Country Cook News – October 11, 2012

Hi Everyone!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith hits bookstores tomorrow. Read 101 Inspirational Stories about Life, Belief, and Spiritual Renewal. Family, friends, or even strangers can inspire faith. Faith can show up in a miracle or an everyday event. My story, A Journey to Faith is on page 110, and I must say it was one of the most difficult stories I’ve ever written because it is so personal. As most of you know, my stories have a lighter side, I like to know people will smile when they read my work. Writing this story was revealing…I put myself out there spiritually, which is terrifying to all authors. If you find this subject of interest, you can purchase an autographed copy of Finding My Faith from me for $16.00 by sending your request to or it can be purchased on Amazon.
Two years ago this month Apple Cinnamon Rolls were featured on my website and I think it is a recipe worth repeating for this year’s apple season. Someone gave me the recipe back in the 70s when I lived in Auburn, Washington, and years later in 1998, when my husband and I married, I learned his mother, Ruth Wolfe, had the identical recipe. The bread portion of the cinnamon roll isn’t as time-consuming to prepare as most cinnamon rolls because they’re not made using yeast. Rather the dough is similar to a baking powder biscuit dough; it’s sweet and much easier to handle than yeast dough, not to mention time involved waiting for dough to rise. If your family likes raisins or currants, by all means add them to the apple mixture before rolling them up. I’d like to take a giant bite out of a fresh-from-the-oven Apple Cinnamon Roll right now; surely you’d like one…or two.
My new e-cookbook, Bumper Crop: Beginning with Apples can be purchased at the Amazon Kindle Store. It boasts thirty-one mouthwatering apple recipes such as Curried Apple Soup, Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad, Applesauce Cornbread, Cornish Game Hens with Fig and Marmalade Baked Apples and Sinful Applesauce Tiramisu, just to name a few. If you’re not into the e-book scene quite yet, I can send you an electronic PDF of Bumper Crop for just $2.00; simply request it

My Spice Sage has an Orange Blossom Mojito Recipe that relaxes me just looking at it. There’s Grilled Chicken with Homemade Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce or a North African dish Chicken Tagine for the main course and some Distinctive Roasted Vegetables on the side. Then there’s Mississippi Mud Cake for dessert and for (more) dessert there’s Rosewater Pistachio Cake Recipe. As an added bonus My Spice Sage sells spices on their site, which I’m comfortable recommending after reading the reviews I’ve seen tweeted. Their Twitter motto is: “The source for cooking knowledge that will spice up your life! Follow us for the latest and greatest in cooking ingredients, recipes and general foodie fun!” Check them out, their pictures are a feast for the eyes. I’m repeating My Spice Sage as the blog of the week because we often use more spices during the fall and winter months, and during the holidays, and this site has more than a few suggestions on how to put a spicy spin on ho hum everyday cooking and baking.


  • Don’t mix soft and crisp cookies in the same storage container or crisp will become soft.
  • Use extra length of kitchen string to tie bouquet garni to cooking pot handle so it’s easier to retrieve from soups, stews, etc.



Ingredients, Inc. has hit it big in my book with 10 Awesome Pumpkin Recipes. Do any of them NOT look delicious? On their website today they’ve also listed 7 Health Benefits of Apples…some good stuff!



Marie’s question: I love tartar sauce on all things deep-fried, and have not found a good commercial tartar sauce I like. Do¬† you ever make tartar sauce? I like it to have a kick. Do you have a recipe to share?

My answer: When it comes to tartar sauce I am a purist. Here’s my recipe for Classic Tartar Sauce: 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon grated dill pickle, 1 teaspoon grated onion, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon mince parsley. Combine all ingredients. Chill. Yield: 1 cup tartar sauce for fish or seafood. If you like tartar with a bite, I’d add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or 1 to 2 teaspoons grated jalapeno pepper, or, if you like some tomato flavor, add 1 to 3 teaspoons chipotle adobe sauce (purchase in Hispanic food section of grocery store). Thank you, Marie, for participating in Ask Cynthia a Question.
Till next time…

Cynthia Briggs

Bumper Crop: Beginning w/ Apples
Now available at the Kindle Bookstore
Pork Chops & Applesauce
Sweet Apple Temptations

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