• Cookbook Reviews

    My 3 Favorite Smoothie Cookbooks

    Every year I try to start the new year with having a few more smoothies and healthier meals to counteract everything I have devoured over the Christmas holidays. I don’t really diet much but I do like to follow the 80/20 rule and have found smoothies to be a great way to stick to it.  There are so many smoothie cookbooks out now that it can be a little overwhelming. Below are my top three that I am always reaching for and that I love.  1. The Body Reset Diet Cookbook About five years ago I stumbled on The Body Reset Diet book and tried it. I had great success with it and…

  • Cookbook News

    25 New Cookbooks to Look Forward to in 2022

    I am excited for the new cookbooks releasing in 2022. Each year some amazing cookbooks are released and I can’t wait to try them all. Below is a list of 25 cookbooks that I want to add to my collection in 2022. 1. Italian Cooking Like Nonna: Authentic Family Recipes with Extraordinary Flavor and Endless Variations By: Caroline De LucaRelease Date: January 11, 2022  Pre-Order Today* 2. More Plants On Your Plate: Over 75 Fast and Easy Plant-Forward Recipes & Meal Prep Tips By: Bailey RhatiganRelease Date: January 18, 2022 Pre-Order Today* 3. Savory Dinner Pies: More than 80 Delicious Recipes from Around the World By: Ken HaedrichRelease Date: January 18, 2022 Pre-Order…

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    Cookbook News

    My 5 Favorite Cookbooks of 2021

    Picking out my favorite cookbooks of the year is a lot like picking out your favorite child (or at least I imagine it is).  1. The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy! I am a huge fan of The Pioneer Woman. Her cookbooks are so well written with delicious easy to follow recipes. The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy! offers shortcut recipes for all of our busy lives. Click here to check out my full review of The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy!  Click here to purchase your copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy!* 2. Cooking With Deadpool Who doesn’t love Deadpool? I know I am a huge fan and when I saw Cooking With…

  • Holidays

    Last Minute Tips for A Great Christmas Dinner

    Only a few days until Christmas is here. It just doesn’t seem possible. We are just having a small family Christmas this year. We did our big grocery shop a few days ago and found the rest of what we needed yesterday.  Are you a little behind in your planning for Christmas dinner? Check out my tips below to get on track so you don’t have to stress too much this year. Christmas Dinner Planning Tips Decide on what you are making. Remember your menu doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious. Ask those attending to bring something and take some stress of yourself. Make your shopping list for what you are…

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    Cookbook Reviews

    French Desserts

    by: Hillary Davis “What I learned over the many years I lived in France and from my extensive traveling throughout the country, is that French desserts-the ones the French make in their homes-are easy to make,” Hillary Davis.  As a self proclaimed Francophile I have always had a love for French desserts. The French Desserts cookbook provides easy to understand recipes that allow home chefs of any level to make a delicious dessert in their own kitchen.  I found some many recipes I wanted to make in French Desserts it made it difficult to choose just two. In the next few months I plan to cook through a lot more of these recipes.  Eiffel…

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    Baked Christmas Gifts

    Every year I love to find the perfect gift for the people in my life. But lets be honest there are some people who are impossible to shop for and I struggle to figure out what to get them. I normally give them baked Christmas gifts.    Baked Christmas gifts are perfect for friends, family and all your co-workers. I have found taking one weekend and doing a huge bake makes gift giving so much simpler. Set up an assembly line with your baked treats and the boxes and in no time you will have all your gifts ready to go.    So what do you bake at Christmas for gifts? Check out…

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    Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Growing up I spent a lot of time with my Nana and when we were together we baked. Sometimes we made snickerdoodles or fudge but one of my favorite things to make with her was her Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies.  This recipe is a modified version of the original Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe by Nestle Tollhouse. Sometime over the years my Nana changed it to her liking and to be honest these are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever eaten. One time when we were making these easy chocolate chip cookies we couldn’t get the bag of flour open. My Nana kept pulling at it and finally it came open and…

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    Cookbook Reviews

    Beat Bobby Flay

    by: Bobby Flay with Stephanie Banyas & Sally Jackson “People point out to me all the time that I never lose. Well, those people clearly don’t watch that often! The bottom line is that I win about 65 to 70 percent of the time,” Bobby Flay.  When home chefs think about chefs like Bobby Flay we assume that every dish they make is a winner, and that’s not true. I love the Beat Bobby Flay show as it showcases how any chef can become a master of a dish. Now we can take this inspiration using the recipes in Beat Bobby Flay cookbook and apply it to our own lives. Will all of…

  • Holidays

    13 Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

    Thanksgiving is a huge food holiday and I know we always have so much food left, no matter how many people we have for dinner. I love to find new recipes to use up all the leftovers and thought I would share the ones that I have recently found.   Photo by Joy the Baker 1. Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie from Joy the Baker.  Photo by The Cookie Rookie 2. Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla from The Cookie Rookie.  Photo by Half Baked Harvest 3. The Thanksgiving Leftovers Croque Madame from Half Baked Harvest.  Photo by White on Rice Couple 4. Leftover Thanksgiving Galette from Todd + Diane White on Rice Couple.  Photo by Girl…

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    Cookbook Reviews

    Baking for the Holidays

    by: Sarah Kieffer “While my nostalgia is built around specific Christmas traditions, my hope for all who use this book is that the recipes and notes contained among the pages bring comfort and cheer to your own festivities and families, however they are shaped and chosen,” Sarah Kieffer.  I was so excited to see that Sarah Kieffer had a new cookbook, Baking for the Holidays, after her amazing 100 Cookies cookbook. Christmas baking is one of my favorite things to do in the world. I am always looking for something new to make along with my favorites. The recipes in this cookbook are very easy to follow and detailed. I love the wide…