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Weekend Cooking: The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie from America's Test Kitchen

We at She Is Too Fond of Books are not afraid of trying wacky dessert recipes; there was the Twinkie Sushi incident:

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The Cherpumple experiment:

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And, recently, the faux Spaghetti and Meatball Cake:

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So, when Sarah told me about The Boston Blogger Cookie Challenge from America’s Test Kitchen, I thought, “Sure!  Piece of cake!  This will be a [...]

Weekend Cooking: spaghetti and meatballs cake!

The kids were home on spring break from school last week – we had taken a family vacation in February, so it was Momtertainment all week long at Chez SITFOB!

On Tuesday, my friend Donna and her boys came over to visit; we caught up with each other while the kids played, then we all made [...]

Weekend Cooking: Gram's Hermits (at last!)

A memory: A tin, originally used to package factory-made cookies or biscuits; now holding a treat from Gram’s kitchen. Sometimes it’s her applesauce cake, it might be oatmeal thumbprint cookies, or – my favorite – her hermits.  Chewy gingerbread bar cookies with a sprinkling of crunchy sugar on top; some bites have raisins, adding to [...]

Book Review: *Table of Contents* by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Table of Contents: From Breakfast with Anita Diamant to Dessert with James Patterson – a Generous Helping of Recipes, Writings, and Insights from Today’s Bestselling Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Adams Media (November 30, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1440504037

Back-of-the-book blurb: Have you ever wished you could enjoy an Italian dinner with Frances Mayes? [...]

Weekend Cooking: *Friendship Bread* by Darien Gee

Here’s a little Weekend Cooking teaser from novelist Darien Gee and Friendship Bread.  The publisher’s synopsis:

One afternoon, Julia Evarts and her five-year-old daughter, Gracie, arrive home to find an unexpected gift on the front porch: a homemade loaf of Amish Friendship Bread and a simple note: I hope you enjoy it. Also included are a bag [...]

Weekend Cooking: Kitchen Science

Our elementary school’s Science Fair was last Saturday.  The two younger kids (Kindergarten and 3rd Grade) each had a project – while the experiments were a lot of fun, putting together those tri-fold boards proved to be a bit of a challenge.  Their attentions spans waned, we ran out of glue sticks for the hot [...]

Weekend Cooking: make your own taco mix

Tacos are an easy meal, and a every-other-week-in-the-winter meal around here.  They’re a crowd-pleaser, the kids get to play with their food (to a degree), and I always have the ingredients on-hand.

I shop a warehouse/club store about every 3 weeks and stock up on pantry staples – including the bulk packs of taco shells and [...]

Book Review: *The Cooking with Trader Joe's Cookbook: Dinner's Done!* by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati

The Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook: Dinner’s Done! by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Brown Bag Publishers; 1 edition (October 20, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0979938436

Back-of-the-book-blurb: On the heels of their bestselling Trader Joe’s cookbooks, the cult classic Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s and the portable The Trader Joe’s Companion, Gunn and Miniati are back, [...]

Weekend Cooking: What a world of difference a meal makes!

I recently read Conor Grennan’s Little Princes, a fantastic memoir about a man who set off on an around the world trip before settling down to work.  Thinking that a stint as a volunteer would be a great story to tell women when he returned, he spent six weeks at Little Princes Orphanage in Nepal. [...]

The *now I've seen everything* pasta strainer

Wednesday is Pasta Night at She Is Too Fond of Books.  The tradition grew from the old television commercial for Prince Spaghetti that featured Anthony running through the North End of Boston.

To get us through the mid-week slump, I bake a loaf of bread, make a simple green salad, and serve pasta – pesto, spaghetti [...]