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Spark Cookbook and the Spark Book


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I finally got a Spark Cookbook and the book The Spark. I have already started reading the cookbook and look forward to learning how to make better, healthy food, in more variety. I really want to learn to make my own chicken and veggie stock for soups and stews. The cookbook is very interesting so far. They explain how it came to be and taste tests, etc.

I haven't had time to start reading the Spark book yet, but I will soon. I was reading to my husband in the cookbook already and making lists of things I will need. When I finally do make some stuff, I will let you all know how it turned out.

My daughter uses the spark website to find recipes too. I found that YouTube is a great place to learn a few things too. After my fiasco with the mango, I checked out YouTube to learn how to cut a mango. I had never tried mango before....so when I got one....well....it was like a comedy show...."How not to cut a mango"...LOL. I made the mistake of peeling it first, and, well, if any of you have had mango.....you know what a mistake that was! HAHAHA

It was slipping all over the place....I was trying to get the fruit off from around the pit...and....oh well...I managed to get some of it. HAHAHA Now, I know not to peel it first! I could have my own comedy cooking show. I haven't ever been what I would call great in the kitchen. I prefer one pan meals (ya know?). Just throw everything in a pan and stick it in the oven. But I am determined to use my new cookbook and learn some new dishes.

Well, I hope everyone is having a great day. They finally opened our pool at the apartment....so that is my plan for when hubby gets home from work. We are gonna take a swim before dinner.

Sending love to you all. Joyce
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CINA-MINI 5/24/2012 1:51PM

    I am like you. One pan meals make it easy and less stress.

I come from a long line of fantastic cooks and bakers. If I ask for a recipe, it's always, "until it looks right". I have NO idea what that means. After 21 years of being married, I am trying new things. So far, only a few flops.

I hope you are able to find some good ones that you and your hubby enjoy.

Hugs!

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BOOKWERME 5/24/2012 1:03PM

    I remember my first mango. My Mom had opened it (I was at her home) but assumed I knew what I was doing. first attempt sent the mango flying across the tile floors! NOW I know how to open them myself. I love Mango but it was best picked fresh off the trees when we lived in the islands.

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GAMOMMY3 5/24/2012 11:49AM

    I keep debating about the cookbook... is it helpful?

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SUNRIZING 5/22/2012 11:15PM

    www.sparkrecipies.com

check it out! its great just like the cook book except you get to see the author/chef actually cooking some of her recipies and showing you tips and techniques too! plus the data base is really convienient, easy to use and you can log in recipies from SPARKRECIPIES.COM directly to SPARKPEOPLE.COM! Using sparkpeople.com and not using sparkrecipies.com is like having a salad with out its veggies or fruit! LOL

Its great that you are trying new things. I wish I could too, but don't have the budgt right now. Had about 40$ last week to feed 5 people [plus I let Brook and Britney spend some nights over here so actually it was 7 people!] LOL

Lov you mom

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GOPINTOS 5/22/2012 8:48PM

    Enjoy your books! I love the recipes.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/22/2012 7:50PM

    Great books. In your SP book, highlight the things that really jump out at you so you can go back for pointers.

Peeling a mango is like peeling a avacado slippery as all get out emoticon

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MOMOSG 5/22/2012 4:13PM

    Reading about your mango experience made me chuckle. Friday, my daughter decided to make a coconut cream pie for a sister very dear to us. Coconut cream pie is a favourite of hers.

We found a lovely young Thai coconut at our local store. We have only ever opened the brown, dried coconuts. My daughter proceeded to try to open it up by herself - she wanted to make the pie entirely on her own! After some time, a great deal of frustration and a huge mess, she decided to ask me how to open it. I had no idea! Like you we looked on YouTube. The video made the whole thing look so simple. So, with misplaced confidence, I marched upstairs to assist. What I had to work with was a mangled mess! After several attempts to hold the butchered cocount still we finally opened it up. Next time we have a new food item to prepare, we're starting the process by looking it up on YouTube! LOL

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