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Book Review: Cookie Love

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  • Title: Cookie Lover
  • Author: Mindy Segal
  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607746816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607746812
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches

This book is 296 pages of food porn! Seriously each and every recipe in this book looks amazing! Each recipe is partnered with pictures and easy to follow instructions.

The recipes of the book are grouped by cookie type such as drop cookies, sandwich cookies, bars, etc. The book also includes information on where to buy some of the unusual ingredients, thoughts for consideration on what types of ingredients to stock, equipment to use, techniques to employ, and measurement conversions.

While there are recipes that cookie bakers will recognize (e.g. chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles) the majority of the recipes in the book take a much more creative spin than what you will find in traditional cookbooks. Examples include citrus and brown butter shortbread, honey peach & honeycomb kolachkes, and smoky bacon candy bar cookies. In general, the recipes are ordered within a theme from easier to more difficult to allow you to work your way up to the more challenging recipes.

Below is a recipe that is from the book, it was posted on amazons site:

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Oatmeal Scotchies
makes approximately 42 cookies

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup cane sugar
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 extra-large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup cake flour
½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
1 cup (6 ounces) butterscotch chips

There is one cookie that I cannot make: oatmeal raisin. When I was in culinary school, I spent a week trying to produce the perfect oatmeal raisin cookie. I was on a quest to make it flat and crisp, but it never worked out. The raisins always dried out or the cookies turned flabby. I finally set this cookie aside and moved on.

Yet two sources of inspiration drove me to revisit the oatmeal-cookie category. Three Sisters Garden in Kankakee, Illinois, sells unhulled oats that look like barley malt and I wanted to highlight these special oats in a cookie. Then along came my second source of inspiration. Luke LeFiles, a Carolina boy, managed the bar at Hot Chocolate for years. He constantly put in requests for oatmeal scotchies, the butterscotch-filled chewy cookies he remembered from home. One day I realized that swapping out raisins in exchange for butterscotch would solve my flabby oatmeal cookie problem: The butterscotch complemented the oats, and the batter baked like an oatmeal lace cookie.

Whether you have unhulled oats from a farm or old-fashioned oats from the grocery store, toasting oats before baking them draws out the flavor. I take a small amount of the toasted oats and grind them in a spice grinder to enhance the cookie’s delicate texture. For a variation of this recipe, use shards of Toffee (page 250) in place of butterscotch chips.
Heat the oven to 350°F and line a couple of half sheet (13 by 18-inch) pans with parchment paper.
Spread the oats across a third half sheet pan and toast lightly until the oats smell like cooked oatmeal, approximately
5 minutes. (Keep the oven on for the cookies.) Let cool. In a spice grinder, grind 2 tablespoons of the oats into a fine powder.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter briefly on medium speed for 5 to
10 seconds. Add the sugars and beat until the butter mixture is aerated and pale in color, approximately 4 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula to bring the batter together.

Crack the egg into a small cup or bowl and add the vanilla.

Place the powdered and whole oats, flours, baking soda, and salts in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add the butterscotch chips and stir until lightly coated in flour.

On medium speed, add the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture and mix until the batter resembles cottage cheese, approximately 5 seconds. With a rubber spatula, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to bring the batter together. Mix on medium speed for another 20 seconds to make nearly homogeneous.

Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix on low speed until the batter comes together but still looks shaggy, approximately 30 seconds. Do not overmix. Remove the bowl from the stand mixer. With a plastic bench scraper, bring the dough completely together by hand.

Portion the dough into 8 mounds using a ¾-ounce (1 ½-tablespoon) ice cream scoop and evenly distribute onto a prepared sheet pan. (The cookies will spread significantly as they bake.)
Bake for 8 minutes. Give the pan a sturdy tap against the counter or the oven to deflate the cookies. Rotate the pan and continue to bake until the edges are a deep golden brown, the centers have fallen, and the cookies are beginning to crisp and brown, another 4 to 6 minutes (Do not under bake or the cookies won’t crisp up when they cool.) Let the cookies cool completely on the pan. Repeat with the remaining dough.

The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up
to 3 days. The cookies are best when baked the day the dough is made.

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Book Review: Bread & Butter Gluten-Free Vegan Recipies to fill your bread basket

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (March 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804137218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804137218
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches

I was sent this book through blogging for books to review. This book is packed full of delicious bread, cracker, pastry and snacks recipes plus much more!

