This blog post is going up late today because I couldn’t figure our what I wanted to write about. It’s been a long, hard week. I haven’t done much reading, or at least nothing fit to write a review about, and I’ve just felt drained. Today was my last work day of the week though! I have a three-day weekend, and it feels like a holiday. So I treated myself to some retail therapy and a meal out. One of the items I bought (I got a great new cookbook) and the meal I had inspired tonight’s post. I ate at this cute Scandinavian restaurant and got Norwegian Pancakes smothered in ligonberries and whipped cream. Yum!
Norwegian Pancakes remind me of home. My mom didn’t make these pancakes, but there’s an old family recipe that tastes similar to it and eating the pancakes made me feel closer to home tonight. The family recipe is called Holba Dogen. This is a wonderful dessert with a dough full of eggs, covered in raspberries, and sprinkled heavily with sugar. Mmm. I love having this dessert, and I really liked the Norwegian Pancakes I ate tonight, but I always feel guilty after eating them. I feel like I’ve committed a dietary sin. That’s why I’m super excited to see that my new purchase, the Comfort Food Diet cook book, has a low-fat version of Norwegian Pancakes. Soon I’ll be able to have my (pan)cake and eat them too! 😉
The Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cook Book is published by the same people who put together the Taste of Home magazine. I’ve gotten other cookbooks from this company in the past and I’ve always liked the meals made from their recipes. I also like how they attribute each recipe to the person who submitted it to the magazine. This is a nice feature that reminds me of a community/church cookbook in which you feel confident that the recipe should be good because it was made and tested by someone like you and not a test kitchen. Another reason that I like this cookbook and the Taste of Home line of books is that the recipes do not call for exotic ingredients. More often than not, I know that I have everything in my pantry and I could begin cooking right away.
I have not yet made any of the recipes; I just bought it a few hours ago. I am really excited to try the ones I’ve already read though. I’m pleased with my purchase because it offers many nice snack recipes which will come in useful for me when I attend the Books & Munchies book club each month. For example, there’s a yummy looking recipe called Spiced Honey Pretzels that calls for pretzel sticks, honey, onion powder, and chili powder. I like that contrast. There’s also an amazing breakfast recipe called Raspberry Streusel Muffins; one of these muffins is a serving and only 181 calories. One of the great sounding dinner recipes is Sweet ‘n’ Tangy Pot Roast. It calls for chuck roast, ketchup, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. There are tons more of these recipes and I’m looking forward to trying a lot of them.
This cook book is also beautiful. It has 3-4 color pictures on every page. The book is separated into sections according to type of meal (snack, breakfast, lunch …) and color coded to help the reader flip to the desired section. Each recipe has its calorie count in large print next to the title. Further nutrition facts are listed below each recipe. The nutrition facts include diabetic exchange criteria. I recommend this cook book strongly. Whether you’re on a diet or just want to be mindful of what you put in your body, consider this cook book!