Honestly, I don’t know how it keeps happening.
But I’ve done it again.
Another cookbook.
The Best Recipes in the World: More Than 1,000 International Dishes to Cook at Home” by Mark Bittman

The problem is this amazing store: Omnivore Books.

It’s a food lovers paradise. Cookbooks and all books food related.

So despite my promise that no more cookbooks would come through the door, this one snuck in. I can’t wait to try it.

In the meantime, In celebration of the wonderful weather and springs arrival, I made a killer shredded bbq pork last night in the crockpot. It was DELISH. While I’m normally not a huge pork fan, I make an exception for pulled pork sandwiches.  I was feeling to lazy to make my own sauce, so I used Bull’s Eye Hickory Smoke. Despite the store bought sauce it turned out really well, though it can’t compete with the best bbq joint in the midwest- Pappy’s.

As a side note, apologies for the lack of posts recently. A weeks vacation followed by a weeks worth of catching up at work leaves very little time for blogging!


Damn it! I accidentally bought another cookbook! It jumped in my amazon cart and followed me home. I blame it on the dreary months and slightly chilly weather. That’s correct, I’ve been craving comfort food. So one must follow the recipes of those who do comfort food best: The southerners. And one southerner seems to do it better than anyone else. Yes, Paula Deen will be on my shelves when I get home.

It probably didn’t help that I just finished her biography “It Ain’t All About The Cookin“. One can only hear about fried chicken, and baked spaghetti, and all other manner of delish sounding heart attack inducing fried foods, before you want to be able to make them yourself. She certainly has lived an interesting life and the book is worth reading, but beware, I don’t see how you couldn’t order a cookbook upon completion.

I have a new bookclub tonight! I’m hoping that this group of ladies is as interesting as they seem to be!

I’ve been doing swimmingly with my one new recipe a week rule, even being a bit of an overachiever (Okay, it’s only the third week of the year, so I’m not getting too confident yet). This week I was craving rich food and tastes. It might have been the damp and chilly weather, or the stressful work week, but I wanted something filling.

The first new recipe is one that I’ve been meaning to try for a few weeks. I have a habit of buying ingredients and cooking around them, as was the case with this.  When I was home over Christmas I discovered a shop, Vom Fass.  This place is a little slice of heaven. The oils! The Vinegars! The Liqueurs! The gorgeous bottles you can choose to put them in!  I could have spent days tasting the incredible things they have to offer. There were months worth of new recipes and exciting flavors that could come from this place.  As I was pressed for space in my suitcase I decided to be responsible and only picked a small bottle of truffle infused olive oil.

I wasn’t sure exactly what I would use it for, but truffle oil goes with everything so I knew I could find a million uses for it. Convieniently enough, the man working at the store attached a recipe card to my bottle.

Roasted Potatoes with Truffle Oil. Sold. I’m happy to report that it was as good as it was simple. The truffle oil added a fantastic depth to the potatoes.

8 Red Potatoes

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Grated Parmesean

2 Tbls. Truffle Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Quarter the potatoes, toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast at 425 for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and toss with truffle oil.  Allow to cool and serve with Parmesean.

Potatoes Pre-Roasting

What else could one want on a crappy rainy day? MEAT!

I found a recipe that looked and tasted amazing over at epicurious.com, Beef Tenderloin with Garlic Horseradish Cream.

This was DELICIOUS- Although I should mention that I cut the Oregano and Beef bouillion.  The tenderloin had a lovely peppery crust.  It was perfectly juicy and flavorful.  I would make this a lot, if the meat weren’t so pricey (although I’m sure it didn’t help that I got it at whole foods).

Yep, I like it rare

Overall this weeks new recipes….Success. Both will make future appearances on my table.

I’m reading Animal, Vegetable , Miracle: A Year of Food Life By Barbra Kingsolver. It affirms pretty much everything I think about food and makes me want to grow a veggie garden. But considering that two summers and 12 tomato plants produced a grand total of zero tomatoes, I’ll continue to frequent the farmers market.

I’m cooking Roman Style Chicken. It wasn’t a hit. A pity as it took next to no time and looked attractive.

My latest lovely dinner out was at 54 Mint. The website is temporary and you can’t see the menu, but it was a fantastic Italian in an incredibly charming space. I had the Linguine Alla Pescatora and it was amazing. Fresh, with a light tomato based sauce. The Gnocchi was incredible as well. I’ll be back as there are several other things on the menu that looked interesting.