There are a few people that you will cross paths with throughout your life that just really get you. I’m lucky enough to have met several women that fall into that category, thanks to the wonderful world of healthy living blogs. Through blogging events, conferences and informal meet-ups, I’ve come away with some pretty fantastic life-long friends. One of those friends is a smart, creative, quirky, talented, gorgeous girl named Cassie. Though Cassie and I only met (in the flesh) for the first time this past September, we’ve been digital friends for a couple of years. I’ve been a big fan of her blog Back to Her Roots ever since I discovered blogs!
Cassie and I bonded over so many different things and immediately hit it off (along with Gretchen!) when we spent the weekend together in Minneapolis for the Healthy Living Summit, where we presented together on a panel.
One thing that I’ve always admired about Cassie’s blog is its elegant, simple and slightly funky layout and design. She designs every little detail herself, and from a fellow graphic designer, that’s something that I can truly appreciate. Cassie even designed the mountain/sun logo on my blog’s header! I was really excited for my friend when I heard that she was creating a cookbook, and even more thrilled when I got my own copy in the mail earlier this month!
Before I even get to the recipes, I have to say that just thumbing through this book is a graphic designer’s dream! The fonts, photography (!!) and every little detail are just laid together perfectly and create an amazing visual experience for the reader. There are large color photographs for every recipe and the text is simple and easy to read. The book is filled with lots of color everywhere and it just made me smile as I read through each page.
The book itself is filled with incredible content, which includes more than just recipes. There’s a table of contents in the beginning, so that you can easily find a specific type of recipe that you’re looking for. Following that, Cassie talks about the roots and health benefits of Greek yogurt and just what makes it so unique and irresistible. There’s also a helpful guide to figure out common substitutions when cooking with Greek yogurt, including everything from butter to mayonnaise to heavy cream. I definitely learned some helpful tips from reading that section!
On to the recipes… Oh, the recipes! As you can see, I’ve had quite a field day bookmarking all of the recipes that I want to try first (and I say first, because ultimately I want to try every single one!).
Stuffed French Toast?! Yes, please!!
The recipes throughout the book fall into several different categories: breakfast, soups, mains, sides & snacks and desserts. Most of the recipes are fairly healthy and there are a few that are quite decadent. Some of the recipes that I’ve bookmarked include tomato and herb frittata, wedding cauliflower soup, beer and butternut squash mac and cheese, jalapeno cheddar cornbread and mint julep frozen yogurt.
Since every single recipe sounded delicious, it was tough to choose where to start! I had some leftover smoked salmon in my fridge, so I figured that making the smoked salmon spread would be a good choice. I absolutely love the step-by-step instructions and photographs that she includes with some of the recipes, like this one:
The recipe called for 6 oz. of smoked salmon, but since I only had two ounces left I divided the recipe by two thirds. I also used the attachment on my immersion blender instead of my full-size food processor. Into the container went fresh dill, smoked salmon, neufchatel cheese, 2% plain Greek yogurt, onion, salt and pepper.
After just a few seconds of blending, it was a beautiful shade of… salmon!
In the cookbook, Cassie recommends using this spread on bagels or crackers or even as a condiment on a sandwich (like a BLT!). I immediately thought of putting on top of sliced cucumber, topped with a sprig of dill to make fancy little hors’ d’oeurvres!
Even with cutting the recipe by 2/3, this still made a good amount of salmon spread- enough to fill your standard cream cheese container for sure. I’m definitely going to keep this one on my list of recipes to make for parties list! You can get your own copy of Cassie’s book on Amazon by clicking here.
Now, for the fun part: the giveaway! One lucky reader will receive his/her own copy of Cassie’s fantastic book, Cooking with Greek Yogurt.
To enter: Leave a comment below telling me how you already use Greek yogurt for baking and cooking.
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Entries will be accepted until Sunday, February 2nd at 8:00 EST. The winner will be posted on the blog during that week.