Cookbooks for Your Collection

Last year I challenged myself to try 365 new recipes. I shared my resources of different books and blogs I used for the project. I wanted to share a more in-depth list of cookbooks I love. You may want to add some of these to your shelf.


General Cookbooks 

Specialty Cookbooks

Celebrity/Pop Culture Cookbooks 

Vegetarian/Vegan Cookbooks

Low Sugar & Low Carb Cookbooks

Entertaining/Dinner Parties 


Pinspiration: My Love of Pinterest


Here is another post from the archives.

There are so many social media outlets today that it can be challenging to keep them all straight. While I do use most mainstream platforms I’m grateful that social media wasn’t a part of my life till after college. Although I have to admit there are some perks to being this connected. Facebook allows me to have a relationship with cousins and distant relatives I’ve yet to meet in person, Twitter keeps me up to date on great events and contests I wouldn’t have known about otherwise, and I do enjoy seeing photos others capture on Instagram.  I downloaded Snapchat when it first came out but quickly gave up on that. It was one platform too many for me. 

My favorite platform by far is Pinterest.  It has become as much a part of my weekend routine as coffee and the Sunday New York Times.  Pinterest is where I find inspiration for ensembles I want to add to my wardrobe, recipes I’m dying to try, and DIY projects for a rainy Saturday.

One of the fun things about this blog has been connecting with subscribers via Pinterest. I love seeing what gems others find and it’s interesting to see what pins of mine others are drawn to.  I mentioned that Pinterest is part of my weekend routine.  Throughout the week I “like” pins that seem interesting to me and on the weekend I organize those pins onto my different boards. I create boards for inspiration when I’m planning out parties. 

Are you an avid pinner? Please share the link to your Pinterest profile in the comments so we can all follow.


Cooking around the world: Osso Buco


Winter is the time for soups, stews, and comfort food. Over the holidays I wanted to prepare a hearty meal that was a bit more elegant, so I took my first stab at Osso Buco.

Osso Buco is a Northern Italian dish of braised veal shanks. I followed Giada De Laurentis’s recipe. Most of the ingredients were things I had on hand. My local grocery store did not have veal shanks so instead I went to the butchers. If you’re in NYC I highly recommend Schatzie’s.

Traditionally the dish is served with pasta or polenta, but I made mashed potatoes in the slow cooker. It was the perfect compliment to the dish. I also served some roasted winter vegetables and a pinot noir.