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

Guacamole Chicken Salad with Pomemgranate

Welcome to the TLC Book Tour for Hurricane Season  by Laren K. Denton.

Publisher’s Blurb

From the author of the USA TODAY bestseller The Hideaway comes a new story about families and mending the past.

Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have long since buried their desire for children of their own. While Ty . . . → Read More: Guacamole Chicken Salad with Pomemgranate

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

Butternut and Zucchini Sesame Noodles

Here’s a quick and easy and healthy dish…serve as a stir-fry or as a cold salad. Both variations are delicious. . . . → Read More: Butternut and Zucchini Sesame Noodles

Beet and Leek Farro Salad with Spiced Vinaigrette

I ended up doing two posts inspired from Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King. Her work is the current selection for Cook the Books. Here’s my rendition on an ancient Roman recipe. . . . → Read More: Beet and Leek Farro Salad with Spiced Vinaigrette

A Movable Thanksgiving Feast for Food ‘n Flix

This month’s FnF film is Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Come along for the ride and to sample Garlic Confit Rubbed Roasted Turkey Breast, Cranberry-Apple Relish with Honey, Cheddar and Pepper Muffins, Rosemary Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Shallots, Ginger Green Beans, Massaged Kale Salad w/Pomegranate and Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars. . . . → Read More: A Movable Thanksgiving Feast for Food ‘n Flix

Napa Cabbage Salad with Green Chili Vinaigrette and Pinion

…or my New Mexico state of mind salad. . . . → Read More: Napa Cabbage Salad with Green Chili Vinaigrette and Pinion

Taste of Home Surprises

A review of the latest Taste of Home holiday cookbooks along with some of my featured recipes: Pina Colada Cake and Herb-Vinaigrette Potato Salad. . . . → Read More: Taste of Home Surprises

Cucumber and Mango Salad with Lime Dressing

A book review of The New American Heart Association Cookbook with a great salad recipe. . . . → Read More: Cucumber and Mango Salad with Lime Dressing

Veggie Salad with Berbere

There’s an Ethiopian restaruant in Denver that we go to every summer when we’re there visiting the nieces.   It’s kind of in a sketchy part of town.  It’s in a seen-better-days strip mall.  The sign out front has faded to oblivion.  It takes almost an hour to get your food (definitely made from scratch). . . . → Read More: Veggie Salad with Berbere

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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