New year, new cookbooks, new adventures

by Patricia on January 4, 2009 · 3 comments

These are my new cookbooks. I am really excited to start digging into them and trying out new recipes:



Hello, Cupcake

So many cute ideas!! I can’t wait :)
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
I feel like I am late to the party, but this is my first Barefoot Contessa book. I’ve never really followed her (on tv or print) until the last week or so. Her tv show on Food Network is a little on the cheesy side, but her book is full of beautiful pictures and some good ideas for making a party less stressful. There are several recipes in this book I can’t wait to try (including a couple of cocktails).
How to Cook Everything
Found this one at Costco for about half of the cover price and thought it would be good to have to keep at D’s house as a reference. There is sooo much in this book. I think this book will be a good guide and jumping off point for meal ideas.


In other news… while reading several other blogs, like Fresh from the Oven, Clumbsy Cookie, and Salt and Chocolate, I started to see this badge everywhere:

And it peaked my curiosity. Daring Bakers? What did that mean? So I followed the link and found out that it was sort of a secret society of bakers. hee hee. They have a secret recipe that everyone in the “club” makes… yep, they all make the same recipe. But the results are all so awesome and so different.

Anyway, long story short, I followed some links and found out how to join and the rules. And I joined. Yep. So now I am a Daring Baker. I just got my first assignment. January’s secret recipe is… a secret. hee hee. Seriously though, I’ll be baking this month’s recipe and posting the results here on the designated date that all fo the Daring Bakers post their results. I’m excited. The Daring Bakers are going to push me to try recipes I might not have thought to try… which is awesome. I’m always up for expanding my horizons.


1 Maggie January 11, 2009 at 12:33 am

I love the How to Cook Everything episodes I’ve seen. I’ll have to badger my sister-in-law to see if they have it at the local Costco.

2 Daily Spud January 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Ah, Christmas is always good for getting new cookbooks – I have a few of my own that will be getting some attention over the next while!

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