Saturday, December 08, 2018
Living the Pantry Lifestyle - A pantry disaster and a few cookbook suggestions
It is the kind of thing you hope never happens even though you know from past experience such disasters are a possibility. One learns that when mice eat their way through the pantry in the garage (lesson learned... Rubbermaid style containers!).
This past week, I went to put a couple items in our deep freeze and when I opened the lid, the aroma was horrible. The flat container of ice cream was the second indicator that something was seriously wrong. It turns out that the deep freeze had become accidentally unplugged and everything in the freezer was ruined.
My husband thinks he knows when it may have happened, although the plug had to have been loose. So all the contents were placed in trash bags and put out with the trash just before the pickup so no forest critters would be lured by the smell of rotting meat.
The freezer has been left open to hopefully get out the bad smell, then it will be thoroughly cleaned before we plug it back in. This time the plug is going to have a strip of duct tape over it to keep it from happening again. Hopefully. Sigh.
On a happier note, I thought I'd share a few more cookbooks that are my favorites.
So I was happy to see there is a cookbook by the same name. It has come down in price a lot so I bought it for my son's Christmas gift (he does not read my blog) and I was tempted to keep it... but I won't. It is seriously good, like having a cooking teacher in the kitchen with you. My son is learning to cook so it will make a perfect gift for the science minded and the illustrations are so beautiful they are making some of them available as prints.
Hannah originally had a blog by the same name but stopped writing after her mother's sudden death in December around the same time her cookbook was published. We started corresponding when I suggested she contact Lanier, who had recently gone through something similar when her father died. They are also both Georgia ladies, albeit Hannah lives in the northern Appalachian mountains of the state.
The recipes are delicious and the photography is beautiful. Not surprising as she is also a photographer. I go to this book first when I want to try something new. My favorite so far is her Cranberry Orange Cake, which I have made numerous times.
My daughter gave this to me as a birthday gift, it has everything I love... recipes and a story about an American career woman who begins farming in England with her family. It is exceptionally enjoyable reading (except when it first arrived, I could not see at all out of my right eye!). I have not tried any of the recipes, yet.
I was surprised to find out this was the first cookbook Lovina wrote alone, which is why it contains many of her favorite recipes. The photographs are also beautiful (I do like cookbooks with photos or illustrations). I have a link to her weekly column on the sidebar.
So I leave you with these yummy recommendations. I have to help clean out the freezer this afternoon. Yet another sigh...
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Salt Fat Acid Heat - here. The price has come down considerably since it was first offered. If you have Netflix, do not miss her series by the same name!
Honey & Jam... here.
Farm From Home... here.
The Essential Amish Cookbook... here.
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