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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 [...]

Book Review: *Slow Cooker Revolution* from America's Test Kitchen

Slow Cooker Revolution from the editors of America’s Test Kitchen
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Boston Common Press (February 15, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-1933615691

Back-of-the-book blurb: Who doesn’t like the idea of throwing ingredients into a slow cooker and coming back hours later to a finished meal? Too bad most slow cooker recipes deliver mediocre results you’d rather forget than fix [...]

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. [...]