and tricks and makes it super easy to understand.  Plus, they are fast and clean up is a breeze!  That alone sells me, not gonna lie!  LOL.  Anyway, you can get more information here from the awesome publishers, they even have a link to buy the book from your fave book retailer (Amazon included!)  I’m thinking, go to Amazon, get your book and your cake pop maker.  Soon, you’ll be saving so much money and getting so much attention from the awesome gifts you’ll be giving!  😀

Originally posted 2012-09-07 14:40:00.