Tuesday, August 29, 2023

At the Table - Rainy Day Bites May to August

Taking a brief quilt-related interlude to record another quarter of cooking with Rainy Day Bites Cookbook Club hosted by Deborah Balint @rainydaybitesIn case you missed my earlier post, the cookbook club is arranged so there is a new, featured cookbook each month. Then there is a baking book for every two months. I've been focusing on participating in the challenges from those books, but not necessarily from the third category, a year-long dessert book. Besides trying some tasty new recipes, I especially have enjoyed trying cuisines I may not have otherwise. So thanks for humoring me as I keep track of what I've cooked and baked with Rainy Day Bites. Note that I linked to each IG post, as available, in case you wanted to read what I wrote about each recipe.

Featured book: 
Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets by Pati Jinich @patijinich

Sonoran carne asada tacos + basic simmered beans/fiesta refried beans + fire-roasted Sonoran chunky salsa + guacamole with chile verde

Oaxacan green mole with pork and white beans 

classic creamy flan 

crunchy carne asada tostadas + border pintos + smoky guacamole


Featured book: Half Baked Harvest Everyday: Recipes for Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals by Tieghan Gerard @halfbakedharvest

prosciutto breakfast cups with chive pesto

rosemary chicken avocado salad with bacon shallot vinaigrette

savory garlic peanut noodles with sweet potatoes 

zucchini sauce pasta

garlicky greens pizza

crispy sour cream and onion potatoes

olive oil-braised beans

May & June baking book: Sweet Enough by Alison Roman @alisoneroman

deep-dish apple galette 

raspberry ricotta cake

sticky cinnamon rolls


old-fashioned strawberry cake

creamy cauliflower galette

salted lemon cream pie


Featured book: Pomegranates & Artichokes: A Food Journey from Iran to Italy by Saghar Setareh @labnoon

tahchin with  saffron chicken from Iran

bucatini “marinated” in tomatoes from Italy 

spritz, the classic

filo triangles stuffed with feta

a simple salad of grilled zucchini, garlic, mint & (a lot of) olive oil

zucchini patties with feta & dill

July & August baking book: 100 Morning Treats by Sarah Kieffer @sarah_kieffer

maple bourbon caramel rolls 

blood orange poppyseed pull-apart

streusel Danish 

cinnamon twists

Unfortunately, it just didn't work out for me to cook from the August featured book, Rambutan: Recipes from Sri Lanka by Cynthia Shanmugalingam @cynthia.uma nor did I participate in the challenges from the end of month baking book What’s for Dessert by Claire Saffitz @csaffitz. But I still tried over 30(!) new-to-me recipes in the last four months. Deborah just posted the next quarter's cookbook selections and it looks to be plenty more good eating!


  1. Really now, you must be running a restaurant!
    Thank you for including the cookbooks, what fun!

  2. Such a fun review of what's been cooking in your kitchen! Now I'm hungry!

  3. Awesome! The avocado and chicken looked yummy--as well as that strawberry pie and well...everything else! What a great book club. Love the challenge idea--and a peek at your quilts in the photos! You are doubly gifted! I can just see Joe's smiling face cooking beside you...and you both--and your whole family--enjoying your endeavors! Blessings & love!