Monday, April 21, 2014

A Pinch of German Review and Giveaway Ends April 30, 2014

DISCLOSURE:  I received a Cookbook and Package of Spice for the purpose of this review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item(s).




I love German cooking! From spaetzle to schnitzel to rouladen, I can eat it everyday!

When asked to review A Pinch of German Cookbook and Spices, I was delighted! I love to cook and love to eat.  Plus, I collect cookbooks! A win-win for me!

I received the Feed Your Dreams Cookbook and a package of Goulash Spice.  I chose to make the Hungarian Beef Stew (Goulash) from Page 83 of the cookbook.  




I changed the ingredients a bit to suit our tastes and needs:

1 pound beef chuck, cubed
4 T Butter
4 T Goulash Spice
1 TSP Hungarian Paprika
3 cups Beef Stock
1 small can tomato paste
1 can diced tomatoes
1 T Garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper to taste




I sprinkled about 1 tablespoon of the Goulash Spice into a zippered baggie and added the beef.  Coated the meat well and then seared along with the garlic.  
I added all other ingredients to the crock-pot and stirred until well mixed.  I drained and added the meat and garlic.  Cooked on low for approx. 8 hours until the meat was tender.
When the dish was done, I added hearty egg noodles and simmered for about 12 minutes until the noodles were done.





It was... FABULOUS! Very hearty, very tasty, and very satisfying!  This is real comfort food. Mike and I both loved it.  He said it will be a great dinner on a cold, wet, winter night. I agree. This is food that sticks to your ribs and soothes your soul. 





The Cookbook is filled with traditional recipes collected by the author, Nathalie Porter, since childhood.  There are over 160 recipes included and several pages of colour photos of the dishes.

The recipes include: Appetizers, Dips, Stews, Salads, Vegetables, Soups, Meats, and Desserts! I've spent several hours reading and re-reading those recipes. They sound so delicious!

One of the things I really like is Nathalie's encouragement to make the recipes your own.  She knows, as does any great cook, that the best dish is the one with your own personal touch.

Throughout the cookbook are little verses and quotes designed to brighten and enlighten.

One of my favourites:

*It isn't the travel that broadening, it's all that rich foreign food!*

Truer words never spoken.

In the back of the book are Nutritional tips, USDA food guide, measurements and equivalents, food substitutions, and even Blessed Scripture!

I will be using this amazing cookbook for a very long time.  I think you will as well!

You may connect with Nathalie on her Social Media Pages:
Facebook and @nkgedrich on Twitter.

Nathalie has generously offered one of my readers to win a copy of Feed Your Dreams and a sample package of Goulash Spice! How fabulous is that?

Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to enter to win!

***Follow all instructions carefully. Open to USA only (Excluding Alaska and Hawaii), 18+.  No PO Boxes, please. All entries are verified.  HURRY! Giveaway Ends on April 30, 2014.***

49 comments:

Anne said...

What a nice website at A Pinch of German! Thanks for introducing me to it.

The first recipe I came across is one I've got marked to try: Homemade Marshmallows. I've been afraid to attempt them, but their recipe has clear directions that make a lot of sense.

Jan Hall said...

I learned that she has been cooking since the age of 5 and documenting recipes since the age of 9. I want to make jager schnitzel and the microwave chips.

amp said...

I would really like to try their recipe for GF APPLE CARAMEL CRISP which looks so good.


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Mary Somerville said...

The GF Apple Caramel Crisp recipe sounds great. I haven't had luck making apple crisps-I think adding the apple butter would make a nice difference.

Jemmy said...

German green bean soup looks interesting. My husband was raised by a German woman and would love it if I won this. :)

Amanda Kinder said...

I'd love to try the GF Peppermint Rum Chocolate Cake recipe.

Cynthia Gray said...

The recipes are easy to read and I hope to be making authentic German food very soon with the cookbook! Cynthia Gray

janetfaye said...

