I thought it would be fun to host a cookbook review on It’s a Keeper (IAK). Some of my readers and Facebook/Twitter followers who wanted to participate don’t have blogs of their own to share their recipes on, so I offered up a guest post on IAK to give all of my readers the opportunity to share their reviews. This one is from my good friend, Jill. She made this recipe (and two other Ina Garten recipes) for our weekly play date. While the kids dined on mummy dogs and mac-n-cheese, we were treated with Roasted Shrimp Cocktail, Mâche with Warm Brie and Apples and Truffled Fillet of Beef Sandwiches. Yum, right?!? Jill’s recipe is below and my commentary is underneath.
It’s not often that I get a chance to relax with a mouth watering cocktail. But, when I do, my drink of choice is a Pomegranate Martini! I discovered this yummy concoction a few months ago while at a conference in Los Angeles. And, ever since, I’ve been searching for the perfect recipe to make these bad boys at home.
But, before I get to the recipe, let me tell you a little about my trip to LA! I had the AMAZING opportunity to visit the set of The Office — you know, the quirky NBC sitcom?! The fictional company, Dunder Mifflin, is set in Scranton, PA and that’s where I’m from! So, it was an awesome experience to visit the set and meet some of the actors! And, my friends and I even had an unbelievable opportunity to be extras in one of the scenes! We even had to visit the wardrobe trailer because we “weren’t Scranton enough”! How funny is that?!? Ultimately, our appearance was cut from the episode, but I’ll get to keep the experience forever! It was truly awesome! Here are some photos from my trip…
This afternoon, I had lunch at Panera Bread with my good friend, Lisa. I don’t know why, but smoothies have become my new addiction. I think part of it is due to the warmer weather, but I just seem to be craving berries. I ordered a smoothie and was slightly appalled that it was $3.99. Seriously? $3.99?
When I came home, I scoured my (100+) cookbooks and the internet to find a suitable recipe. Here’s what I came up with: