Monday, 19 December 2011

In My Mother's Kitchen, by Trish Magwood

Heather's Pick at Indigo!
In My Mother's Kitchen
Three Generations of Simple, Delicious Family Food
by Trish Magwood

Hardcover, 256 pages

Trish Magwood, author of the James Beard Award winning Dish Entertains, host and co-creator of Party Dish, believes in the family table. It was there that she learned about food, about love, and the importance of family.

In these rapid times it is difficult to find the time to recreate the kitchen culture of our mothers and grandmothers, but Trish does so by providing simple meals that even the busiest families can share.

Calling on the recipes of her own mother and grandmother, In My Mother's Kitchen offers wholesome, straightforward dishes from three generations of her wonderfully food-centric family.

Everything from breakfast to dessert can be made simply and fairly easily. After all - as an author, chef, and food & lifestyle consultant - Trish knows what it's like to be a working mom.

Filled with inviting family recipes, as well as beautiful full-colour photos - you will be inspired to bring the family table back to your home.

In our KitchenPuppy test kitchen, we delighted in these homey recipes all week:
Family Granola
To quote my husband, "amazing". Simply the best granola recipe that we have ever had.

You can find a sneak peek of this family granola recipe on Trish Magwood's website.

Skinnier Caesar Salad
All the flavour and no guilt! We served this lightened-up Caesar salad with the Sunday roast for what had to be my son's all-time favourite meal, ever.

Sunday Roast Beef Dinner
Tis the season for standing rib roasts, and we loved this roast beef dinner. Trish uses small potatoes with her roast but I had regular ones on hand so just cut them in half. What a treat!

Stewie's Yorkshire Puddings
My husband is the Yorkshire Pudding king. I made the batter for him and he baked them when the roast came out of the oven. They were perfect!
And these ginger cookies are perfect for your holiday table, or simply with a nice pot of tea.
Stewie's Ginger Cookies
Stewie's Ginger Cookies
from In My Mother's Kitchen, by Trish Magwood
reprinted from an article on the book on NBC Today Show: Food


    3/4 cup butter (at room temperature)
    1 cup sugar (plus additional for rolling)
    1 egg
    1/4 cup molasses
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 tsp. baking soda
    2 tsp. ground ginger
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    1/2 tsp. salt


Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in molasses until well combined.

In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Stir into batter until just mixed.

Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in white sugar to coat. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet 1 inch apart. Do not flatten.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies just start to crack.

Let sit on cookie sheets for several minutes, then transfer to flattened brown paper bags or racks to cool.

Variations: For special ginger cookies, stir in 1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger before shaping into balls.

For the chocolate lovers, once cookies are formed on the cookie sheet, gently press a small chunk of good-quality milk chocolate into the top.
Serving Size

Makes 3 dozen cookies

Awesome links:

Trish Magwood on CityLine

and on the NBC Today Show

In My Mother's Kitchen is also available as an iPad app!