*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
You may have noticed I’m obsessed with food. I’m also obsessed with books. So it stands to reason that I have a bit of a cookbook obsession as well. I try to keep it under control. Cookbooks are expensive. But I’ve been known to check out cookbooks from the library to indulge my habit. Just flipping through the pages calms me and makes me happy.
I personally found many of the recipe to be outside my realm of craving. If you love Middle Eastern and Central Asian flavors, this book will be right up your alley. The recipes range from simple to fussy, and they all look very flavorful. They just happen to be flavors I don’t particularly care for.
I did get inspired to adapt some of the recipes to fit my personal taste. One of them is this Creamy Barbecue Chicken with Couscous, which I’m confident I could cook after a couple of cocktails. Well, there is some chopping involved. Keep your fingers out of the way.
I tossed the pieces of chicken breast in Greek yogurt and smoky barbecue sauce, then sauteed them in a skillet. After steeping the couscous, it gets fried up in the frying pan along with some green onions to give it a nutty flavor.
Pile it all up and stuff your tipsy face. It’s gonna be awesome.
I really want to be showing you a new recipe today, but life has other plans. I’ve got something almost as good. A big fat bunch of totally awesome cakes you can easily make at home. It’s nearly National Cake Day, just in case you need an excuse. I say, all days are cake days. Let’s get to it.
Pumpkin Cake is full of fall flavors and topped with the most ridiculous cream cheese frosting. I can’t even deal.
Triple Lemon Yogurt Cake is a little loaf of heaven. This lemon cake gets soaked in a lemon syrup and then topped with a lemon glaze. You know. Just in case you like lemon.
Chocolate Cinnamon Bread is a coffee shop favorite, but you can have a whole loaf all to yourself with no waiting in line.
Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge Cake is a tropical twist on a British classic. It’s buttery, sweet, simple, and awesome.
Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake is two layers of awesome. A dense crust topped with a gooey pumpkin top is perfect throughout the fall. Or whenever. It’s cool.
Secret Ingredient Chocolate Cake is a semi-homemade cake with a hint of spice. It’s unbelievably moist and every kind of amazing.
Red Velvet Cake has a hint of chocolate, a hint of tang, and a fun color. It’s the perfect party cake. Cream cheese frosting only makes everything better.
Yellow Cake with Fudge Frosting is a classic cake you should keep making over and over again. It’s a perfect combination. It’s light and fluffy and fun and wonderful.
Cookies and Cream Fridge Cake is actually a stack of cookies layered with fresh whipped cream. I made the cookies myself, and it’s a creamy, crunchy dream.
Vanilla Cake can be dressy enough for a wedding and tasty enough for always. It’s the perfect winter white. So stylish, so delicious.
Citrus Bundt Cake is going to get you through the long winter months feeling like a happy little ray of delicious sunshine.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake combines two of my favorite foods into another one of my favorite foods. Just look at all those words together. Let’s eat them.
Please make yourself a cake, my loves. Don’t wait another minute.
Chocolate. Just wrap your mind around it for a moment. The way it melts on your tongue. The smooth sweetness. The way it can change your mood. It’s a sensory playground. Probability of delight is extremely high. You put a piece of chocolate in your mouth, you close your eyes, you breathe deeply, and you let the joy envelop you. Few other foods have this kind of power. It’s one of nature’s rare gifts. Simply euphoric.
This molten chocolate cake is an ideal way to worship at the altar of the chocolate gods. It’s warm and gooey and intensely chocolaty. This dessert is sexy. There’s no other way to say it. Eating molten chocolate cake just makes you feel good.
It also happens to be very easy to make. Melt together a little butter and chocolate, whip some eggs into a foam, gently and lovingly bring everything together. 14 minutes later, you’re digging into gooey chocolate cake, preferably with someone you like. A lot. I can’t think of a better way to end a quiet dinner for two.
Skip the chain restaurant. Bake your own molten chocolate cake. Fall in love with life.