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Cookbook Reviews

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe from Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings”

Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe from Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings”

You may be coming across this post because you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal to make with very limited ingredients and effort.  If so, you’re in luck.   If instead you’re coming across this recipe because you love Cacio e Pepe then move on.  Because […]

Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings” Cookbook Review

Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings” Cookbook Review

Last week my 9 year old daughter was flipping through my cookbook, Cravings, and says, “What the heck is John Legend doing in this cookbook?” completely flabbergasted.  Let’s just say that we’re fans in this house. I love Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend […]

Asian Pork Sliders with Magic Miso Mayo from “Keepers”

Asian Pork Sliders with Magic Miso Mayo from “Keepers”

For my menu planning, on the weekends I normally have the time to cook something more complex and am not bound by a short, after work time frame for preparation, marinating or even just cooking time.  The cookbook, “Keepers” by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion […]