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Taste & Technique Book Review

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Taste & Technique was the first book I used for the cookbook challenge. I’ve had it a while, I received a free copy from Blogging for Books to review a few months ago (ok a lot of months ago…). It’s really a stunning book, it’s big and the pictures are all gorgeous. The recipes are well planned and cover a lot of ground and many techniques.

As a fan of creative cookery I was drawn to the detailed recipe instructions and sometimes elaborate techniques. This isn’t the book you want if you’re looking for quick and easy dinners on the table with one pot and one knife to wash. It is however perfect if you’re looking to improve your cooking technique and become a better home chef vs someone who just follows recipes. Not that there is anything wrong with cooking that way, I’m just a terrible planner and the better I am at cooking the more likely I am to get a meal on the table with the random odds and ends I find in my kitchen.

During the first week of the cookbook challenge we cooked several dishes from Taste & Technique:

  • Cabbage Veloute – we left off the fancy garnish but oh man… When you think sexy soupy goodness I know cabbage isn’t even close to the first thing on your mind. But the steaming process turns the cabbage and onion into a sweet soup base and the lemon and sour cream…. This is definitely on the list of dishes to make again
  • Escarole Caesar Salad – I’m not a rookie to the raw egg – homemade Caesar dressing but this was the first time I did it by hand. I think it was a touch to rich for me but it was good and I’m sure we’ll make this again with a little less cheese
  • Blistered Cauliflower with Anchovy, Garlic and Chili Flakes – Oh. My. Goodness. Hands down this is the favorite dish. I’ve even made it a second time already. Cauliflower is one of my true loves and when it’s browned under the broiler until it’s soft and sweet I practically swoon. The best part of this is the spicy paste you top the broiled cauliflower. My husband and I finished it off (literally 2 heads of cauliflower) with no leftovers and he doesn’t even like vegetables
  • Porcini Braised Chicken Thighs – Recipes like this really show off the true value of this book. The skin down searing followed by the slow braise in flavorful broth is a great way to turn chicken thighs into a fancy meal. As a family that buys chicken quarters by the 40 pound case having a new technique to cook them is a God send.While we won’t be following this recipe verbatim again we’ve already modified it once to cook up some chicken I accidentally bought.
  • Olive Oil & Black Pepper Crackers – I have a pasta roller, got it at my bridal shower. I’ve used it… three times? But now I can use it to make crackers. And make craskers I will. There is a bit of a break in the middle (there is yeast) but other than that they whip of quickly and bake into delightly crunchy, spicey morsels that disappear too quickly. Especially sereved with a nice cranberry sharp white cheddar

The Cookbook Challenge

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Happy New Year! January is all about pretending to be better than you are and changing your life in positive ways. So what better time to start a fun challenge? I’m a hoarder collector of cookbooks. I have many dozens of them, I read cookbooks the way regular people read novels. Part of it is my love for strange foods (it’s not easy to find recipes for fresh currants or pawpaws) and the rest is my burning desire to read everything while not making myself sad (I take it hard when characters I love die, I’m still not over The Green Mile and Mr. Jingles). I’ve always been this way, I was the kid that read the cereal box 3x during breakfast. Anyway, if you’re here it’s probably not because you’re interested in my childhood idiosyncrasies but because you too have too many cookbooks hanging around so let’s get into the challenge.

Declutter your bookshelves and diversify your meal plan while having fun in the kitchen with the 2017 Cookbook Challenge! [Read more…]

Spinach Artichoke Dip with Chobani

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[This post brought to you by Chobani Yogurt. All thoughts, comments and ideas are my own]

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I’m not a sports fan (do you really think I have time for that? haha) but I do enjoy the food. My husband is a huge Giants fan so we do catch a few games on his days off. We usually head to my Aunts where we watch it on her giant (ha! it’s a pun) TV and I sit at the kitchen table munching on snacks and reading cookbooks. The snacks are always plentiful, we always make venison chili for the main dish but we fill ourselves up with half a dozen dips and chip/cracker combos. [Read more…]

Bread Revolution – Review

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I already own (and love) the book Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day so I was really excited to get the change to review Bread Revolution: World-Class Baking with Sprouted and Whole Grains, Heirloom Flours, and Fresh Techniques by the same author.

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I received the book, oohed and ahhed over the size (impressive), the cover art (you can practically smell the bread) and the quality (not skimping on the paper here). Then I dove in and my eyes began to glaze over….
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Social Media Run Down

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I want you all to know that I love you. It’s an incredible feeling to know that there are people out there, most that I’ll never meet, that come to my little piece of the internet to see what I have to say and look at pictures of my alpacas. I know that life can be crazy and it’s not always easy to keep up with everything. In order to make it easier I thought I’d share all the places you can find me on social media:

Pinterest- Alecia @ Chicken Scratch NY

Visit Alecia @ ChickenScratch NY’s profile on Pinterest.

Out of all the social media outlets this is where I am busiest. I pin all sorts of things, I’m on over 180 boards. BUT a lot of those are group boards and if you decide to follow my entire profile you won’t be automatically signed up for those. I pin all of my posts to my Chicken Scratch NY Board, that’s probably the best place to keep up will all the new things going on here. I’ve been pinning a lot to my Garden and Outside Beautification board lately, it’s full of gorgeous flower gardens and outdoor DIYs. Another board I’ve been getting back to is my #Grow Gourmet Board. If you’re interested in growing your own food it’s the place to be, I’ve got a few other awesome bloggers helping me with it so you’ll get another perspective than just mine. If you’re looking for more seasonal crafting I’ve got a lot for you to see, everything from Valentine’s Day and Spring, to Halloween, Fall and Christmas. I’ve also got oodles of recipe boards; my most popular board is all about Pumpkin Recipes, other favorites include my Desserts Board and my board for Food from the Farm, featuring fresh seasonal ingredients.

Facebook – Chicken Scratch NY

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Facebook doesn’t show you a third of what you follow. But just case you should be following me 😉 I share all my new posts along with lots of stuff from other bloggers that I love. This month I’m sharing a few of my favorite bloggers garden related pinterest boards. The one thing I love about FB is that I’m not always just talking to my self. It’s the main place where to get to talk to you!

Instagram – AleciaCSNY

I just joined instagram a few months ago. If you’re interested in random pictures of my dog, cats, chickens and whatever I’ve got growing in the garden or cobbling together in the craft room this is a great place to follow me. I’m sadly pretty erratic with my posting but I try to share something a few times a month.

Twitter – AleciaCSNY

Twitter is my blogging kryptonite. I’m really bad at tweeting. I just recently figured out how to get my Instagram pics to share to twitter so if you you don’t use IG but you do use twitter you can see all my random pictures there