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Tip of the Month, March 2013: Covet Your Cookbook Collection

More cookbooks

My love of books started shortly after I was born and has been a huge factor in my career choices: librarian, writer and editor. My fascination with cookbooks started in junior high school. My parents had a small collection and my favorite was a Good Housekeeping cookbook with a bright blue cover. From that book I learned to make my own pie and pizza crusts from scratch. I still have several of my parents’ old cookbooks, like this great one by Julia Child, but do not have a clue what happened to the Good Housekeeping cookbook.

A page from Julia Child

I have finally managed to weed my cookbook collection to a mere four shelves worth – not an easy feat. However, with so many recipes on the Internet and the need for more space on my shelves, I did find new homes for many of them over the past several years.

Cookbooks

I love the convenience of finding recipes and meal ideas online as well as on some of the food apps on my cell phone (that’s a whole other post.) It comes in especially handy when I find something on sale at the store and am able to look up recipes on my phone to figure out what other ingredients I need to buy. Or, when I’m at work, I can just print a recipe from the Internet and take it shopping with me. However, browsing recipes online never will be able completely to replace leafing through an actual hard-copy cookbook, taking in the pictures and getting ideas for new dishes to make.

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2012: A Look Back at Travel, Food and Drinks

Grand Cayman breakfast at Coconut Joe's

First off, I’d like to wish all of my readers a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year! Thanks for your “likes” and comments, and please keep them coming!

As the year comes to its end, I’d like to share some of my favorite places where I dined and/or drank when traveling in 2012. Some of these places I’ve already blogged about, such as Breckenridge, Colo., Key West, Fla. Beaufort, N.C. and Portland, Ore. I also had some great meals in New Orleans, New York, Grand Cayman and Washington, D.C.

French Quarter Music festival 2012

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Drink of the Month, October 2012 – Liqueurs

In honor of National Liqueur Day, which is October 16th, I decided to look in my liquor cabinet to see what I had on hand to make a celebratory drink. Oh my, I had no idea I had so many different types of liqueurs. I guess I will blame (or, should I say, thank) this blog – over the past year I’ve collected quite a few bottles.

I think Brad was surprised about all of the liqueurs we have as well. Bless his heart, he decided to take one for the blog and try out all of them so he would have an informed opinion on what he liked the best. Thank you, honey, although I had a feeling which liqueur was his favorite* before he even started (it’s one of mine as well.)

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Love A Fair

The North Carolina State Fair is in town until next Sunday. I went yesterday, for a couple of reasons, but the main one was that I had entered the “Anything but Ordinary” sweet potato cooking contest. The other was to eat that not-so-healthy but oh-so-good fair food. While I did not win a cooking title or any ribbons for that matter, I’m sure I gained a few pounds. But overall, it was a good day and a beautiful one,  too.

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Love A Fair

The North Carolina State Fair is in town until next Sunday. I went yesterday, for a couple of reasons, but the main one was that I had entered the “Anything but Ordinary” sweet potato cooking contest. The other was to eat that not-so-healthy but oh-so-good fair food. While I did not win a cooking title or any ribbons for that matter, I’m sure I gained a few pounds. But overall, it was a good day and a beautiful one,  too.

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Love A Fair

The North Carolina State Fair is in town until next Sunday. I went yesterday, for a couple of reasons, but the main one was that I had entered the “Anything but Ordinary” sweet potato cooking contest. The other was to eat that not-so-healthy but oh-so-good fair food. While I did not win a cooking title or any ribbons for that matter, I’m sure I gained a few pounds. But overall, it was a good day and a beautiful one,  too.

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Love A Fair

The North Carolina State Fair is in town until next Sunday. I went yesterday, for a couple of reasons, but the main one was that I had entered the “Anything but Ordinary” sweet potato cooking contest. The other was to eat that not-so-healthy but oh-so-good fair food. While I did not win a cooking title or any ribbons for that matter, I’m sure I gained a few pounds. But overall, it was a good day and a beautiful one,  too.

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Love A Fair

The North Carolina State Fair is in town until next Sunday. I went yesterday, for a couple of reasons, but the main one was that I had entered the “Anything but Ordinary” sweet potato cooking contest. The other was to eat that not-so-healthy but oh-so-good fair food. While I did not win a cooking title or any ribbons for that matter, I’m sure I gained a few pounds. But overall, it was a good day and a beautiful one,  too.

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Love A Fair

The North Carolina State Fair is in town until next Sunday. I went yesterday, for a couple of reasons, but the main one was that I had entered the “Anything but Ordinary” sweet potato cooking contest. The other was to eat that not-so-healthy but oh-so-good fair food. While I did not win a cooking title or any ribbons for that matter, I’m sure I gained a few pounds. But overall, it was a good day and a beautiful one,  too.

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