For the Cook it Up! Challenge I am selecting a cookbook randomly from my collection each month and trying to use it as much as possible during the month. October's cookbook was Better Homes & Gardens Anytime Appetizers. We almost never eat appetizers, so this was a bit of a challenge, but I ended up making 3 things from the book this month.
I made a blue cheese and brandy cheese ball, except I made it in a log shape. It was delicious despite the fact that I only had about half the brandy it called for. It was especially good spread on toasted bagels. I also made a salsa with some of the tomatoes from the garden which was much better after I added some cumin and a dash of cayenne pepper. My third recipe was snack mix. I made the curry version which was good. This is your basic Chex Mix concept, with different flavoring options. This recipe makes a smaller batch than my go-to recipe and takes about half the time. There is an herb-pecan variation I plan to try with the rest of the cereal and pretzels I bought for this recipe.
November's book is The Ultimate Soup Cookbook. It is the book that the soup I plan to make for dinner tomorrow is in and my husband thought it would be a good book for cold, wet November weather. I have had this book for a couple of years and have made a handful of recipes from it. Mexican Pork Stew (a new recipe) and Cheddar Scones (which I made before) is the plan for tomorrow night.
This post is my November link for Cook it Up! and is also linked up with Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads.