Friday, oh Friday! Blessed day of the week when we are wrapping up business as usual and making plans for a fantabulous weekend of fun (or maybe just of rest – equally good IMO.)
Since Fridays should be “fun” days, we decided here on Food Apparel that we would celebrate by also bringing some fun stuff your way! We had a whole bunch of ideas that we wanted to start sharing, but weren’t quite sure how to put it together. Then it all came together one day: Fashion Friday.
In February, we are doing our full launch of Fashion Fridays so you can come back weekly and get ready for the weekend with a bang! So, you may ask, what are you going to find here on Fashion Fridays? Well, here’s a little preview:
1) #RunwayReview – where we share the latest and greatest gadgets to cookbooks to new foods (and maybe not so greatest that you should avoid) that we come across for your kitchen wardrobe.
2) #FoodMakeover – do you find that your quick meals could use a face lift? We have a series of posts we’re developing where we take a basic food item (either raw ingredient, or processed item from grocery store) and find easy and delicious ways to “dress it up” so to speak!
3) #FuglyFood (aka Food Fashion Fail) – we all have our up and down days in the kitchen. We are going to be calling upon your participation here, so make sure on those disastrous kitchen days to laugh it off, take a picture, and stay tuned for more details!
4) #Food+Apparel – Casual to glam, we got you covered!
Well for this first Fashion Friday, we wanted to share a fantastic new cookbook that we had the chance to get our hands on….and we think you should, too.
Homemade Decadence is from one of my favorite food bloggers: Joy Wilson (aka Joy the Baker). Somehow the ideas that flow through her head just connect to us here on Food Apparel. In fact, we posted brown butter chocolate chip cookies, and then she posted a version within days. We came up with a maple pecan biscuit recipe (coming soon), and then days later she posted something along those lines. Don’t get me wrong – not trying to compare us to her. She’s like one of our foodie idols! We’re just saying the lady has good taste!
Well, this book just excited my taste buds even more! The title itself screams BUY ME because I’m all about homemade and all about decadence.
Joy has a great voice and personality in this book. In fact, I think I’m gonna start quoting her, like when she says “I believe that every great Saturday night in the history of Saturday nights has been preceded by or followed by brunch“ or “Walking into a party with a cake is like walking into a party with a trophy – a giant, glossy trophy that everyone wants to eat.” I mean, c’mon, these are like life truths that all need to know!
I’m a huge fan of the categories of this book from Brunch to Ice Cream Social – I didn’t at first quite see how they all went together, and maybe I still don’t, but they are all topics with which I am in complete love, so I won’t complain.
The first recipe I saw that immediately caught my attention was the Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes. Basically she said she needed an excuse to drizzle maple syrup all over a lemon poppy seed muffin. Holy cow! Eye opening! Not only are these amazing, but it made me think of all my other favorite muffins and how I will soon be converting them to a pancake version. BEST. IDEA. EVER.
The cakes section looks amazing and Joy does a great job at incorporating some Cake Baking 101 into the book so that you can know how to get the cake out of the pan and frost your cake perfectly every time. And how about these brownie cupcakes? You had me at brownie….
Last but not least, I immediately started drooling over the Ice Cream Social section. You see, I just bought an ice cream maker, and even though it’s the dead middle of winter, I’m always craving a frozen treat. The ice cream flavors in this book are just to die for (like horchata, honey and pistachio, and peach buttermilk) and the one nice thing is that they are pretty quick to make. Most of the ice cream I’ve been making up until now requires making a custard and then letting it sit for quite some time before actually churning so I’m excited to try some recipes that are more touch and go. And if I’m still craving the custard base, then I just have some fabulous new flavor ideas that I should still be able to implement into my current custardy vanilla base that I love.
The pictures in this book are stunning. And it’s a fat book too! 200+ pages. So you are not just paying for fluff my friends. It’s the real deal. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to add to their collection.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.)
Come back on Fridays in 2015 for more fun! As always, thanks for hanging out with us here on Food Apparel.
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