When BBQ and Mexican collide

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I don’t know about you, but I love BBQ, and I love Mexican food. One of my favorite dishes to make is a mixture of the two, my famous (by my account only) BBQ Chicken Quesadillas. This is a great meal for the whole family. You can customize this dish to serve the taste buds […]

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Everything’s coming up roses . . .

While roses smell lovely and are beautiful to look at, did you also know there are some wonderful dishes you can make with them?  If you've ever read Laura Esquival's love story, Like Water for Chocolate, you know how intoxicating Quail in Rose Petal Sauce can be. If not, we've got the book. And the movie. […]

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Street food at home!

Now that we're seeing some warmer weather and more sunshine, some people I know have been saying they're looking forward to summer art fairs and festivals, and the great street food that accompanies those events. There's just something about that combination of fresh air, sun, and tantalizing smells that make our mouths water. But what […]

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Did you know April is National Soft Pretzel month?

You never know what you'll learn at the library, that's for sure. If you've already started baseball season by having a soft pretzel at a game, I'll bet you didn't know that April is all about soft pretzels. And now that I've written "soft pretzels" a few times, I'll bet you're starting to crave one. […]

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It’s time for ramps!

April is the prime time to enjoy ramps, a garlicky spring vegetable that seems to pop up right now and then disappear after a few weeks.  So what the heck is a ramp?  They are wild leeks, most often foraged from shaded, woody areas and for many of us, one of the first signs of […]

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Are you ready for Pi Day ?

Pi Day is March 14 (naturally).  And, what better day than to celebrate with some PIE? You could begin with this book: How to Bake [pi] I met the author of this book and she's absolutely lovely and so enthusiastic that I was convinced this book would erase my childhood trauma of being bad at math. […]

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Flour + Peanut = Multiple reasons to celebrate

Did you know that March is National Flour Month? And also National Peanut Month? If you want to celebrate both at the same time, perhaps some peanut butter baking could fit the bill?  We suggest starting with Peanut Butter Sweets by Pamela Bennett.  Peanut Butter Sweets Other tasty titles include: Peanut Butter Comfort      […]

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Death and Company. And what that has to do with a culinary blog

If you browse the shelves in our culinary section, maybe the spine of the book that reads "Death & Co", in scrolling silver text on a black cover, caught your eye. From just the spine, you might think we had accidentally mis-shelved a book about death customs or cemeteries. However, the full cover reveals "Death […]

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One potato, two potato

I was browsing the culinary section this week and noticed several titles that focused on potatoes. While I certainly enjoy potatoes, and actually consider them to be one of Nature's most versatile vegetables (and could eat them a few times a week, I'm sure), I didn't realize that they were the subject of more than […]

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Inspired by chefs

One of my favorite things to read in the Riverfront Times is their weekly profile of people involved in the local restaurant and bar scene.  Recently, they profiled and interviewed Samantha Mitchell, the owner of Farmtruk, which focuses on a roving farm-to-table concept.  It's interesting to read about her culinary path, and also about what […]

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