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 Feast to Celebrate Frida for Food ‘n Flix

Enchiladas Tapatias, green rice, seasoned black beans, guacamole, and Jamaica Flower Water. . . . → Read More: A Mexican Feast to Celebrate Frida for Food ‘n Flix

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

Chicago Style Pizza in a Skillet

Only I could read an Irish novel and come away with an inspiration to do Chicago-Style Pizza. Join me for this round of Cook the Books. . . . → Read More: Chicago Style Pizza in a Skillet

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

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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