Autumn in Iowa


I recently made a quick trip and much too short visit to Iowa. Here are some of the artistic highlights. . . . → Read More: Autumn in Iowa

Beer Banana Bread


Weird, right? But, even if you aren’t a beer lover, this brewskie banana bread is moist and delicious! . . . → Read More: Beer Banana Bread

Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brandy-Caramel Drizzle


Another apple recipe today as I work down that peck of apples. Here is a great cookie with all the flavors of fall. . . . → Read More: Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brandy-Caramel Drizzle

Apple Cranberry Chutney


A cookbook review of Minnesota’s Bounty and a delicious winter chutney recipe. . . . → Read More: Apple Cranberry Chutney

Food ‘n Flix Round-Up: Frida


Frida inspired orange shortbread, Tequila Steaks, Stuffed Squash with Rose Petals, Oaxaca Style Pork, a fruit tart, enchiladas, green rice, black beans, Jamaica flower water, Mexican candied pumpkin, chicken and peppers, Chiles en Nogado, fruity slaw, shrimp tacos, and Bean, Radish and Cheese Salad. . . . → Read More: Food ‘n Flix Round-Up: Frida

Busy Day Cobbler


Here is an easy and adaptable cobbler to accompany a cookbook review of Victuals by Ronni Lundy. . . . → Read More: Busy Day Cobbler

A Mexican Feast to Celebrate Frida for Food ‘n Flix


Enchiladas Tapatias, green rice, seasoned black beans, guacamole, and Jamaica Flower Water. . . . → Read More: A Mexican Feast to Celebrate Frida for Food ‘n Flix

Breakfast Cookies


Need another zucchini recipe? Here you go! . . . → Read More: Breakfast Cookies

Italian Sausage-Zucchini Soup for #SoupSwapParty


I am sharing a recipe for “Italian Sausage-Zucchini Soup” as I join bloggers from across the country in’s Soup Swap, to celebrate the launch of Soup Swap: Comforting Recipes to Make and Share (Chronicle, 9/16) by Kathy Gunst, Resident Chef for NPR’s “Here and Now.” . . . → Read More: Italian Sausage-Zucchini Soup for #SoupSwapParty

A Mexican Breakfast to celebrate The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo for Cook the Books


Join me in the first of two Frida events. Up today is my recipe for Huevos Rancheros with Chorizo to celebrate The Scecret Book of Frida Kahlo. . . . → Read More: A Mexican Breakfast to celebrate The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo for Cook the Books

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

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