Fourth of July Baked Beans (after the fact)

I did not get this shared in time for the Fourth, but it is definitely a worthy recipe to share NOW for other picnic and grilling summer events. . . . → Read More: Fourth of July Baked Beans (after the fact)

Bags o’ Onions

Here’s a great way to caramelize onions with little mess and little work. And, here’s an even better pickled onion recipe—so good, easy and delicious! . . . → Read More: Bags o’ Onions

Potato Salad with Kombu

Here’s an interesting twist on potato salad, a staple for upcoming holiday picnics and BBQs. I am using it today to accompany a review of The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses) by Terri-Lynne DeFino for TLC Book Tour. . . . → Read More: Potato Salad with Kombu

#TheLostFamilySupperClub and Hamburger Walter

Hamburger Walter with Veggies….If it makes no sense, read the book. . . . → Read More: #TheLostFamilySupperClub and Hamburger Walter

Sichuan Cucumber and Noodle Salad for April/May Cook the Books

Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuschia Dunlop inspired this salad. “I’d really be just as happy with a bowl of noodles.” . . . → Read More: Sichuan Cucumber and Noodle Salad for April/May Cook the Books

Berryful Sangria

Need a pitcher of summer goodness? Here you go… . . . → Read More: Berryful Sangria

Old Fashion (Cocktail hour with Good Neighbors)

Good Neighbors is a dark tale which questions whether or not we really want to know our neighbors. Here’s a cocktail to make the drama go down a bit easier. . . . → Read More: Old Fashion (Cocktail hour with Good Neighbors)

Spicy Carrot and Chickpea Salad

We were recently invited to a quail roast at a friend’s house.

Since we were “bagging” our first batch of pinot grigio that morning, The Hubs went all out and lasered a peronalized box o’ wine, just for our hosts and the occasion.

It turned out fantastic (both the lasering and the wine).

Their gatherings, whether . . . → Read More: Spicy Carrot and Chickpea Salad

Meyer Lemon-Avocado Pie with Macadamia-Pine Nut Crust

You may have heard of avocado-key lime pie. Here’s my take using Meyer lemons. . . . → Read More: Meyer Lemon-Avocado Pie with Macadamia-Pine Nut Crust

Mommy & Daddy’s Special Helper

A cocktail to celebrate Christine Lahti’s new book, True Stories from an Unreliable Witness. . . . → Read More: Mommy & Daddy’s Special Helper

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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