Eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck in the coming year is a Southern tradition, and a very tasty one, too. My family was more likely to eat 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve for good luck, but I have to admit black eyed peas are wholly more satisfying and enticing than a handful of fruit to be gobbled up quickly in the name of good fortune. Continue reading
Something very cool happened this week. I was on my local public radio station talking about cookbooks and making blondies!!!
Reporter Bobbie O’ Brien emailed me shortly after Thanksgiving asking about an interview discussing cookbook reviews for a segment on WUSF, the National Public Radio member station in the Tampa Bay area. So she came over and we talked about cookbooks and home cooking for the Food as Muse series on Florida Matters.
As we talked, I followed a recipe for peanut sesame blondies for an upcoming cookbook review. You can find the recipe for those blondies, some of my kitchen essentials, a few of my favorite cookbooks released in 2016, and, of course, the whole interview on WUSF’s website.
It was a ton of fun chatting with Bobbie, and I hope you enjoy the interview!
Earlier this year Danny and I spent a weekend in Asheville where we had a romantic and delicious dinner at Cúrate. Chef Katie Button has since written a cookbook, Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen, about her Spanish restaurant, and I reviewed it for the Tampa Bay Times. Continue reading
Thanksgiving is just a week away! My parents and sisters are traveling with us to Iowa City to spend the holiday with Danny’s family. Everyone’s so excited! But it’s been a busy November with trips to Chicago and New York City, and I haven’t gotten around to planning what I’ll be contributing to the dinner table this year. But I do know what we’ll be sipping on as we finish getting ready for Thanksgiving and slip into happy hour: Ginger Bourbon Cooler. Continue reading