Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Review: Stacy Evan’s Sabbat Cooking Imbolc



Clipboard03Stacy Evans, the blogger behind A Simple Life Inspired is writing a series of E-books called Sabbat Cooking. Each E-book contains recipes themed specifically for each Sabbat. At the moment she has one out for Samhain and one for Imbolc.
I purchased Stacy’s E-book through her blog and it is also availble through Wyrdwood Publications for just $5. The E-book is a total of 56 pages. No skimpy amount. The recipes types and totals come to:
  • Appetizers: 12
  • Sides: 6
  • Main Dishes and Soups: 11
  • Desserts: 5
  • Miscellaneous: 1 (a recipe for butter)
We were having company over and I decided to make the Brigid Braid Bread, Sour Cream Chicken and Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes.

Brigid Braid Bread

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This recipe was Delicious!
My guests were raving about it. The recipe is very simple to follow even if you’ve never made bread before. It has a nice assortment of herbs in the dough to give it a great flavor. Each bite left no question that this is an herb bread. The instructions for the egg wash on top ensured that the bread had a gorgeous golden crispy crust. It wasn’t too thick either as to be tough to eat. Lil ‘R kept trying to steal more too!
I will definitely make this recipe over and over again.

Sour Cream Chicken & Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

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The Sour Cream Chicken was Wonderful.
I was a bit worried about it. I thought that the coating on the chicken wouldn’t crisp up well in the oven and it’d be a bit mushy. I was completely wrong. The coating has a lot of flavor due to the seasoning added and it coats the chicken really well.
The Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes though I had to add some things to. As the recipe is written it was a bit blan and very thick. All it took was some salt and milk to make it work. The idea of using cream cheese is great though, definitely one I’ll think about using in the future.
As an bit of clarification I’m a bit of a mashed potato connoisseur of my family. Every holiday I’m always the one in charge of potatoes.

Over all though I really like these recipes. I can’t wait to try my hand at making my own butter and for the entire E-book only being $5 it’s a great value.
Other recipes I’m anxious to try from the book are:
  • Bake Potato Soup
  • Perogie Casserole
  • Potato Pancakes
  • Slow Cooker Creamy Cheese Soup
Now I need to go back and pick up the Samhain cookbook. I also can’t wait for the next one to come out. I’m hoping it’s for Beltaine.
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3 comments:

  1. How adept a chef would one have to be to follow these recipes? I'm not that great of a cook, but those sound really yum!

    ~Ivy

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    1. All the recipes seem to be geared at the average home cook. The ingredients are all simple and the instructions clear. The techniques are all fairly basic. I think if you can make typical dinner food like a baked pasta dish these would be on par to that. Though some recipes are more involved then others, like the bread.

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  2. I'm so glad you liked it! :D Glad you were able to tweak the potatoes the way you like them - everyone likes them a little different, I knew there was no way I could make a single potato recipe to make everyone happy, haha!

    Thanks for an awesome review!

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