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2018 Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide

Cookbooks make an incredible gift for the beginner cook all the way to the experienced chef!  I tend to be attracted to cookbooks that have beautiful photos (and lots of them) along with easy-to-follow recipes with easy-to-find ingredients.  I also enjoy really reading my cookbooks […]

Baked Eggs with Yogurt and Chile – From Plenty

Baked Eggs with Yogurt and Chile – From Plenty

A few years back my husband came home from work to find that I had dug up a fairly significant portion of our backyard.  If you haven’t taken a shovel and spent an afternoon digging up 30 year old grass from your own yard, I’ll […]

Easy and Delicious Fried Shrimp

Easy and Delicious Fried Shrimp

Full disclosure, this is really a cooking 101 post.  The super simple technique used here also works perfectly for chicken nuggets or strips! I’m a pretty huge fan of almost anything fried.  I love sprinkling salt on freshly fried chicken, potatoes, tempura veggies, you get […]

Curried Parsnip and White Bean Soup – From the Love and Lemons Cookbook

Curried Parsnip and White Bean Soup – From the Love and Lemons Cookbook

If you follow food blogs or are active in the food world on Instagram or Pinterest, you’ve undoubtedly come across the gorgeous images and recipes from Love and Lemons.  Their blog has been one I’ve referenced many times over the years as it focuses on […]

Party Queso – From Magnolia Table

Party Queso – From Magnolia Table

I’m a tad late on the Magnolia Table bandwagon.  The truth is, I wasn’t super excited to purchase this cookbook despite the fact that I do love Chip and Joanna on their TV show.  It was almost like I thought it’d be a bit played […]

Tres Leches Rice Pudding – Smitten Kitchen

Tres Leches Rice Pudding – Smitten Kitchen

People are either in the corner of loving rice pudding (overall legit people in general) or hating it (those that kick puppies).  It’s similar to tapioca.  Do you like tapioca pudding (aka, you’re a fun, energetic, intelligent person), or do you hate it (otherwise known […]

How to Build a Sushi Tower

How to Build a Sushi Tower

My daughter, Jovie, loves to cook and has recently been attending a weekly cooking class for children.  They work on knife skills, using the stove, knowing their way around the kitchen and following recipes.  Parents drink wine and watch.  Well, we mostly watch but I’ve […]

Umami Master Sauce – From “Flavor Bombs” Cookbook

Umami Master Sauce – From “Flavor Bombs” Cookbook

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time or know me on a personal level, you’ll know that I’m not a sweets person.  You can tempt me all day long with your donuts or cupcakes, but try and take a fry off my […]

Lemon-Dill White Bean Dip – From “Platters and Boards”

Lemon-Dill White Bean Dip – From “Platters and Boards”

If you haven’t come across the beautiful Platters and Boards cookbook yet, it’s time for your paths to cross.  Released in the Spring of 2018, it’s a bright, vibrant, gorgeous cookbook, made for the entertainer.  I received this cookbook for my birthday last month and […]

Shaved Summer Squash with Pecorino Romano from “Grow, Cook, Eat”

Shaved Summer Squash with Pecorino Romano from “Grow, Cook, Eat”

It’s cold enough now to make sure to have a sweater or light jacket in the car, just in case.  In the Pacific Northwest, we love our days that remain sunny and warm while the evenings turn cold enough to start to turn the trees.  […]