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2017 Cook My Books Challenge: November

11 months in and still going strong, despite the craziness of this month. I managed to squeeze in a few cookbook recipes between my sister’s birthday, a few presentations for work, and celebrating both an engagement and a wedding – not ours, ha!

Here’s what I cooked from my books this month:

Mexican Chicken Soup from Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten

This soup surprised me! I sometimes find tomato and broth based soups to be a bit boring, but this one was delicious! I loved the way the tortilla topping got a bit soggy. Combined with the grated cheddar on top, it reminded me of enchiladas in the best way possible.

Mexican Chicken Soup by Ina Garten [Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen 2017 Cook My Books Challenge]

Wine Country Salad with Wild Rice Grape Pilaf and Halloumi from Whole Bowls by Allison Day

I was obsessed with this salad! I mean I’m pretty much obsessed with anything using halloumi. But the flavours in this were so spot on! The sweetness of the grapes with the salty cheese was addicting. If you can’t find halloumi, this would also be good with feta.

Wine Country Salad with Wild Rice Grape Pilaf and Halloumi by Allison Day

Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten

I made these on a day when I seriously needed some comfort food – and I’m not kidding when I say these biscuits helped cheer me up. If one good thing came out of that day, it was that my biscuits came out so perfectly flaky and buttery. If you want to know my secret, it’s chopping up my butter into small pieces and putting it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before using it so that it stays extra cold. Works like a charm!

Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits by Ina Garten

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2017 Cook My Books Challenge: October

So you know how I said in my September cookbook challenge post that this month would be all about comfort foods? Yeah, not so much seeing as how we had a second summer this month! So all my favourite things about fall – cozy sweaters, warming meals, and lattes – were put on hold while Mother Nature had an identity crisis.

So here’s what I made this month:

Miso Sesame Glazed Eggplant from My New Roots by Sarah Britton

Other than eggplant parmesan, this is one of the best eggplant dishes I’ve ever had! The eggplant developed a soft, velvety texture and was complimented by the sweet, salty, and bitter flavours in the glaze. Definitely a keeper of a recipe!

miso-sesame-glazed-eggplant

Grilled Scallion, Corn, and Shrimp Quesadillas from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant

I’m still deciding whether I liked these or not. Maybe if I replaced the cheese with cheddar instead, as I’m not a big fan of Monterey Jack. Or maybe it’s just that I would rather eat shrimp in a dish that highlights it, rather than hides it away between tortillas and cheese. They did taste good, but I’m just not sure I would make them again.

shrimp-quesadilla

Pumpkin Ginger Bread with Dark Chocolate and Coconut from Purely Pumpkin by Allison Day

I was looking over my cookbook shelf this month and realized I’d yet to cook from Purely Pumpkin by blogger Yummy Beet. Not wanting to miss my chance to take advantage of pumpkin season, I got to work bookmarking recipes right away. This bread immediately caught my eye. Pumpkin: check. Chocolate: check. Sugar: check. Yup, I was sold.

This recipe is more heavy on the ginger than other pumpkin bread recipes I’ve made, and also has a denser crumb, almost reminding me of a pound cake when eaten cold. My favourite way to eat it was warmed up in the microwave, which gave it a softer texture and intensified some of the ginger flavour in it!

pumpkin-ginger-bread

Bean and Lentil Pumpkin Chili from Purely Pumpkin by Allison Day

This recipe was another that grabbed my attention. I’ve used pumpkin in chili before, and I love the way it sneakily thickens up the texture and adds a boost of nutrition. My schedule can be kind of all over the place, usually with 1 or 2 days where I work evenings teaching a class or seeing patients. So I usually try to make one big batch recipe per week, like chili, so that we have leftovers for those nights. This was a great easy recipe that fit the bill – we had leftovers for days!

bean-lentil-pumpkin-chili

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2017 Cook My Books Challenge: September

Apparently this month I was in a breakfasty mood because that’s all I made from my cookbooks!

I started off with Maple-Cinnamon Apple Pear Baked Oatmeal from The Oh She Glows Cookbook. Both John and I loved this oatmeal. I’ve had some bad baked oatmeal experiences, but this wasn’t one of them. It was perfectly sweet, perfectly spiced, and had the perfect texture. I’ll definitely be making this one again this fall. Just a note: She doesn’t specify which type of apple to use, but I’d recommend gala or golden delicious for their natural sweetness.

apple-pear-baked-oatmeal

While cherries were still in season, I also made Dark Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats from My New Roots by Sarah Britton. This one also had fantastic flavour, and even better, makes for an easy weekday breakfast. I’ll definitely be adding this one into the regular rotation, probably using bananas instead of cherries now that they’re not in season anymore.

chocolate-cherry-overnight-oatmeal

I finished off the month with Ellie Krieger’s Banana-Walnut Multigrain Pancakes from Comfort Food Fix (minus the walnuts of course).  Despite loving many of her recipes, I wasn’t a big fan of these pancakes. First of all I found the wet to dry ingredients ratio off, making the batter too thin and hard to work with. This was a batch of very misshapen pancakes because they kept falling apart in the skillet! Also, I wasn’t a big fan of the chunks of mushy, warm banana in the pancakes. I realized after eating these that I much prefer banana pancakes where the banana is mashed and thoroughly mixed in.

multigrain-banana-pancakes

Now that the fall heat wave is over, I see a lot of cold weather comfort foods coming up for next month!

Your turn! What cookbook recipes have you made lately?

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