Kale-Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Raisins and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

The Food Explorer: The True adventures of the Globe Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats is this round’s selection for Cook the Books Club. Here’s my salad inspired by food we may never have been able to experience without David Fairchild, the “food explorer” of the title. . . . → Read More: Kale-Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Raisins and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Blood, Bones and Butter and Three Inspired-by Recipes

To be sure, there’s lots of food floating around in Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones & Butter, but I was inspired to make three recipes: Herbed Olives, Hummus and a Spicy-Sweet Whole Grain Mustard. . . . → Read More: Blood, Bones and Butter and Three Inspired-by Recipes

Earl Grey Gin and Tonic with Blackberries and a TLC Book Tour

Here’s another TLC Book Tour.  For this stop, I read The Great Unexpected by Dan Mooney.  I received a copy for an honest review.   Let’s get to it!

About the book:  

A curmudgeon and his eccentric new roommate join together to plan an epic escape in this charming, poignant tale.

Joel lives in . . . → Read More: Earl Grey Gin and Tonic with Blackberries and a TLC Book Tour

Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic and Basil for a TLC Book Tour

For this stop on the TLC Book Tour, I read Valencia and Valentine, a quirky tale of alternating realities. I paired the book with a quick and easy summer dish, grilled asparagus with balsamic and basil. . . . → Read More: Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic and Basil for a TLC Book Tour

Triple Threat Oatmeal Cookies

A new cookbook and a a great new oatmeal cookie recipe (with less sugar)! . . . → Read More: Triple Threat Oatmeal Cookies

Cold Udon Salad with Bok Choy and Cucumbers

Join me for another TLC Book Tour, highlighting The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns. I loved this book! . . . → Read More: Cold Udon Salad with Bok Choy and Cucumbers

A New Old-Fashioned, an appetizer and Buttermilk Graffiti

I’m highlighting Chef Edward Lee today. Buttermilk Graffiti is the featured book for Cook the Books. Here’s a berry delightful and thymely cocktail along with a mushroom “hummus.” . . . → Read More: A New Old-Fashioned, an appetizer and Buttermilk Graffiti

A Quick Salad for By Invitation Only, a TLC Book Tour

Welcome to another stop on the TLC Book Tour. I received a free copy of Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank for an honest review. As always, I paired a recipe inspired from the book’s pages with this review. . . . → Read More: A Quick Salad for By Invitation Only, a TLC Book Tour

Spiced Peach Cobbler with Sourdough Topping for TLC Book Tour and Glory Road

A novel about strong Southern women, family dynamics, realistic romance, peach cobbler…. What more could one want? . . . → Read More: Spiced Peach Cobbler with Sourdough Topping for TLC Book Tour and Glory Road

Lemon Ice for The Garden Lady

The TLC Tour stops on The Garden Lady by Susan Dworkin. I think Maxine, the heroine, would love this Lemon Ice recipe. . . . → Read More: Lemon Ice for The Garden Lady