The Perfect Egg is All It’s Cracked Up to Be {Book Review}

* Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Perfect Egg from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Perfect Egg

 

About The Perfect Egg

A cookbook all about eggs, with 70 diverse recipes for meals, snacks, and desserts, from the team behind the beloved food blog Spoon Fork Bacon.

Eggs are one of the world’s super-star foods: inexpensive, protein-rich, versatile, and easily renewable. Every culture has its own take on eggs—for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and The Perfect Egg features a dazzling, delicious variety of globally influenced dishes. From Blackberry Stuffed Croissant French Toast to Hot and Sour Soup, and from Poached Yolk-Stuffed Ravioli to Creamy Lemon Curd Tart, the more than seventy recipes in The Perfect Egg offer a fresh, unique, and modern take on the most humble of foods.

My Review

Confession.  I love eggs.  I love friend eggs. I love scrambled eggs.  I love hard boiled and softboiled eggs.  I love poached eggs…well, you get the picture.  So I was super excited to review The Perfect Egg.

There are so many recipes that I can’t wait to try – I love the take on what I call “nest eggs” in my house (chicken eggs in toast), called “Mini-Toad-in-a Hole Sandwiches” which uses quail eggs.

The first part of this book is all about eggs- you’ll learn about different kinds of eggs, and more importantly, tips to prepare eggs.  So if you don’t know how to make a French omelet, this is the book for you!  The first section is also all about “basic recipes” which include things like mayo, hollandaise, creme anglaise, bernaise, basic egg pasta, etc.  This is a great little “primer” section and I can’t wait to master these recipes.

The rest of the book is arranged into sections of:  Morning, Snacks, Afternoon, Night, and Sweets, and the recipes are amazing.  From typical things you would expect, like creme brulee, to the unexpected spaetzle with Swedish meatballs, this is a book that will have something for every chef.

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Treat Yourself – Classic Treats at Home {Book Review}

*Disclaimer:  I received Treat Yourself from Blogging for Books for this review.  All opinions are my own.

 

 

About Treat Yourself

If you grew up on corner-store treats, memory lane is paved with Ho Hos, Yodels, Oreos, and Ring Dings. And while your taste buds may have grown up a bit, chances are you still crave these classic flavors. Now you can re-create the lunch-box delights that made you the envy of other kids, with all-natural homemade versions.

After much obsessing and experimentation, Jennifer Steinhauer has cracked the code for 70 iconic treats to re-create in your own kitchen. There are cookies with a perfect crunchy base for cream filling, snack cakes with frosting so thick you can peel it off all at once, candies dipped in chocolate and dusted with sugar, and ice cream pops so juicy that they drip down your arm. A self-taught baker, Jennifer had no interest in complicated techniques or chemical gunk, just easy hacks that break down and remaster these throwback snacks.

So go ahead—treat yourself to your own homemade version of these favorites:
• Samoas, Pecan Sandies, Chips Ahoy!, and other classic cookies
• Nutter Butters, Mint Milanos, Oatmeal Creme Pies, and other sweet sandwich cookies
• Twinkies, Drake’s Coffee Cakes, Devil Dogs, and other snack cakes
• Fig Newtons, Lemon Mini-Pies, Strawberry Pop-Tarts, and other fruity, filled treats
• Soft Pretzels, Pizza Pockets, Funyuns, and other salty, savory snacks
• Cracker Jacks, Goo Goo Clusters, Candy Dots, and other candy favorites
• Orange Creamsicles, Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Pops, Nutty Buddies, and other frozen treats

My Review

So, as I have confessed on many occasions, I am a competent cook but not a great baker.  I needs lots and lots of practice, and this super fun book will give me lots of it! When I got this book, I thought it would be mainly baked goods, but there are tons of fun treats, including frozen treats, snacks (pizza pockets!) and candy!  The pictures are super engaging and Jennifer has really created treats that look like your classic favorites.

I have a recipe for cupcakes that are similar to the Drake’s Coffee Cakes recipe, so I thought I would give those a try.  The directions were super easy to follow and there was no technique that I really struggled with.  The end result cakes were good, although they were much heavier than I expected them to be – they almost had a shortbread consistency to them rather than an actual coffee cake, but they were certainly tasty!  I’m not sure if the consistency was correct, or if I messed up somehow, but either way they were YUMMY!

I highly recommend this book for the snack lover and baker in your life!  They will enjoy making so many classic treats at home!

