cook(book)ing school : retro-post – first meals of the new year – baked hummus

This post is based on my activities around the first of the year. Most involved food of course.

I work at a university and we have been closed since December 25. So, as a goodwill gesture, one of my girlfriends decided to have a much needed  gathering of women before we all had to return to work on Monday.

I took Salsa Verde Chicken Pasta and a Baked Hummus with homemade taboulleh topping to share.



cook(book)ing school: retro-post – A New Year’s Meal Tradition

As I peruse the drafts in my blog, I ran across this post about New Year’s traditions. I should have published this in January, however, better late than never.

At the first of the year, my family has a tradition of eating greens, black eyed peas, and pork for luck and prosperity in the new year. This year I made my own black eyed peas and pork chops and cooked them altogether in the slow cooker. It turned out delicious.


the cook (booking)school: for the meal planner at heart

The library is a great place to find cookbooks and my local library has a great selection. Recently I picked up   Fix Freeze Feast by Kaiti Neville and Lindsay Tkacsik.

For all the meal planners of the world, this is a great book for you.

I’m also a huge fan of etnic food and these are just some of the recipes that look delicious:

Thai Red Curry w/ Vegetables
Baked Potato Chowder
Caribbean Pork Tenderloin
Mustard Oregano Chops
Margarita Pork Chops
Cheesy Enchilada Bake
Urban Garlic Chicken



the cook(book)ing school: cookbooks for college

Some of you  may have students leaving for college either as a freshmen or as a

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returning upperclassmen.  I recently overheard the interns in my office talking about how hard it is to learn to cook in college.  For those who live on campus, I guess this probably isn’t an issue for many reasons: 1) most college students are on the university food plan and 2) you usually can’t have appliances in your dorm room.  But, for those students who either live off campus all year round or just for the summer, an alternative to eating pizza or ramen noodles would probably come in handy right!  So, here is a quick list of cookbooks I found on for college students. Please share them with any college student you know!

The Healthy College Cookbook

The $5 a meal college cookbook

College Cooking: Feed yourself and your friends

The Everything Healthy College Cookbook

The ultimate student cookbook

Cooking for College Students: A Beginner’s Guide

I (heart) Trader Joe’s College Cookbook

College Vegetarian Cooking

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the cook(book)ing school: an introduction to paleo

Paleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get StartedPaleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started by John Chatham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was my first introduction to learning about the Paleo lifestyle. It’s a quick guide, not a lot of photos but chock full of basic information.

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the cook(book)ing school: learning how to cook more than gumbo

Beyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic RimBeyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic Rim by Jessica B. Harris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found another great pick from the library. I am absolutely infatuated with the state of Louisiana, the mystic of the Cajun and Creole culture, and of course the food. We all know about gumbo and jambalaya, but this cookbook, Beyond Gumbo, teaches us about all of the facets of this culture, beyond what we usually hear and learn about on the surface. I do plan to add this to my collection.

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