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Buttermilk Pancakes

Saturday, June 1st, 2013


My husband hasn’t ever actually confessed to this, but I know that his favorite meal is breakfast. I have known him for 25 years and there are clues. Read more…

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Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Back to Basics was released in 2008 and has become one of my favorites of Ina Garten’s books even though it doesn’t really have many “new” recipes in it. Most of the recipes are, in fact, things that good home cooks make in rotation, but what Ina Garten does so well is really study what we’re cooking and give us tips and ideas to heighten the flavors and make our same-old, same-old into something really special. Read more…

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The Joy of Cooking –75th Anniversary Edition

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

I received my first copy of this classic as a wedding shower gift when I was just learning to cook. My second and third copies were inherited from my mother and mother-in-law, but their conditions weren’t so good—with well-worn dog-eared pages, stains and cracked and stringy bindings proving just how valuable they had been to their original owners. Read more…

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The Silver Palate Cookbook

Monday, November 26th, 2012

I was in my early twenties when I discovered this wonderful cookbook and it redefined how I thought about cooking and food. My interest in learning to cook had already started at the elbows of my grandmother and my mother. Read more…

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Book Review: The United States of Arugula

Friday, September 16th, 2011

In the cookbook section of my library and bookstore, there are a couple of shelves of books that feature titles about food history, famous chef memoirs and books by famous food writers and critics. That’s where I found this one. Read more…

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Book Review – The Making of a Chef

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

This isn’t a new book—it was first released in 1997, but my nightstand stack is high and I’m not always current.  But new doesn’t matter with this story.  Reading Michael Ruhlman’s The Making of a Chef is a really great “armchair” way to fulfill a lifelong fantasy that I’ll bet a whole bunch of us avid home cooks share Read more…

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