The Cookbook List #1

So many cookbooks, so little time. Isn’t that always the case? I constantly come across cookbooks that I may want to add to my collection. Here are three cookbooks that are on my radar and I thought you might like to consider them also.


At Home In the Whole Food Kitchen is a vegetarian cookbook by chef Amy Chaplin.


Sheet Pan Suppers is a cookbook dedicated the cooking on a sheet pan by Molly Gilbert.


A perennial favorite cookbook author of mine is Ina Garten and her Make It Ahead cookbook.

What cookbook is on your radar? What cookbook are you hoping Santa will bring you this year?

Kitchen Snapshots (moments behind the post)

Busy, busy, busy these past few days. I’ve gotten a new cookbook to cook from and I’ve been doing a little baking in preparation for the holidays. Don’t you just love it when the kitchen is abuzz with good cooking? Measuring spoons jingle, timers ring (always when you’re in the middle of doing something else, how does that happen every time?), and footsteps back and forth to the stove. Lets not forget the heavenly aroma wafting through the house and moment when you finally get to sit down to eat. I love that moment. :)

Here’s what’s been happening.

The start to something delicious on my stovetop. When you saute onions, carrots and celery in olive oil how could it not be the start to something delicious? What is this trinity of goodness for? Sorry, you’ll have to wait a little bit for that answer.

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I carved in a little time for some dough making. And I snatched a few tablespoons for a small batch for me and my husband for dessert one evening.

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Making cookies is something I absolutely love to do ad when we head in into the Christmas season I’m all about the cookie. Isn’t this gorgeous?

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I’m looking forward to sharing the cookbook I’ve been cooking from with you in a few days. If the first recipe I made is any indication, it’s going to be a definite keeper…much to my surprise.

What’s cooking in your kitchen now? Don’t be shy, share. :)


Weekend Bites

Today is Halloween and I’m so excited about that. I love, love, love Halloween. But, I’ve realized that Halloween is a turning point in the season. The trees are mostly bare, the temperatures have dipped, the days are shorter and this year we have a forecast of snow over the weekend. Ugh. It’ll probably be just a dusting and just enough to be annoying but once you turn the corner to snow there’s no going back.

While I’m not ready to dig out my cold-weather, show removable clothing I am ready to start thinking about comfort food perfect for wintery days. And I thought I’d share a few favorite posts I found from fellow food bloggers.

How does a steamy bowl of Creamy Tomato Tortellini soup sound? It sounds delicious enough to warm you up on a cold, windy day. Jenn over at Eat Cake For Dinner shared the recipe.

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Soup is always a good choice to serve on any cold day and this Loaded Baked Potato soup from Jenny over at Honey & Birch would be a perfect choice. I’m envisioning a big bowl, crusty bread and a fire flickering from the fireplace. A perfect scene for a perfect meal.

How about a salad on the side for either one of those soup recipes? I adore seasonal salads, they can not only brighten up a gray, cold day, they can also add balance to a meal that may be a little heavy with calories. Scouting the produce section of my local grocery stores or visiting a farmer’s market, I love finding something different to add to my everyday salad. Heidi from shared a Beet, Carrot and Pomegranate salad recipe.

Now lets take a moment to think about dessert. I found this recipe over at Sewlicious Home Decor. Marti created adorable Apple Pie Cups with Ice Cream. I love apple pie anytime of the year but with the holiday season right around the corner, I think these little desserts would be a hit served at either a family dinner or a potluck. Could you imagine them arranged on a festive serving platter? Too stinkin’ cute.


When the weather turns cold, what is your favorite go-to comfort food dish?

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin rules this time of the year. From cooking to decorating, pumpkins find their way into my home. While I enjoy experimenting with new recipes, I do tend to rely on old favorites to get me through the autumn season. And one of my favorite pumpkin recipes is Pumpkin Bread. I’ve been making this recipe for about twenty years and it’s never failed me and it’s incredibly easy. It has the right amount of pumpkin flavor, a good balance of spices that don’t overwhelm and it freezes well (that is if I don’t eat all of it before I get out the plastic wrap).

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Get out your measuring cups and spoons, two bowls and you’re on your way to baking up a moist bread flavored with the best of autumn – pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Combine all the ingredients and you get a bowl of pumpkin goodness.

Divide into three loaf pans. (You can do two large pans if you’d like. Since I gift many loaves I prefer to get the most yield out of each batch.)

Bake and then let cool.

The best part is next. Slice, serve and eat!

One of my little pumpkins hanged out in the family room while I spent the afternoon baking.

After a day of baking nine loaves my house smelled amazing. It was awesome to come inside from out in the chilled autumn air. The greeting of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin had me smiling and going for a knife. But while I was outside I snapped a couple of pictures.

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Stella (a turkey that just appeared one day in my yard) and her baby.

I hope you enjoy the recipe. Don’t see the recipe? Click here and scroll down.


Kitchen Snapshots (moments behind the posts)

It was a busy weekend here. Saturday I attend an all day conference at the Westport Library and yesterday I spent the day running errands, chores around the house and did a little cooking. I thought I’d share with you a few photos from my time in the kitchen. Nothing styled. Just a few snapshots of life in my kitchen.

In the month of October it’s all about the pumpkin here.  I can’t get enough of it, cooking, baking and decorating. Pumpkins rule (with a a few mums for good measure).


Especially in the fall I enjoy having a candle lit while I’m in the kitchen prepping or cleaning up. The choice this month? Pumpkin Latte. That was a total no-brainer.


On Sunday I made two batches of Pumpkin Chocolate cookie dough, one to freeze for Christmas and one to bake last night. I also made meatballs for dinner.


After dinner I made a cup of tea and indulged in a slice of pumpkin bread, recipe coming soon, and curled up with a new cookbook I just got. I can’t wait to try a few recipes from the cookbook and share a review here.

Here’s to a tasty week!