Cherry-Almond-Crunch Chicken and Pasta Salad for #HotSummerEats

Stay with me here. Pasta, basil, feta, almonds AND cherries make for a delicious salad. Yes, I said fresh cherries. . . . → Read More: Cherry-Almond-Crunch Chicken and Pasta Salad for #HotSummerEats

Goat Cheese Soufflé with Garden Salad for C.L.U.E.

Christy, aka the Culinary Diva, was my assigned C.L.U.E project for this month.   April’s theme was to be all about spring vegetables and Christy’s blog was full of possibilities.   (Christy is a banker by day but is also a “food enthusiast, wine aficionado, Food & Cooking Channel fanatic, and cookbook bibliomaniac,  who suffers from . . . → Read More: Goat Cheese Soufflé with Garden Salad for C.L.U.E.

Pizza Challenge: Traditional vs. Gourmet

The Hubs and I had a pizza challenge while watching this month’s Food ‘n Flix selection: The Terminal. I know you can’t wait to see who won. . . . → Read More: Pizza Challenge: Traditional vs. Gourmet

Black Bean-Goat Cheese Enchiladas with Christmas Sauce

Like you, I read lots and lots of Cinco de Mayo recipes this month.   I even posted one myself.   There were lots of delicious Mexican-inspired recipes and I was most taken with Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake fame and her Smoky Black Bean Dip.

I have a really bad habit of making appetizers . . . → Read More: Black Bean-Goat Cheese Enchiladas with Christmas Sauce

Marinated Cheese in a Jar

I saw this technique in the March 2013 issue of Sunset and loved the idea.  This recipe is attributed to David Tanis (a Chez Panisse alum) from his cookbook One Good Dish:   The Pleasures of a Simple Meal.

I perused through this book on Amazon and a few recipes caught my eye (and . . . → Read More: Marinated Cheese in a Jar

Pasta BBT

BBT stands for Bacon, Basil and Tomato! Keep reading for a fun fall stopover too. . . . → Read More: Pasta BBT

Carne Asada Pizza with Chevre and Cilantro Sauce

I developed this restaurant inspired meal from a now defunct restaurant that has found new life as a food trailer. (And, another reminder to remember the Moore tornado victims.) . . . → Read More: Carne Asada Pizza with Chevre and Cilantro Sauce

February Secret Recipe Club: More beets

For Secret Recipe Club this month, I found another beet recipe: Roasted Beet Salad with Pear and Goat Cheese . . . → Read More: February Secret Recipe Club: More beets

Life without Goat Cheese? Here’s the latest CTB post: The U.S. of Arugula

Our read this time around was David Kamp’s The United States of Arugula. This was a great comprehensive history of food trends and food trend makers in America. . . . → Read More: Life without Goat Cheese? Here’s the latest CTB post: The U.S. of Arugula

Another great new appetizer: Not your ordinary cheese dip

Who knew there was a World Cheese Dip Championship? Here is a great recipe for Avocado Goat Cheese Dip that would get my vote! . . . → Read More: Another great new appetizer: Not your ordinary cheese dip

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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