Sunday, June 18, 2017

$50 Cash Giveaway! (And oh, yeah...I wrote a book!)

Welcome to the most exciting blog post you've seen on Sarah Cooks the Books for at least 4 months!

This time, I have an excuse for being gone for so long...I published my first novel!  (Since this is a food blog, I'll show you the cookie representation of the cover my friend, Amy, got me!)



"That Book I wrote About Me: A Novel," is available on Amazon!  It's a story about small towns, families, and family secrets.  Check out the summary to learn more, and I hope you'll read (and enjoy!) it.  I'm super proud of this book.  Find it here.

And now, to the main event!

To celebrate Anyonita Nibbles's 7th blog birthday, I, along with 5 other fantastic food bloggers, will give you the chance to win $50 USD in cash paid via Paypal!! What would you do with $50 cash?

I'm so thankful to have teamed up with my blogging tribe to offer you this giveaway! Here's a little bit more about us and our blogs:

 Ronda is a family-friendly food blogger at Kitchen Dreaming, who can show you how to take the foods your family loves and make them quicker & easier to prepare like these Easy Beef Empanadas.
Dee is the publisher of Cooks&Books&Recipes, where she shares recipes from cookbooks, chefs, and restaurants. For example, how about this recipe for Slow Cooker Lamb Barbacoa (Barbacoa de Borrego) from famed Chicago Chef Rick Bayless? 

Megin is the creator of VMG206, where she shares ways to create and live a beautiful life like with these last minute scrumptious cream cheese danishes.

Natasha is a single mom and lifestyle blogger at Epic Mommy Adventures sharing advice to help other single parents like these 9 tips to have a better relationship with your baby daddy!

And lastly, the blog birthday girl: Anyonita! She blogs at Anyonita Nibbles where she writes a gluten free food blog full of quick recipes you won't believe don't contain gluten like this 15 minute gluten free one pot taco pasta!

To even stand a chance at winning, you need to enter! Here's how you do that; simply follow the prompts in the widget below to enter. There are some actions you can only do once, like following me on Instagram or Pinterest, but there are other options that you can do every day the giveaway is live such as tweeting about it! Choose as many options as you'd like--the more you do, the greater your chances are of winning!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Whole30 Cookbook: Strip Steak with Crispy Salt-and-Vinegar Smashed Potatoes


Every year, at the beginning of a new year, I do the same thing a lot of people do, and I swear that in the new year, I'll eat better, exercise, etc. etc. etc.

That never works out.

This year, I actually had it in my head that I was going to try the Whole30 Diet.  I went to Barnes and Noble and paged through the Whoe30 book, and thought about how I could cut out carbs, sugar,  alcohol, all the stuff that's not great for you.

And then, instead of the book about the plan, I bought a cookbook with recipes that can go along with the plan.  Because I don't see myself giving anything up, but at the same time, I can always use a cookbook of healthy recipes.


This recipe was amazing.I don't eat steak often, and I cook it even less frequently.  This was the first time I managed to cook a legit medium rare/medium, and it was perfection.  
Also, the potatoes that go along with this recipe are something I guarantee I'll be making again, with or without the steak.

Since this was a Whole 30 recipe (and I think a paleo diet recipe), it calls for, and I used, clarified butter, or ghee.  If you don't care about any of that, just use regular butter.


Strip Steak with Crispy Salt-and-Vinegar Smashed Potatoes
Serves 2


Ingredients



For the Parsley Butter:

4 Tbsp. clarified butter (or ghee)
1 Tbsp minced green onion
1 tsp. minced parsley
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp. whole-grain mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

                                                

For the Smashed Potatoes:

6 Baby Yukon Gold Potatoes
1 cup white vinegar
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. clarified butter (or ghee)
1 Tbsp. olive oil


For the Steaks:

2 Strip Steaks (about 8 oz each)
Salt and pepper
1 Tbsp. clarified butter (or ghee)
1 Tbsp. white vinegar 


First, make the parsley butter.  In a small bowl, combine the butter, green onion, parsley, garlic, lemon zest, mustard, salt, and pepper.  Stir until well-combined, then cover and refrigerate until needed.



Next, make the potatoes.  Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large saucepan, combine potatoes, vinegar, and salt.  Add enough water to cover the potatoes by about an inch.

Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.  Drain the potatoes and return to the saucepan.

Add the butter and toss to coat.

Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.  Using a heavy glass, smash each potato to about 1/2-inch thickness.



Bake for 20 minutes, then turn each potato over with a spatula.  Brush with olive oil, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more until golden brown and crisp.

To make the steaks, pat the meat dry and season with salt and pepper.  



 In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.  Sear the steaks for about 5 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reached 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Transfer the steaks to s plate, and put a dollop of butter on top of each steak.  Let stand for 5 minutes.



Sprinkle the potatoes with vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

Serve the steaks and potatoes together.



Also, I want to say thank you to you guys for sticking around for 200 posts on Sarah Cooks the Books!  I'm not even halfway through my cookbook collection, so I have a ton more recipes to get through, but thank you guys so much for checking out my blog!

Monday, February 13, 2017

#FoodBloggerLove 2017: Potato Soup from thatrecipe.com



Happy February!

This is my first year taking part in the Food Blogger Love roundup, organized by Allison of The PinterTest Kitchen!

The point of this yearly event is for food bloggers to shine a spotlight on another food blogger and to point their followers to the blog.

I was paired up with Audrey from ThatRecipe.com.  I really love the way her blog is organized -- it's super easy to find recipes by type, ingredient, and even dietary restriction.  I found a great soup recipe, perfect for the rainy winter weather we've been having in Southern California.

Make sure to check out Audrey's blog as well as her Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter sites!


Potato Soup
From ThatRecipe.com


Ingredients




4 cups diced potatoes
1 cup diced onions
1 quart vegetable stock
1 cup diced celery
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Cheddar cheese (if desired)


Add potatoes, onions, celery, and parsley to a medium pot.  Add stock to the pot until veggies are covered and there's about an extra inch of liquid (use water if you run out of stock).

Cover pot and bring soup to a boil, then reduce to simmering.  Cook until potatoes are soft, 12-15 minutes, then turn off the heat.

If you want a chunky soup, mash with a potato masher.  If you want a smooth soup (like I did), use a blender or an immersion blender to blend until smooth.

Stir in milk and red pepper flakes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add cheese if you want, and additional parsley if desired.




I hope you've all enjoyed #FoodBloggerLove 2017!  Join the official facebook page here to get info about next year's roundup!