Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pies and Cakes

My mother had a cookbook called Better Homes and Gardens Pies and Cakes. My mom always made the best pies and cakes. She is an amazing baker. I sure know where I got my gift from. This cookbooks first edition was 1966. My copy is 1973. My moms book is falling apart because she has had it so long and uses it so much. I got my copy one day as I was in the mall and they had an antique sale on. In the middle of the mall different antique dealers had tables set up. As I was looking at the different tables I spotted this book. I had to get it. Plus the price was only $5 CDN. So how could I pass that up. I can't recommend this book enough. I have made so many excellent things from here. Today I made Mothers Best Fudge Cake. Great chocolate cake recipe. Some of the pictures are dated looking. But the recipes are still good and you can decorate your cake or pies any way you want. Decorating with jello on top of cupcakes looks gross to me. So do check out this book if you like to bake. A must for all bakers cookbook collections.
Pies and Cakes

Thursday, February 4, 2010

To Freeze or Not to Freeze

So that is the question to freeze or not to freeze. Do you  ever wonder can I freeze _______? Fill in the blank. There has been many times that I have thought hmm wonder would this freeze well? Well wonder no more. I have found 2 cookbooks on line that look like they would be great additions to anyone's cookbook collection. The first is How to Freeze by Carolyn Humphries. I found a review at "The complete A to Z guide for freezing almost any food. Includes tips on freezing management for maximum enjoyment from your frozen foods. Contains instruction on food preparation, packaging suggestions, storage times, defrosting techniques, hygiene, and food safety." The other book is Can I Freeze It. This one looks really good. Along with all the freezer tips. She has filled the book with recipes that are great for the freezer. So check out the link read the reviews. It really looks like a must have cookbook.