Recipe Reviews From Krista

When I first began to think about recipe reviews, I was a little overwhelmed by all the wonderful reviews I had read on the internet. How could I possibly compete with them? Then I decided that since my firm belief is that we are all individuals, my recipe reviews will hold up to scrutiny. So, please leave a reply or comment and let me know what you think. The best recipes were made by tweaking the recipe. When recipes are made with love, (the secret ingredient) the food tastes the best. I want to encourage you to explore the new and vast resources out there. I would love to hear from you as to how these recipes turned out for you. Some of my more favorite recipes are seasonal. As fall comes around, it is all about apples. The apples create such a pleasant aroma in the kitchen and throughout the home. Now in my family we use lots of cinnamon spice making it very nice. The following recipe is one of my favorites. Apple Crisp.  This is a cookbook filled with wonderful apple recipes, and is an excellent resource in your kitchen,  Apple, Recipes From The Orchard, by James Rich. This cookbook is filled with many new recipes that you will enjoy. It is rated as a number one choice on amazon.  It includes all types of menu selections.You will be able to select that perfect recipe to add to your Fall Table. The hardcover Cookbook sells on amazon for $21.26 on Amazon.


In organizing your recipes there are a few basics to be aware of. There are several types of organizational products out on the market, that can become overwhelming for you.  I would like to introduce you to some special containers, cookbooks  that you can surely appreciate.   I have chosen a few favorites that you may love. You can have so much fun just seeing all the new products that are coming out every year. One that is very enjoyable is named, The Creative Year Recipe Large Planner, by Recollections. It sells for $39.99 and makes organizing your recipes easy. There is one thing I know you will love and that is all the different seasonal recipes that are easily accessed. It is approved 5 stars out of 5.  This cookbook will give you some awesome ideas and your recipe problems are easily solved. Buy from Amazon, and order yours here. Creative Year Recipe Large Planner.


As I was preparing this article I came across a wonderful helpful website with many excellent ideas, recipes and presented in an easy to read format. It is called, ““, by Lauren Allen. She really is helpful with her free meal plans, giving you easily accessed recipes.  She has recipes for busy people, including recipes for chicken and many other foods. You can go through her sight and find something to help with many areas of the food preparation process. She is very helpful and cares about people. This website is very uplifting in this sometimes negative world. Lauren is a mother and I can relate. The best recipes and experience are offered. I really hope you will try out some of her recipes. Her meal plans are convenient and the food does looks so good it is mouthwatering. Also, I can tell by the ingredients that she has a solid knowledge of spices and which ones to use for that special flavorful dish.  I am sure your guests will love to try a new recipe that you have prepared especially with them in mind.  If you have a few minutes, check out this websight and  you may find something delicious for dinner.


  • A cookbook by Laura Lea Goldberg and Springhouse Press is excellent. In writing these reviews I hope to offer you many good ideas that you can use. This book is a blessing. Laura Lea cares about a balanced meal, see my ideas on having a Healthy Balance  in your home.  It is my hope that this will inspire you to capture all the enjoyment that goes along with cooking. Laura Lea’s cookbook is named,  Balanced Cookbook – 120 Everyday Recipes for the Healthy Home Cook  and gives you many ideas for healthy, balanced, meals. The hardcover sells on Amazon for $29.99. The rating on this book is 5 stars. Laura Lee gives you 3 approaches to creating balanced food.
  • Use nutritious food. The fresher the better.
  • Have a kitchen that is equipped with healthy ingredients and tools
  • Encouragement to create a relaxed environment.
  • Laura Lee offers a list of frequently used spices. She mentions using “Tempeh” which is an Indonesian soy product. It is made from fermented soybeans. You can get a  Tempeh Starter Cultures Kit from Amazon. The Starter is $10.99. There are many kinds of Starter kits. There are also kits that do not contain any soy products.
  • There is a Cookbook by Lindsay Maitland Hunt entitled, Healthyish. This book is published by The Art of Books – N.Y. This cookbook is selling for $25.49 on Amazon. This is an excellent cookbook to have in your kitchen. She is so entertaining in her approach to healthy eating. She has an A to Z index, with really good ideas for cooking up some fun and nutritious food. She also offers some great ideas to making a smoothie. The book rates at 4.7 stars out of 5.0.  She makes it easy to  apply many of her ideas into your balanced life and home.

