Do you hear what I hear? Are those trumpets tooting my horn? YEP! I am proud to say as of this weekend I “successfully” cooked EVERY cover of Bon Appétit magazine this year keeping my New Year’s Resolution! (Barb actually has kept all of her resolutions including the one to talk in the third person on Thursdays!) I enjoyed the experience and some of the obstacles these covers presented every month. The biggest challenge was the fact that I live in a smaller community. Our grocery stores do try to keep up with new foods but it takes awhile. (This is what slow food meansRead More →

Thanksgiving is two weeks away. Do you have plans? Do you celebrate with the same people each year or do you try to do something new each year? Do you try new recipes or serve the same green bean casserole year…after year…after year? I received the new issue of Bon Appétit and was thrilled with all the fun new recommendations for Turkey day. I especially liked the article on Etiquette! (I am still trying to decide if it was bad manners to email this link to my Little Sister In Law aka LSIL who is our hostess this year.) Like any GOOD guest, I amRead More →

Another new month and another Bon Appetit Cook the Cover to conquer. I never thought that when I made this part of my New Year’s Resolutions that it would become such a big part of my year. I am really enjoying the challenge and am proud to say I am 9 for 9! So this month, I mosey down to the mailbox and see the familiar plastic wrapped issue just poking its pretty little head out among the bills and junkmail. I pull it to the top of the pile and said “Uh Oh.” Bon Appetit’s Setember’s Issue highlights the Best New Restaurants (Congrats toRead More →

Do you ever have crazy moments where you think the world revolves around you? Okay, maybe not the entire world but maybe certain things revolve around you like your family, job or friends. You have deranged moments thinking that actions of others are directly aimed at you even though every bit of your common sense KNOWS it isn’t true. I am starting to feel that way about my New Year’s Resolution of cooking every Bon Appétit cover. The May issue threw me for a loop. Why you ask?   Because there was nothing to cook on the cover!!!!!!! I opened my mailbox last month and wasRead More →

Eeeeek!!! Another month has flown by and I ALMOST didn’t keep my resolution to cook every cover this year of Bon Appétit. I will admit I was lulled into a false sense of security when I first looked at April’s cover. The theme of this issue was “Cook like a pro…How to Make Amazing Restaurant Food at Home.” I was thrilled because I thought I was just going to get to recreate the fun scrapbook look of this cover. (You know I love any excuse to break out a glue stick.) I had it all set in my head that I was going to doRead More →

Is it irrational for me to celebrate Pi Day this year?  Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14).   Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.  (Do you remember this from school?) The approximation to 3 digits is 3.14 hence the reason Pi Day is celebrated on 3-14.  (Now real geeks are wondering why I didn’t wait until next year…3/14/15 at 9:26:53.589…to write a post on Pi.) The cool thing about Pi is that it has been calculated to over ONE TRILLION digits beyond its decimal pointRead More →

Zoiks!!!  I am cutting it close this month.  I’ve been doing great keeping my New Year’s Resolutions but I almost let February slip by without cooking the cover of the February Bon Appétit. I will admit I was procrastinating on this one.  It was not that Chicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms wasn’t appealing to me.  (Actually Chicken and Dumpling are terms of endearment in this house.) The problem is that I didn’t want to use chicken thighs.  I know the higher fat content of thighs keeps them from drying out when cooked for long periods of time.  But there is just something about the textureRead More →

Happy New Year!!!  How did you celebrate?  Did you whoop it up with friends?  Or did you just stay home and drink two bottles of champagne on your own?  (You know who you are?) We don’t usually do much to celebrate the New Year.  We smooch at midnight (if I am awake) and talk about resolutions for the New Year.  (My husband never really makes resolutions because he is perfect and he will tell you that himself!) But as you know, I need goals otherwise I will sit on the couch all year watching DVD’s of ER while I eat wasabi flavored almonds.  (I stillRead More →

I am proud to say I am a cover girl.  Are you?  As you know, it can be pretty time consuming and overwhelming but the results are worth it. By cover girl of course I mean that I see a food magazine cover and I just have to make the recipe in the spotlight.  They always look so delicious and inviting.  (Can you tell food to “work it?”) I can only imagine the work involved by the professionals who specialize in this form of “still art.”  (Unless the recipe has Mexican jumping beans then you’ve got some action shots!) Every month, the magazine Bon AppétitRead More →