I would like to try Chicken Roulade recipe.

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momo said...

This recipe sounds very good to me; Gluten Free Cheese Danish!

Brutus Duffy said...

Oh my-schnitzel spice! I haven't had a good schnitzel in 20 years! I think the t-shirt is adorable too.

Shelton Rogerson said...

I would like to try the rolled beef-looks great!

Shelton Rogerson said...

I entered the Purex + $1000 contest

Niclan80 said...

I would love to try the Marscapone Apple Ravioli recipe. Looks delicious.

jdine said...

The Gluten Free Marscapone Caramel Apple Pie looks amazing! My kids and I have celiac disease and I will try to buy this book if I don't win it!

Lisa Voyce said...

The cabonara looks great!

Jamie Hamilton said...

I was raised with the German green bean soup. Interesting!

Natalie Yeoman said...

yum i would really like to try the homemade marshmallows

Selinda said...

I'd like to try the Crockpot Coconut Curry Pot Roast!

Thanks,

selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

Sky Evans said...

I'd like Peppermint Rum Chocolate Cake

Anita Kennett said...

This company does not compromise on any thing.a rare thing today.

Anita Kennett said...

I entered all thanks

brandy davis said...

I would like to try the apple caramel crisp, sounds sooo good.

silkcrocs said...

German food=happy face.

I found the homemade marshmallows recipe and it's much simpler than mine so I'll be trying it. :)

Stacy said...

I also entered the Glass Dharma giveaway

Stacy said...

I would love to try the recipe for the GF APPLE CARAMEL CRISP

Linda said...

We love soaps, I would like to try the taco soup and French onion souap.
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smilekisses said...

I would like to try the Schitzel.
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Faith said...

I would like to make the Green Bean Soup.

SexyBrat said...

I would like to try and make the Homemade Marshmallows!

blew415 said...

Apple Caramel Crisp recipe sounds yummy

Rita A said...

GF Peppermint Rum Chocolate Cake looks amazing!

csue said...

I'd love to try the gluten free cheese Danish.

Janice Crespo said...

I was just telling my daughter that I want to figure out how to make marshmallows instead of buying them - so that would be the first one I try.

LeeAnn Boggs said...

I have never seen a recipe for marshmallows. I will definitely be trying this recipe out soon. The idea of playing with color would be a great activity with my toddler.

barbara stenby said...

would like to try the schnitzel spice

Christina Kelbel said...

The buffalo chicken dip looks yummy!

Charlene S. said...

I'd like to try the recipe for GF Apple Cranberry Pie :)

Sioux City Sue said...

I like the Goulash Spice and Schnitzel Spice since it is a hassle trying to gather all the spices together when making a recipe and this would be easier. I always like to use a mixture of Italian spices when I cook Italian or mixture of Mexican spices when cooking Mexican food.

katja9_10 said...

I would like to try the Artichoke Pepper Pasta Bake. It sounds and looks delicious.

Les Johnson

kathy pease said...

I would love to try the GF APPLE CARAMEL CRISP that looks awesome :)

Angela Ash said...

I would love to make the Chicken Schnitzel Devine. I think I would most of the recipes on A Pinch of German because they are making my mouth water and I'm not even hungry.

Xomy said...

I would like to try Chicken Roulade recipe i tihnk!
- maya hu

Ariadanz said...

I found a recipe for Bacon Wrapped Dates that I've simply GOT to try

Cheryl Everitt said...

I would like to try the mashmellow recipe - sounds awesome!

Missy said...

I would like to try Chicken Roulade recipe.

Missy said...

Entered Glass Dharma contest

Lorena said...

I'd like to try the Rouladan because I can remember a family friend making it when I was a kid.

tina reynolds said...

We visited munich in dec loved the food so much the GF Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark sounds so good

Melinda Stephens said...

I would love to try the GF Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Goji Berries and Candied walnuts. That looks amazing.