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How To Cook Like Your Grandmother:
2nd Edition — Illustrated

If you already know your way around the kitchen and want to jump right into the recipes, this is the book for you.

How To Cook Like Your Grandmother: Illustrated

The recipes that inspired me to start writing the blog. How To Cook Like Your Grandmother is a return to recipes and techniques that are based on what tastes good, not on junk science and fad diets.

You won’t find the words lite, low, lean, free or skim anywhere. This is all real food, cooked the way Grandma would have done it.

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Starting From Scratch:
The Owner’s Manual for Your Kitchen

Just starting to cook, or trying to move away from microwaved meal solutions, and you don’t know where to start? Start here.

Starting From Scratch: The Owner's Manual for Your Kitchen

All the “experts” want to do is show off cool new recipes. They always assume you already know the basics.

That’s where “Starting From Scratch” comes in. I’m not saying you’ll go from zero to hero just by reading it, but at least now you’ll know what those self-proclaimed experts are talking about.

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Readers’ Absolute Favorites from: How To Cook Like Your Grandmother

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Finishing Salt Starter Set Gift Basket

Psst … Hey buddy, wanna try some of this? I’ve got Kauai Guava Smoked, Turkish Black Pyramid, and Molokai Red.

Great stuff, man. And I just came up with the coolest way to use it: Put it on hard-boiled eggs.

Yes, on eggs.

You knew I was talking about salt, right?

You can see my review of it here or

Le Creuset Round French Oven

Is it wrong to get emotional about a pot? ‘Cause if it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.

I’ve seen people rave about their Le Creuset pots for years. I know cast iron is good. I know enameled cast iron is better. (For some things.)

But this? This thing will make you understand why people used to eat pot roast every Sunday. It’s just that good.

You can check out my review of the Le Creuset round French oven here or

GrillGrate

I would never cook on the grill at a public park or campground. Not only do they look nasty, I’ve seen what people do to them when they’re not cooking on them. (Seriously, who would clean their boots on it in the morning, then cook their burgers on it at night. Eww.)

The GrillGrate solves that problem. It’s sturdy enough to last for years, and non-stick even if you don’t clean it right away. You still need to lube it before cooking to get delicate foods to release, but cleanup is a snap.

The only downside is if you don’t get enough panels to cover your whole grill you’ll wish you had.

You can see my review of it here or

Euro-Pro Ninja Master Prep Blender and Food Processor

It may have the silliest name I’ve ever seen on a real product, but once you get past that, the thing is great.

The Ninja has completely replaced my blender, and handles most of what I would want a food processor for. It doesn’t do slices, but if you’re looking for something that dices and minces at lightning speed, this does it.

Oh, and it turns ice cubes into snow, and does frozen drinks better than anything I’ve seen. It would be worth the price just for the drinks it makes through the summer.

You can check out my original review of the Ninja, where I showed what it can do to garlic and soft cheese. And here I’m making fruit smoothies with the Ninja. And finally here I’m making chicken and rice dog food (which is also yummy people food).

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Lamson & Goodnow – Walnut Handle Chef Knife

Would you just look at this thing? Holy cow that’s cool.

I’m usually okay with doing all the prep in the kitchen and bringing the finished dish out for people to “Ooh’ and “Ahh” over it. But with this thing, you better be prepared to come watch me in the kitchen. ‘Cause this thing is freaking cool.

You can see my review of it here.

UPDATE: The manufacturer seems to have quit making this model. If you want it, you’ll have to search eBay.

Pampered Chef Mix N Chop

I didn’t want to like this tool. It seemed too “cute” to really be better than what I was already using. I was wrong.

I’ve used it for ground beef, for mashed potatoes, for pineapple … it’s ridiculously effective.

Yes, I’ve got a potato ricer that I still use when I want them extra smooth. But for ground beef or sausage, when I want it broken up extra fine like for chili dogs, I haven’t found anything that does a better job by hand.

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Garlic Gold Nuggets Gift Box, 6 piece

I cook from scratch because the food is better that way. But when someone comes up with a product that’s as good as I would make, but more convenient? Sounds like a winner.

These Garlic Gold nuggets all start as the same toasted garlic, then get mixed with Parmesan cheese, sea salt, an Italian herb blend, or left plain. And they’re all 100% organic, too, so they’re using better ingredients than I would usually buy. (Okay, I grow my own herbs, but no garlic … yet.)

