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Cooking from Scratch: 120 Recipes for Colorful, Seasonal Food from PCC Community Markets is a new cookbook that encourages us to eat local food prepared in healthy delicious ways. They showcase ways to enjoy fresh foods during the peak of their season. PPC Community Markets has been promoting sustainable food practices for 65 years. They are based out of Seattle and they partner with Northwest producers and ranchers, but this cookbook works for anyone, in any area, who is looking for advice on buying local and making the most of the seasons.
As the title says, you will be getting 120 wonderful recipes in this book, but it includes a lot more cooking advice. For example, there is a section that is devoted to cooking Chowder. First is gives an explanation of what it means compared to other types of soups such as bisque or minestrone. Next they teach you how to build the base. Then adding the broth and adding the milk and potatoes are demonstrated. Blending is also explained so you can get the texture of soup that you like. And finally they have advice on eating, even getting down to explaining that chowder is best eaten within 2 days because after that the potatoes start to dissolve. After reading these easy to understand instructions, I felt like I am ready to give chowder a try, and it’s already on my fall recipes to try list.
Other interesting additions to the recipes in this book, is beverage pairings that go well with the meal. Not only do they include wine options, but they also branch out into beer, cider and even aperitif options. Making your dining experience even more specialized. Now, getting into the recipes, I had to try out the Chicken Quesadillas with Apple Salsa because the apples are starting to ripen here, and U-pick apple options are available in a lot of farms in my area. This meal was easy to make, and such an interesting taste with the salsa made from fresh picked apples, I will be making this recipe again in the upcoming weeks! Next on my list to try is Butternut Squash – Apple Soup. This will give me another reason to go and pick more apples! Two more recipes that caught my eye right away; Pomegranate Molasses Grilled Chicken and Roasted Cherry, Chorizo, and Orzo Salad. There are some many options in this book, you will have options for everyone in your family.
I hope you enjoy getting out an exploring what local food options your area is showcasing at this time. Cooking from Scratch: 120 Recipes for Colorful, Seasonal Food from PCC Community Markets will be a wonderful cookbook to add to your collection. You will learn about using local food, as much as you will have recipes to add to your meal planning. I hope you enjoy this cookbook as much as I do.
You can purchase your own copy of Cooking from Scratch here: https://www.amazon.com/Cooking-Scratch-Colorful-Seasonal-Community-ebook/dp/B078LF33H7/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537543624&sr=1-1&keywords=cooking+from+scratch+cookbook
Disclosure: Thank you to Sasquatch Books for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.
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