Small Changes

Greetings from Valerie’s Cookbook!  We have been busy making many small changes to the cookbook in an effort to make it easier for our cooks to use.

One of the biggest changes we have been working on is recipe serving sizes.  We have taken some of our standard recipes, such as, Spaghetti and Meatballs and Mexican Rice and reduced the serving sizes to reflect what a cook would serve a family of four for one meal.

We are constantly updating the cookbook, so please visit us again and check the blog to see what new recipes have been added.

Remember, every day is a great day to cook!

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Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cornmeal Scones

Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cornmeal Scones

Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cornmeal Scones

I am a person who definitely craves certain flavors during certain seasons.

For me, spring always seems to bring out a craving for foods featuring the flavor of fresh lemons.

So, if you are like me and are ready to make a delicious lemon-infused treat, go to Valerie’s Cookbook and make a batch of Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cornmeal Scones.

These mouth-watering scones will wake up your taste buds in the morning and put a smile on your face as you begin your day.

Remember, every day is a great day to cook!

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Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies

Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies

Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies

Do you have a family member with a nut allergy?

My son is allergic to all nuts, including peanuts which are actually a legume.

Since I love peanut butter cookies but cannot make them at my house,  I decided to try making something similar that the whole family could enjoy eating.

When I discovered Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter I knew I could make a cookie that was somewhat similar to a peanut butter cookie.  This recipe for Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies was published in one of the “Trader Joe’s Frequent Flyers”.

Okay, they may not be as good as a peanut butter cookies, but they’re close enough to enjoy.

So, if you are unable to bake peanut butter cookies at your house because of a nut allergy, try this recipe for Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies; I think you will find that these cookies come in as a close second to real peanut butter cookies.

Enjoy!  And remember, every day is a great day to cook!

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Molasses Bran Muffins

Molasses Bran Muffins

Molasses Bran Muffins

It’s Saturday morning and you want to eat something other than cereal or toast.  How nice it would be to make an easy recipe that yields a tasty Saturday morning treat.

If I were to suggest bran muffins you might tell me they are healthy, but never taste good.  In fact, in a random poll here at my house, family members seemed to think that most bran muffins have the consistency of sawdust and zero flavor.

I am here to tell you that my recipe for Molasses Bran Muffins yields very tasty and healthy bran muffins that are really easy to make.

This recipe proves that just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it can’t taste good!

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Black Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salad

Here is a recipe for a very tasty and colorful black bean, corn, and tomato salad.  The dressing includes lime and spices like ground cumin, for a distinctly Mexican flare.

This salad goes well with any of my enchilada recipes.  It is also a nice compliment to grilled or baked salmon.

Black Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salad

Black Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salad

It is great when you can make this dish in the summer with garden fresh corn and tomatoes.  That being said, in the long, dark winter and spring months, make this dish with frozen corn and some organic, store bought tomatoes.  It will wake up and refresh your taste buds and you’ll feel renewed as you wait anxiously for summer!

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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Thought I would post a photo of the sugar cookies I made for Valentine’s Day.  I have posted a really easy and good recipe for sugar cookie dough on the  Valerie’s Cookbook website.   Sugar cookie dough is very versatile in that you can cut out shapes based on the season or holiday you are celebrating.

So, next time you want to surprise your friends or family, get out your favorite cookie cutters and make and decorate a batch of yummy sugar cookies!

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Chicken Enchiladas With Pumpkin Sauce

I love the versatility of cooked pumpkin.  It has such a deep, nutty, and sweet flavor that it compliments any recipe it is used in.

Perhaps pumpkin pie or pumpkin cookies sound good, but what about a savory dish that features pumpkin?

Chicken Enchiladas With Pumpkin Sauce

Chicken Enchiladas With Pumpkin Sauce

I urge you to go the cookbook and try out the Chicken Enchiladas With Pumpkin Sauce recipe.  This recipe has been adapted from Food Everyday:  Great Food Fast by Martha Stewart Living.

This is a very tasty recipe and it’s easy to make.

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Savory Chicken Chowder

Savory Chicken Chowder

Savory Chicken Chowder

I like to make good, hearty soups during the winter months.  Savory Chicken Chowder is a great recipe that my mom clipped from a now defunct magazine called Sphere in the 1970’s.

It is a rich, elegant soup that will please the taste buds with hints of cream, curry, and mushrooms.

As I mentioned at the bottom of the recipe, my family refers to this soup as “liquid gold” because it is so beautiful to look at and so wonderful to eat.

Serve Savory Chicken Chowder with a batch of my buttermilk biscuits and you will eat one of the best meals of your life.

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Holiday Cookies

Holiday Cookie Platter

Holiday Cookie Platter

I’ve been so busy baking holiday cookies that I haven’t had time to update my blog.

Every year I make about 11 different kinds of holiday cookies.  The idea is that I give them to friends and family as holiday gifts.

My kids always worry that I will give away too many cookies and they won’t get enough of their favorites, but that never happens.

The other challenge with my holiday cookies is that because of my son’s nut allergy I have to make all of my cookies nut-free.

So, go to my cookbook and check out the holiday recipes I have posted.

Remember, every day is a great day to cook!

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Oatmeal Crispies

Oatmeal crispies

Oatmeal crispies

It’s funny how food can trigger memories from the past.  Sometimes it’s strictly the smell of a certain food that triggers a fond (or not so fond) memory to surface, or sometimes the sight of a certain food can do the same.

Every time I make oatmeal crispies I am reminded of time spent in my local high school band program.

My husband, who during that time was my boyfriend, asked me to make his favorite cookie, oatmeal crispies, to share on a long bus tour our band was scheduled to do.

I wasn’t sure oatmeal crispies would look inviting enough for people to want to eat them.  My husband disagreed, telling me that oatmeal crispies were (and still are) his favorite cookie and they are so delicious to eat that you can’t stop at one.

At first, when I offered up the oatmeal crispies, there weren’t very many kids interested in them, but then, one person took a bite and immediately reached for another cookie.  Word got out and within 5 minutes the whole bag of cookies was gone.

Remember, every day is a great day to cook!

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