Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Breakfast for Dinner {book review}

I got a new recipe book. :) These sorts of things make me smile.  

I finally got to sit down with it last night and go through it.  I honestly have no idea what I want to make first.  Everything just looks so delicious.  And so different than what I had expected.  This is definitely not just a bunch of frittata and pancake recipes.

Bacon fried rice will be made asap.  
I don't know why I've always been intimidated by this, but this recipe looks really easy!

Egg and chorizo burritos made with sweet potato and spinach with an avocado lime sauce. Yum!

Now I've never really understood the appeal of chicken and waffles (I'm not knocking it, I just haven't tried it); but I can definitely get on board with chicken and biscuit waffles.

Throughout the book, there are easy basic recipes: homemade pizza dough, savory and sweet crepes, homemade pita dough, how to make raviolis, how to poach an egg. Love that.  I've always wanted to make my own raviolis.  Is that on anyone else's bucket list? (hello?)

And lots of sauces: easy marinara, cream cheese and artichoke dip, avocado cream sauce, buttermilk ranch.

When we were in Dallas a few months ago, I had the most delicious shrimp and grits. I had to keep pushing Dan's fork off my plate.

 If anyone knows where to find them in Northern California, I would love to know.  This recipe, with andouille sausage, butternut squash and kale chips. looks amazing.  My Dad's been asking for it, since he saw the book.

Bacon Jam.  At first glance this sounded a bit weird.  Then I read the suggestions - spread on a hamburger, on biscuits, on crackers with stinky cheese.  Look again. Always look again.

Isn't this crepe cake pretty?! I love this idea.

Just in case you can't read this, it says: chocolate peanut butter glazed banana bread cake. 

Mocha ice cream with biscotti crust, "e un espresso per favore", and I'm in heaven.

I honestly don't know which dessert to make first.  They all look so amazing.

They suggest pouring this chocolate maple fudge sauce over not only ice cream, but pancakes too.  Yes!

And of course, who can have breakfast without cocktails (???).

Breakfast for Dinner, From the lovely Lindsay and Taylor of love & olive oil, is on sale on February 12, 2013 but is available now for pre-order here.

Enjoy!  And come back and let me know your favorite recipe!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Vanilla - it's the new chocolate {book review}

I had planned on reviewing this book weeks ago, but the day it arrived my mom was at my house and she took it!  I just got it back this past weekend and finally had a chance to flip through it.

I've already flagged about half the book!  

Vanilla bean bread pudding?  Making this! 

I love the beautifully styled photographs.  Isn't it so much more fun to try a new recipe when you have something beautiful to look at?  

Also, none of the recipes look overly complicated and most don't have a long list of ingredients.  I love that!  

I had to do a double-take - yes that's a Twinkie Cake. 

These soft vanilla sugar cookies look like something my great-grandmother used to make.  Hmm... bake-off? 

Vanilla sugar puffs - referred to as chouquettes in France and absolute perfection with a morning café.

Dan's favorite cookie is Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, but I have yet to make a recipe that he's really wow-ed over.  He loved my Salted Toffee Chocolate ones, perhaps Salted Vanilla Chip Oatmeal is the next to try.

There's such a great mix too, of classic recipes and new interesting things to try.  

Frosted Vanilla Almonds, Opera Fudge and Vanilla Bean Salted Caramels.  So pretty for the holiday's or a dessert bar. 

 Panna Cotta is my absolute favorite.  If it's on the menu served with fresh berries, I will always order it.  I've never tried to make it before but I definitely will now.  Flagged!

 Vanilla Bean Bowls - How amazing are these?!  

The recipe looks super easy and wouldn't it be so fun to serve guests?  Filled with fruit and whipped cream, or fresh berries drizzled with chocolate - yum!

I absolutely love the new trend of recipe books including drinks!  Gone are the days of serving wine, soda and iced tea at parties.  It's all about signature cocktails, and wine flights and beer tastings.   Love it!

