Saturday’s Kitchen: Tots! : A Cookbook by Dan Whalen – Book Review with Recipe Results – January 27th

Hello lovely friends! Welcome back to another Saturday’s Kitchen, where I share with you some recipes from our Saturday cooking adventures. Today I’m going to  talk about a cookbook I ended up requesting from NetGalley. We’ve made a few delicious recipes from this book and you can read my review of the book and see our recipe results below.

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Today I’ll be sharing my review of:

Tots!: A Cookbook

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Blurb: It’s a fact: Americans love tots, and last year consumed 3.5 billion of them. And not just at home. From fast-food joints to high-end restaurants, chefs are joining the tot trend, serving exotically spiced tots or fun mash-ups like Totchos, with tots replacing the corn chips in nachos. But now, prepare for TOT-al domination! Created by mad-genius food blogger Dan Whalen, Tots! elevates the friendly little tater to its place in the culinary spotlight.
This irresistible cookbook with a nubby tot-texture on the cover offers 50 delicious, playful, and surprising recipes for snacks, appetizers, inspired main dishes, and inspired sides, even desserts. (Yes, you could create an entire tot-centric dinner.) Here are party dishes like Buffalo Tots and Tot Poutine. A Tot Caesar for an elegant starter. Tots for breakfast, like Tots Benedict and a Tot Shakshuka, and tots for dinner—Moules Tots, Chicken Tot Pie, Tater Tot Pizza, and Bibimtot. Side dishes—next Thanksgiving, try Sausage and Tot Stuffing. And for sweets lovers, Tot Churros (deep-fried and dipped in chocolate ganache), Apple Tot Crumble (that crispy salty tot topping really plays off the warm sweet apples), and Tot S’mores—a heavenly melt of a dish.
Every recipe uses frozen commercial tots—but Dan Whalen also shows die-hard tot lovers how to make tots from scratch and then alter their creations with different spices (think Tots Vindaloo) and sauces. It’s TOT-ally awesome. – Amazon

My Thoughts:

My husband is what I call a ‘tot aficionado’ because he’s one of those people willing to stand every single tater tot straight up, perfectly spaced, to get nice crispy tots every time right out of the oven. So, when I saw Tots!: A Cookbook, I had to grab it. I’m always hopeful to impress my family with some new and fresh recipes, and these would include one of their favorite foods.
The book begins describing the different types of tots you can buy and how to cook them. I was already fascinated with just the simple tricks for getting the crispiest tots in the oven. No more standing them up! The author shares a simple little addition that gets your tots super crispy and it truly works! I was able to impress my husband and had a huge smile on my face when he said, “Wow, these are perfect.”
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Sections of the book include some basics, seasonings, sauces, dips, appetizers, breakfast recipes, main dishes, and desserts. There’s also a nifty ‘Timeline of the Tater Tot’ including some history which was fun to read. There’s even a recipe for making your tots from scratch.
I decided to start with the Chipotle Mayo for a dip. I ended up serving this with the super crispy tots I mention above. It was a huge hit! The dip turned out sensational and it was a nice change from ketchup or barbecue sauce.

Chipotle Mayo:

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It’s basically a mix of mayo, sour cream, and seasonings.
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Saturday’s Kitchen: January 6th – Sally’s Cookie Addiction by Sally McKenney – Book Review and Recipe Results!

Hello friends! I’m here today with another Saturday’s Kitchen where I share with you some recipes from our Saturday cooking adventures. Today I’m going to  talk about one of my new favorite cookie books. We’ve made some scrumptious cookies from this book and I think you’ll be pleased with our results. You can read my review of the book and see our recipe results below.

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Sally’s Cookie Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Cookie Bars, Shortbread, and More from the Creator of Sally’s Baking Addiction

by Sally McKenney 

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Blurb: Bake exquisite cookies, bars, and doughs perfectly every time with Sally’s Cookie Addiction. A world of baking wonder awaits you and all the lucky people you’ll share them with.

Are you ready to sink your teeth into Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies? How about Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies or Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies? Featuring a mouthwatering selection of cookiescookie barscookie dough dipsslice-and-bakesno-bakes, and more, Sally’s Cookie Addiction features dozens of exciting flavors, including chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, sugar, coconut, lemon, s’more, and oatmeal, oh my!

The best part? Sally’s Cookie Addiction, Sally will tell you how to make each and every cookie in the book ahead of time. So, if you want to start preparing for the holidays, or if you just like keeping cookie dough in your freezer for those critical cookie emergencies!

Complete with tips on how to bake the perfect cookie and gorgeous photographySally’s Cookie Addiction is the only cookie book you need on your shelf. Get ready for your kitchen to be the most popular room in the house while the smells of Warm Chocolate Chunk Skillet CookiesLemon Crème Sandwich Cookies, and Soft-Baked Sugar Cookie Bars emanate from the oven!

My Thoughts:

I was browsing through some cookbooks at my local library a few weeks ago and came across this cookbook in the new section. The cover spoke to me and I had to grab it. My family loves cookies and I’m always interested in trying some new recipes and was I ever surprised!

This cookbook has over 80 different cookie recipes. The author covers the basics, frostings, equipment, and includes helpful tips. There are tons of beautiful photographs too. What surprised me? There are some gluten free recipes in here too which is exactly what I needed! There’s even a dog biscuit recipe for your pups. This is pretty much a ‘something for everyone’ cookie book.

