I’m so excited to report back to you on Juli Bauer’s latest cookbook! I’ve wanted to make a few of her recipes for a while now but haven’t had time. There’s still a plethora of recipes for me to make, and many qualify for Whole30 (since I start again October 1st) or can be made to work.
I’m going to have to wait to try her flourless cake though. I wanted to make it last weekend, but it just never happened. I’ll make it for my “victory cake” after finishing Whole30.
So onto the dish!
First meal made, Popper Chili.
This is a meaty chili with a unique addition of sweet potatoes. I was really unsure at first thinking, why would you have potatoes in a chili? I was put in my place after the first bite.
The sweet potatoes were a pleasant addition of flavor as well as texture. The chewy meatiness was broken up with the soft potato and it was really an agreeable experience.
I used jalapenos, but would prefer to use serrano for additional heat next time. You know how I love serranos. I also avoided the bell peppers of doom.
Juli’s comments within the book crack me up—especially for this recipe. She hates sports, but if she has to go to sporting event, she goes for the food. Well, that’s pretty much my story too Juli. Love food, love potlucks, love sharing, hate sports. Sports were just never in my cards.
For dessert, I made her apple crisp—but I changed it to a pear crisp. I prefer pear over apples and had a few in the refrigerator so I used those. Honestly, I could have eaten the pears raw with the sweet mix on them. It was so good.
Dishes like this make me question why I even sneak in desserts full of processed sugar when these are available to me. Super good.
I’m looking forward to making more from this book. Next up: Buffalo Casserole, Truffle Burgers, and Sticky Wings. Excited!
Have you tried any recipes from Juli’s book yet? What did you think?