• Books,  Reviews

    National Read a Book Day

    It is National Read a Book Day and I am excited because I love books!  I read all kinds of books from cookbooks to horror.  I refuse to participate in the “digital” book age, preferring to buy all my books in print; and I am not alone 65% of Americans read print books 28% of Americans prefer digital books   I love foodie books and I have included my favorite foodie books. Benefits of reading a book Scientific research has proven reading is good for the mind.  Books sharpen your senses.  If you read the word garlic, it triggers your sense of smell.  Metaphors like, a slimy okra, triggers a…

  • Cooks' Tools,  Reviews

    Cooking From A Recipe

    When deciding what to prepare for dinner, I usually assess what ingredients I have in the kitchen and find a corresponding recipe. I hate anything to go to waste.  Although I try to pre-schedule meals and make my shopping list accordingly, at the beginning of the week, somehow a wrench is always thrown in my wheel.  Professional chefs suggest conjuring up my own recipes, I tend to stick to reliable sources; my mom’s recipe books or America’s Test Kitchen.  After preparing a GOOD recipe a time or two, I might throw my own spin on things.  Here are  few suggestions when you are cooking from a recipe.   Build your…