Our Summer Reading List

I have been looking forward to summer for no other reason than reading something, anything, that has nothing to do with work or school. I’m embarrassed to say that the last time I was able to get through a book was Christmas. It’s shameful, but impossible to avoid it seems. I feel like there is […]



Meeting Ree Drummond – Pioneer Woman Book Signing (St. Louis Edition)

I’ve been squealing online for weeks about the Pioneer Woman book signing that happened in St. Louis over the weekend. I’m not a crazed PW fan or anything, but when your freelance and grad school ambitions keep you from getting out much (read: keep you from getting out at all), you tend to get excited […]



Ever Take a Cooking Hiatus?

Ever go on a cooking hiatus? We’ve been on a bit of an unexpected one this week. I’ve had yearly planning meetings at work, and what I thought would be the perfect amount of food (you know, based on those standard FDA portion sizes) ended up being wishful thinking. The portion sizes were HUGE, leaving […]



Weekend Recap: Hampered by the “Blegh” and the “Creeping Crud”

Good crud-time reading this weekend. I’m just getting around to this one… Neil and I have words for everything. We’re geeky gamers, and par for course we also work in IT, never see sunlight, and have little exposure to people and their germs—short of going to the gym and out to dinner once a week. […]



Kitchen Cookbook Staple: Too Many Tomatoes, Squash, Beans, and Other Good Things…

Too Many Tomatoes, Squash, Beans and Other Good Things is definitely not applicable to my garden this year but it would have really come in handy last year when I was covered in tomatoes and grew tired of canning and eating fresh tomato sauce. I know, the absurdity of such thoughts in light of how […]



Back to School

I’m excited to be heading back to school on Monday. Although I officially started this summer, it really only felt like I was wading in the pond. I fully jumped in this semester, taking two hefty assessment courses. Ironically, for as big as the course load will be, these are my only two books for […]



Book Review: Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I very rarely get the opportunity to read Chick Lit. Let me rephrase that. I rarely get to read anything that doesn’t involve the words “non-fiction” or “case study.” I usually hoard a few titles for our vacations every year, and this year finally got around to reading Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for […]



Review: The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters

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I have an unwritten rule about cookbooks. I don’t buy them if there are no pictures. It may seem childish, but I typically like to see what I’m cooking, mostly to know if I myself am failing the recipe. Few chefs get a pass at this rule. Alice Waters is one of them. If you’re […]



La Pizza Margherita Kohler

Inspired by my latest Foodie Book Club read, The United States of Arugula, I wanted very badly to make something inspired by one or more of the chefs chronicled in the book. We channeled Alice Waters in our Homegrown Salad with Fried Tofu and we’ve been craving thin crust pizza, so who better to use […]



Foodie Book Club Review: The United States of Arugula, How We Became a Gourmet Nation

For the most part, many of us rarely think of history when it comes to food. Food is food. We love to eat, enjoy, share recipes and try new and exciting ingredients. Even I didn’t grasp the significance of its origins until halfway through this book. I was having a conversation with my baby brother […]