Cookbooks are my favorite reading material! I scaled down my large collection to just my favorites and recently added a new instant pot cook book (see story highlights) that is rocking our world. What are your favorite cookbooks?
Many people ask me what’s the origin of the name ‘ Ataro' and why did I name the business that. The name ‘Ataro' comes from Ata Rodo, an African habanero pepper. Most West African spices include pepper blends, but all Nigerian and West African foods are not hot and spicy . . . just super flavorful and delicious and this is what I wanted to reflect in the name Ataro! Just 5 weeks to Christmas, have you shopped our delightful spice blends yet? Link in bio to have a browse 🥘🍖🍗
Do you need a perfect Christmas present that also supports the Breast Cancer Foundation? These beautiful cookbooks have been created by one of my dearest friends in honour of her close friend who lost her life to breast cancer. They come in 2 colour ways and are $35 with ALL proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
The book is a collection of recipes from her family and friends and is pretty special with gorgeous photos. Message me to order. #breastcancerfoundation#breastcancerfundraiser#cookbooks#greatxmaspresent
No Thanksgiving feast is complete without the perfect Pecan Pie for dessert. Our baker, Melinda, has been with us since the Blue Mountain Bistro days and this is one of her favorite recipes (link in bio).
This recipe clones the 6 ounce chicken flavored stuffing mix you find in any grocery store. It’s nice to be able to make as much of this as you like prior to the holiday crunch. When it’s time to cook, just add water, margarine or butter, and in 10 minutes, your homemade stuffing is ready to go. 👍🏻 #stovetop#famousfoodhacks#thanksgiving
FOR THE LOVE OF CHEESE⠀
From the big-name praise that covers Afrim Pristine's For the Love of Cheese, it's clear that he's well-loved by the Toronto restaurant community. His family's store, Cheese Boutique, is held in high esteem, and Pristine's own knowledge on the subject is widely-accepted to be second to none. ⠀
So why does this book fall so short? It starts off on a promising note, with the fascinating story of his family and the business, and a short but helpful "Cheese 101" section covering buying, storing and pairing cheeses. But then we hit the recipes. ⠀
There are two main types of recipes in this book: ambitious, multi-component recipes contributed by Toronto chefs; and Pristine's own recipes. I didn't make any of the chef-derived recipes, but I'm going to assume that they were well-tested before being submitted. After making three of Pristine's own recipes, I can confidently say that they were not tested at all. ⠀
I'll save the specifics for the individual recipe posts throughout the week, but let's just say that they all had challenges. And even after tweaking the heck out of them to get something on the table, the end result was what I imagine would be served at a 1970s church potluck. Tasty enough, but uninspiring. Some would say, "a waste of cheese."⠀
As if the recipes weren't disappointing enough, the biggest letdown was when I had to search out info on the cheeses in the recipes because it wasn't anywhere to be found in the book. Turns out "Red Fox" is just a brand of Red Leicester cheese. Would have been nice to mention that. So, if you're a regular at Cheese Boutique and can't get enough of Pristine, go ahead and buy this book. For the rest of us, I think we can skip it. ⠀
As you’re searching #Pinterest and celebrity #cookbooks to find new recipes for Thanksgiving dinner, don’t forget that some of your friends and family may have a gluten intolerance.
Many standard #Thanksgiving dishes contain gluten, the proteins found in wheat that help foods maintain their shape.
Consider these gluten-free alternatives – or additions:
– Certain types of bread and stuffing can be tasty and gluten-free.
– Try a recipe for gluten-free friendly gravy that packs in a ton of flavor without the gluten.
– Instead of cooking traditional fruit pies, try gluten-free desserts that everyone at the dinner table can enjoy.
– Courtney Grigsby, @b2communications
Where you lucky enough to find Indulge: Delicious Little Desserts That Keep Life Real Sweet by Kathy Wakile in Market & Co. instead the Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket next to the Cookbook Xchange. #cookbookfairies#Ibelieveinbookfairies .
On The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Kathy Wakile is the one-and-only dessert expert. Ever since Kathy wowed everyone with a Thanksgiving dessert extravaganza, viewers can't stop talking about her luscious, inventive, bite-size desserts. Now, Kathy's Indulge, a treasure trove of some of her greatest recipes is here and she's serving up over 75 treats from the sweet life including:
- Almond Joyous Cheesecake Cuties
- Caramel Walnut Chocolate Tartlettini
- White Chocolate Blondie Bites
- Fabulous Gelati in mouthwatering flavors: Tanned & Salty, Chocolate-Covered Cherry, Orange Dreamsicle and more
- PB&J Baby Bundts
- Apple Ricotta Zeppoli
- Pumpkin Ginger Sticky Buns
- Chocolate Hazelnut Kisses
All the treats are small so you can indulge without over-indulging. As Kathy says "Indulge, it's not going to kill you.'" With family stories, backstage glimpses into The Real Housewives of New Jersey and beautiful color photography throughout, Indulge is the cookbook Kathy's legion of fans will be clamoring for next fall.
Starting out the weekend with this smiley face... America’s best loved foodie from the 20th century! One of the most well-regarded men of the culinary arts, James Beard (1903-1985) pioneered and extolled the eat fresh/eat local movement decades before it ever became a mainstream concept. He was also responsible for putting cooking shows on tv, which he did with his own show way back in 1946. And he educated multiple generations of chefs who are now responsible for our modern foodscape’s return to local, organic, natural food. He lived for 81 years and I think he enjoyed every single minute of it, bite by bite! In this 1970 cookbook of his, he said “Good food has magic appeal. You may grow old, even ugly, but if you are a good cook, people will always find the path to your door.” Cheers to building pathways for all you kitchen cooks on this last food prep weekend before Thanksgiving! 🥂 -
Who doesn’t like to laugh? 🤷🏻♀️
We all know laughter reduces our stress hormones, and in turn resulting in a higher immune system performance. Win Win!!!!!
When dealing with Hashimoto’s, keeping your immune system functioning well is of utmost importance! .
In general it increases our overall sense of well-being., and studies have actually proven that a positive outlook on life tends to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative. .
I am blessed with a family that supply an abundance of laughter, as well as some pretty amazing friends that sometimes even in something as simple as a text message can make me laugh out loud. 😂❤️
. So surround yourself with people that make you smile always, laugh often, and live longer!
Happy Saturday !💗
Four years ago the New York Times published one of my best Thanksgiving specialties, Oyster Dressing. Which always sparks my most favorite debate … do you ‘Dressing’ or do you ‘Stuffing’??? Regardless of which side of the Turkey you fall, have a look at the recipe. Tell me what’s your traditional Thanksgiving side dish? #ThanksgivingTraditions#StuffingOrDressing#TheGreatDebate
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What a pile up! And, what a perfect birthday present...
This illustration features in a book called Bibliophile by @jane_mount, gifted to me this afternoon. It’s a colourful miscellany for booklovers and includes within its pages this stack of regional cookery books. Delightful in itself but adding to the thrill is the sight of Samarkand, at the bottom (along with many favourites).
My almost 12 year old baker wanted to put his favorite cookbooks together in his own section of the kitchen. 📚
#kidsinthekitchen#baking#cookbooks @christinatosi @tartinebakery @bouchon_bakery @milkbarstore
My grandmother and me. I love to bake the Christmas cakes that my grandmother use to make. The recipes have been past down through generations and it is important for me to past these traditions on to my sons. Especially now that we live so far away from Denmark. In this months issue of my favorite Australian magazine @countrystyle I share one of my family’s Christmas recipes the Danish Honey Cakes. A huge thanks to @chinasquirrel for the amazing styling and photography. Please swipe to see more