You know what I really loved about it though?  

It's not chocolate.  

Grab a copy here. And for under $15!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

On my bookshelf

My bookshelf happens to be the small telephone table next to my bed.  It's where I keep all my current reads.  There's usually a lot - what can I say, I'm only as committed as my options. :)

My Dad found the table in my uncle's basement when I was moving into my house.  It was the telephone table they had in their house when they were kids.   He cleaned it up a bit, sanded and re-stained parts of it, and got a piece of glass cut for the top.  It's perfect now with all its nicks and scratches and I love it.

There's always a stack of books or magazines on the shelf below.  Somehow I'm in the middle of five books right now.  Mostly because I kept getting new one's that I couldn't wait to start reading.

Currently reading:

1 - The Feast of Roses by Indu Sundaresan - this is the sequel to The Twentieth Wife, a serious must-read.  It's about the rise of one of India's most influential empresses and is such a fantastic story.  I must admit though the first book was by far better, which is probably why it's taking me so long to finish the second.

2 - The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz - I adore books about Paris, especially about Americans moving to Paris and how they find it, seeing and living in France for the first time.  David Lebovitz is an amazing pastry chef and sprinkled throughout the book are some of his yummy recipes.  I've dogeared most of them!  Food and Paris it doesn't get much better than that for me.

3 - The Gospel According to Coco Chanel by Karen Karbo - Humorous life lessons and Coco Chanel's story, what an amazing woman.  Even if you're not into fashion, this is such a good book about a women who created the life she wanted.  Loving it!  Plus it takes place in France :)

4 - One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp - I kept seeing this book all over the place and finally decided it must mean I need to pick it up.  Inspired by Sarah Tucker's post {here}, I'm posting {here}.  I've just started this book but am absolutely loving it so far.  It is definitely different than I thought it was going to be.

5 - At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks (iBook) - Don't judge.  I'm a fan of Nicholas Sparks.  Some of his love stories are just so beautiful.  Plus I always have to have a book with me, and reading one on my iPhone makes that so much easier.  This one's probably not one of my favorites by him though.

I know it doesn't look like, but I'd love some recommendations!  What's good out there?


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Small Packages

I've been gone for a week, and I arrived home yesterday with not 1, but 2 packages on my doorstep!  I love getting packages - even if it's something I ordered myself online.  It's like Christmas or something.

The first was just that, a few things I ordered from Amazon.

30 Day Shred - from Jillian Michaels.  My best friend and I each got a copy.  It's three - 20 minute workouts and aside from yoga and walking I figure I could probably do a bit more.  Plus it was on sale {here} for 7 bucks. :)  I also ordered the book: one thousand gifts by Ann Voskamp.  I'd heard of this book and then ran across it on a few different blogs, which pretty much meant I had to read it. Specifically from Ms. Sarah Tucker's {post}, which also inspired my own post {here}.  I cannot wait to start.

The other package was from Annemarie of Brunch at Saks.  Two new summer reads beautifully bundled with a matching ribbon and note.  So sweet.  I'm so excited to lounge in the sun with my new books (and possibly a bit more toned). :)

I love a full bookshelf.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I have a bit of christmas money that I am dying to spend on the items below.  Now just to decide which ones!

Is it just me or has jcrew really stepped it up?  I remember always kind of liking their stuff but now I find I've got something from there on my wishlist all the time.  

I've been a bit slow catching on to the skinny jean trend.  Paige skyline is a great straight leg jean without being too skinny for me.  A perfect compromise! 

This book has been on my wishlist for awhile and with all the good reviews it's a definite buy.  Anything about Paris and I'm usually a quick sell.  I miss it all the time.  And it's by Inès de la Fressange? Done. 

I am loving all of the rose gold that is coming out!  There's something so classic with the roman numerals on the face. 

I am (very) slowly decorating my new home and I'm thinking that this ($20!) c&b rug will be perfect at the front door or in the kitchen.

Happy Wednesday!
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