Favorite Fall Cookies – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip

This is the third time I’ve blogged about this recipe. It’s our family’s favorite fall cookie recipe and through the years I’ve tweaked it bit by bit. There’s not much more I can adjust other than the spices and that all comes down to personal preference.  I’m sure they could be replaced with an equal amount of pumpkin pie spice, I just never seem to have that on hand.

Also, there are a LOT of chocolate chips in this recipe. You could always reduce the amount….but why would anyone want to do that??? Haha.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp. clove
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips (we prefer dark chocolate)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, oil and egg.
In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Dissolve baking soda with milk and stir into flour mixture.
Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
Add vanilla and stir.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.
Transfer to wire rack to cool.
After cooling, keep cookies in an air tight container so they don’t dry out.

Cookbook Review: 5 in 5 For Every Season

5 in 5 For Every Season
by
Michael Symon

In this follow up to his bestseller, 5 in 5, celebrity chef Michael Symon sticks with his simple formula of 5 ingredients + 5 minutes, adding a seasonal cooking component. In this new cookbook, Symon introduces 165 new recipes that use 5 main ingredients.  The cookbook is organized by season and includes a 5th section specifically devoted to making the holidays simple. Many of the recipes include pictures and each includes an introduction by Symon, some providing tips about substitutions that can be made.

Flipping through the book on an empty stomach is a bad idea! I can’t wait to try some of the recipes, especially the pasta dishes.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.

Cookbook Review: Cookie Love

Cookie Love
by
Mindy Segal with Kate Leahy

Self proclaimed “cookie nerd”, Mindy Segal has put together a beautiful cookbook solely devoted to cookies. In addition to some amazing sounding recipes , Cookie Love has some drool-worthy photography. If names like Smoky Bacon Candy Bar Cookies and Chocolate Pretzel Shortbread with Milk Chocolate Caramel don’t catch your eye, the beautiful photos certainly will.

Cookie Love is divided into sections based on different types of cookies, including drop cookies, egg white cookies and shortbread. Each section starts with a page that provides a brief description of the cookie type as well as some tips about how to handle that specific dough. The book wraps up with some of Mindy’s tips and tools of the trade as well as a glimpse into her cookie pantry.

Being the busy soccer mom that I am I haven’t had a chance to try any of the recipes yet, but the season is over and I can’t wait to get baking!

Disclaimer:

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.

Cookbook Review: Trisha’s Table

Trisha’s Table
by
Trisha Yearwood

Trisha’s Table is the third cookbook released by country superstar, Trisha Yearwood. While her first two cookbooks feature down home Southern cooking recipes, this one promises to provide readers with a more balanced approach, somewhat following Trisha’s 80/20 rule on healthy eating. If you’re not familiar with the 80/20 rule, it simply means that 80% of the time you eat good, nutritious foods and the other 20% is where you splurge on stuff that might not be so healthy.  The 80/20 rule is one we aim to follow in our own home, so I was excited to see this new cookbook.

Trisha has put out a beautiful book; its pages are crisp, clear and full of beautiful pictures. What makes this cookbook stand out from others is how she puts her personal touch on it. Accompanying each recipe is a little story or anecdote about the recipe and how she came up with it, there are many stories about her friends and family. I’ve only had the book for a few days so I haven’t had a chance to try any of the recipes yet, but some that stand out to me are Angel Hair Pasta with Avocado Pesto, Mrs. Carter’s Skillet Apple Pie and Slow Cooker Georgia Pulled Pork. This beautiful cookbook would be a great addition to the shelf of anyone who loves southern cooking or just likes collecting cookbooks.

Disclaimer:

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.

Cookbook Review: Inspiralized

Inspiralized
by
Ali Maffucci

About a year ago, I was super excited to get my hands on a spiralizer so that I could try my hand at one of the latest food crazes, vegetable noodles. My kids and I had what we referred to as the Great Zoodle Adventure. After that first experiment, the spiralizer has only made an appearance a couple of times. When I was checking out books on Blogging for Books, I was super excited to a book all about spiralizing available for review.  I think my kids were as excited for its arrival as I was. 🙂

Insprialized has recipes for everything from breakfast to dessert and many more in between. Some of the ones that stuck out most to me were Chicken Carrot Noodle Soup and Chicken and Broccoli Skillet Bake. There are pictures for many of the recipes, as well as step by step pictures for some tougher techniques. I think my favorite part of this book is that it actually gives you tips on how to use the spiralizer, from everything to how to pick the fruit or veggie to how to choose which blade to use. Given my life as a busy homeschooling soccer mom, I haven’t quite gotten the chance to try out any of these recipes, but the kids and I look forward to testing many of them once things calm down for a bit.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth?

This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth?
by
Patrick Di Justo

In some ways, I’m what some might consider a “foodie” not in the sense that I just have to try the best restaurants in every city I go to, more in the sense that I love learning about food.  I love learning about what’s in our food, what that does to our bodies, etc. Needless to say, when I saw the title of this book, I just knew that I had to get my hands on a copy.

Stemming from his popular column, What’s Inside, found in WIRED magazine, Patrick Di Justo offers readers a look at exactly what’s inside the food we ingest every day. While many people think they know what they’re eating, Di Justo makes it clear that there are a lot of things we don’t know. Using a scientific approach, Di Justo gives readers insight into what makes up things like Easy Cheese, Hot Pockets and Spam. In the second part of the book titled This Is What You Don’t Put In Your Mouth, he takes a closer look at the ingredients in things such as contact solution, Fix-A-Flat and diaper cream.  All of this information is given in an informative, yet humorous manner and it really makes the reader think about just what is lurking in things we eat or use every day.

What I found most interesting about this book was the reception Di Justo was given by many companies when he reached out to them to get their input on the products their ingredients contained; many were very secretive and vague, with just a handful actually willing to talk with him. It makes you realize that there is a lot going on in the food industry that they don’t want consumers to know and it’s not just “trade secrets.” While I found the information fascinating, it was a bit much to read the whole book all at once.  This is a book that is better savored, giving the reader time to ponder what they’ve learned.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Cookbook Review: Clean Slate

Clean Slate
from the editors of
Martha Stewart Living

I’m a big fan of clean eating and I’m always looking for new, delicious recipes to try out so I thought I’d give the latest cookbook from the editors of Martha Stewart Living a try. Clean Slate touts itself as not just a cookbook, but a way to “reset your health, detox your body, and feel your best.” This book does just that. The first section titled “Reset” goes over the basics of clean eating and even includes a 3-day action plan and a 21-day action plan.  The second section is where you’ll find a plethora of clean eating recipes. These recipes range from different juices you can make all the way to sweet treats.  The recipes are beautifully presented, each including a picture. Some of the recipes that caught my eye were Green Goddess Dip and Warm Spinach White Bean Dip. There are many recipes that just aren’t really my kind of food, but they are still great examples of clean eating.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Buy the Book:
If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.