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  • MEmilyGrey on April 14, 2022

    This is a five-star basic. First cookbook I gave my daughter when she moved out.

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  • Cheddar and scallion drop biscuits

    • Rinshin on May 11, 2022

      Perfectly tasty biscuits. Almost as simple as mixing pancakes and easier because these are baked. The texture is light even when cooled and I can taste both cheddar and green onions. Good accompaniment to soups or sliced in half with ham. Photo added.

  • Bakery-style muffins

    • racheljmorgan on February 20, 2022

      This is kind of like a dream base muffin recipe because these turn out with a good texture every time and they're the perfect size for our big muffin pan. I like the improv element of it. For national muffin day I made ones with almond extract and crystallized ginger in the batter, sprinkled on top with some salted caramel sugar before baking.

  • Lemon-poppy seed muffins

    • racheljmorgan on February 20, 2022

      Made for national muffin day. Great recipe overall for big muffins. They had a perfect texture, weren't too sweet, didn't stick to the pan. I would have liked more lemon flavor though, maybe double the zest or heavy on the glaze next time. Glaze was so much like lemonade syrup I wanted to drink it.

  • Rustic dinner rolls

    • racheljmorgan on April 03, 2022

      Really excellent rolls. I remember the first time I baked them it was nearly 9pm and I set off the fire alarm in my apartment as soon as I opened the oven (because my old electric oven absolutely hated getting to 500F and would smoke a bit). Rolls came out absolutely beautifully, but I've been wary ever since.

  • Anadama bread

    • racheljmorgan on March 28, 2022

      Honestly, this was really great. I had to add a little extra flour, presumably because my cornmeal was very coarse and thus less absorbent. It's a sticky dough, but still workable. On the final rise, I also waited an extra 40 min since my yeast were a bit slow. The flavor was great, lightly sweet with a touch of crunch from the cornmeal. Feels like a cross between a quick bread and a yeast bread in texture. Noticeably drier tasting on day 2.

  • Challah

    • racheljmorgan on March 20, 2022

      This was a bread that came out beautifully. Though the dough appeared not to rise at all in the first step, the yeast awoke after braiding. As far as taste, I kept thinking it needed more salt and was a touch bland. It's definitely suitable for French toasts and sweet applications, but for sandwiches I would try with double the salt or salted on top. It's a bread that has a fabulous look but just average taste.

  • Brown sugar cookies

    • racheljmorgan on January 31, 2022

      These have a homey, old-fashioned charm and do indeed taste strongly of brown sugar. Not fussy to put together, either. This is the recipe for people who want a molasses cookie without spices or a strong molasses bite. It's very sweet. The outside is quite crunchy, but inside has some chew. Ideal for fall parties.

  • Molasses spice cookies

    • racheljmorgan on January 17, 2022

      My go to recipe for every occasion. Comes out perfectly chewy and well spiced!

  • Molasses spice cookies with dark rum glaze

    • racheljmorgan on January 17, 2022

      The glaze is far too strong on the rum. I feel thankful that I tried it on one cookie before ruining the whole batch. Fabulous cookie, very bad glaze.

  • Coffee toffee cookies

    • racheljmorgan on March 02, 2022

      Pretty good coffee flavor, not too sweet overall. Texture is somewhere between cakelike and chewy.

  • Cornmeal olive oil cookies

    • racheljmorgan on April 03, 2022

      Fast and simple, with nice summery flavors. I don't think the 2nd powdered sugar coating is necessary, preferred these a little less sweet. The rosemary flavor came through pleasantly while the cookies were warm, made me wish I had added a little more. When cooled the day after, I couldn't taste it. The cookies still had some cornmeal grit texture after baking because my meal was coarse.

  • Cream cheese brownies

  • Easy lemon pound cake

    • racheljmorgan on May 01, 2022

      I took this cake out at the earliest indicated time and it still looked and tasted very slightly burned. The flavor is sweet and mildly lemony. Average, not knock your socks off like the chocolate pound cake that follows it in the book.

  • Classic yellow sheet cake

    • racheljmorgan on February 15, 2022

      Fluffy and delicious. It is, as they say, texturally a cross between chiffon and regular yellow cake.

