Cookbook Review: Food with Friends

Black and white cookies

I was so excited to get my hands on the newspaper today because my first cookbook review for the new Page to Plate column is in today’s Tampa Bay Times! The first cookbook I’ve reviewed is Food with Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings by Leela Cyd. It’s a beautiful cookbook! I wanted to start off the column with this cookbook because I loved its approach. Cooking for and with friends felt so in tune with the way I like to cook and entertain right now. Continue reading  continue reading

Cookbook Reviews

Ileana Morales Valentine Cookbook Reviews

Cookbook Reviews

I am so excited to tell you about my new project. I’ll be writing cookbook reviews for the Tampa Bay Times in a new column called Page to Plate!

The first review will be online on Monday and in print on Wednesday. Pick up a copy of the Times next week and you’ll find it as the cover story for the Taste section. From there, you can expect cookbook reviews every other Wednesday. My growing collection of cookbooks shows no signs of slowing down, and now there’s no need to stop accumulating them. It’s work, okay? Continue reading  continue reading

Sour Cherry Pie

Sour Cherry Pie

Hearts cut out in pie dough

This last week I’ve been knocked down with a cold and awful cough, which was like a cruel hangover after a fun-filled weekend in Chicago. I was there for work and then Danny joined me for the weekend. Our home base was a cozy Airbnb in the heart of Logan Square, which has a farmers market on Sundays. After breakfast across the street at Lula Cafe (lake trout scramble for me, grain bowl for Danny, plum buckle and coffee for both), we had to stop by the market and look around before packing up for our flight. It’s a small but mighty market heavy on the food instead of crafts. They had all kinds of lake fish, donuts, and plenty of sour cherries and garlic scapes. Those last two farmers market darlings are not something I can get in Florida, so after some quick Google searching of TSA rules, I eagerly handed over cash for the sour cherries and scapes. #ScapesOnAPlane Continue reading  continue reading

Rhubarb Scones

Rhubarb Scones

Finding rhubarb this year was tricky, but I finally got my hands on some. The first half of my rhubarb stash was chopped, rolled with sugar, and folded into dough for scones, a totally worthy use of rhubarb. Especially on a Sunday morning on a long weekend. Between the two of us, we ate four that day! Two more are tucked away in the freezer for another day we need them. Continue reading  continue reading