How To Make Soup From Scratch

All this talk about delicious food is making me feel hungry. When the fall, chilly weather comes around I like to make a starter for great tasting soups. The soups that have a white creamy sauce in them are made by making a white sauce. (Like potato soup). This sauce has – 2 tbls of flour, 2 tbls of butter and milk or cream (about 2 cups). Heat this on the stove but do not boil. (Doing so will make it scortch). Stir constantly so it is blended well, and looks a little glossy on top. Then the sauce is ready to add potatoes and vegetables and/or meat. Season to taste, this is sure to warm you up.

Another type of sauce is for the soups with a red base. Ministrone soup is a favorite in Minnesota, USA. This base is created by a making a tomato base. Use a can of crushed tomatos, a can of diced tomatoes and heat. Add vegetables of choice, and the meat(or sausages) and spices. I use oregano and basil. This is sure to become a family favorite. Also, the nutritional value is high. By adding different ingredients this soup base becomes a flexible way to make different soups. You can adapt this sauce to your liking, making this sauce flexible for your lifestyle.  Also you can increase the amount of soup by adding some tomato soup. Let me know how these sauces work out for you. Feel free to leave a comment below.  I enjoy reading them and learning about what works for you.


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10 thoughts on “Recipe Reviews From Krista”

  1. Hello Krista, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. Honestly, I enjoy cooking for me and my family and I would like to create my own website regarding the recipes. Your soup recipe sounds so delicious, I will definitely try it tomorrow, I can’t wait to see more of your posts, thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Danijel, thank you for your comments and love it when people respond.  I will want to read your insights about cooking on your own website. There is always something new to learn about cooking.  Be sure to write down your special recipes and save them to share with future generations. You are very welcome, Krista

  2. Wow, great post about recipe reviews. I really enjoyed this post. Not only that I have learned a lot about some review writing idea. I like most your soup recipe. It seems very easy and tasty recipe. I love cooking. Whenever I got the time and any chance I like to make a different delicious recipe for my children.Although I am not creative in making new recipes I try my best. Anyway thanks for your wonderful post.

    1. Dear Nazmun, I appreciate your comments and it so fun to meet someone with a cooking interest.  I wish you all much happiness as you care for your children.  Wishing you all the best, Krista

  3. Thank you so much for this post!

    I’m currently on a low-carb diet and finding recipes is difficult for me.  That said, when I do find ones that work, my organization of them leaves a lot to be desired.

    You’re absolutely right about tweaking recipes and adding “love”.  I’ve found that, even the recipes I do like, could be made better with a little effort.

    Sadly, I think the apple recipes is outside the scope of my diet but, I do love apples and will keep it in mind for when I’m done with the diet.

    Healthyish is also on my list.  I plan to eat healthy from this point forward so that’s a no-brainer for me.

    Now, you’re making me hungry.  There’s something special in soups made from scratch.  I don’t know if it’s the lack of preservatives, the freshness or a mix of both but you can definitely tell the difference.

    Thanks again,


    1. Hello Scott, So glad that you liked this post, and it encourages me to make more Recipe Reviews.  The recipes are adaptable to any dietary needs.  When a soup is simmering on the stove, it brings a feeling that all is right with the world.  Let me know how your soup turns out.  All the Best, Krista

  4. Hi Krista!, I have always emphasized what you mentioned at the very beginning of your post! When recipes are done with this secret ingredient, they taste the very best! Love is that ingredient.

    I have heard good reviews about The Creative Year Recipe Large Planner. Since you have also mentioned it, I’ll check it out.

    When it comes to cooking I’m a newbie. Which cookbook would you recommend for me? Healthyish by Lindsay Maitland Hunt or Balanced Cookbook – 120 Everyday Recipes for the Healthy Home Cook by Laura Lea. Thanks.

    1. Dear Henry, I am so glad you want to explore these cookbooks.  I would recommend the “Balanced Cookbook”, because the recipes are simple, tasty and can be fun to make.  They are both great, yet Laura Lea offers a variety of natural foods with little fuss.  I am so glad you enjoyed this post.  Best, Krista

  5. Thank you, Krista, for the great ideas. I like the Creative Recipe Large Planner. The recipe that hit home was the apple crisp; I have been trying to replicate my mother’s recipe from memory it no avail. When I check out the recipe you suggested I realized this is what I have been searching for, I can hardly wait to try it out. I like the look of Laura Lea Balanced cookbook. And thank you for the white sauce soup base recipe as well. I see you have a lot to offer on your website and will proceed to read your other articles. 

    1. Dear Rose, I am so glad you enjoyed the recipes and the website.  Your comments are very encouraging.   I am glad you found some things that were helpful.  There is nothing like really good apple crisp.  All the Best, Krista 

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