It’s Cookbook Month!

I have an affinity for cookbooks. My mom always likes to tell the story of when I moved home after college. See, after graduation, and my 2 week Europe trip (REQUIRED FOR COLLEGE GRADS), I had a solid month before being propelled in to my full-time job, or what some people may refer to as, “real life”. So what did I do? What any normal twenty-something would: I slept until 10 every morning, enjoyed a lesiurely, hearty breakfast which consisted of (on most days) two bowls of cereal, two pieces of peanut butter toast, and copious amounts of coffee.

Hey, I was going in to a career of retail, you guys.

I was just carb loading.

Stop judging me.

These marathon morning meals were also inclusive of stacks of cookbooks from the library. Let’s just pause and recognize the fact that AS I WAS EATING, I was also planning other meals.#sorrynotsorry

Anyway, the obsession and infinite research of these ingredient filled pages was born from an epiphany I encountered far too late in my college career: I should have gone to culinary school. I actually fantasized about what it would be like to be in a kitchen, learning different chopping techniques, traditional preparations, and classic sauce recipes – and calling that “class”. I would totally be the teacher’s pet, that annoying know-it-all in class that seems to think they know more than everyone in the room (the professor included). It excited me to learn more about cooking; I was thrilled to be a student, and to know that there would always be a different cuisine, cooking style, or recipe to master.

So what did I do about it?

I kept going to school.

For Business.

Nothing to do with broasting, baking, or braising.

But, when I wasn’t at the library, learning about the 4 P’s of marketing, or studying accrual accounting (yawn)… I was in the kitchen.

Trying new recipes. Experimenting with techniques. Developing. Tweaking. Learning.

Deep fried ice cream for my roommate’s birthday.

Baba ganoush for girls’ nights.

Hand squeezed margaritas for Cinco de Mayo.

As opposed to the very black and white world of school work, cooking allowed me to be creative. To take risks. To be inventive in a different way. I loved how the end results (good or bad) always offered a lesson. More salt next time. Bake 5 minutes less. Don’t substitute onions for shallots (personal preference).

All this is to explain my particular obsession with cookbooks. There’s something so nostalgic in flipping through kitchen-worn pages, earmarking those to try, and being inspired by new and mouth watering recipes. Which is also very ironic, given the type of cook I consider myself. Starting this blog was not exactly easy for me. I’m not the type of cook who writes things down or memorize what I do. Countless times I’ve been asked, “What’s in this?”, and I rarely can provide a complete response. It’s been hard for me to test a recipe, tweek it, make it multiple times to perfect it, and ultimately create an easy to follow recipe that I can share. But, it’s good for me! It’s strengthened my knowledge in the kitchen, and allowed me to remake my “go-to’s” with consistent results. Which is why I am so excited to share this little project I’ve been working on for the past couple months, which has allowed me to be a true student of some of the chefs, authors, and fellow foodies I admire so much.

For the entire month of October, I will be sharing one recipe each day from one of my favorite tried-and-true cookbooks. I’ll share the recipe, share which cookbook it’s from (pay credit where credit is due, of course!), and photos from my experience. It is my sincere hope that this month inspires you to pull out one of your cookbooks, try a new recipe, or get inspired in the kitchen.

Updated 11/1/17

All recipes from Cookbook Month:

  1. Pumpkin, Sage, & Brown Butter Cupcakes 
  2. Cornmeal Crusted Scallops with Mint Chimichurri 
  3. Curried Chicken Salad 
  4. Fish Tacos with Chipotle Crema 
  5. The Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour 
  6. Grown Up Mac & Cheese 
  7. Egg, Kale, and Tomato Breakfast Wraps with Hummus 
  8. Orzo with Artichoke Pesto 
  9. Spicy Homemade Ginger Beer 
  10. French Onion Soup 
  11. Oatmeal Cream Pies with Ginger Cream 
  12. Sidecars with Dried Cherries 
  13. Easy Coq au Vin with Brown Butter Egg Noodles 
  14. The Bloody Anytime (The BEST Bloody Mary vodka base) 
  15. Caramelized Garlic Tart 
  16. Chipotle & Rosemary Roasted Nuts 
  17. Pumpkin and Oregano Butter Gnocchi 
  18. Homemade Chicken Stock 
  19. Brie Stuffed Mushrooms 
  20. Salmon with Sriracha and Lime 
  21. German Apple Pancake 
  22. The Best Green Juice 
  23. Caramelized Pear, Sage, and Orange Biscuits 
  24. Arugula Salad with Port Roasted Pears and Roquefort 
  25. Engagement Roast Chicken 
  26. Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce 
  27. Apple and Brie Soup with Bacon and Pumpkin Seed Granola 
  28. Homemade Soft Pretzels 
  29. White Turkey Chili 
  30. Crusted Pumpkin Wedges with Sour Cream 
  31. Harvest Cheese Board

2 thoughts on “It’s Cookbook Month!

  1. It is so kind that you share such well written and easy on the eye recipes cost free! The pictures are so well done and the recipes as a whole are so beautiful to look at and want to cook with. Well done! So happy to have come across this Instagram page.


    1. Jenna! Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so glad you like the blog, my photos, and recipes. Let me know which ones you try out, and how you like them! I so appreciate your energy and support! 🙂

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