Fried Apples ‘n Onions (inspired by Farmer Boy)

This recipe was inspired from Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the current Cook the Books selection. . . . → Read More: Fried Apples ‘n Onions (inspired by Farmer Boy)

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

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

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

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)

Sesame Noodles with Broccoli

Today’s recipe is based on one from Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home by Jessica Fechtor, the current Cook the Books selection. . . . → Read More: Sesame Noodles with Broccoli

Pasta Arrabbiata for Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots (Cook the Books)

Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots is a beautifully written book full of food. Here is my inspired-by dish for Cook the Books. . . . → Read More: Pasta Arrabbiata for Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots (Cook the Books)

A Mexican Breakfast to celebrate The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo for Cook the Books

Join me in the first of two Frida events. Up today is my recipe for Huevos Rancheros with Chorizo to celebrate The Scecret Book of Frida Kahlo. . . . → Read More: A Mexican Breakfast to celebrate The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo for Cook the Books

Cook the Books Announcement: The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo

I am happy to announce this Frida event! . . . → Read More: Cook the Books Announcement: The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo

Grilled Cheese with Bread and Butter Pickles

It’s time for Cook the Books. Kathleen Flinn is the featured author and I enjoyed her memoir of food, recipes and love from her adventurous and sometimes eccentric family. I probably chose the strangest recipe to feature this month….Grilled Cheese and Bread & Butter Pickles . . . → Read More: Grilled Cheese with Bread and Butter Pickles

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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