Specific House, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Melissa Parcel
onnie Bandstra, the owner of the
Teacups & Tiaras
tearoom in Des Moines, Iowa, wants to make it easy for each of us to create beautiful foods to serve to family and friends. She compiled this cookbook of her favorite recipes to encourage and inspire women to appreciate cooking and to cook more often.
includes a plethora of recipes to assist us in doing just that.
he book begins with appetizers, featuring dishes from the simple - such as
black bean salsa
- to the exquisite, like
wild mushroom pate
. Next up is brunch, with standard fare such as
, but also some more elaborate recipes like
French Toast soufflé
Scrambled Eggs and Wild Rice in Phyllo Cups
. Following these are soups, salads and vegetables, and main dishes, including
Double Good Manicotti
, just to name a few. Capping off the collection are desserts, featuring
Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
Texas Sheet Cake
Million Dollar Pie
ach recipe is clearly described and the directions are detailed. Despite the exotic sounding recipe titles, most include ingredients you would generally have in the kitchen or that could be found at any supermarket. The recipes will inspire you to be more creative with your cooking and to realize that you can cook delicious recipes without spending the entire day in the kitchen or going to culinary school first. Ms. Bandstra includes humorous quotes throughout, that make this cookbook a fun one to sit and page through. Most of the recipes are fairly high in calories and fat, so don't look here for
dishes. But they are full of fun and flavor, and will add an extra dimension to your cooking repertoire.
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