During these days of quarantine, we’ve all been spending more time at home. One of the benefits of this forced break from society is more time spent together around the kitchen table. Our family has taken the “all hands” approach to cooking, and the laughter coming from our kitchen has never been more plentiful. Considering this, I chose to pick up this cookbook by Joanna Gaines to help guide our family along in the kitchen.
“Magnolia Table” opens with an introduction and a section on the art of gathering. To be honest, I found that quite forgettable and meaningless, so I skipped it. I did give it a try before deciding to plow forward, but it just did not seem as warm and inviting to me. Rather, both sections felt forced and scripted.
With that being said, I am still extremely excited to dive into this book. I have already dog-eared some pages for future use. These pages include some incredible looking recipes like: Homemade Pizza Dough, the Classic French Onion Dip and a Grilled Bruschetta Chicken. However, first up on my list of things to cook is the Homemade Gnocchi! I have always loved this dish, so I can’t wait to try this version! Gnocchi is a potato dumpling style pasta, so rolling out the dough and shaping the dumplings with the kids will be fun. I suppose, in order to give a full and honest review, I will need to taste test a large selection of the desserts as well. Oh well, I must do what I must do.
May your kitchen be as noisy and filled with love as ours!
Happy Reading and Cooking!