“A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.”

–Thomas Keller

Yesterday’s Cooking

As I mentioned in my previous post, I did do some cooking this weekend, but I did not make Ina recipes.

Instead, I chose to make recipes that would give my family and me a little more plant protein versus meat protein. So, I crafted two dishes and my family liked them.

The first one was a take on Beef Wellington, but instead of meat, I used a delicious mushroom mixture to wrap in the puff pastry.

Mushroom Wellington

The other dish I made was kind of my own creation. I used quinoa and chickpeas (garbanzo beans) as the star players and make a dish that also featured kale, an orange pepper and cherry tomatoes. I added in some sherry wine and spices and it was so yummy! Though, I think I needed more salt and pepper. Oh well, you live and learn, right?

Quinoa & Kale Recipe

I’m not sure what I will make this week, but it will be an Ina recipe, that’s for sure!

Also, the cookbook reviews will return next week, but there will be more time between them. They will not be a weekly post, but I do still plan to review all twelve.

Sit tight, more is coming your way soon!!


I hope everyone had a glorious Thanksgiving! My family and I appreciated the different style of celebrating that 2020 brought us. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to cook any Ina recipes for Thanksgiving. I know, I’m as upset as you all are! But, I did cook something Saturday night for dinner, the post will come tomorrow!

And what’s different about this one is it is NOT an Ina recipe! Her recipes will return soon though…stay tuned, as always!

Thanksgiving Cooking

This year, Thanksgiving will be much smaller than usual. However, it will also give my family a chance to cook for a change. We usually visit our relatives on Thanksgiving and they handle the cooking.

To help my parents with the meal, I have offered to handle the sides. Over the weekend we agreed on carrots and green beans. I will be looking through Ina’s cookbooks tonight and tomorrow for a recipe that will work well for those choices.

I can’t NOT cook an Ina recipe on the largest food holiday of the year, right?

Recipe #19 Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

This recipe can be found in Parties!, page 221.

By the time New England reaches late November, Fall is in full swing. In my area of New England, the leaves are practically gone from the trees. Bare trees will cover the landscape until mid-May when the new leaves start their lives.

This time of year always makes me want to cook “fall favorites” as I call them. Pumpkins, apples, squashes, nuts, etc fill my kitchen. And this weekend’s recipe was not exception. This one included two “fall favorites”: butternut squash and apples! Not much else would say “fall recipe.”

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This Week’s Cooking: A Teaser

This week I will be making at least two recipes. One of which will come from either the Dessert or Breakfast chapters in the books. But, I’m really feeling like I want some cookies. Now I just need to pick which ones!

For the regular weekly cooking, I will probably make some sort of soup but I’m also leaning towards something out of the Lunch chapters. I have yet to make something from that section.

I will be deciding on the recipes tonight and I’ll post them tomorrow. I will be making dinner on Saturday this week, but will probably do the shopping tomorrow.

Stay tuned!

Chilly Day!

We are in the midst of our first truly “cold day” of the season. Usually, at this point in November, we are seeing temperatures in the high 40s and up to the low 60s. However, today the high is supposed to reach only 36! Much too cold for this time of year here in CT.

While I was glad to finally be able to acceptably wear a sweater to work today, all I can think about is wanting to stay home, under blankets and sip warm tea.

I think this week, I’m going to make a soup recipe. Even though by Friday, the weather should return to more seasonable temperatures.

Some Updates

Hi Everyone!

I know the blog has been quiet, and I want to apologize for that. I have decided to take a short hiatus from writing the cookbook reviews. I will probably resume with one or two in December. The rest will be completed in 2021.

I did not cook anything Ina-related last week, so I have no new recipes to post. However, I do plan to make a few things this week and this weekend. So, stay tuned! I also plan to write more posts in the “Shopping” category. This will entail buying special groceries or tools and what not.

As always, thanks for reading!