In my last post I reviewed “Magnolia Table”, Joanna Gaines first cookbook. I loved that cookbook so much that I had to get her second book.
I have to say I went into this book with high expectations and it did not disappoint! This cookbook has some really cool features including: a spice guide (showcasing different spices and how to make different spice blends), a charcuterie board guide, and “The Art of Gathering” where Joanna talks about what entertaining means to her. Overall, this book was very well-rounded. Here’s the recipes I’ve tried so far:
Braided Loaf: this homemade bread recipe was surprisingly simple. Add a little butter to the finished product and it’s a pretty yummy bread!
Focaccia: I really enjoyed this bread recipe! However I did add some oregano, basil, and garlic powder to the top of my focaccia. My only complaint with this recipe is that it did smoke up my oven a little bit, I assume because of olive oil to the top before baking.
Old Fashioned Corn Casserole: this is just your basic corn casserole, it tastes great, super filling and savory. This is one of my favorite side dishes!
Beef Stroganoff: the sauce came out so creamy for this dish. It was a very hardy and tasty dinner!
Shrimp and Grits: this dish was my favorite dinner recipe from the book. It plated beautifully and tasted even better! Highly recommend checking this one out!
Dutch Oven Lasagna: this lasagna was EXCELLENT! It fed so many people! My parents, grandparents, sibling, and cousin came over, it fed all of us with some leftover. It’s extremely decadent with the fresh slices of mozzarella! A must try if you own this book!
Black Forest Cake: this is probably the best chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted, however I’m not a fan of using whipped cream as an icing. I like something a little more substantial for my icing. Next time I make this recipe I might do a cream cheese icing instead.
Tres Leche: last but certainly not least, tres leche. This cake was super yummy. I wanted to do this cake because Nathan goes to a Spanish bakery in our town for their tres leche, it’s one of his favorites. He loved this cake and so did our family.
What I Look Forward to Trying Next: Silo Cookies. With how much I enjoyed the chocolate chip cookies from the first book, I’d really love to try these next!
Thanks for reading my review! If you are interested in buying this book you can get it here! If you already own this book let me know how you’ve done with it!