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Recipe Book #2 ~ The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cooking for Two

At the end of December I posted a Recipe Book Haul and showed you all the cookbooks I received for my birthday last year. I am taking a different cookbook each month and reviewing it to share all its goodness with you! Last month in January I talked about Small Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers by Debbie Maugans and gave you the perfect excuse to buy it….Valentine’s Day. Did anyone go out and take a peek at it or maybe even buy it?

The second cookbook I am going to talk about is The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cooking for Two. I was very excited for this book, but then when I cracked it open and started perusing the recipes…..I became much less excited. There weren’t many recipes that I marked! Now, there were a lot of unique recipe names or ingredients and while I am trying to expand my palate and skill sets….some of them just don’t sound appealing. So I didn’t mark a ton of recipes, at least not compared to some of my other cookbooks. I think I’ll work through this book quickly just because there aren’t too many marked.

Summary from Thriftbooks,

Perfect for young working couples and empty-nesters. This book offers familiar favorites and new dishes to tempt your taste buds all specially developed to serve two, without dealing with leftovers for the next week. Each recipe is created to maximize ingredients and minimize spending, so you buy only what you need, and use all of what you bought. –Ideal for young couples who both work, as well as empty-nesters or a parent and child who are interested in great recipes –Each recipe includes an icon for quick reference to help you decide which dishes best fit the occasion, and features variations sure to please anyone’s palate –Recipes are quick and easy, but do not rely on prepackaged foods –Includes recipes for small-batch baking

I have made four recipes out of this book so far and they were a Potato, Onion, and Bacon Frittata, a Spanish Tortilla, a Hot & Sour Soup with Pork, and Stuffed Peppers. I have written about the first two, the third one is coming up, but the fourth one wasn’t anything spectacular that was worth taking the time to write about it. So working through this book is going well so far!

Does anyone already have this book or a similar cook book? What are your thoughts on cooking for just two?

Head to my 12 Months of Recipe Books to see what other books I’ve talked about!
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Posted in Books, Goodreads Monday, Memes, REVIEWS

Recipe Book #1 ~ Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers

A couple weeks ago I posted a Recipe Book Haul and showed you all the cookbooks I received for my birthday last year. I plan on taking a different cookbook each month and reviewing it to share all its goodness with you! I am overjoyed for this first recipe book post to go up because I’ve been working on these posts for about a month now and the anticipation has been killing me! The first cookbook I am going to talk about is Small Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers by Debbie Maugans. This is the second cookbook she put out specifically for small batch baking. I figured I would write about this one this month in case you wanted to purchase it to make something chocolaty for Valentine’s Day next month! ❤️🍫

Summary from Thriftbooks,

“In this age of singles, couples and otherwise smaller households, “Small-Batch Baking” is an idea that’s in step with the times.”

“The Dallas Morning News “No one can resist the allure of home-made chocolate desserts but when recipes yield a full dozen or more, we often eat more than our serving size. In “Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers, ” acclaimed food writer Debby Maugans solves the problem by crafting irresistible chocolate recipes perfectly suited for two. Featuring more than 120 cookie, cake, pie, tart, muffin, and scone recipes, over-the-top and lavishly loaded with chocolate of all kinds, nuts, candy bars, and flavors. Ideal for the single guy or gal, small family, retiree, or bride-to-be. There’s a dessert in this book for every occasion: a fool-proof birthday chocolate cake recipe, a chocolate orange tart for Valentine’s Day, or when you’re in the mood for a little self-indulgence, a chocolate souffle sized for one. Your sweetheart (and your waistline) will thank you.”

I have baked three desserts from this recipe book so far. I posted about these Mint Brownie Pudding Cakes last year, Morning Glory Muffins, and I have a post about Chocolate Mousse coming up on Friday. But…I have numerous pages marked in this book as you can see from the photograph. I love this book because I can have the enjoyment of baking, but yet not have desserts in the house for a week that I feel like I need to eat to avoid them going to waste. So it’s a perfect book if you are trying to watch how much you are eating. It’s the perfect book if you like just a little bit of dessert. It’s the perfect book if it’s just you or maybe you and your significant other. It’s actually even perfect if it’s not just you, but you’re not sharing with the rest of the family. If you are a chocolate lover, you have to buy this book!!

Does anyone already have this book or a similar cook book? What are your thoughts on small batch baking?

Head to my 12 Months of Recipe Books to see what other books I’ve talked about!