Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Last Cookbook Book Club of 2018 -- It's Ina!

After September's Pioneer Woman, 
we decided to do Ina for October

Partly because . . . 

Her newest book came out on Tuesday before our Club Meeting on Thursday
(and several of us pre-ordered and so it arrived on Tuesday!)

The hostess was Barbara --
dear Barbara who lives in Sheldon
and every month travels to Fort Scott with her dish

So we got to travel to Sheldon with our dishes
What fun!

We started with appetizers

(who is our overachiever)
brought a combination of two of Ina's recipes --
Easy Cheese Board and Cheese and Bread Platter

We all agreed that it was picture perfect
And oh, so delicious!

She also brought Thyme Roasted Almonds and Rosemary Roasted Cashews
(I think many of us could have taken those dishes and just went to a corner and ate!)

Main Dish

Cider Roasted Pork Tenderloins
Not from a book but from her television show.     
 Barbara (for the hostess always provides the main course)
 cooked them to perfection . . . and as she said it was easy.

She also served them with a wonderful pineapple chutney
which --
a) I forgot to take a picture of
b) I forgot to get the recipe for
But it was delicious -- that bowl of chutney made it's way around the
table at least three times!

Rita's Dish

White Cheddar Cauliflower Gratin

In today's lo-carb world, this definitely would take the place of either mashed or baked potatoes
It was so good and I'm not sure Rita had any to take home!

Martha's Salad

Beets with Orange Vinaigrette

One of the things we try to do is NOT make anything we've made before and I've cooked a lot from the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks.

The few things I had not made, I could not find the ingredients in our little town.
I finally settled on this dish -- from her first cookbook
And I could not find the whole beets so I substituted slice ones
(what are you going to do)

And our cookbook club are beet lovers!
Every. Single. One.



Honey White Bread

Belynda is not a bread baker -- did she say this was the first bread she's every made?
Well, it was fabulous . . I think there were only crumbs left!
But it is the purpose of the cookbook club to have us stretch . . . 
And bringing bread certainly allowed Belynda to!



Beatty's Chocolate Cake

It is a great chocolate cake.    Rhonda chose to make it in a 9 x 13 rather than as a layer cake
which was good because
1).  we all only wanted little pieces
2).  It travels much better that way!

Even non chocolate person, Michelle ate some!


(became our second overachiever of the night!   She brought two desserts!)

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Oh, my were they good!
Definitely a dessert to consider for Thanksgiving!

Creme Brûlée
Michelle had never made it before
but you would never know it -- it was as good a creme brûlée as I've ever eaten!
Not having a little kitchen torch
(and not wanting to buy one)
Her husband came to the rescue with the blow torch from his tool room!
A torch is a torch!

Nothing like a trio of desserts to end the evening!

Ina has been a prolific cookbook author --
since she first started in 1998
a new book every other year --

 The first 10 --
Cook Like a Pro makes number eleven
And I have all of them
They are my most used cookbooks

We enjoyed cooking with Ina
Her recipes are definitely easy
But sometimes she uses ingredients that are not available
in little towns in the midwest
which limited our choice of recipes.

We cooked with her once before
(our first year)
and I'm sure we'll cook with her again!

It's always bittersweet to see our Cookbook Club year end
But we meet on the last Thursday of the month
and Thanksgiving and Christmas get in the way
So rather than try to reschedule, we just skip those months.

And in January it's always good to get together again!

Barbara was a wonderful hostess and we always enjoy traveling
there and she likes to host our last meeting!

In January we're turning things upside down and inside out!


Unknown said...

I too enjoy Ina’s cookbooks! A dear friend got me started on them years ago with the first book. Never had a failure. Tell your friends that there is an index online of all her books & recipes. I started to compile my own and got a few books all transcribed until I discovered somebody else had done so. This reference is so handy.
Those seasoned & roasted nuts are delicious, especially the cashews!
Wish I could have been at your delightful gathering to share and enjoy, keep up this tradition!
Joan L. K. M., Waterloo, Iowa


I love Ina Garten, but never had a book. I make her recipes thru internet or pinterest, but hey, I love books the most. I am going to go to Miami on December, so I will get me my first.
Thanks for sharing.

Lady of the Manor said...

Ina Garten is great! I also have ALL of her books, my favorites are At Home and Family Style. I couldn’t do without that Beef Bourguignon recipe from In Paris, either. I just love these dinners you and your friends share! I may have to see if I can round up some friends who would like to create our own group. Thanks for sharing all of these delicious-looking dishes!

Pat said...

Lovely choices!
I try often to watch Ina on the Food Network.
I agree, even I have trouble finding
some of here ingredients here on my side of the Prairie!
Parting will be bittersweet, but absence does makes the heart grow fonder.
Oh, look at the amount of time you'll have for finding new recipes to share!
I vote for "Pineapple Upside Down Cake"!

Tricia said...

I always enjoy your Cookbook Club posts! And this one was very timely, especially the suggestion to make Beatty's Chocolate Cake in a 9x13 pan. I made it on Monday for my husband's birthday yesterday -- SO good. It was portable enough for him to take to campus to share with his colleagues and graduate students. This recipe is a keeper!

Seaview said...

Wow this looks so delicious.. what a great cookbook group!