It’s no secret to most people that certain foods are cheaper during certain times of year. Obviously, the best time to buy a watermelon is in the summer – unless you enjoy eating watermelon that tastes like old water, which is what you’ll get in December. Similarly, the best time to eat and enjoy pumpkin . . .

 

Reading the book ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle‘ gave me a deeper appreciation for seasonal food. Barbara Kingsolver’s book shares recipes from each season, and beautifully describes a modern family living on only what they can grow or buy locally for one year. I love the idea of enjoying food in it’s proper season. This concept was . . .

 

Have you gotten to the end of your nerves pushing through holiday crowds just to get bananas? Is your patience dry from enduring the endless barrage of advertising? Are you seeking something a little slower, a little sweeter, a little simpler? I don’t propose that a good batch of shortbread is going to fix all . . .

 

I am so glad to have had this book show up in my mailbox*, because I wouldn’t have picked it up at the bookstore. Isn’t it a shame that some of the greatest cookbooks don’t have more shelf-appeal? Faith Durand has assembled a wonderful compendium of one-dish meals, from breakfast, to dinner, to dessert. I’ve . . .

 

Let’s start with a short quiz (an excerpt from the introduction of Diane Sanfilippo’s 21-Day Sugar Detox guidebook): Do you crave sugar all day, every day–or even a few times a week? I’m talking about candy, sweets, chocolate, or lots of fruit. Do you crave carbohydrates? These include bread, rice, pasta, pastries, cereal (yes, even oatmeal!), sandwiches, . . .

 

Ever since the Sweet Pea was allowed to have a crack at writing a cookbook review, the Bean has been asking for his turn. He’s 8 years old, two years younger than his big sister, but just as eager for a turn in the kitchen. When Chronicle Books offered to send a copy of The Star . . .

 

I love to grow swiss chard.  My favorite variety is called ‘bright lights’ or ‘tri-color chard’. As you can see – it is visually stunning – a beautiful addition to any garden, and very easy to grow. It will last through a frost – so the chard in my garden is  a great fall go-to . . .