Road trip! Jen’s Salami and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich with Garlicky Mayo recipe. Hiking in Big Bend National Park.

We put 29 miles on our hiking boots over Thanksgiving week down in Big Bend National Park in west Texas. Just what the doctor ordered. Whenever we go on a road trip, I pack our family favorite, Salami and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich with Garlicky Mayo. Holy yum, batman! All it needs is some strawberries and grapes to go with it. And if you’re a hiker, stick around after the recipe, and I’ll tell you all about Big Bend. Continue reading “Road trip! Jen’s Salami and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich with Garlicky Mayo recipe. Hiking in Big Bend National Park.”

Bäco’s recipe for Bäco Bread with Creamy Poblano Feta Dressing and Cookbook Review: Bäco: Vivid Recipes from the Heart of Los Angeles by Josef Centeno

Baco: Vivid Recipes from the Heart of Los Angeles is an amazing foodie book for when you want to pull out all the stops to make incredible dishes.

I am absolutely in love with the Bäco Bread with Creamy Poblano Feta Dressing. The  smell of the fresh flatbreads baking fills the house and the dressing is lickable. A huge thanks to Chronicle Books for letting me share it with you! The picture is mine. The photographs in Bäco are beautiful.

My review with my pics and thoughts on all the dishes I tried is below the recipe. Continue reading “Bäco’s recipe for Bäco Bread with Creamy Poblano Feta Dressing and Cookbook Review: Bäco: Vivid Recipes from the Heart of Los Angeles by Josef Centeno”

Ree Drummond’s recipe for Meatball Tortilla Soup and Cookbook Reviw: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!

61cy1s5K5ILI love Pioneer Woman’s new book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives Well, I love all of her books. This one has the most wonderful Meatball Tortilla Soup in it. My youngest daughter had a second bowl right away, then asked me to make another pot of it for her thermos for school lunches. Yeah, we all thought it was *that* good. A huge thank you to Ree Drummond for letting me share the recipe with you! I added in the underlines where I drew lines in my book, showing which ingredients are grouped together when they’re thrown into the pool. You don’t write in your books?! But it makes cooking more relaxing. Turn that radio up!

558301ac-678c-41d1-929f-dce8e98a61bf_2.1c60b07c2924f77bbcff004dd8ed4e96If you love the aesthetics of the cover, she’s got a cookbook stand at Walmart (I think it was around $20), that coordinates with it. Dark wood covered in flowers with a lacey, turquoise metal bar to hold your book. Turquoise, orange, and floral are all of my favorites, so I don’t think I’ll be able to resist much longer.

My review of the book with my pics and thoughts on the dishes I tried is below the recipe. I’ve attached my reviews of her other books below that so you can see the pics and get a feel for what each book promises. Now, back to that delicious soup! Continue reading “Ree Drummond’s recipe for Meatball Tortilla Soup and Cookbook Reviw: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!”

Kristen Kish Cooking. Fantastic recipes from the Top Chef.

KristenKish6Here’s a fantastic total foodie book for when you want to knock it out of the kitchen! My review with my pics and thoughts on the dishes I tried is below. Here’s a link to the recipe for Kristen’s Dead-of-Winter Vegetable Rosti with Saffron Aioli so you can taste the book. I just noticed that all of the measurements are twice as big in the book and fit my 12″ skillet perfectly. There are four of us and my youngest wanted a second piece. If you have anyone who likes extra when delicious and healthy collide, you might want to double this. And someone will have a lovely lunch the next day.

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Sous vide. Food jacuzzi. Foodcuzzi. Perfect foodie gift.

We have a beautiful wrought iron, propane fire pit with glass marbles in the back yard. And in the house we have a gas fireplace with a switch on the wall. I love the thing. Last year, we vacationed in Taos, New Mexico. Killer trip. The ranch where Georgia O’Keeffe’s home is, and where City Slickers was filmed, is about an hour from there, and they give horseback tours of it all. It’s absolutely idyllic. There are charming museums, stores that sell fun metal sculptures from Mexico, the scenic Rio Grande Gorge Bridge where you can see goats playing, some neat restaurants, and it’s about an hour from skiing in Red River. The hotel we stayed at had a bocce court, and we could see prairie dogs playing all over out the back window. The room had an adobe fireplace in the corner that was amazingly efficient. My husband was in love with that thing. A year later, still having that urge to burn wood, he had to get a chiminea. That means I get to spend the same on a no reason kitchen toy. Awesome. Continue reading “Sous vide. Food jacuzzi. Foodcuzzi. Perfect foodie gift.”

Beatiful Mess’ recipe for Zoodles and Noodles Teriyaki Stir-Fry and Cookbook Review: A Beautiful Mess Weekday Weekend by Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson

BeautifulMessCoverLooking for a little healthy vegetarian fare to balance out the upcoming holidays? A Beautiful Mess Weekday Weekend: How to live a healthy veggie life . . . and still eat treats is delicious, nutrition-packed, easy, pretty, and it’s in the category I lovingly refer to as butt-reducers.

A big thanks to Chronicle Books for letting me share the recipe for Zoodle and Noodles Teriyaki Stir Fry with you so that you can taste the book. Yum!

My review with my pics and thoughts on the dishes I tried is below the recipe. Continue reading “Beatiful Mess’ recipe for Zoodles and Noodles Teriyaki Stir-Fry and Cookbook Review: A Beautiful Mess Weekday Weekend by Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson”

The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book and Jen’s Topless o’ the Mornin’ to You! Burger

BobsBurgersCover.jpgThe Bob’s Burgers Burger Book is everything a Bob’s Burger disciple hopes and dreams it might be. I tried to get a hold of someone over at Universe publishing to get permission to share a recipe with you. No response. So, I started scanning the Burger of the Day board this season for possibilities that hadn’t made the book. The Blanc Canvas. <snore> Topless o’ the Mornin’ to You Burger. Okay, Irish flavor profile without the top bun. Trying to lift and convey a burger to your face with a burger precariously perched on just a bottom bun. Who does that?! Awkward, at best. It’s the stuff of horror movies, really. How about nestling that burger on a bed of salty oven roasted fries? Yeah… Since we’re going to have to IMG_3699bring a knife and fork into this, we can take advantage of that and make an oozier sauce. A béchamel with Irish cheddar. I want more flavor. Let’s blast that burger with horseradish, and top it all with sweet, Guinness-glazed onions. Mmmmm. Yeah, I’m in.

My review of the book with my pics and thoughts on the burgers we tried is below the recipe.

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Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for Chocolate Pecan Slab Pie and Cookbook review: Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman

51jjUk5MuUL._SX436_BO1,204,203,200_Cooking with Deb Perelman’s book, Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites, is like having a funny friend hanging out in the kitchen with you. The food is terrific and just as unfussy as the title promises. I just made her Chocolate Pecan (and bourbon!) Slab Pie and it’s delicious! A huge thanks to Knopf for giving me permission to share the recipe so that you can taste the book! And just in time for Thanksgiving!

My review of the book with my pics and thoughts of the dishes I tried is right below the recipe.

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