Making Blondies on the Radio

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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!

LISTEN >> My interview on cookbook reviews

Ginger Bourbon Cooler

Ginger Bourbon Cooler

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  continue reading

Autumn in New York

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Sugar. Butter. Flour. 

Katie and I watched the movie Waitress back in college. We fell for the quirky little movie featuring Keri Russell, and we got really excited when we heard it was being made into a Broadway musical. Then Sara Bareilles made the soundtrack. We should go! To New York!  So we did. And we figured we should bring our husbands along for an autumn trip to New York, too.


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