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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]