Rated “R” for recipes!


I am an admitted recipe junkie.  So much of good cooking depends on having the right recipe, ingredients and PASSION.  I decided to post some of my favorites.  Usually I will check a recipe book out from the library before I actually buy it just to make sure it is really worth owning.  I highly reccommend this.  Otherwise, you will have a bunch of bad recipe books in your cabinet.  You will become depressed that they don’t work for you and you won’t cook from them.  I am just going to post a few of my ALL TIME FAVORITES.  Some of the books you see in the picture above are used for only a few recipes.  That doesn’t mean I won’t cook more out of them in the future.

#1  The Best Recipe by the editors of Cooks Illustrated Magazine.

Oh, man.  There are so few things I have made from here that I haven’t liked that they aren’t even worth mentioning.  Every recipe includes a detailed description of numerous tests done to achieve the perfect recipe.  The book is thick and covers just about anything you want to make.  For me, it is the go to book if I don’t want to mess around.  Great results!

#2 Simply in Season

If you eat from you garden or wish you ate more from you garden or just wish you ate more healthy this is a great book.  My all time favorite recipe from here is the Sweet Potato Quesadillas.  Yummy!  Just a forewarning – these ARE healthy recipes.  My husband is of the opinion that a dessert should tast like a DESSERT, and that any dessert that contains wheat flour is only a wolf in sheeps clothing.  He does really enjoy everything else in this book (besides the desserts), and he loves his fruits and vegis.  This is not a vegitarian cookbook, though there are any vegitarian and low-meat recipes in it.


#3 Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

This book has revolutionized home bread baking for me.  The idea in a nutshell that you mix up a very wet dough and refrigerate it.  Then, when you want bread you get it out, let it rest, and bake it at a high temperature on a baking stone.  There are endless possibilities, including my favorites – pizza and pita bread.  

#4 Sunset Magazine

I have gotten so many great recipes from here.  The great thing is that you don’t have to be a subscriber to enjoy.  The have a website.  Here are some of my favs.

Raspberry Lemon Pudding Cakes

Cilantro Chicken

Buckwheat Belgian Waffles

Happy Cooking!!!


2 responses to “Rated “R” for recipes!

  1. Your link for Buckwheat Belgian Waffles takes you to the Cilantro Chicken one! Just thought you’d want to know. And all of your readers want the Belgian waffles link! 😛

  2. thanks rachel, I fixed it!

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