Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pass the Book

A Homemade Life: stories and recipes from my kitchen table by Molly Wizenberg is about to be passed to another lucky blogger.

I am reluctant to Pass-the-Book, but pass it along I must.

It was a very enjoyable read and you may want to check out the author's blog at
It's just that I have not cooked my way through it yet.  I guess I will just have to spring for a copy of my very own.

The very first recipe is for a humble old potato salad.  I love potato salad anyway, but I tried the recipe and it was to-die-for tasty. There is a 'secret'  ingredient.  Thankfully, I halved the recipe knowing I would eat the whole thing myself.  I had trouble not downing the entire batch in one go.  It calls my name still.

I learned this method of making a hard-boiled egg:  Place the egg(s) in a pan and cover with cold water.  Bring the water to a boil. When the water is boiling, turn off the heat and cover the pan.  Let stand for exactly 12 minutes, then rinse in cold water.  Perfection.

So, I will pass it, just not yet.  I'll try to pique some interest over the next week and pull a name from hat next Monday.   If potato salad has you hooked already, leave a comment and your name goes in the hat.  Every time I mention A Homemade Life in a post, you can make a comment and get your name in the hat.

***Having trouble posting this ????  ACK!

I, of course, had to try the French toast after the ode to real maple syrup that preceded it.

Okay, and I admit it.  I tried one of the chocolate cake recipes (there are two).  The chocolate finger smudges  on page 44 are mine.  Sorry to the next reader and sorry to Sian, who actually owns the book.  If you ever get a craving for chocolate, this will fix you right up.  The directions said oven at 300 degrees and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  I was skeptical about that and it take a full 50 minutes before a toothpick came out even close to clean, but no matter.  It was chocolate on chocolate on chocolate.  Hard to go wrong there.

I thank Margaret for passing the book to me.  I especially thank Sian for starting a Pass-the-Book.  If you'd like to participate, please read about the whole concept here.

And if you would like to be the one to whom I pass A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg, leave a comment.  You could be the lucky one--it's a name from a hat thing.


  1. If you poke a tiny hole in the fat end of the eggs before you cook them, the yolks won't have that green ring around them. :-P
    That kind of thing is very important to Husband.
    Me, not so much.

  2. This book, A Homemade Life, sounds like a good one. So, are you going to share the recipe for potato salad? I love a good potato salad.

  3. Well don't send it back to me, but I did enjoy it. Glad you are having fun with it, and I think you should take as much time with it as you want.

  4. I got back on my calorie counting today, and now you've made me hungry. I don't dare go down to the kitchen!

  5. Upon reading the words potato salad I remembered one my auntie made. It was served warm. Now I'll have to go and make some. I haven't eaten all day and my mouth is watering!!

  6. Instead of sending me the book, will you send me the potato salad? Be sure to keep it cool while in transit.


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