Please pardon our pause!

Bill and I are in the middle of a move between apartments, and still haven’t found the cookbooks. We will be posting again very soon!

There’s about 6 recipes in the queue (not counting today’s tweet from Rick Bayless that I hope to try this week). After that, the sky is the limit!

Also, a friend threatened to give us cookbooks. She is wonderful and sadistic. Which, really, is part of why we love her.

In random other news, Bill and I have chosen not to bring the evil toaster with us. We’re looking for good toaster oven recommendations. We’d like something with pretty good capacity, at a minimum. We’re not horribly concerned about counter space. Do you have any?

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Quick! Should we enter to win? (Rules Question.)

Cover of Fiesta at Rick's by Rick Bayless

So, our beloved Angelique has been singing the praises of Rick Bayless and his cookbooks for about a month now. Oddly coincident with our adventures in cookbooks, I have to say…

Anyway, everything she’s made from his books has sounded wonderful, and I am vaguely sad that I did not discover his books until after this challenge began. Especially because I’d had one delicious soup (caldo) from his restaurant, “Xoco”: (the pork belly caldo) prior to this challenge beginning. And then on the 3rd of July I had an amazing goat sandwich (torta). (Also, he happened to be in the restaurant kitchen, briefly. He looks very attractive with his greying goatee. Bill is for candid shots only. With his cell phone. They were only so good.… Continue reading →

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond

Cover of The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond

If you know us personally, you already know about “The Pioneer Woman”: because you’ve either gotten a link from us to something wonderful or funny she’s posted about, or because we talk about our imaginary internet friends all the time (note: unlike some of our imaginary internet friends, Pioneer Woman does not actually know us in any way, shape or form – she just has a lot to say that’s worth sharing beyond her blog).

I don’t know how long Bill has been reading PW, but I’ve been reading it for a little over a year now. If I recall correctly (and I may not), at the time I started reading, she just had the “Confessions” and “Cooking” sections up. Now she’s got five sections, and I read them all, daily.… Continue reading →

Eating Well Serves Two by the Editors of Eating Well Magazine

Cover of Eating Well Serves Two

This book, unlike the previously posted book, was a blatant cookbook grab on my part just before the challenge started (the challenge stated we’d buy no more cookbooks after 1 June 2010, and this one was purchased 30 May 2010). Mostly because I’d heard good things about it and I am always looking for a cookbook that is scaled down.

I haven’t, I have to admit, purchased a large number of “cooking for two” cookbooks, though I’ve thought about it. As is quite obvious, it’s not because I don’t like cookbooks or because I hesitate to buy them. It’s because most of them look dull or simplistic. In the case of this one, I bought it because it came extremely highly recommended by a person on one of my internet haunts.… Continue reading →

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, by Mark Bittman

Cover of How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, by Mark Bittman

Oddly, I don’t have a great deal to say about this book. I purchased it for our household fairly close to the beginning of this challenge. This challenge wasn’t the driver for the purchase, but I’ll admit I wanted to get this cookbook before the rules kicked in (there’s a couple of those lurking about this house).

The main driver for this book, however, was that I would like Bill and I to be eating more vegetarian meals. I think Bill doesn’t care one way or the other about whether or not our meals contain meat. He loves meat, don’t get me wrong, but he’s not nearly as meat-fixated as I am. I think, thus, he doesn’t worry about how to incorporate more vegetarian eating into our lives.… Continue reading →