This put up is a evaluation of the Half Baked Harvest Super Simple cookbook by Tieghan Gerard as a part of the Sweet Cayenne Cookbook Club. The membership cooks by way of a brand new guide each three months and is a good way to spice up your confidence within the kitchen!
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The Sweet Cayenne Cookbook Club was began in January of 2020 as an outlet for enjoyable and creativity for myself and my readers.
In the membership, we work by way of a brand new cookbook each three months. There are month-to-month challenges that serve to assist members join with one another domestically and on-line. It is proving to be a enjoyable technique to be taught, meet digital “friends”, and develop confidence within the kitchen!
For the months of April-June of 2020, the membership is working by way of Half Baked Harvest Super Simple by Tieghan Gerard. I selected it as a result of I’ve all the time been a fan of Tieghan’s weblog, pictures, and inspirational cooking fashion.
In month 1, readers have time to get the guide, learn by way of it to get acquainted with widespread components, methods, and so forth., after which begin cooking some recipes.
Month 2 is devoted to planning and/or internet hosting a cookbook membership meal. Members can do that nearly or in individual. The objective is to cook dinner recipes in a no-pressure setting, share dishes with others, after which have a dialog in regards to the meals and cookbook. It’s an exquisite technique to join with associates or get to know somebody new!
In Month three, members are challenged to remake their favourite recipes once more with their very own distinctive modifications. Perhaps they adapt the recipe to adjust to sure dietary or allergy wants or they check a freezer-friendly model of a recipe. Members may even create their very own variations of a dish with a brand new taste profile. The objective is to share what you uncover and assist everybody be taught from one another.
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In the Super Simple cookbook, recipes are organized into the next classes: fundamentals, breakfast & brunch, appetizers & sides, salad & soup, pizza & pasta, vegetarian, poultry & pork, beef & lamb, seafood & fish, and at last dessert.
While there’s a good number of recipes in every class, the dessert part is the smallest. There are a number of facet dishes, however a lot of the recipes can stand alone as full meals.
One of the options I like in regards to the cookbook is the listing of staples to inventory in your freezer, fridge, and pantry. This makes it simple to have the whole lot available that you’ll want to cook dinner by way of the guide over the course of a number of weeks. Additionally, the “basics” part contains recipes which are utilized in a number of dishes, which makes nice use of time and components.
Several of the cookbook recipes supply strategies for getting ready the dish within the strain cooker, gradual cooker, or on the stovetop. There are additionally many alternatives to meal prep or make elements of the recipes forward of time.
Of course, the pictures is gorgeous, and studying the guide transports you to what Tieghan’s life on her farm have to be like. I used to be undoubtedly motivated to begin cooking as quickly as I opened the guide, and marked extra recipes to attempt than I had anticipated!
One function that I might have preferred to see within the cookbook would have been recipe pairings or menu options. There are over 125 recipes within the guide, so it takes a number of read-throughs to essentially get an thought of what’s included and dishes which may pair effectively collectively.
Coconut Carrot Cake
Within three weeks of proudly owning the guide, I had revamped 10 recipes and had dozens extra that I wished to attempt. That ought to let you know how scrumptious the whole lot was! I felt the recipe directions had been very streamlined and easy-to-follow.
While I nonetheless have many recipes left to attempt, some preliminary favorites that can grow to be regulars in my kitchen embody:
- Baked Cinnamon Butter Brioche French Toast – this in a single day recipe was really easy to make and made for a fantastic weekend deal with!
- Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts – this might be certainly one of my go-to sides any longer. The sprouts had been filled with taste from the cracked pepper, Parmesan. and toasted nuts.
- White Wine-Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Orzo – this one-pan dish couldn’t have been extra easy to make. It was hearty and made for nice leftovers.
- Chicken Tinga Tacos with Pineapple Salsa – I beloved the simplicity of the rooster recipe paired with the freshness of the selfmade salsa.
- Coconut Carrot Cake – this cake was extraordinarily moist and might be my go-to carrot cake each spring. I beloved the way it was baked in a sheet pan and minimize into thirds to simplify the recipe.
Left: Baked Cinnamon Butter Brioche French Toast | Right: Chewy Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
The cookbook doesn’t present any dietary data for the recipes, which can be a downside for these with sure dietary wants or vitamin targets.
While vitamin just isn’t a spotlight of the guide, the recipes are made with many high-quality, healthful components. There are all kinds of choices that will simply match into many wholesome consuming plans. Also, most of the recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free. There is a vegetarian entree part offered as effectively.
Fruits and greens are front-and-center in an excellent majority of the recipes, and selection is one thing Tieghan actually excels in together with her recipe writing. She makes use of a big selection of lean proteins like fish and eggs whereas giving whole-grain choices when doable.
Left: Wine-Braised Chicken with Orzo | Right: Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts
In abstract, I might extremely advocate this cookbook to anybody who loves scrumptious meals and is seeking to cook dinner extra at dwelling! There is such an excellent number of components that spans the seasons. I anticipate cooking by way of this guide over the course of the 12 months and discovering many dishes I might be making for years to return!
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