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March 1, 2015

Deceptively Delicious: Parents, your veggie problem may be solved.

Like a lot of parents, I have a veggie problem.   That is, my kids have a veggie problem.  They refuse to eat them.

It started the moment I introduced fruit to them as babies.  They loved their pureed peas, carrots and broccoli, but the moment I introduced fruit to them, it was all over.

And it’s been an uphill battle ever since.

Every night at dinner, it’s the same thing, cheering them on, cajoling, begging, bribing.  It’s enough to make me pull my hair out.

Dinner should be a pleasant experience and I want to leave my kids with happy memories of dinner times together.

So that is why, when I came across this book titled [...]

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February 23, 2015

The Pioneer Woman Cooks- And I love every bite

I can honestly say that this cookbook has spoiled me for just about every other cookbook in existence.

But I’m jumping ahead, I’m jumping way, way ahead of myself.

Let me explain.

This cookbook: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an accidental Country Girl  is delightful in every way.  Written by Ree Drummond, this book, her first, is a compilation of her most well-loved recipes on her wildly popular blog:


The pictures

The recipes are classic American home-style comfort food:  Steak, Potatoes, Pot Roast, Chili  but somehow they are made new and exciting again by the pictures: oh the pictures in [...]

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February 22, 2015

Memories of A Cuban Kitchen- Let the Nostalgia Begin

Knowing my longing for a cookbook that would capture the essence of my own Central American upbringing, a close family friend gifted me this lovely cookbook named:  Memories of a Cuban Kitchen by Maria Urrutia Randelman & Joan Schwartz.

I know, I know, Cuba is not in Central America, still .. despite this being touted as a Cuban cookbook, those from Central America and the Caribbean will undoubtedly be delighted by the 200+recipes and how similar they are to their own Central American cuisine.

This is because Cuban food has its roots in Tropical, European and Caribbean influences, as does Central American cuisine.

Despite not partaking in this type of food [...]

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February 11, 2015

A review of: flourless, the cookbook…. And just like that, gluten-free bakers are in heaven.

I stumbled across this cookbook over the Thanksgiving holiday and while visiting family in New York :

flourless. Recipes for Naturally Gluten-Free Desserts by Nicole Spiridakis

Thanksgiving, as you may well know, is a magical time of year, when you want  to cook or bake all day long, regardless of whether you can cook well, or not.  This book lends well to that mentality.

I was immediately smitten with the book cover from the moment that I saw it.  It could be that the setting I was in when I ran across this cookbook ( a famous, rustic old farm in upstate New York) lent to its appeal.  But the cover itself, with its rustic and earthy look caught my eye first, [...]

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