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

Smoked Oyster Shrimp (or Shrimp Dinner…with Cream)

This post is a continuation from a recent post “Here’s something to blog about, Aunt Deb…”

To recap, I received some delicious looking pictures from one of the favorite nephews with instructions that I should blog about a creative recipe that his dad (the BiL) had created.  But, I did not receive a recipe.  After . . . → Read More: Smoked Oyster Shrimp (or Shrimp Dinner…with Cream)

TLC Book Tour: Apfelkuchen and Forty Autumns by Nina Willner

I am including a recipe for Apfelkuchen along with my review of Nina Willner’s tale of a family separation for forty years by the Berlin Wall. . . . → Read More: TLC Book Tour: Apfelkuchen and Forty Autumns by Nina Willner

Moroccan Sand Cookies

These delicious cookies were inspired by Secondhand Lions, this month’s Food ‘n Flix feature film. . . . → Read More: Moroccan Sand Cookies

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

Spicy White Bean Dip with Chili Oil and Beer-Pickled Jalapenos

I love this stuff.

And, I’ve been promising you this recipe since I posted beer-pickled jalapenos.

Almost three weeks later I finally present Spicy White Bean Dip with Chili Oil and Beer-Pickled Jalapenos.

That’s a mouthful.

I was inspired to make this recipe after noshing on an appetizer at Oak & Ore (OKC).

Spicy . . . → Read More: Spicy White Bean Dip with Chili Oil and Beer-Pickled Jalapenos

Veggie Salad with Berbere

There’s an Ethiopian restaruant in Denver that we go to every summer when we’re there visiting the nieces.   It’s kind of in a sketchy part of town.  It’s in a seen-better-days strip mall.  The sign out front has faded to oblivion.  It takes almost an hour to get your food (definitely made from scratch). . . . → Read More: Veggie Salad with Berbere

Jalapeno Banana Bread

Think jalapenos and bananas can’t play nice together…think again. . . . → Read More: Jalapeno Banana Bread

Beer-Pickled Jalapeños

Got jalapenos? Then you have got to make some Beer-Pickles as soon as you are able! . . . → Read More: Beer-Pickled Jalapeños

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

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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