the cook(book)ing school: my belated cooking (new year’s) resolutions – #3

My belated cooking (new year’s) resolution #3:

Embrace the Whole Foods movement – I’m so excited about this resolution. One of my major goals is to incorporate more vegetables into my food routine and to eat less processed foods. We should all strive for this. It’s probably easier said than done, but I’m definitely going to try.

Whole foods

Whole foods (Photo credit: parislemon)


the cook(booking)school: Review – Flavor by Rocco DiSpirito

Flavor by Rocco DiSpirito

Flavor by Rocco DiSpirito

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think that everyone agrees that Rocco DiSpirito is one of the hottest chefs out there today, but for me, that’s where this book ends. Flavor, has a little too much flavor for me.  And while I love the book’s colorful display of ingredients and how they’re laid out on each page for each recipe, and the vibrant, vivid photos, I think that some of the recipes like Eggplant Veloute with Figs or Black Sea Bass with Chestnuts and Blood Oranges, just to name a couple, are out of reach for the “common” cook. This book is definitely a “look” book but someone like me just wants regular recipes for regular people.  I’m not sure who the audience is for these recipes, but I for one, won’t have time in most busy days or weekends to craft most of these difficult looking recipes.

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cook(book)ing school: from zakka life, Caramel Bacon Popcorn Recipe

Mmmm. I’m sure this recipe is not on anyone’s Weight Watchers or “Get Skinny” diet plan, but this looks so delicious I’m thinking that many of us would be willing to throw all that out of the window just to taste it. Thanks to the zakka life blog for introducing this to us. I do plan to try it and share with others! Click the link to see the recipe.

zakka life: Caramel Bacon Popcorn Recipe.

image from zakka life blog


the cook(book)ing school: from, Kitchen Cabinet Essentials: Whip Up a Fabulous Meal on a Moment’s Notice – Life – EBONY

the cook(book)ing school – kitchen tips

Lately, I’ve been reading up on the proper kitchen tools and essentials to always keep in your kitchen to be a successful cook. I love this article from

Kitchen Cabinet Essentials: Whip Up a Fabulous Meal on a Moment’s Notice – Life – EBONY.

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the cook(book)ing school: from, Make Your Own Loaded Potato Skins – Project – Food News – CHOW

FROM I love potato skins so this is like a dream come true, like a hundred ways to make them. Can’t wait to try a few. Mmmmm……

Make Your Own Loaded Potato Skins – Project – Food News – CHOW.

image from, the philly cheesesteak potato skins


the cook(book)ing school: from Food & Wine: Best Grilled Cheese In The U.S.

the cook(book)ing school – from Food & Wine

Food & Wine: Best Grilled Cheese In The U.S..

image from Food & Wine Magazine (via