A Book and a Bite: Crazy Rich Asians

Asian cuisine knows how to do soup. Rich and savory broth, steaming noodles, lots of veggies, exotic spices, and the salty-goodness of it all. Taking a whiff of a steam-filled bowl of soup will warm your heart as well as your sinuses. Winter is the perfect time for soup of any kind. In my kitchen, my go to winter soups include hearty chili, creamy chicken and wild rice soup, and a red lentil coconut soup that is to die for. Outside of my kitchen, I crave steaming bowls of pho, ramen, miso and laksa. I've always enjoyed eating foods I couldn't get at home. Growing up, comfort food to me was meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, buttery lima beans, chicken fried streak and anything cooked in Oleo.  I love that kind of food, but as I got older I craved new kinds food. Their exotic texture, spices, and flavors drew me to taste them and search for more. My culinary palate grew exponentially when I met my future husband, who was born in India. My mind was blown when he took me to his mom's Keep Reading

My Favorite Cookbooks and Cranberry Conserve

With the holiday season upon us, one thing is on my mind...FOOD! I was talking to someone recently and they described a friend as someone who ate to live instead of living to eat. I definitely fall into the latter category. I love to eat. I mean...really. love. to. eat...really. If I didn't work out every day I definitely would need a forklift and paramedic team to leave my house. I work really hard for my mediocre body. Needless to say, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love watching the Macy's Day Parade, gathering with my family, cooking in the kitchen together, and (most importantly) stuffing my face until I pass out. I love all of the Thanksgiving food too. Turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, collard greens, cranberry sauce, banana bread, and lots and lots of pie. I love it all. I don't think I felt like a real adult until I cooked my first Thanksgiving meal (almost) by myself. As I've gotten older, I've evolved as a cook. Gone are the boxes of Hamburger Keep Reading

A Book and a Bite: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

How is October almost over?!? It's 40 degrees and windy here today and snow is in the forecast for Friday. Summer is but a distant memory. Halloween somehow snuck up on me AGAIN and I'm frantically piecing together costumes and trying to find a night to carve pumpkins. For the third year in a row, my son and daughter are wearing matching costumes. I'm relishing in this cutie-fest for as long as it will last. It hasn't even been my idea. My daughter always comes up with the ideas and my son happily follows along. Two years ago they were the "Lady" in with the Yellow Hat and Curious George and last year they were Word Girl and Captain Huggy Face (somehow Jude got stuck with being a monkey two years in a row!).              This year, after watching the Lego Ninjago movie, they both decided to be Ninjas. You're telling me my kids want to wear warm pajamas for trick-or-treating? Can do!  Pinterest has a ton of easy ideas for making ninja Keep Reading