There’s just something about that heart-shaped spaghetti that I absolutely adore. I saw these photos on Black*Eiffel, and fell in love. If you’re looking for more cute and clever ways to Valentine-up your dinner, check out the book Valentine Treats.
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A while back, Laura hooked me up with a fantastic book swap partner: Erica’s Bloggity Blog. She’s a lovely blogger and photographer and mother of 2 adorable little kids. So, I sent her a tried and true book of healthy recipes and a brand-new chocolate cookbook to even out the healthy factor. Then I threw in a few books for her kids to play with and read. I felt great when I sent my package! And then… I got my amazing box of books in the mail. Erica sent me the brand-new book by Nigella Lawson, How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food. I got so excited by this book that I actually took it out and started reading it on the subway home—the first time I’ve ever done that with a cookbook. Haven’t actually made anything yet, but I’ll post as soon as I do. Other goodies that Erica sent me: Trinny and Susannah: What You Wear Can Change Your Life (from the British show What Not to Wear which I hardcore heart); Better Homes and Gardens Big Book of 30-Minute Dinners; Light Cooking: Pasta; Light Cooking: Chicken; and a novel called Labyrinth that I’m already 60 pages into. What a successful swap, right?!?! Thanks Laura and Erica! But I immediately felt guilty that I didn’t include any fun reading in the package I sent, so I’m going to stick an addendum in the mail. Something that’s weighing down my bookshelf and needing to be read!
Check out this brand-new way to create your own cookbook. Over at TasteBook.com, you can browse the recipes at Epicurious, pick your favorites, and then have TasteBook bind them into one, cohesive cookbook. Pretty awesome. It’s much cleaner and prettier than that dingy 3-ring binder your mom gave you, or that weird folder that you stuff tear-outs into. If you want to add a personal touch, you can include some recipes of your own with the Epicurious ones. The books can hold up to 100 different dishes. Or, if you’re lazy, you can buy one of their pre-filled books (things like Holiday Cookies or Kids’ Favorites) and add recipes later. I was surprised at how well-designed and professional these books look, and the price isn’t too bad either: $35. Is it something you’d buy?
PS—One of my friends told me my blog has become a little too cupcake-heavy. PSha! I say! There is no such thing as too much cupcake.
I just saw this clip of Amy Sedaris on the Martha Stewart show—she’s making her famous Cheese Balls. BUT… I saw Amy Sedaris about a week ago at an IKEA event (where I consumed PB&Js, burgers, BLTs, apple pies with ice cream, popcorn, a rice crispy treat, and beer… and proceeded to get sick), and she was wearing the exact same outfit! Is this her shtick now? Anyway, she’s really funny and I love her book, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. Jo the MasterBaker owns it. So, I won’t hate on her. Or her cheese balls.
Here’s the recipe for the Lil’ Smoky Cheese Balls:
2 cups shredded smoked Gouda cheese, room temperature
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons steak sauce
1 cup toasted chopped walnuts or pecans
Crackers, for serving
Place Gouda, cream cheese, butter, milk and steak sauce in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix until well combined. Transfer mixture to refrigerator. Let chill overnight. Roll cheese mixture into a ball. Place nuts in a shallow dish. Roll cheese in nuts to fully coat. Serve with crackers.
Laura is hosting a book-swap—what a fun idea! The plan is to sign-up to send out at least two really great books that you are currently enjoying. The books can be cookbooks (that’ll be me—I’m thinking about swapping the two books above), romance novels, children’s books, autobiographies – pick your poison (as Laura says). She’ll try to match people up accordingly based on interests and assign swap partners Wednesday of next week via email. (It will be up to you and your partner if books need to be returned or not). If you’re interested in participating, email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Blog or Flickr account
Favorite section of a bookstore
All time favorite novel
A book that was way better than it’s movie version
Would you be willing to ship internationally? Y/N
I have a ridiculous amount of cookbooks in my apartment, and I could definitely use some new ideas and inspiration. So I’m ready to swap!
Over at GoodyBlog, we’re giving away 10 free copies of the new Shrek Cookbook. Everyone should go over and enter, because with 10 copies, the odds of winning are REALLY good! If you know any little kids, this book is super fun. I’ve been skimming it for the past week now, and I love it! I can totally see the 10-year-old version of myself putting on a fancy apron and ordering my mom around the kitchen. There are recipes like Stir-Fry Worms and Insects (aka veggies and egg noodles) and Swamp Weed and Fly Larvae (aka guacamole and hummus). How fun is that? Plus, it’s a sneaky way for moms to get their kids to try new foods other than hotdogs and Fruity Pebbles. Extra bonus: If you head over to GoodyBlog, you can print out the recipe for Gingybread Men for free.