Grilled Herbed Olives

Throw some olives on your grill before you cook your main entree. Makes for a quick and easy and delicious appetizer. . . . → Read More: Grilled Herbed Olives

Herb-Smothered Roasted Pork Loin

Here is a delicious grilled pork roast packed full of spring herbs like parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. (Today’s post also contains a News Flash!) . . . → Read More: Herb-Smothered Roasted Pork Loin

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

Herb Garden

When we moved into our house over sixteen years ago, we set out willy-nilly to landscape.   We had no plan.  We had a vision.   But, we had no plan.

I wanted roses.

We planted roses everywhere.  We built flowerbeds for roses around the house.  We planted climbing roses on our back fence.  We . . . → Read More: Herb Garden

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

Rosemary and Thyme Spicy Herb Salt

You will need lots of rosemary and LOTS of thyme for the aromatic herb salt. . . . → Read More: Rosemary and Thyme Spicy Herb Salt

Orangeade Thyme Cooler

This beverage is cold, delicious and refreshing….kind of like a Sonic drink…. . . . → Read More: Orangeade Thyme Cooler

Operation Blackberry: Day one and two

Keep reading for numerous recipes as we begin our assault: cobbler, Thyme-Blackberry Jam, and Blackberry Syrup . . . → Read More: Operation Blackberry: Day one and two

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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