Milk and Cookies Snickerdoodles

This recipe is adapted from the cookbook “Milk and Cookies” By: Tina Casaceli. It is easily one of my favorite cookie cookbooks – if you don’t already have it – GET IT – and her recipe for Snickerdoodles is quickly becoming one of my very favorites. 

Milk and Cookies Snickerdoodles

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups white all-purpose flour

Start by combinding the softened unsalted butter and solid vegetable shortening. Beat until light in color and fluffy in texture.

Beat in the white granulated sugar.

Beat in the two large eggs, one at a time until combined.

Add in the pure vanilla extract, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Stir everything together to combine.

Gently fold in the white all-purpose flour.

Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine 1/4 cup white granulated sugar with 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon.

Roll tablespoon size dough balls into the combined cinnamon and sugar mixture before placing onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake one sheet at a time for 12 minutes.

Remove and allow to cool slightly.

Enjoy!

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Chew This! Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday! As many of you know, I write a food column for “The Courier-Times” on the first and third Sundays of each month called “Chew This!” I absolutely love it and love sharing my family recipes, stories and memories. If you are in the Henry County, Indiana area – pick up a copy of the newspaper today and let me know what you think! If you are not, but would still like to take a look, sign up for an online subscription at http://thecouriertimes.com Need help with the online signing up!? Write to me and I’ll be happy to help! blaisethebaker@gmail.com

My newest recipe is a slow cooker favorite around here! It is so easy – so delicious – and so flavorful that you will not believe it! When I developed this recipe I wanted to take your traditional turkey and dressing and up the flavor – ease – and I wanted to use chicken instead. All in all – fabulous results the first try! I tweaked the type of cheese – cook time – amount of cream soup and it was a hit! So many of my taste testers asked for this recipe – here you go! 

I am also sharing my recipe for the perfect go-to sides with this meal – honey corn and cooked to death green beans – I mean how bad could that be!? 

Also my “Ask and Answer” feature is all about how to make your own version of the popular canned cream soups! Phyllis Riggs shared with me her recipe and I am passing that along to you! 


Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing

http://www.thecouriertimes.com/neighbors/neighbors_features/article_db15dc58-75b3-5d33-a839-41b652d7ff77.html

Enjoy!

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Here are the ingredients / brands that I use for this recipe that I thought I would share. 

The Book Nook! 

Guess what!? My cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” is once again back in stock at “The Book Nook” in New Castle, Indiana! Stop by 1325 G. Ave. and pick up your copy TODAY! Call ahead at 765-521-2188. All copies available to purchase outside of my personal address are pre-autographed with my signature as well as Grandma Barbra’s and Grandma Deloris’. Thank you all again for the dedication and support!

Blaise 

Getting orders ready!

Getting the orders ready! Thank you all so much for the continued dedication and support – means everything to me!

I’ve been stamping Grandma Deloris’ name on her recipe – page 5. She really wanted to autograph them all but she’s weak and her stamina is not the best – so I had a stamp made. She loves that she’s been a part of this journey with me!


Grandma Barbra has been signing boxes and boxes and boxes of books – and not complaining one bit! She wrote the foreword for my cookbook and loves signing the page that has her printed words. Such a special moment. Said she can’t believe she’s doing this ROUND TWO! Hahaha


To order your copy – send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online through http://paypal.com Use my email blaisejdx@gmail.com when paying. Or – send me a message, text or email and I can forward you an invoice. Remember – if you order 4 or more copies – shipping and handling is free! Contact me with any questions.

Thanks again!!!

Blaise

Here we go! Again…

Guess what!? The second printing of my cookbook just arrived!!! I’m so excited about this! For those who have preordered – your orders will ship before Saturday. THANK YOU ALL for your dedication and support. Just a little over 6 months ago my cookbook came out – and the first supplies are gone already! I’m so thankful. Here we go for ROUND TWO! To order your copy – send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online through http://paypal.com Use my email blaisejdx@gmail.com when paying. Or – send me a message, text or email and I can forward you an invoice. Remember – if you order 4 or more copies – shipping and handling is free! Contact me with any questions.

Thanks again!!!

Blaise

Round Two 

Guess what!? My cookbook is OFFICIALLY IN ITS SECOND PRINTING!!! I’m so excited about this and want to say THANK YOU to all of you for your dedication and support! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought the first printing of my cookbook would have went so fast! It’s only been 6 months since it’s release and my stock has been depleted almost completely. “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” (in its second printing) will be officially available THE FIRST PART OF MAY! I’m still taking orders – and preorders – so GRAB YOUR COPY TODAY by sending $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online with PayPal at http://paypal.com and use the email blaisejdx@gmail.com when sending money. Order 4 or more cookbooks and the shipping and handling is FREE! I’m so excited about this and can’t thank you all enough! Round two! Here we go!!!

Blaise

Recipe of the Day

It’s time!

I’m returning with my…

“Blaise the Baker Recipe of the Day”!

If you’re interested, please follow along with me on my Facebook page – http://facebook.com/blaisethebaker

and on my Instagram page – http://instagram.com/blaisethebaker

I’ll be sharing my “recipe of the day” including links, tips, etc. starting TODAY!

Join me there!

Blaise

Cookbook Corner – Broth and Stock 

I have long been interested in broths and stocks so this is the perfect book for me! If you are a soup person, you need this book in your life! 

“Broth and Stock from the Nourished Kitchen” By: Jennifer McGruther

I needed this book in my life for many reasons. First reason, and maybe the most important, is that I have found myself running low on the soup cookbook area in my collection. I really don’t have that many books on “soups”. That is exactly what this one is, plus a whole section on the ins and outs of broth and stock. How many of you thought that broth and stock was basically the same thing? If you thought that – wrong! They are different, and used differently. 

