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Stir, Laugh, Repeat Perfect Paperback – June 10, 2008
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Most women have a thing about buying cookbooks. We have tons of them but how many have more than 2 or 3 recipes in them that we actually use? None of mine do. They either have at least 1 ingredient I don't like or they're too fancy to feed the meat and potato man. So I started going through my books and magazines and taking from one recipe and adding from another until I had what I thought was the perfect recipe which meant it tasted good to me. Then it hit me that I needed another opinion. I started taking dishes over to a friend and when she wasn't home I took them to another friend. This started what I call my "testers" of which I now have about 25. And believe me they don't like to be left out when a new dish is being passed around. I live in a condo and about half of my testers live there too. You won't believe how many times I've sneaked dishes over to one condo hiding it from another. Good thing I have a dog to give me an excuse to be out walking that much. I did start an "early morning weekend coffee club" but not many like to be up, out and at my house by 8:00 in the morning on a weekend. Those that do make it get to test a new breakfast dish and are treated to flavored coffee.
As I came up with my recipes I started noticing that a lot of them were foods I had cooked for years without measuring so they really weren't new, they were those old favorites that were being lost over time. They also reminded me of moments in my life that may not have been funny when they happened but were funny now. And they always seemed to have some sort of lesson in them. I wanted my book to be different so I decided to add some of those stories.
I also noticed that after talking to a few young adults that some were never taught things that are simple to us such as "how to peel a boiled egg". Most of us "Baby Boomers" learned from at home mothers, grandmothers and aunts. But being a Baby Boomer, most of us worked outside the home and didn't have time to teach our girls the simple things of cooking. This gave me the idea to add tips to my book.
There may not seem to be many recipes in my book but if you will use the imagination in your taste buds and do as I have by taking away things you don't like and adding things you do like, you will find that these 100 recipes are actually the basis for many more. « less
Top Customer Reviews
If you love cheese and white chocolate (not together) you'll love this book because the author's a fan of both and features these items in several recipes. As a bonus, Cheves also offers personal stories and a practical tip with each recipe, which gives the book a personal touch.
My only quibble is that it'll be hard to keep the book open when I try some of the recipes, which is why I usually prefer coil bound cookbooks. Also, there are a couple of ingredients such as Parker House rolls that aren't available here in Canada so I'll have to find a substitute. Meanwhile, I really need to start on that banana pudding recipe!
The humor is genuine, the anecdotes are fun (my fave, using horse corn to make creamed corn.)
This book could be your secret recipe horde to impress the potluck crowd.
"When my three kids were young, we would have a Mystery TV Dinner Night. Each night when I cooked dinner, before it went on the table, I would take a plastic sectioned plate and put a full serving of everything on the plate, wrap it in plastic wrap and then tightly wrap it in foil and put it into the freezer. On Mystery Night, everyone would go to the freezer and take out a dish. You couldn't peek. Each plate would be microwaved and that was your meal for the night. You may have country fried steak, spaghetti, fish, even chili. It was fun watching the kids open their meals. They were never disappointed because I would make sure it was filled with food they liked."
Martha Cheves knows how to feed her family and have fun, too, and now shares her recipes with us. Oh yes, the recipe I chose to make first was the Strawberry Nut Crunch. I made it with Macadamia nuts. It was so delightful, I will make it again, and enough of it for about 50 people at a big celebratory potluck. I'll also be taking this delightful book to share with others.
Review by Mary Deal, author of "The Tropics," "The Ka," the award winning "River Bones," and "Down to the Needle."
Melanie Young, author of "The Next Chapter"
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