A Moscow Mule and Pickled Beets

I know this is a weird pairing, a Moscow Mule and pickled beets, but that’s how my mind works when I’m tasked to get inspired from Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya Von Bremzen for this round of Cook the Books. There’s RED pepper infused vodka and RED wine pickled beets ahead… . . . → Read More: A Moscow Mule and Pickled Beets

Watermelon Fruit Salad with Mango, Blackberries and Basil

Here’s a salad perfect for the Fourth. It’s my contribution to this month’s Food ‘n Flix round featuring Dirty Dancing. . . . → Read More: Watermelon Fruit Salad with Mango, Blackberries and Basil

Review of My Kitchen Year with Painless Pasta

I know this book has been out for a while, but I sat down last weekend and read it cover to cover. It’s another Reichl classic. . . . → Read More: Review of My Kitchen Year with Painless Pasta

Volver Mojito

Here is this month’s Food ‘n Flix post for Volver. You will want “to return” to this cocktail again and again. . . . → Read More: Volver Mojito

Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Arugula and Chèvre

Today’s recipe is featured in Life from Scratch by Sasha Martin, the Cook the Books current selection. . . . → Read More: Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Arugula and Chèvre

Princess Buttercup’s Butter Cups for Food ‘n Flix

This month’s Food ‘n Flix feature film is the classic The Princess Bride. Here’s my inspired-by recipe. . . . → Read More: Princess Buttercup’s Butter Cups for Food ‘n Flix

Life from Scratch, the Cook the Books Club Selection for April/May

I hope you join CTB this round and read Martin’s quest to cook from all the world’s cuisine. . . . → Read More: Life from Scratch, the Cook the Books Club Selection for April/May

Two-Potato Soup with Sriracha Swirl

Today’s recipe combines both Yukon gold and sweet potatoes for a beautifully hued soup. This soup is also my inspired-by dish for this month’s Food ‘n Flix feature: The Martian. . . . → Read More: Two-Potato Soup with Sriracha Swirl

TLC Book Tour: All the News I Need and Nectarine Salad with Oil and Vinegar

This TLC Book Tour finds me perusing through a copy of All the News I Need by Joan Frank (and making this delicious salad). . . . → Read More: TLC Book Tour: All the News I Need and Nectarine Salad with Oil and Vinegar

Dinner With Edward and a Cocktail (of course)

Join me for this round of Cook the Books and this month’s selection Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent. Of course, I have included a cocktail recipe. What’s a dinner party without a cocktail? . . . → Read More: Dinner With Edward and a Cocktail (of course)

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
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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