food

Fabulous Fun With Food

 

 

The books this week take an unexpected spin and sometimes hilarious twist on traditional tales.  

Do You Know what's for Dinner?

It’s hard enough trying to find food that the entire family will enjoy, but with the increased cost groceries, getting what you need at the store is a lot harder.  Luckily, your family doesn’t have to live off of frozen foods or “boxed” meals, because the right cookbook can help whip that food budget back into shape.   Below are a few of my recommendations for busy parents that want to serve real food to their family. 

Food Microhistories

Small scale stories can sometimes reveal bigger ideas and trends.  That's the thought behind a type of writing called microhistory.  By exploring the history of a smaller item or event, larger historical and cultural themes are revealed in the process.

Each of the following microhistories are based on food.  Pick up a few titles and decide for yourself if small can also be big.

What Am I Eating?

Read It Before You Eat ItFood labeled “organic” isn’t necessarily healthy.  “Zero grams of trans fat” could still contain trans fat.  “Natural”?  Don’t even go there.  Bonnie Taub-Dix recently penned Read It Before You Eat It – a book to help us decode food labels and make informed, healthy choices. 

Happy Fourth of July!

The 4th of July is the perfect setting for a fun filled day of food, family and friends. If weather permits, I will be picnicking in the park this weekend.  

Please feel free to share a favorite cookbook or recipe below.  I am always looking for new recipes and would love any suggestions you may have.

Pioneer Woman Cooking

The Pioneer Woman If you've never heard of the Pioneer Woman, you've been missing out.  Miss out no longer because here's the scoop: Ree Drummond, otherwise known as the Pioneer Woman, lives in Oklahoma on a cattle ranch and loves to cook.  Originally from Los Angeles, this city dweller ended up marrying a cowboy and settling down on a farm.  She has been blogging about her ranch experiences and cooking adventures on her website since 2005. 

Kids Eat Free

Check out these websites for potential free Kids meals.  Remember, buyer beware!  Or, more specifically, call before you visit to verify that the restaurant in question is still honoring the advertised deals or verify the rules for getting the free meals.

Who Doesn't Love Pancakes?

I don't know a single person who doesn't like pancakes, and February 14 - 20th is National Pancake week.  I realize that the celebrations are almost over, but this topic was too yummy to past up.  Not to mention the fact, that it's never too early to start planning for next year...Maybe I'll have pancakes for dinner tonight. 

Eating Out is Hard to Do

What to Eat When You're Eating OutFor the waistline-conscious person, eating out is definitely hard to do.  Hidden calories and fat molecules are in the least likely places.  I usually assume that if it tastes good, there’s danger there.  But, now I have a tool I can use to shed light on the subject: What to Eat When You’re Eating Out by Hope S. Warshaw. Her information covers more than 60 popular restaurants giving you the best options for each and then the nitty gritty on the rest.

Heavenly Milkshakes

Thoroughly Modern MilkshakesI’m in heaven.  Have you seen the latest Adam Ried concoction?  Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes.  It’s somewhere between an art collection and a cookbook.  One look at the Frozen Affogato Shake with Espresso Granita and I was hooked!  Or the cover photo of the Maple-Butter Pecan Shake.  Ice cream lovers unite….it’s shake time!

 

 

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