This book shares plenty of interesting and mouthwatering recipes that you will want to try as soon as possible! There is the “Whole Chicken Broth” (page 28), “Chicken Bone Broth” (page 32), “Fish Stock” (page 37), “Shellfish Stock” (page 40), “Roasted Mushroom broth” (page 44) and “Kitchen Scrap Broth” (page 53). So, you many be wondering what exactly are you going to do with all of those delicious broths and stocks? Jennifer has you covered. 

There are several delicious recipes in this book that use the broths and stocks that are listed in the beginning of the book. Just some of the recipes are “Slow Roasted Salt and Pepper Chicken” (page 60), “Chicken Soup with Parmesan, rice, peas and lemon” (page 65), “Portable Soup” (page 93), “Black Bean Soup” (page 99), “Oxtail Soup” (page 108), “Pinto beans and ham hock” (page 116), “Pink Shrimp Chowder” (page 127), “New England Clam Chowder” (page 134), “Fresh Pea Soup with spring herbs” (page 157), “Roasted Tomato and fennel soup” (page 167) and “Potato and Onion Gratin” (page 171). 

Any of those sound delicious? I think they all do, and there are loads more recipes to choose from. 

I highly recommend this book to those who need a little more soup in their lives. 

To buy “Broth and Stock from the Nourished Kitchen”, please click here…

https://www.amazon.com/Broth-Stock-Nourished-Kitchen-Wholesome/dp/1607749319

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. Shout out and special thanks to Blogging for Books for this opportunity. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.


Blaise

Blaise the Baker: Cookbook 

I am SO EXCITED to announce that my cookbook has been COMPLETED!!! I’ve been working on this project for 2 1/2 years! All the recipes have been tested multiple times by my recipe testers, family members and myself. I’ve categorized my recipes, and they have been typed and formatted. 

My cookbook has taken several new turns since I first started working on it, but each and every new turn and new opportunity that presented itself to me, opened up a clearer path for me in how the finished cookbook ultimately should be. What’s included in the cookbook will be some of my most popular “Blaise the Baker” recipes, some of my most popular “Chew This” column recipes, as well as TONS of NEW recipes that I haven’t published anywhere else! 

It’s been a learning experience, and a growing experience and I’m thankful for that. What’s next? Deciding on HOW I want it published. I am working with a couple of agents as well as working alongside several friends who have walked this same path before. 

Currently there are two main publishing houses that my work has been submitted to. I’m also thinking about self-publishing and working with friends who have been and worked in that area as well. Right now my options are OPEN, and I’m looking to see what the best fit for ME will be. 

Decisions will be made soon – so stay tuned right here, on my blog as well as on my social media. I’m so excited about this and I’m so thankful for all of you who have taken this journey with me. 

As soon as things are decided, and I know more about the future of my cookbook (including the title – I have a couple different ideas) I will update everyone. STAY TUNED FOR MORE and thank you all for the dedication, support and feedback.

Blaise 

Cookbook Corner – Cravings 

Can I just say how much I LOVE this cookbook!? 


“Cravings” By: Chrissy Teigen 

I’ve been using it and cooking out of it for so long – that I almost forgot to post the actual review! It just dawned on me last week, that – hey! – I haven’t even posted my review! Let’s not waste anymore time – and let’s dive in!

First of all – some of you may be thinking “Chrissy Teigen” – really? But – YES! Chrissy graces the cover – and many of the photographs inside – in fabulous form as usual – but what’s even more fabulous is the FOOD! Step in Adeena Sussman – she’s a genius!

The book is sectioned off into the following categories –

Breakfast All Day

Soupmaster

Salads (For When You Need Them)

Noodles and Carbs

Thai Mom

Party Time

Sh*t on Toast

Vegetable Things

Things That Intimidate People But Shouldn’t

Supper

Liking this book already, aren’t you!? It really is a gem of a book – and some of the stories and recipes are equally mouth dropping.

If you aren’t used to how Chrissy “talks” than I suggest you follow her on Instagram. Some people may think she’s “brash” but I think she’s smart, honest and hilarious.

Just some of the mouthwatering recipes you’ll find in this wonderful book are –

Creamy Parmesan Skillet Eggs
(Page 23)

Pull-Apart Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy
(Page 32)

Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal
(Page 36)
*Yes – you use a boxed cake mix here and it is FABULOUS!

Chunky Creamy Mushroom Soup
(Page 47)

Split Pea Soup with Crispy Hot Dogs
(Page 53)

Chinese Chicken Salad with Crispy Wonton Skins
(Page 66)
*Can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this – DELICIOUS!

Dump and Done Ramen Salad
(Page 75)

Pepper’s Spicy Clams and Pasta
(Page 85)

Chrissy’s Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs
(Page 90)
*One of the first recipes you need to try – absolutely amazing!

Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic
(Page 98)

Grilled Garlic-Soy Shrimp with Pepper’s Hot Green Pepper Sauce
(Page 112)

Shrimp Summer Rolls
(Page 126)

King’s Hawaiian BLPT’s
(Page 139)

Cheesy Guacamole
(Page 147)

TOAST (a must see)
(Page 156)

Roasted Mushrooms
(Page 165)

Charred and Garlicky Broccoli
(Page 173)

Perfect Seared Scallops with Warm Corn Salad
(Page 182)

John’s Marinated Steaks
(Page 206)

See!? And that’s not even a forth of the recipes presented in this beautifully designed and gorgeously photographed book! I’m highly recommending this book to everyone who loves FOOD!

What are you waiting for!?

Order it!

Click here for ordering information – https://www.amazon.com/Cravings-Recipes-All-Food-Want/dp/1101903910

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. Shout out and special thanks to Blogging for Books for this opportunity. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise