Take a look at what’s included!
Table of Contents:
- Timesaving Tips
- Breakfast Ideas
- Appetizers and Dressings
- Bread and Grains
- Main Dishes & Soups & Sides
- Desserts & Snacks
- Homemade Vanilla Extract
- Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Pantry Helpers
- Basic Measurements and Helps
- Meal Planning and Shopping Hints
- Sample Menus & Menu Planning Masters
- Basic Cooking Skills Checklist
- Basic Kitchen Accessories
- Kitchen Equipment
- The Tortoise and the Hare
- Pressure Cooker Tips and Favorites
- Index of Recipes
- Index of Practical Tips
How We Used Everyday Cooking
I spent a lot of time reading over the recipes trying to decide which ones I wanted to test out first. I’m a visual person and especially when picking out new recipes to try, pictures are a big part of my decision making process. Everyday Cooking has very few pictures, which is understandable from the printing cost perspective, but the lack of pictures made it hard for me to get excited about any of the recipes. You can find some of the recipes and pictures on the Everyday Homemaking website and a few more pictures on the Facebook page, but it is far from everything and because of Facebook limitations, the images are not searchable or organized.
I finally settled on making “Unstuffed” Chicken Breasts, No-Knead Crusty Bread, and Apple Cider Donut Cake.
The unstuffed chicken breasts ended up being a bit of a disappointment for us. The flavor was fine, but it was very unappealing looking and had a very mushy consistency. I’m not including a picture because honestly, it just looked gross.
The no-knead bread looked amazing though! I used the suggestion to use half white flour and half whole wheat flour. The texture was awesome and I was very happy with how it baked. The flavor was a bit on the bland side, but I would try it again using some of the mix in suggestions that are included in the cookbook.
Since I was already making bread, I went ahead and also mixed up the refrigerator dough recipe. I baked one pound of dough after 1.5 days of refrigerator fermentation and another after 3 days. I didn’t notice any difference in texture or flavor between these test loafs. The author does note that dough refrigerated 3 days or longer is suitable for low-carb use, but does not provide any sort of nutritional information regarding the carbs, so I did not feel comfortable feeding this or any of the low-carb recipes in the cookbook to my husband who follows a strict low carb diet with a very specific carb count. The author does mention that the low-carb recipes follow the Trim Healthy Mama guidelines, but I could not find any information on this plan without paying for their book, which I did not do.
The Apple Cider Donut Cake was the clear winner! The recipe was easy to make, it baked up beautiful and most important, tasted delicious! I made this on a night that we had family over, 14 people in all – everyone devoured their slice and then asked for seconds!
I really wanted to like this cookbook, but the recipes just didn’t sing too me. It is very much a “family” cookbook, in that the recipes and substitutions are catered to the author’s family preferences, in the same way that my family cookbook is catered to our preferences.
What makes this cookbook stand out however, are the non-recipe resources that are included in the book – especially the pressure cooker section! The Food & Nutrition Mini Unit and Basic Cooking Skills Checklist is a great way to introduce your older child to cooking and get them a Home Ec credit!
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