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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Onion Ring Burger Bombs

Onion Ring Burger Bombs

We like to bet in our house.  We bet on sports, reality tv shows, board games, video games, who can clean their room the fastest, whose fingernails grow faster…  ok, maybe not that but it’s not a bad idea.  Ever single bet includes a food […]

Grilled Bacon PB&J Sandwiches

Grilled Bacon PB&J Sandwiches

My daughter was adopted from Africa and to say her hair is curly is an understatement.  My hair is thin and the kind of straight that no spiral perm of the 80’s could even touch.  So needless to say, when we first brought her home […]

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 […]

Simple homemade pizza dough

Simple homemade pizza dough

I am not a baker and rarely will you find breads, cookies, cakes or dough on my site or being made in my kitchen.  The exception to this is if it is almost more difficult to walk to an additional store aisle to pick the […]

Anthony Bourdain’s Wedge with Stilton and Pancetta

Anthony Bourdain’s Wedge with Stilton and Pancetta

One of the first things I thought about when I heard of Anthony Bourdain’s recent death was his episode of “Part’s Unknown” where he visited Congo.  My daughter was adopted from the Congo 7 years ago as a toddler. Although Congo has many redeeming qualities […]

Sweet Soy Bacon and Egg Banh Mi – Myers + Chang at Home

Sweet Soy Bacon and Egg Banh Mi – Myers + Chang at Home

When I initially thumbed through the cookbook Myers + Chang at Home, I was immediately attracted to the Banh Mi sandwich recipe with shimmering bacon and gorgeous, sunny side up eggs. My husband, who is half Vietnamese, is obsessed with Banh Mi sandwiches and I […]