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

Unprejudiced Palate Italian Soup

Although spring has sprung, it is still a good time for soup, especially with our up and down temperatures. I created a warming soup for a cold spring day and to celebrate this round of Cook the Books. . . . → Read More: Unprejudiced Palate Italian Soup

A Good & Spicy Bloody Mary for A Place at the Table

An 80s vintage recipe for a Bloody Mary as inspired by this month’s Cook the Books round for “A Place at the Table” . . . → Read More: A Good & Spicy Bloody Mary for A Place at the Table

Ethiopian Cuisine for Cook the Books

Inspired by this Cook the Book Round, I delved into Ethiopian cuisine and made a feast of Shiro Wat (a chickpea paste), Sambussa (a lentil fritter) and Injera (Ethiopian flatbread). . . . → Read More: Ethiopian Cuisine for Cook the Books

Honey Cookies

I baked up some honey cookies to celebrate this month’s Cook the Books round. For our latest read we perused through “The Wedding Bees” by Sarah-Kate Lynch. . . . → Read More: Honey Cookies

Marinated Grilled Leg of Lamb for Cook the Books

This recipe marks my first foray into cooking lamb. Join me as I highlight this round for Cook the Books, The Feast Nearby by Robin Mather. . . . → Read More: Marinated Grilled Leg of Lamb for Cook the Books

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara is one of my all time favorites and this recipe comes from my favorite food writer of all times, Ruth Reichl. Join me for this month’s Cook the Books feature, Reichl’s Comfort Me with Apples. . . . → Read More: Spaghetti Carbonara

The Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie EVAH!

Check out this easy recipe for a chocolate chip cookie for this round of Cook the Books. . . . → Read More: The Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie EVAH!

Onion Pie (not quiche)

This onion pie is me contribution to this month’s Cook the Books round. We all read “That Old Ace in the Hole” by Annie Proulx. . . . → Read More: Onion Pie (not quiche)

Braised Mushrooms with Tagliatelle

Come along with me as we spend a thousand days in Venice…. . . . → Read More: Braised Mushrooms with Tagliatelle

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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