Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Every great meal starts with kindness and salt

Wishing us all an amazing 2019! We enjoyed a quiet New Year's eve with my sister and her family, and a seafood spread!! My sister is an amazing cook, and so very generous. When you receive an invite, even at the last minute, you never refuse. lol

I just love the title of this cookbook that I received to review, and am pleased that I can provide two giveaway copies for my U.S. and Canada readers. All you have to do is leave me a comment letting me know that you would love to win the cookbook, and I will pick the winner on January 13th. Secondly, the cookbook was written by the owners of two of Brooklyn's most beloved restaurants who believe that every great meal starts with two essential elements:  kindness and salt. "Kindness is the spirit of warmth and hospitality that underlies every meal at their restaurants." 
 Decided to make pancakes on an overcast Sunday morning and my photo did not come out that great so I shared their photo =) I like their suggestion of putting all the dry ingredients in a bag overnight, so all you have to do is add the liquid when you are ready to make them. Makes it very easy if you have overnight guests.  Next I will be trying the Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Cheddar Waffles that the New York Times pronounced "the best in NYC."

 KINDNESS & SALT—a home cook’s handbook with all the buzz of Brooklyn and the delicious, welcoming comfort food you expect from your favorite neighborhood bistro—from the owners of two Brooklyn beloved restaurants, French Louie and Buttermilk Channel. In KINDNESS & SALT, Crowell and Angelo expertly guide cooks, through the preparation of simple, satisfying bistro meals at home, using techniques refined in their restaurants over ten busy years.

Crowell and Angulo share more than 100 recipes for the dishes and drinks that draw passionate fans from around the corner and around the globe. Here you'll find the Pecan Pie French Toast and Bloody Marys that Brooklyn lines up for, the perfect Steak Frites, and the Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Cheddar Waffles that the New York Times pronounced "the best in NYC." Plus, they've included a guide to putting together a home bar and inventing your own signature cocktails, and tips for choosing, serving, and pairing cheese, wines, beers, and ciders. 

Ryan Angulo was born and raised in Rhode Island, where he attended the Culinary Arts Program at Johnson & Wales University. Ryan has traveled throughout the US, working at restaurants in Rhode Island, California, Atlanta, New Orleans, Hawaii, and New York. In 2008, he opened Buttermilk Channel with Doug Crowell, and serves as its executive chef. In 2014 he opened French Louis as chef and co-owner. His take on American cuisine has been featured in the New York Times, Bon Appetit, Time Out New YorkFood & Wine, and on the Food Network.

Doug Crowell is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He worked in the kitchens at a number of restaurants in Boston and New York, including Picholine and La Grenouille, before moving to the front-of-house to run several of Manhattan's largest and most popular dining rooms. In 2008 he opened Buttermilk Channel and followed by French Louie in 2014.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy this cookbook as much as I do. Wishing you a wonderful New Year. 
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. How fun to have cookbooks to give away, the buttermilk fried chicken with cheese waffles has me drooling!

  2. How wonderful to spend Christmas Eve at your sister's place. I love the title of the cookbook, Debbie. How generous of you to share with this giveaway. Count me in, and thank you for the opportunity. Happy New Year to you and Joe! xo

  3. Happy New Year, Debbie! Sounds like a delicious NYE you had. We had a ravioli disaster at our NYE dinner but things still worked out, thankfully. The cookbook sounds wonderful and I'll throw my hat in the ring :)

  4. Happy new year! I like that kindness is the first essential ingredient to a meal. Please include me in the giveaway.

  5. Happy New Year Debbie! Wishing you all the best in 2019:@)

  6. Bonne Année..an invite like that is so nice..family:) Love the title of the book..you probably guessed that:)

  7. That stack of pancakes looks delish!! Enjoy "cooking your way thru this book"

  8. Lovely post. I would love to win the cookbook. The best to you in 2019.

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    1. Good morning. It's cold here today in North Texas so what better time than to catch up on one of my favorite blogs. Yes, I would love to win this cookbook. Why I would love to win......well in my family I am the Sister you talk about. We seldom eat out because my family thinks my dinners are far better than what you get when they eat out. My son says my chili rellenos are to die for (must be the beer batter) and my 17 year old grandson loves my sweet and sour chicken and my chow mein. My favorite dish though is my spicy ham and potato chowder. I am always looking for new recipes to perfect. If I should win, this cookbook would get a ton of use and not just look pretty on a shelf, so if you're ever in North Texas come on by for a great meal and lots of crazy laughter at the dinner table.

  10. What better way to start a dreary morning than with hot pancakes? I have a tried and true recipe for pancakes that I make often. With just two of us, we rarely eat all the pancakes, so I wrap the leftovers in wax paper sheets and freeze them. They are easy to reheat and enjoy as a snack or another breakfast. I do the same with French toast. I like the idea of mixing the dry ingredients up ahead of time. I make biscuits using Bisquick mix. When I open a new box of mix, I measure out as many recipes as are in the box and put each in a small ziplock bag. Then when I want to make biscuits, I simply pull out a ziplock, add the milk, and stir. It's quick and easy.
    Glad you and Joe enjoyed your sister's seafood meal. That sounds good to me. Happy New Year!

  11. That's a great tip about how to make pancakes (mixing the dry ingredients together ahead of time). Please let me know how the Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Cheddar Waffles turns out. That sounds like the perfect menu for a weekend brunch!

    Happy New Year!

  12. Hello from Michigan! I would love to win this cookbook!

  13. The title of this cookbook sounds intriguing Debbie, just the type of cooking we love to do. Hubby has been looking for a really great Bloody Mary recipe.


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