The Enchanted Broccoli Forest

The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest

Another that Natasha brought in. I was dubious at first due to the goofy fonts and layout, but it’s a cute book, and at least some of the dishes we’ve made from it have been good. It’s a source of nice healthy vegetarian food.

Note, we have the second edition (linked with the picture), but the third edition (The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest)
is probably what you want if you buy a copy. Our 1995 one is nice and cheap used though!

Number of recipes in this book: 208 (estimated)
Number we’ve cooked: 2

As always, you can click on the “enchanted broccoli forest” tag below to see what we’ve made from this book.… Continue reading →

Cook Once Eat Twice

Cook Once Eat Twice Recipes

Interestingly, this isn’t the only “Cook Once Eat Twice”. We actually expected to be getting Cook Once, Eat Twice Slow Cooker Recipes, published in 2006. Instead we received the book linked above, Cook Once Eat Twice Recipes (Favorite Brand Name Recipes). Whups! That was our fault in not buying the right book, not Amazon’s fault in sending us the wrong thing. We didn’t know about this mixup until we started to write this blog entry. Angelique, if you’re reading this, now you know what Natasha’s confusion about the book is 🙂

However, now that we have it, well, we’ve got to cook from it! This book (and presumably the one we expected) is about cooking a big meal, then turning the leftovers into another meal.… Continue reading →

[8] Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Cook Once Eat Twice Recipes

Oh my goodness, this recipe made a lot of food. That is, of course, part of the point of the first recipe in a pair out of Cook Once Eat Twice, it’s supposed to make enough of the major component of two recipes for four people to eat twice. Even so, I was startled at how much pork we had leftover. I did try to recruit visitors for this evening to come help eat all the food this was supposed to make, but no dice. Which is sort of a shame, because we had way more than “eat twice”, but that said, we’ll have decent leftovers one day as well. And that helps, especially with a move coming up.

All in all, I think we got effectively three dinners out of this recipe (two lunches for me and two dinners for the two of us), as well as leftovers for the freezer.… Continue reading →

[7] White Bean and Spinach Soup

Enchanted Broccoli Forest

The soup I was originally contemplating after we received our first CSA share called for escarole (which we didn’t have), but said we could substitute just about any green for the escarole, including kale and spinach. Since we got what appeared to be an obscene amount of spinach in the first CSA, that’s what we did.

In reality, we only got about a half-obscene amount of spinach, since we got a little over half the amount of greens the recipe called for (and that was truly copious). While we could have, and maybe should have, rounded it out with kale, we instead decided to cook just half the recipe. The only thing that wasn’t super easily halved was the bay leaf, and I just tossed in a small one as my solution.… Continue reading →

[6] Braised Turnips

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

A delicious (albeit very small) side dish to our salmon dish was a dish out of How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. This was our first time eating turnips (at least as adults), so I decided to make something simple that would just highlight their flavor. Furthermore, these were fairly small turnips, which Bittman says are the tastiest. (My friend Pants confirmed this before I’d had a chance to eat them, and who am I going to believe, some nationally known and renowned cookbook author or my buddy?)


2 tbsp butter or extra-virgin olive oil (while we had some amazing butter from the farmers’ market, I opted for the oil)
1 lb turnips, rutabaga, trimmed radishes or diakon radishes, cut into chunks (we used turnips, as should be obvious)

1/2+ c white wine, veggie stock or water (we used inexpensive white wine)

Salt & fresh ground pepper

Freshly squeezed lemon juice (I totally forgot this, and it would have helped)

Chopped parsley leaves for garnish (didn’t have these)


Combine the oil, turnips and 1/2 c wine in a saucepan, sprinkle with salt & pepper and bring the mixture to a boil.… Continue reading →