Archive for August, 2015

Food Memoir Reading

28 August, 2015

So my summer reading definitely had a theme to it: the food memoir.

It started in France and I have to say that reading books about other people traveling and eating totally enriched my trip. Once I got home I couldn’t stop and read a few more. And I have two that I can’t wait to get to so I am including them too. So on the off chance that you love food and travel, here you go.

1. Tender At The Bone by Ruth Reichl


There is just something about her writing that really touches a very personal part of you and makes you feel like you are sitting down with a sister or best friend over coffee. Born to a mother who suffers from manic depression, she has an innate appetite that fuels her path in food writing (she was the editor of Gourmet Magazine for 10 years). She was rather …

Roast Chicken with Crème Fraîche and Herbs

25 August, 2015

I am still dreaming about this dinner.

I couldn’t be more excited to share Roast Chicken with Crème Fraîche and Herbs for the next installment of The Humble Onion Tuesday Dinners. I am hoping that by searching the hashtag  #thotuesdaydinners you can have quick and easy meal ideas at your fingertips for when you meal plan. Or frantically think of dinner at 4:30 like I do on busy days.

This dinner is the trifecta of home cooking; it is easy, delicious and the kids will happily eat it (and possibly lick their plates like mine did). I know many kids have already gone back to school …

Perfect vs. Better

24 August, 2015

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I have been putting shoes on my toddler all week that are too small.

He has red scabs on his heels and little blood stains on the back of his shoes that I didn’t see.

Naturally, I feel horrible.

So when I read over and over again about how we are too obsessed with perfection, how learning that one can’t be perfect is a big insight, I am a little bit like, who are these people? Who is under the impression that they could be perfect? I am presented with my blatant failure on the daily and I sort of want to know – who isn’t?

I recently read an expert of Mindy Kailing’s new book that I loved. Because it hinted at this dilemma around the ideas of perfection and confidence. She says that confidence really …

Shrimp Scampi + THO Tuesday Dinners

18 August, 2015

I can’t believe how little of summer is left. I am holding onto it like a toddler holds on to a lollipop. Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled to send my kids to school (for their sake and mine) but I am chaffing at the schedule that comes with the school year. September means football and soccer and a ton of family birthdays, so I am trying to savor you, August. You and your staying up past everyone’s bedtime playing games and sleeping in late, beach days and long runs, swimming in rivers and endless ice …

Almond Gazpacho + Introduction

12 August, 2015

I know I just posted a gazpacho recipe, but consider this a recipe post + introduction to a cookbook that has me totally inspired.

Before we left for our trip to France, I took the kids to Barnes + Noble , and while I was there I decided to get a French cookbook to use when we get back since I would likely want to dive into cooking the foods we tasted (which turned out to be très vrais). This was the one I picked up:

Every review I could find since learning of her and her (much better) food blog, …

Chocolate Mousse

4 August, 2015

Have you ever had real Chocolate Mousse? If so, you know there is nothing else like it. So light and airy, but still with an intensely rich chocolate flavor and the absolute creamiest texture ever. It is so good it hurts.

When I was thinking, what inspired me the most in France? I came up with the answer that they keep things very classical, and once you learn those things, you can endlessly improvise. I know I am not the first person to come up with this, (**cough, Julia Child**)but I am here to say how true I am finding …