August's cookbook was Barefoot in Paris which is a cookbook I use pretty often, so I challenged myself to make recipes from it I hadn't made before.
They all turned out well.
- I made Plum Raspberry Crumble to take to the lake for a weekend get-away. It was delicious, traveled well in parts and was gobbled up, including cold the next day by my brother-in-law. Took fruit and pre-measured flour/sugar and juice in containers and the crumble in a zip-top-bag and it worked great.
- We did a whole dinner from the book one night: my husband made the Lemon Chicken with Croutons, and I made Moroccan Couscous (which was awesome cold for lunch the next day). For dessert we made Mango Sorbet which was made much easier by using 2 bags of Goya frozen fruit pulp instead of cleaning and pureeing mangos. The sorbet will definitely be made again and I am adding a little curry powder next time.
- I made the Pear Clafouti which was like a custard with fruit in it. It was pretty easy to do and I might try it again with different fruit.
There are still a lot of things I want to make from this book--including Avocado Grapefruit Salad which will happen as soon as the avocado is ripe--but it is time to focus on a new book for the new month.
September's book is The Best of American Beer & Food: Pairing & Cooking with Craft Beer by Lucy Saunders. We bought this book at a homebrewers' conference several years ago and am not sure we have used it at all. There are lots of yummy sounding recipes in it so I plan to pick out some recipes, make my shopping list, and head over to the beer store.
This post is my September link for Cook it Up! and is also linked up with Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads.