Cookbook review: Food Swings

Jessica Seinfeld has a new cookbook and it does not disappoint.  Her food swings concept is one that most everyone struggles with on a daily basis.  Should I keep to my list of good food choices or is today the day that I can treat myself to something fun and really amazing? Her new cookbook…

Cookbook review: Cooking for Jeffrey

Ina Garten’s tenth book was released at the end of last year, and it was dedicated to cooking for her husband Jeffrey.  Beginning with the introduction to the book and continuing with each chapter, Ina shares photos and stories of her love of cooking, her business, and her life with her husband. Included in the…

Cookbook review: The Forest Feast

One of my favorite gifts this past Christmas, The Forest Feast cookbook, is a vegetarian book filled with photographs and illustrations by the artist/author.  This is a very creative book and not a standard cookbook.  I love the character of the drawings and the colorful large photographs that cover the pages of this book. In…

Cookbook review: Big American Cookbook

For the past few weeks since Christmas, I have been reading and studying several new cookbooks that I received as gifts last year.  I was thrilled to receive Mario Batali’s latest book.  This tome contains 250 recipes from around the United States. In nearly 500 pages, this book catalogs basic recipes from throughout the country,…

creamy tomato pasta with shrimp

another one of my favorite cookbook authors is Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.  this recipe come from her New York Times bestselling cookbook–The Pioneer Woman Cooks.  in this book, Ree shares a recipe from her sister, which is truly delicious.  i love the creamy tomato taste, along with the shrimp and herbs.  the ingredients were simple,…

cookbook reading on a cold day

winter is here to stay.  however, over the years i have been collecting a library of cooking and gardening books that i treasure.  i would have to say that i truly enjoy my book collection.  and when the weather is frightful, i simply resort to reading.  yes, i do read cookbooks. i heard Martha Stewart…

New Orleans cookbooks

New Orleans is known for restaurants, food, cooking, and of course their cookbooks. since i am a cooking enthusiast, i was enamored by the selection of specialty cookbooks. each store had a different selection.  the books were filled with recipes from the gulf coast. seafood chapters with recipes on crab dips and soups, crawfish fettuccine…

roasted carrot fries

OK, so it is the beginning of the new year 2014, and once again we are being really conscious of our eating patterns.  however, this recipe from MAD HUNGRY CRAVINGS is one that fits into my usual healthy cooking style.  these carrots are not fried in any way, shape or manner.  they are simply sliced…

cookbook review

everyone seems to be talking about addictions today.  almost like they are accepted as the norm.  well, i am confessing that i also have an addiction.  i am addicted to cookbooks and recipes.  i don’t consider this addiction to be harmful.  but, i have come to realize that i will never in my lifetime be…

tiny orange brunch muffins

  for those of you who love muffins, but don’t want to face the calorie count, this is a recipe for you.  these muffins offer a tiny pop of orange flavor and just the right amount of bread for any brunch table. the recipe is from p. Allen Smith’s seasonal recipes from the garden cookbook, which by…

cookbook review: Tyler Florence family meal

  today, there are many definitions of family.  there are many types of families.  please don’t judge this book because the word family is in this title.  many might think this book is about serving big meals to big groups of people.  i have found that Tyler Florence has captured the real essence of family in his cookbook….

dreaming of the hamptons

  today seems to be the perfect day to be dreaming of life by the sea.  it is cold and snowy with prospects of more of the same in the days ahead.  one of my most favorite places to just “be” is anywhere on the east coast. over the years our family has spent many…