Raw Butternut Squash Salad with Ginger & Raisins

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! DELICIOUS! . . . → Read More: Raw Butternut Squash Salad with Ginger & Raisins

Jalapeno-Berry Jelly

Getting lots of peppers from the garden? Here’s a delicious way to use up the surplus. . . . → Read More: Jalapeno-Berry Jelly

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

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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