Thursday, August 30, 2012

Everyday Homemaking Review

As a member of the Molly Team, a division of the TOS Crew, I received Everyday Cooking from Everyday Homemaking to review.


This cookbook: The Everyday Homemaking Series, Book 1, includes recipes and helpful information about some kitchen appliances such as a grain mill, mixer, and cookware, and is written by Vicki Bentley. A checklist of basic cooking skills is included for those who want to make sure their children / students can cook from scratch and understand the skills involved. In general, the author tries not to use white sugar or flour, using more whole grains and natural sweeteners when possible.

Categories include: Appetizers, Dressings, Bread, Grains, Main Dishes, Soups, Sides, Desserts, and Snacks. This cookbook also includes tips for busy families. The tips included are great ideas, some of which I've never even thought of and I feed up to 12 people on any given night and have been cooking for 20 plus years. Meal Planning / Shopping Hints is another category you'll want to look through.

One of the first recipes I made was refried beans. The recipe calls for grinding the beans in a grain mill, which I don't have, but I attempted it with my Magic Bullet. It turned out fairly well, not as good had it been ground to a finer powder. I probably could have strained out the bigger pieces and then followed the rest of the instructions for a different, better result or I could buy a grain mill. :)

One recipe that I loved was "Anna's Blue Ribbon Chocolate Truffles". To me, they tasted as good as Lindt Lindor Chocolate Truffles, one of my favorite chocolates.

I received this cookbook in a 100 page, coil-bound booklet. I wouldn't normally recommend an e-book version over a printed version but for this one, I would as the pages with pictures were too dark to see details in the hard copy. The printed version costs $17.99 and the e-book is $14.99.

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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.



  1. Looks good. I am a notorious cookbook collector(even though I hate to cook).

    1. haha I enjoy cooking on occasion, not daily for sure. :) I am a cookbook junkie as well. I have a whole cabinet full of them. I probably need to sell them but then I'm sure I would need the one I sold for some obscure recipe I hardly ever make. :)

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed Anna's truffles -- she won a blue ribbon at the state fair with those! Thanks for your candid review. (BTW, the printer adjusted the photos in the new printing so the photos should be easier to view now -- but I was wondering -- even if you had the hard copy, would it help to have color photos on the website?) -Vicki, posting on Bekah's google acct

  3. Vicki,

    Color photos on the website would be nice but I don't think it would serve a purpose for those who have the hard copy.