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Sunday
Feb012015

Tonight is the big game!

I wonder what everyone will be eating tonight at their Super Bowl parties?  MB and I have decided to stay in, have a low-key night, and maybe watch the game.  Maybe.  We are leaning towards maybe because we have decided to be bad tonight.  Papa John's pizza (pepperoni and onion) and homemade rice krispy treats for our treats.  I haven't had Papa John's in probably four years....here's hoping to it being as delicious as it used to be for me!

The hardest thing I will drink tonight is a Pellegino.  Perhaps with a lime slice.

Sunday
Feb012015

The vast New American Herbal

I was so excited when this book finally arrived!  I love growing herbs, cooking with herbs, and standing in the middle of my garden space and pinching off bits of herbs and eating them right there in the garden whilst swatting mosquitoes and wiping the sweat from my face.  

This book is almost 400 pages of knowledge:  herbs from agrimony to yarrow; from learning each herbs' properties, to harvesting, drying, and cooking the herbs.  There are also sections of the book dedicated to herbal garden and kitchen projects.  Each herbal description includes knowledge of the origin of the herb, what zone is best for growing the herb, where the herb is best used, how to grow, and the safety of the herb.  The safety of the herb, I believe, is some of the best information in this book as I now know if I can feed an herb to niece and nephew, my pregnant friends, or if nothing else, what dose is safe is eat.  There are also many beautiful pictures throughout this book, which is especially helpful when I am reading about a herb that I have never seen before (many of which I am going to begin searching for!).  There are recipes using various herbs scattered throughout the book.  I do wish the author had provided more recipes as most of us that grow herbs are growing them for cooking purposes.  But I can forgive what I find the slight fault in the book due to the wealth of knowledge that I now have at my fingertips.  Because I now have a listing of Native American and Chinese medicinal herbs and what they are used for!  Want to live a longer life - use Astragalus and Jio-gu-lan!!!

Wednesday
Nov192014

Tonight's dinner

Ricotta gnocchi with a brown-butter sage sauce.... 

Friday
Nov142014

Carrie and Fred's Portlandia

I must confess:  I am new to Portlandia.  I am currently watching Season 1 and I find Carrie’s and Fred’s humor at today’s often crazy and baffling idiosyncrasies hilarious and a little terrifying.  Terrifying, because I see portions of myself in these characters.  The first espisode with Colin the chicken had so much of me in the characters of Peter and Nance that I laughed out loud when I received the Portlandia cookbook with Colin on the cover and his dossier on page 62.  I can’t wait to make my version of Colin’s butterflied roasted chicken with my local farmer’s chicken.  I hope he will taste half as good as Colin would most likely taste!  The spicy garlic pickles may have a place at my Thanksgiving table because everyone needs a little spice (and being Southern, I love a good pickle). 

The crispy pork riblets or (and…probably and) the Sichaun chicken wings may make an appearance this weekend.  My mouth was drooling as I read through the recipes.  I love all things garlicy and spicy and these recipes seem to have a nice touch of heat.  Maybe these will help keep me warm while us Charlotteans deal with some crazy cold weather this weekend.  I hate the cold but I’d love for it to snow!  I would snuggle down on the sofa with a nice heavy quilt, eat some baked manchego-filled dates (did I mention I also love dates?), and watch the rest of Portlandia Season 1.The Portlandia cookbook is not a behemoth cookbook as so many are today.  It arrived at my house in a nice envelope rather than a box, fits nicely in my purse, and has, maybe, fifty recipes. Oh, and please, don’t forget the Slamburger recipe on page 90 – the picture of it looks ah-mah-zinnnnng!  Sloppy-and-juicy-where-the-juices-will-run-down-your-fingers-as-you-bite-into-it-while-standing-in-a-crazy-feet-apart-and-hunched-over stance so you can enjoy your burger….can you tell that I’m hungry???


(I received this book from Blogging for Books for my review and my opinions are my own)

Monday
Nov032014

Mollie Katzen's Moosewood

Mollie has done it again with the 40th edition of the Moosewood Cookbook.  I received this cookbook over the weekend and quickly devoured the book as I would an anticipated novel.  I love Mollie's conversational writing; its as though Mollie is jotting down her recipes for a dear friend...and I am that friend!  After my first reading, I counted at least twenty recipes that I cannot wait to make; several of which will make it to the Thanksgiving table.  The no-nonsense approach to cooking will be an easy guide for a quick but delicious meal after a day at work.  Mollie has also updated several recipes with this edition to reduce the butter content but retain the amazing taste.  The only thing missing from the cookbook is color photographs of various dishes.  While these help me to dream up meals, this is only a minor inconvenience to the imagination.   Note:  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.