The recipes are paired with easy to follow instructions and beautiful photographs. I love how the book tells you different things you can substitute in some of the recipes so that you can easily make it your own.
The prices of Gluten free products is through the roof in the grocery store. This book makes is possible and affordable to make your break products at home. On the right is one of the recipes that i can not wait to try out. Looks like it would be amazing with soup!  The different chapters of the book are as follows: 2

BREAD FOR EVERYONE

INGREDIENT ASSISTANCE

A GUIDE TO SWAPPING FLOURS

THE HELP DESK

the waking hours

breads

sandwiches

pizza and focaccia

this is for the kids.

foreign affairs.

puff pastry and beyond.

snacks.

dips and dressings, a sauce, a spread, and butter

bread reborn

sweets: the bonus round

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INDEX

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Spiral Vegetable Slicer for Healthy Salads/Pasta Review

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I was sent the Spiral Vegetable slicer by Kitchen Supreme to review through Tomoson. You can find this product Here on Amazon, it retails for $15.84.

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  • Carrots
  • zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Squash
  • Radish
  • potatoes

to create noodles and julienne spirals. This is a fantastic Kitchen tool to have in your home and it comes already to use. Not sure exactly what I would use this tool for I went to my best friend pintrest and I found some AWESOME recipes. There is the Sweet Potato Noodles with Sweet Red Pepper “Cream” Sauce from Shape Magazine. Carrot Noodles With Peanut Sauce from the Thank Your Body Blog. Two recipes that are super healthy and look AMAZING!

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Review: The Soup Club CookBook

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  • Title: The Soup Club Cook Book
  • Author: Courtney Allison, Tina Carr, Caroline Laskow, Julie Peacock
    Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (January 13, 2015)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LYXV64G
  • Buy It HERE for $11.84

I was sent a copy of The Soup Club cookbook through blogging for books to review. I first picked this book because I was looking for some amazing soup recipes and I found that and more…

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Review: In Her Kitchen Stories and recipes From Grandmas Around the world

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Title: In Her Kitchen Stories And Recipes From Grandmas Around The World

Author: Gabriele Galimberti

Hardcover: 248 pages

Publisher: Clarkson Potter (November 11, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0804185557

ISBN-13: 978-0804185554

Price: $22.89 Purchase It Here

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Review: Organic Matcha- Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics

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I was sent this 4 oz bag of Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics through Tomoson to review.

This matcha tea comes from China where it is organically grown and once in the United States it is throughly tested to make sure that it is the highest quality.

Curious on what you can do with this stuff and the benefits of it?

Well, Its Culinary grade green tea powder meaning you can cook with it. I found a Matcha Morning Muffin recipe online here.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Review: Lemon Essential Oil


wpid-20150111_005125.jpgI was sent a 4oz bottle of 100% Pure Lemon Essential Oil by Majestic Pure through Tomoson to review.

If you haven’t noticed yet I am a HUGE fan of essential oils. Why? Because there are hundreds of things you can do with them and they are 100% Natural!

I’ve used essential oils to make homemade candles, soaps and scrubs.

So Lemon Oil … what do you do with it?

Well…. it has some fantastic uses around the household. Makes a fantastic disinfectant and antiseptic cleanser.  You can also use it to remove gum, oil, grease spots and to sanitize surfaces.

Have little ones? pets? Sick of using harsh cleaners for everything? Here is a recipe for a home disinfectant! 

*16 OZ Spray Bottle

*40 Drops of Lemon Oil 

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Organic Seeds Sprouter Review

wpid-20150108_220747.jpg I was sent this beautiful little box of Natural Seed Sprout by VREMI ™ through Tomoson to review.  If you read my reviews often you don’t hear me often tell you how awesome something is packaged however this box is beautiful. You can really tell how much a company cares about their product when they pay attention to every detail down to the packaging. I love the colors, the artwork as well as the font. This really would make an amazing gift to receive in the mail. With that being said.. curious on what we are going to find inside?

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Xylitol Sweetner Review & Giveaway

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I got the opportunity to review the Xylitol Sweetner  by Morning Pep through Tomoson. I was sent the 1LB, 2.5LB and the 5LB bag to review.  You can find this product on amazon Here

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Review & Giveaway of Mrs. Renfro’s Gourmet Salsa

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The awesome folks at Mrs. Renfro’s sent me a couple jars of  their gourmet salsa to try out… gotta say It was not disappointing!

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