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Monday, August 23, 2010

Book Review - The Homesteader's Kitchen Recipes From Farm To Table, By Robin Burnside

I recently received a copy of The Homesteader's Kitchen Recipes From Farm To Table, By Robin Burnside.
The Contents are:
How To Get Started
Basic Kitchen Equipment
Stocking The Larder
Morning Meals
Soups, Sauces, and Gravies
Salads and Salad Dressings
Vegetarian Entrees
Fish, Poultry and Meat Entrees
The book is loaded with color photographs, though some of them are not of the finished recipe. Many of the more than 100 recipes are one's from the author's restaurants. The recipes are back to basics, wholesome ingredients, from scratch cooking.

Apple-Raspberry Crisp
Serves 6-8
1/2 C Unsalted Butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 C Brown Sugar
1/2 C Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 C Rolled Oats
1 Tbs Cinnamon, optional

8 C Sliced firm Apples (8-10 whole apples or 2-3 pounds)
1 Tbs Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Tbs Whole Wheat Pastry Flour or Tapioca Powder
4 C Fresh Raspberries

Place the Butter, Brown Sugar, and Flour in a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Add the Oats and Cinnamon, if using, and pulse again. Set aside until ready to use. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, toss the Apples with the Lemon Juice. Sprinkle in the Flour, add the Raspberries, and gently toss. Place the fruit in an 8x12 inch ovenproof glass pan or ceramic baking dish and evenly distribute the crumb topping to cover the top. Put your hand on the side of the dish as you sprinkle and gently press the topping around to the edges to hold in place. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until the fruit is tender and the topping is nicely browned.

About the Author:
"Robin Burnside was the co-owner/chef of Carmel Cafe in Carmel, California, and Cafe Amphora at Nepenthe in Big Sur, California. She is also one of the inspiring chefs behind the creative meals offered at Esalen Institute and has been a professional food service consultant, private chef and caterer for many special events throughout her 40-year culinary career. Robin lives on the Big Sur Coast, where she and her family have been homesteading and practicing a sustainable lifestyle for 17 years."
The Homesteader's Kitchen Recipes From Farm To Table is currently available at,, Barnes &, and your local bookstore.

Lola's Diner Disclaimer: I was given this book to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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