We ended up making a handful of cookie recipes from the book. Here are a few below with our reviews of each recipe.

Jude and Franklin’s Favorite Dog Biscuits:

What dog wouldn’t love some homemade peanut butter and pumpkin treats? These were so easy to make and my kids loved helping make them. All it takes is six ingredients! Dogs love pumpkin and peanut butter and they make the whole house smell wonderful when cooking.

We only had cat shaped cookie cutters which worked out perfect. Our dogs love cats!

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They loved these and could barely wait.

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You can see Bowie licking her lips in this picture.

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Speaking for my dogs, I’d say this recipe gets:

5*****


Giant Funfetti Cookie Pizza:

I’ve never had luck with cookie pizzas. Most times they just don’t come out soft enough. This recipe is a new keeper.

This giant funfetti cookie pizza is in the sprinkle chapter, no surprise. It calls for 2/3 cup sprinkles!

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I cooked this on a pizza stone because I don’t use pizza pans much and usually end up using cast iron. I wasn’t sure about that, so we went with a stone. It turned out perfect!

We ended up using 1/3 cup of sprinkles in the recipe and then added on some more for decoration.

I used a 1M wilton tip as suggestion in the recipe for the icing. I had to sneak a bite of this! It was delicious and there wasn’t anything left of it!

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This recipe also gets:

5*****


Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies:

Cookies with only five ingredients always catch my attention. These are made with mainly peanut butter! I even used Skippy crunchy natural peanut butter which isn’t recommended, and they still came out perfect.

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These were delicious and I didn’t feel guilty eating a few because they’re gluten free. This recipe gets:

5*****


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The Immune System Recovery Plan by Susan Blum, M.D., M.P.H. & Saturday’s Special -Stew-

A few years ago I started doing a ton of research on how I could stop my immune system from killing me. I wound up purchasing a myriad of books ranging from cookbooks to self-help books and even books by authors telling their own stories on how they cured themselves. I was on a mission and came across some really great books that helped me get my mind in order. I will have a post in the future which outlines everything that I’ve done to keep myself healthy. For now, you can read about one of my favorite books that I keep on my kitchen shelf.

The Immune System Recovery Plan by Susan Blum, M.D.,M.P.H. is the one I’ll be covering today. You can see my review below as well as my favorite recipe from the book which I make all the time.

The Immune System Recovery Plan by Susan Blum is one of a myriad of books I purchased after I was diagnosed with not one, but two serious autoimmune disorders. I was on a mission to cure myself and this book was just one of my tools.

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The book is a doctor’s 4-step plan to overcome autoimmune disease. The author, Susan Blume, was suffering from an autoimmune disease and shares with readers what she believes are the answers to living a healthy life after autoimmune disease.

The four step plan includes: 

  • Using food as medicine – I believe this is a proven method in my own case. The author offers self assessments for foods that can trigger issues with our bodies and helps create a plan for discovering these food sensitivities. She also covers the “good stuff” and highlights a healthy diet by telling readers what they should eat with recipes included.
  • Understanding the stress connection – It’s no surprise that in our world, people are stressed. It’s known to cause scads of issues including some less serious symptoms like fatigue to more serious diseases like autoimmune disease and cancers. The key is removing the inflammation from our bodies by destressing our lives, something many people could benefit from. How stressed are you? Take the self assessment to find out your stress number. This section includes some recipes to help counteract stress as well.
  • Healing your gut – This section covers the importance of intestinal bacteria and what happens when your flora is out of order. She covers leaky gut and how we can heal our digestive tracts. There are more self assessments and a treatment program included with recipes.
  • Supporting your liver – In this section you will learn all about toxins and how our livers simply can’t keep up with the amount of toxins we ingest everyday from our skin, breathing, eating and drinking. The author covers some of the most problematic toxins and discusses how to remove them from our bodies. Another self-assessment is offered which will help you discover if you’re dealing with toxic overload.

This book, in my opinion, would be good for anyone suffering disease in general. The steps that she outlines including healing the gut and supporting the liver can make anyone feel better and will also help to ward off disease before it strikes. I love most of the recipes in the book and use them on a regular basis. My rating on this one is:

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Now for my favorite recipe in the book…

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Special Saturday Smoothie! – Dreamscicle

After making this smoothie I have to share it with everyone. I know I already posted on Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book with a healthy Orange Julius style smoothie recipe, but this one is very close to an Orange Julius, in fact, the only fruit included is oranges. It’s still healthy, even without the greens…

The taste is similar to Orange Creamsicle. Have you guys had one of these before?

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They’re delicious. It’s an orange and vanilla flavored combination. Creamsicle = ice cream and Dreamsicle = ice milk.

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Playing around with different ingredients in your smoothies is so much fun. It’s hard to mess up a smoothie and you can add in pretty much whatever fruits you want. Maybe you might like this one?

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie

4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk (any milk works- *see note below)
  • 4-5 oranges – for a sweeter smoothie, remove the pith
  • Scant tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of Raw Honey (Use more or less depending on sweetness desired)
  • Stevia if needed
  • 1-2 cups of ice ( for a fuller flavored smoothie use less ice, or none at all. I always like mine cold, so I use ice)

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Pack the blender in the order given. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

With high speed blenders and even standard blenders it’s important to be sure that your ice is at the top with liquid at the bottom. This results in less use of the tamper stick.  Continue reading “Special Saturday Smoothie! – Dreamscicle”