When hubby retired last year he was treated to many parties, many gifts, and many sad goodbyes. I was invited to a few of the celebrations and I received some thoughtful gifts as well. One of which is pictured here.
Isn’t this the perfect gift? Hubby’s co-workers heard about Wine Wednesday many times and came up with this brilliant idea.
The bookmark is on this page.
I’m completely smitten with arancini and will be trying this version – baked – sooner rather than later.
Last week for WW I tried yet another version of my all-time favourite appetizer – Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip. From the brilliant Rachael Ray, this one is made with a white sauce and gorgonzola cheese. Oh, my goodness. Hubby and I inhaled over half! I had to force myself to stop eating.
Today is Bittersweet Chocolate Day. Are you a bittersweet chocolate fan? Or more of a milk chocolate aficionado? I’ll happily eat either or both. And because we’re nearing the end of the Christmas cookies I need to get out my mixing bowls and get to baking – using chocolate, of course.
I love to cook and bake (news flash!), and I love to try new recipes. So when I got the opportunity to test recipes under development I jumped at the chance.
We subscribe to Cook's Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchens. Two fabulous resources of tested and analyzed recipes for everything from soup to cake. Hubby and I were discussing this very thing with Mum a few days ago and neither of us could recall a recipe from any of the America’s Test Kitchens magazines or cookbooks that didn’t work well and taste great. (They also test kitchen equipment, the results of which I rely on when I need to purchase a new vegetable peeler or food processor.)
They put out a call several months ago for recipe testers and I signed up. Since then I’ve received a couple recipes a month to test if I want. If it’s not something that appeals to me, like shrimp, then I don’t make it. But I get plenty of recipes that do appeal. And, man, are they good.
This past month I tested both an entrée and a dessert. Definitely going in my recipe box. But I can’t share. Keeping the recipes under wraps is my part of the deal. As soon as they’re published I’ll chime in with my five-star reviews.
Where do you look when you want to try a new recipe?
To continue this week’s theme, today is Cook Something Bold Day!
Pickled liver, anyone? I hope that’s not actually a thing.
I’m not sure what is meant by bold in this instance. Could be outlandish, like gold leaf sprinkled atop your burger. Or intense flavours, like a well-spiced Indian dish –vindaloo comes to mind.
Perhaps the boldness pertains to the cook rather than the meal. A chance to step out of your comfort zone *cough* *sorry for the cliche* and cook a dish totally new to you. A cuisine you’ve never attempted before, or an ingredient only found in a specialty store.
Or maybe bold means a cooking technique you’ve been tempted to try but haven’t gotten around to yet – making your own pasta from scratch, for instance. By the way, making pasta is surprisingly easy and the flavour can’t be beat.
Are you an adventurous cook? Do you, like I do, read cookbooks like they’re novels?