  • Old-fashioned chocolate layer cake

  • Chocolate frosting

    • racheljmorgan on February 15, 2022

      A rather heavy frosting. I made it with bittersweet chocolate and wished I had gone with milk chocolate instead. Overpowered the yellow cake a little

  • All-butter single-crust pie dough

    • racheljmorgan on March 08, 2022

      Did not have the heft or crispness of my usual butter pie crust (Mark Bittman's in How to Cook Everything). Why is sour cream even in this recipe? For a quiche, I would have preferred a little more salt in the dough, but it was ok. Very middle of the road with a tendency toward breakage.

  • Asian firecracker party mix

    • racheljmorgan on March 23, 2022

      For whatever reason, this tasted better before we cooked it.

  • Guinness beef stew

    • racheljmorgan on April 03, 2022

      I attempted to make a non-alcoholic version of this by subbing in coffee, a splash of vinegar, and a large amount of baking yeast I needed to use up soon. It came out really well, but kind of just a basic good beef stew. My modifications didn't mimic the Guinness flavor as much as I hoped. The meat and potatoes were tender. It's a good candidate for slow cooking, though I enjoyed making it in the oven on a quiet Sunday at home.

  • Unstuffed chicken cordon bleu

    • racheljmorgan on January 04, 2022

      I thought it was easy and pretty decent. Husband found this bland, just ok.

  • Spanish-style skillet rice and chickpeas

  • Grilled beef kebabs with lemon-rosemary marinade

    • racheljmorgan on April 08, 2022

      We often have marinated kebab meat, onions, and bell pepper in the airfryer- so I decided to try this recipe in there instead of grilling. It was 380F for 23min. The marinade was great on the vegetables, especially bell peppers. However, it was just ok with the steak. Maybe we're just not lemon steak people. The rosemary flavor didn't come through. My husband's verdict was interesting but not his favorite. I found it also to be just average, but fun to try.

  • Shepherd's pie

    • racheljmorgan on March 14, 2022

      Really good, can sub in extra chicken broth for beer. The flavor is still excellent.

  • Easy baked brown rice with Parmesan, lemon, and herbs

  • Fluffy diner-style cheese omelet

    • racheljmorgan on March 26, 2022

      It's a cheese omelet that requires a lot of dishes to be washed later, but it's worth it. Don't even bother with nonstick pans, this used so much butter that it slid out of my cast iron skillet without a spatula! The recipe is my new go-to omelet method, made me feel confident after after a few subpar omelets in the past.

  • Scrambled egg muffins with sausage

    • racheljmorgan on April 07, 2022

      Spare yourself 3 days of pan-soaking and use paper cups. The souffle effect that might be achieved by leaving them in the pan is minimal. These come out alright but they leave a thin baked on residue that is really tough to get off a muffin tin.

  • Quiche Lorraine

    • racheljmorgan on March 07, 2022

      Had to pull it out at 32 min instead of 40/50 min. Definitely already done by that point. Flavor is good but needs a little more salt unless you have salty country bacon. The half and half definitely makes the texture softer. It's more custardy than eggy, really.

  • Asparagus and Gruyère quiche

    • racheljmorgan on May 22, 2022

      The asparagus was extremely bitter. Don't know if it was the bunch itself or the long cooking that caused it.

  • Skillet strata with cheddar and thyme

    • racheljmorgan on March 21, 2022

      This is a mild breakfast casserole that mostly tastes like scrambled eggs with cheese. I think it could do with a bit more salt and a touch of hot sauce. Easy to make and child friendly.

  • Skillet strata with bacon, scallions, and pepper Jack

    • racheljmorgan on January 24, 2022

      A quick and economical breakfast dish. Pepper taste is on the milder side, which I think is appropriate for breakfast.

  • French toast

    • racheljmorgan on April 18, 2022

      This French toast had a lot of crunch and was not noticeably sweet, almost like thick buttered toasts. I imagine it could stand up to a good amount of toppings or syrup without getting soggy. It was enjoyable.

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  • ISBN 10 1940352126
  • ISBN 13 9781940352121
  • Published Oct 01 2014
  • Page Count 891
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher America's Test Kitchen


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