“In My Kitchen” November 2019

Well, friends, it’s been a while since I participated in In My Kitchen (hosted by Sherry at Sherry’s Pickings).  I’ve had a few things new to the kitchen, I just didn’t post.  (Been in kind of a funk lately….)

I’m back with a few new cookbooks, a great recipe and some news about a new kitchen.

First up the cookbooks.

I’m a sucker for used cookbooks, especially those Junior League books.  I found a great one at a local used bookstore.  One of the reasons it was such a find is that it was jam packed with recipe clippings.  There were lots of hand written notes and “Melba’s Swap Shop” columns.  (I remember my grandmother collecting these.)

Talk About Good by the Junior League of Lafayette

There’s lot of seafood recipes and good Cajun recipes.

The Art of Escapism by Mandy Lee

This is a painful (yet hilarious) account of Mandy Lee’s survival tactics while living in China.  You can read my full review here.

Jubilee by Toni Tipton-Martin

This book was just published.  I received an advance copy via Culinary Adventures with Camilla.   It’s a great book and I got a keeper of a recipe for peanut soup.  Stay tuned for this posting because it is a great recipe (among many in this book).

Both of these newer books would make great holiday gifts!  Just sayin….


Now on to the new kitchen!

No, we are not remodeling.   We bought a boat.

Yes, the boat has a kitchen.

The boat is a work in progress and there’s a lot of original items still on the boat.   (The boat is older than we are.)   The appliances are all original copper tone colored jewels.  The oven and stove work.  The refrigerator, not so much.   At one point (probably in the 80s) a microwave was added.

In the main cabin, there are two original chairs and a side table (on the left).  The lazy boys on the right are NOT original and have been removed since this picture was taken.


I hope to post updates of our work as we get her ready for spring outings.


IMK is hosted by Sherry’s Pickings.

9 comments to “In My Kitchen” November 2019

  • wow a boat!!! How cool is that! I can’t wait to read future adventure with the boat!

  • I’m still a bit in my blogging funk too. Although I have posted a bit lately. Loving your cookbooks and a BOAT?! Wow! That’s a great recreational purchase and I look forward to your waterbourne recipes!

    Hey, I was thinking about a cookbook and part memoir I had called SEAsoned which had great recipes. It was about a woman who cooked for excursions and we got the best lamb kebab recipe from that book.

  • Mae

    I’m more familiar with the classic “River Roads” Louisiana cookbook — yours sounds like another great find. I read Toni Tipton-Martin’s earlier book and thought it was really interesting, I’ll be interested in your experiments with her recipes.

    The boat looks like a lot of fun. I’m sure you’ll find creative ways to use a boat kitchen.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  • hi debra
    how wonderful to have bought a boat! it looks terrific with all those copper-coloured appliances. that mandy Lee book sounds just my thing; i really enjoy cookbooks + memoir together. I will check out her blog now. thanks for joining us this month at IMK. cheers sherry

  • Those cookbooks look good, but wow, a boat! So neat — you’ll have fun. 🙂

  • Wow, a boat! So exciting. Safe sailing 🙂 And enjoy the cookbooks 🙂

  • Liz

    Congratulations on the purchase of your boat! It sounds like the start of an adventure. Where are you planning to cruise or will you use it as a floating condo? My husband and I lived on a 52 foot trawler docked in San Francisco when we were first married, it was a lot of fun and I loved being so close to the bay.

    I also purchased the book about Escapism Cooking and found it very entertaining (although a little intimidating to actually cook from). Let me know if you try any of the recipes.

  • Now that’s a great looking kitchen! 🙂 Congratulations! Beautiful boat and such an exciting addition to the family. The Feeling Good Cookbook was a standard in the Louisiana kitchen. I got one for a wedding present then my MIL, gave me her copy. It’s a great cookbook.