Things have been crazy around here! The weather is terrible every other day, which means lot of missed school and work. My oldest son just turned 16 and got his license, which is very exciting, but also very stressful. And I just haven’t had the time to try out new recipes. But if you are a chocolate lover, you might like Martha Stewart’s Salted-Caramel Chocolate Cake. My son asks for it for his birthday every year. It’s a pret...

I picked up this little cookbook because it’s the time of year when I become obsessed with hygge. Hygge is a Danish word that basically means coziness, but seems to be describing a mindset or way of life that is enjoyed in Scandinavia. At this time of year, when it’s so cold and the weather is often terrible, all I want to do is stay wrapped in a blanket, drink some tea, and read a good book or watch some Netflix. But I still have to ...

If I had tried, I couldn’t have picked two such completely different cookbooks to review for this week and last. In case you missed it, last week I reviewed Chrissy Tiegen’s Cravings: Hungry for More. That book is irreverent, with recipes that are full of flavor, but not guided by dogmatic nutritional rules. The Whole Foods Cookbook is all about nutritional rules. The ingredients that are not used in this cookbook include all meat, eg...

I was super excited to get a hold of Chrissy Teigen’s newest cookbook, Cravings: Hungry for More. Just to make sure everyone is up to speed, Teigen is married to the R&B singer John Legend. She was a model and still does some TV appearances I think, but she is now best known for her social media presence and her cookbooks. Her writing is very informal (yes, that means there’s some salty language), very funny, and very honest. I h...

Happy New Year everyone! I enjoyed a nice, long break from work and the blog, but now I’m refreshed and ready to start cooking. I plan on changing up the format a little this year, and I hope to publish more regularly. There are so many cookbooks I am looking forward to trying out, so let’s get started! As part of my new format, I am going to introduce and review the cookbook in the same post. On Wednesdays (and sometimes Thursdays), ...

It’s Christmas cookie time! I love making Christmas cookies, and I make the same family favorites every year. But I like to try at least one new cookie, and if I could just bake all day long in December I would make tons of different types of cookies. Since I enjoy Christmas baking so much, I am super excited to try out a new recipe or two from Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season by Elisabet der Nederlanden. This coo...

Thanksgiving is only a week and a few days a way. Do you know what you’re cooking? If you want some ideas, you might check out one of these Thanksgiving cookbooks. I just picked these up from the library and haven’t had a chance to cook from them, but I still thought it might be fun to look through them and get some ideas. First up, is Williams-Sonoma The Best of Thanksgiving: Recipes and Inspiration for a Festive Holiday Meal. As yo...

Here’s my verdict on Damn Delicious: 100 Super Easy, Super Fast Recipes by Chungah Rhee. To Read: Yes, there’s not a lot to read, but you will want to check out the story of why she started the blog that led to this cookbook. To Look At: Yes. The photos are gorgeous, and there is a photo for each recipe, which I always appreciate. It probably helps that Rhee creates beautiful photos of her recipes every day on her blog. To Cook From:...

Thanks to the recommendation from a freind (Hi, Gwen!), I’ve been reading Chungah Rhee’s blog Damn Delicious for awhile. Her recipes are pretty simple with an emphasis on big flavors. She also really mixes it up with a variety of dishes, from comfort food like chicken soup to Asian-inspired dishes like Korean tacos. One of my favorite recipes from her blog, that I’ve made several times, is perfect for this time of year: Pumpkin ...

I am probably one of the only people on the planet who has not watched Fixer Upper. We don’t have cable anymore, and I gravitated towards cooking shows (big surprise) when we did still have it. I was aware that Chip and Joanna Gaines became famous for fixing up houses, and I’ve seen the line they did for Target. So when my friend (Hi, Michelle!) recommended I review Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines, I was little surprised she even had ...

Weekend Reading and Recipes
Favorite Things / January 12, 2019

I hope everyone had a good week, and you are all getting into the swing of the New Year! The twelve days of Christmas are almost over, so I guess I’ll try to get all of the decorations put up this weekend. Wish me luck! Here is are some links to help us both procrastinate over the weekend! The Anxious Person’s Guide to Making Grocery Shopping Therapeutic: I don’t know if grocery shopping makes me anxious, but I canR...

Ruby Red Gin-Gin Mules
Recipes / January 10, 2019

Serves 4 1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup water1″ knob peeled fresh ginger, sliced into coinsIce cubes1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice3/4 cup ginTonic water In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, warm the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves. Add the ginger. Bring to a simmer and then immediately turn off the heat. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. To assemble the drinks: Add a few ice cubes to each of 4 glasses and pour in 2 tablesp...

Chicken Noodle Salad
Recipes / January 9, 2019

Makes 2 servings 4 ounces soba or spaghetti noodles2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce1 teaspoon sesame oil1/2 teaspoon sugar or honey1 clove garlic, minced3/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger1 cup shredded chicken breast3 scallions, thinly sliced1/2 teaspoons sesame seedsSmall handful of cilantro leaves (optional) Cook the noodles according to directions, until they are tender yet still firm. Drain the noodles...

The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts, and Other Homemade Adventures

Happy New Year everyone! I enjoyed a nice, long break from work and the blog, but now I’m refreshed and ready to start cooking. I plan on changing up the format a little this year, and I hope to publish more regularly. There are so many cookbooks I am looking forward to trying out, so let’s get started! As part of my new format, I am going to introduce and review the cookbook in the same post. On Wednesdays (and sometimes Th...

Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons
Holidays , Recipes / December 14, 2018

Chocolate-Dipped MacaroonsMakes about 40 cookies 1/2 cup unsalted butter4 eggs3/4 cup sugar5 cups unsweetened shredded dried coconut3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise* 1/2 teaspoon salt5 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat, then set aside to cool slightly. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until well combined. Add the m...

Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season
Cookbook Overviews , Holidays / December 13, 2018

It’s Christmas cookie time! I love making Christmas cookies, and I make the same family favorites every year. But I like to try at least one new cookie, and if I could just bake all day long in December I would make tons of different types of cookies. Since I enjoy Christmas baking so much, I am super excited to try out a new recipe or two from Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season by Elisabet der Nederlanden...

My Favorite Cookbooks This Year
Favorite Things / November 29, 2018

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Mine went well, and we are just finishing up the yummy leftovers, the best part of Thanksgiving! I thought now would be a good time to round up my favorites of all the cookbooks I reviewed this year. There are so many intriguing recipes in this book. The green bean recipe I tried is one I have repeated. After the holidays when I want to get back to healthyish eating, this is a cookbook I will tu...

My Thanksgiving Favorites
Holidays , Recipes / November 16, 2018

For most of us, our Thanksgiving menu is based on tradition. Next Thursday is not a day to try out a bunch of new recipes on the family. Although it can’t hurt to try out one (or two) new recipes. You never know when a new recipe is going to become part of your family’s favorite food memories. Anyway, since I will be mostly making dishes I’ve made several times before, I thought I would share some of my tried and true ...

Thanksgiving Cookbooks
Cookbook Overviews , Holidays / November 14, 2018

Thanksgiving is only a week and a few days a way. Do you know what you’re cooking? If you want some ideas, you might check out one of these Thanksgiving cookbooks. I just picked these up from the library and haven’t had a chance to cook from them, but I still thought it might be fun to look through them and get some ideas. First up, is Williams-Sonoma The Best of Thanksgiving: Recipes and Inspiration for a Festive Holiday Me...

Please Vote!
Uncategorized / November 6, 2018

It’s our right, our responsibility, and our privilege. If you have not already, please go vote. I’ll be back later in the week, with a couple of Thanksgiving cookbooks. See you then....