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 I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

Dairy Free Cookies for Valentine’s Day {Recipe}

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If you have a family member with a dairy allergy, you know how difficult baking can be.  Dairy free cookies, muffins, pies, and bread are absolutely staples at our home, because my youngest daughter is very, very allergic to any kind of dairy product.  Dairy free baking can be challenging because it is often butter that holds together many recipes.  In this recipe, we use Crisco, but there are also some times of margarine that can be substiuted, and in a pinch, vegetable oil can work with some recipes.  We substitute almond milk for regular milk, as we find that it does not affect the taste of baked goods as much as soy milk does.  Here is a quick, easy recipe for dairy-free roll-out sugar cookies.  These are super easy and totally dairy free!

My girls are able to make AWESOME roll out cookies, as we use The Cookie Thing to make all of our cookies even sized!  This is extra helpful because we don’t have to add extra flour to roll these cookies – we simply put the dough between two pieces of waxed paper and roll away.  As you can see, my six year old is awesome at it!  She is using The Little Cookie Thing, which is made specifically for little hands!  This is extra helpful when baking dairy free cookies, because again, we don’t have butter to help hold the dough together.  The Cookie Thing makes it a snap to roll them out!

 

If you would like to learn more about The Cookie Thing, or even have a change to WIN The Cookie Thing AND The Little Cookie Thing, head over to my full review on Kate N’ Kaboodle!  This is an awesome, awesome kitchen tool, and is one that is going to be a part of our baking from now on!  Enjoy your dairy free cookies this Valentine’s Day!

 

Dairy-Free Valentine’s Day Cookies {Recipe}

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 large egg
  • Pink food coloring
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Mix Crisco and sugar in a bowl on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy. Add egg, almond milk, and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  2. Combine baking powder, salt, and flour in a bowl. Gradually add into wet mixture until well blended. Add food coloring as desired. Do not overmix.
  3. Refrigerate dough about an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If you have a Cookie Thing, you should be able to roll cookies out in between two pieces of wax paper using the 1/4 inch measuring boards. If you are using a regular rolling pin, lightly flour your surface and roll out dough.
  5. Cut out cookies. Before placing on cutting board, coat the cookies with sugar by pressing lightly on both sides into a bowl of sugar. For different looks, roll in red sugar crystals, or a combination of red and white sugar.
  6. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake 7-9 minutes until edges begin to brown. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
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Easy, Healthy Eggs Florentine Recipe {Recipe Rehab}

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Any Southern foodie will be able to tell you about how heavenly Eggs Florentine is.  This heavenly Southern Dish, albeit with several variations, is bound to feature creamy soft baked eggs, butter, heavy cream, cheese, and a white sauce.  So tasty…but not so healthy for your heart or your waistline! Here is a quick recipe rehab for you that gives you the same great flavor of Eggs Florentine without all the extra fat and calories. AND, it’s fast and easy. AND for those of you who are lactose intolerant or have a severe dairy allergy like my daughter, I have a dairy free Egg Florentine recipe for you!

The first step to making this recipe awesome is to season the spinach.  Start with a 10 oz bag of frozen spinach.  Thaw, and squeeze dry.  Now you can get a little creative.  I use 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 onion powder, a pinch of sea salt, a pinch of pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg in my spinach.  Stir, and taste.

Once you have your spinach to your liking, divide evenly between four 6 oz ramekins coated with cooking spray.  Butter is good too, but adds extra calories.  Make a little “nest” in your spinach for your egg.

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Next, carefully crack an egg into the ramekin.  Crack a pinch of pepper on the top.

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Next, cover with Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/2 teaspoons).  Swiss Cheese is also tasty.  If you notice, the recipe up to this point has been dairy free. This is such an easy fix!  I simply topped one ramekin for my daughter with soy cheese.  Same great recipe!

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Bake for about 13-15 minutes in a 350 degree oven – just until the egg white is set.  CAUTION:  Do not overcook!  If you plan on serving your Eggs Florentine in the ramekin, remember that it will continue to cook the egg while cooling.  If the yolk overcooks, you do not get the warm, buttery goodness of that soft baked yolk.  You can also carefully remove them and serve over English muffins.  This slows the cooking process as well!

This is such a simple recipe, and it is a real treat on the weekends – without a lot of fuss, and UNDER 200 CALORIES per serving!  Hope you enjoy!

Easy, Healthy Eggs Florentine {Recipe Rehab}

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (10z) box of frozen spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
  • 4 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 2-3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan Cheese or Soy Cheese for dairy-free

Instructions

  1. Spray four six oz ramekins with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Season spinach with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and nutmeg. Stir, and divide equally into ramekins, with a small indent in the middle to create a "nest" for your eggs.
  3. Carefully crack an egg into the ramekin. Grind black pepper over the top.
  4. Top with Parmesan cheese, or soy cheese to make the recipe dairy free.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes, just until egg white sets. Be careful to avoid over-cooking after removing from oven.
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