Another month has passed us by, and I have rounded up a few items that I am loving this month. This month features a couple of apps, some books I am reading, and a few things I am into lately. So here we go.
This month I was on the road again traveling. I am not typically all for road trips. I would much rather fly than drive any day. This summer I took a couple of trips which were just about 4,000 miles. My favorite app for door to door directions became WAZE. I liked it better than my Google maps. It has the advantage of letting you know if there are road hazards in real time. It gives alternate roots, and unlike Google maps, you set a route, and it stays. It is a great app, and it had me to get Texas to Missouri across toll roads and all. Very helpful!
What I am reading
I have been enjoying a great little Christmas recipe book from fellow blogger Laura Powell from Real Mom Kitchen Christmas Desserts: Sweets of the Season this book is filled with all sorts of great Christmas recipes your family will love. Some of the favorites for me were the super easy chocolate fudge, dulce de leche filled pumpkin cupcakes, and the red velvet crepes.
The America's Test Kitchen New Family Cookbook is a massive cookbook. It weighs over six pounds. It is filled with over 1000 recipes that will have you cooking simple to complex things. All recipes that I have tried have worked out well. I also love the pictures and the informational text before each recipe. This book is incredible if you are just starting to cook, or if you are a more experienced book.
The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World is a book I am enjoying quite a bit. I currently have some sauerkraut going from scratch, and the other day I just started some dill pickles. While this book isn't for everyone, if you have the desire to ferment and pickles from scratch this may be a good book for you to look into.
So this month's thrust of in getting things for the kitchen were totally around the fermentation kick. I was talking with my Great Aunt about her Mother, I remembered how much I loved my Great Grandmother's homemade sauerkraut. She mentioned how she made it. She used a kraut cutter, and then salted the cabbage and put it in a crock. So when I got back home I made my second batch of sauerkraut. I used a TSM Products 31009 Fermenting Crock Pot, 5-Liter, which has worked very well. I have had problems with my pickled items before when they have gotten air, this seems to have worked much better. I also purchased a TSM Products Stainless Steel Cabbage Slicer to cut the cabbage. I really liked this tool because I finally got the cabbage in a tiny ribbons and I think it has worked very well.
So that has pretty much brought me through the month. Let me know if you have tried anything you just can't live without this month.