Taste of Home Surprises

A review of the latest Taste of Home holiday cookbooks along with some of my featured recipes: Pina Colada Cake and Herb-Vinaigrette Potato Salad. . . . → Read More: Taste of Home Surprises

Recipes from our past….

A review of a retro cookbook and a truly inspired cocktail recipe from a bygone era. . . . → Read More: Recipes from our past….

Cucumber and Mango Salad with Lime Dressing

A book review of The New American Heart Association Cookbook with a great salad recipe. . . . → Read More: Cucumber and Mango Salad with Lime Dressing

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

Lentil Salad with Sautéed Vegetables and Feta

This salad recipe appears in Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food and I love all the variations that she includes with the recipe. I’ve added carrots, celery, onions and feta to her base recipe for this dish. . . . → Read More: Lentil Salad with Sautéed Vegetables and Feta

Grilled Portobello and Red Quinoa Vegetable Salad

There’s been a couple of oh-so-tiny desserts recently and one soup but we’re still on our 2017 Challenge of Rice Bowls and Salads. Here’s the latest recipe to hit our table as we strive for health and weight loss. . . . → Read More: Grilled Portobello and Red Quinoa Vegetable Salad

Freekeh Pilaf

This dish is “freekeh” amazing! Recipe is from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty. . . . → Read More: Freekeh Pilaf

Wild Rice Salad with Dried Fruit and Arugula

Here is a recipe from a truly beautiful book, Eat Beautiful, by Wendy Rowe. . . . → Read More: Wild Rice Salad with Dried Fruit and Arugula

Apple Cranberry Chutney

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

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

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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