A FEW OF MY FAVORITE COOKBOOKS…
Another cookbook that is my go-to when I want something that soothes the soul is The Little French Bakery Cookbook. Susan Holding studied in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu during the day and took photos in the City of Light during her time off, all of which are in this cookbook. What I love about it is that she has include many of her “family favorites” like Spaghetti and Meatballs (delish!) and BBQ Rib with Cowgirl Sauce. You can make a Tart Aux Pomme for dessert! There’s a little of France and Wisconsin in this, one of my favorite, cookbooks.
This may sound strange, but I also like to sift through cookbooks when I am trying to lose a pound or more. Somehow, when I see the words “butter”, “chocolate chips”… and instructions for making “creamy” lemon meringue pie, and “chocolate macademia” nut cookies, I feel full! Well, maybe not full FULL, but satisfied. I know, it’s weird and I’ll admit sometimes I just want to get out of bed and start baking, but mostly, it makes me happy to just eat the pages in the cookbook.
Of course, now that I am baking and posting recipes on my website. www.pipkas.com, I am seriously devouring cookbook recipes and techniques while also developing my own recipes. Lots of “experiments” have landed in the trash but each failure has whipped up my enthusiasm to make a better pie or cake next time.
Sharing a recipe for brownies filled with toffee candy bar chunks makes me so happy because I KNOW you’re going to love them! There’s those words…SHARING and LOVE. That’s what it’s all about.
Share what you bake. Love what you make.
There’s nothing better than seeing the smile on someone’s face when they bite into a chocolate cupcake topped with 3 inches of peanut butter frosting or watching a child eating a crispy-on-the outside, gooey-in-the inside, chunky chocolate chip cookie. There’s so much joy in sharing.