It has been a bevy of bars in my house lately for cookies. These Applesauce Spice Bars were more cake-like than cookie but delicious. Loaded with apple goodness and raisins with a nice glaze they made a great dessert. I also made Chewy, Chunky Blondies which disappeared quickly with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and coconut. My family is happy with my baking adventures so far.
I am always appreciative of learning new ways to cook vegetables and this recipe was no exception. I loved the way the vegetables steamed and the great flavors only from a few ingredients. I served the vegetables with fish as Dorie suggested, I liked it just fine but my husband thought another fish like trout would have been better. Another reason to make these again. And how about the clean up, those foil packages make for neat cooking. You can get the recipe here: http://www.sisboomblog.com/2014/04/baby-bok-choy-en-papillote-sugar-snaps-garlic/
I was happy to find another reason to use my mini muffin pans. I love brownies and all their chocolate goodness. I made them with the optional orange zest which the adults liked but my son did not. I would make these for a party which needed little finger food.
After making Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops and Cocoa Sables, both of which were big hits, the request from the family was a cookie that wasn’t chocolate. I picked out these Buttery Jam Cookies knowing that I had jam lovers in the family. Unfortunately, they were not a big hit with the family. My son said “these are not my kind of cookie” and he hasn’t had more. My husband said “what’s in them?” The powdered ginger seems to be the offending ingredient. My husband thought crystallized ginger would have been better. I liked them but then again there aren’t many cookies I don’t like:) Since I am baking my way through two cookbooks I am moving on to other adventures instead of tinkering with this one.
I have discovered a new cookbook author, Dorie Greenspan and I am late to the party as she has authored 25 cookbooks already. After viewing her website http://doriegreenspan.com/ I discovered she has some online cooking groups. I decided to join French Fridays with Dorie, a group that has been cooking for 4 years from the cookbook Around My French Table. I have not done a cooking club before so I thought this would be fun to try out.
I am going to attempt to make all four recipes in April.
April 4, 2014: Visitandine (p436)
April 11, 2014: Quiche Maraichère (p158)
April 18, 2014: Baby Bok Choy, Sugar Snaps and Garlic en Papillote (p348)
April 25, 2014: Green as spring veal stew (p262)