You can see my review of it here or

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Garlic Gold Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

I don’t mind having dragon breath from eating garlic. I just make sure my wife eats the same thing and I’m good. But I hate when my hands smell like garlic. Go figure. So when I found Rinaldo’s Organic Garlic Gold products, I thought I just might have solved a years-long cooking problem.

And so far it’s working as planned. The Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette is crisp and flavorful and great as a salad dressing. I haven’t tried it as a marinade yet, but I have high hopes.

You can see my review of it here or

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Himalayan Salt Block

If you look at this as just a way to cook, it’s not worth the price. If you look at it as just a serving dish, you’re missing out. It’s both … and it’s just plain cool.

This isn’t formed or pressed from salt grains. It’s a solid block of salt from a mine in Pakistan. It can withstand temperatures up to 700°F, or you can freeze it for more unusual treats like Gravlax or sashimi.

You can see my review of it here or

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

There aren’t many gadgets sold to the home cook that are rugged enough for a commercial kitchen. This line of mixers is one of them.

They come with 4-quart bowls for under $200, up to 6-quart models for nearly $400. And all of them take attachments like pasta rollers, ice cream makers and meat grinders.

Sure, most of what you can do with these do you can do by hand. But I’m telling you … you won’t. There are things I only make because this mixer makes it so easy.

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Microplane

Most microplanes are pretty similar. These work much better than a grater for things like zesting citrus, or grating nutmeg and cinnamon.

You can see me using it for cinnamon for the maple apple bundt cake, and wishing I had it for the lemon squares. (I’ve made them again since then. The microplane makes a huge difference.)

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GoodOnYaBar Organic Energy Bar

I’m not vegan, so the fact that these bars are vegan doesn’t count for much with me. But the fact that they’re minimally processed does.

I won’t eat these in place of a meal, but they make a great backpack stuffer for hiking or camping.

You can see my review of it here or

The Practical Encyclopedia of Baking

Big, well-illustrated, and expensive, this is a tool for anyone serious about baking.

Even though I’ve made very few of the recipes from it, the basic information about baking is so comprehensive that I can apply it to everything I bake. It’s a baking class in book form.

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Italian Cooking Encyclopedia

This is another monster of a book, just like the Encyclopedia of Baking. And just as useful if you want to do classic Italian cooking.

With sections on herbs and other ingredients, comparisons of various regional styles, and photos of key processes, this is the book you can use to learn not just a few recipes, but how to cook a style.

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Lärabar Fruit and Nut Bars

Lots of so-called healthy energy bars and granola bars are really candy with some oats mixed in. Lärabar are the real thing.

With ingredients like dates, peanuts and salt — and that’s the entire list for the peanut butter cookie flavored — these are the bars you would make yourself, if you made your own.

You can see my review here, or

Glass Dharma – Beautiful Bends Glass Straws

There’s nothing wrong with putting my slushie in a nice class. That’s all a frozen margarita is, you know, a liquor slushie. But I still have to use the same bendy straws as my kids. Until now.

Review coming soon.

Friends’ Stuff

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Dinneen Diette’s Intuitive Eating Success TeleCourse

My blog is all about what to eat, but behind it is the idea that why we eat is important, too. For Dinneen, the “why” is front-and-center.

Dinneen wrote the chapter Three Fourths of “Diet” is “Die” in Starting From Scratch. She makes her living coaching people on how to change the way they think about food. Her telecourse offers the opportunity to learn directly from her in a group setting.

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Healthy Snacks To Go

With over 30 healthy snack recipes including traditional granola bars, iron-packed Popeye bars, and a dozen “larabar” style variations, Kitchen Stewardship’s Healthy Snacks To Go eBook is the perfect antidote to industrial snack products.

Click here to visit Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship.

Kitchen Stewardship in the Big Woods: A Family Camping Handbook with Real Food Options

Just because you’re out in the woods, a hundred miles from the nearest refrigerator, doesn’t mean your kids have to eat junk. The Family Camping Handbook will show you what to bring, how to adapt your recipes for camping, and — most important — how to think about camp food.

Kitchen Stewardship in the Big Woods: Family Camping Handbook

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