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…

Spices, seasonings, and more

The anticipation of growing my summer herb garden is starting to build for me this month.  I attended a gardening seminar a couple of weeks ago, and ever since the excitement of what I will be growing this year in my edible garden has stayed with me.  I always have my regular list of perennial…

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,…

Love my Le Creuset

Probably the best part of visiting a big city is the realization that entire stores are devoted to products that I love for cooking and food preparation.  The selection in these stores always impresses me, along with the ability to see everything in such a neat and spectacular display. On our recent trip to Chicago,…

in love with my staub

So, I am not certain how this love affair happened.  But, over time I have collected an amazing grouping of wonderful pots that I use for cooking, roasting, and overall food preparation. I guess it happened over a period of 25 years, and there is no way that I could replicate the array of lovely…

the library

  i love the library.  our local community library is just filled with wonderful books in the cooking and gardening sections.  even though i have a nice home library, i love to visit our town’s stacks.  this week i found all of these amazing books to read and study.  i am almost giddy with excitement…

food in New Orleans

  from the French Quarter shops to the French Market down in the Quarter, both offer a huge selection of packaged mixes, sauces, flavorings, spices, bread mixes, and just about anything else you can imagine.  everyone knows you go to New Orleans to eat.  and, even though we lived there for just under a year…

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…