If you recall, my husband and I in the midst of a pretty substantial renovation. We’re adding about 1,200 sf to our house — there will be a kitchen (yay!), dining room, living room, 1/2 bath and a laundry room. Underneath….a full basement. Lots of great, usable space!
Today, I had the pleasure of meeting the one…the only…Ina Garten! You may know her as the Barefoot Contessa from her popular Food Network show. Ina was on the last leg of her new book tour and we (my mom and I, because I always drag her with me to these things!) drove out to the Short Hills Mall in NJ to get our How Easy is That? cookbooks signed.
Soooo….I’m going to take a second to toot my own horn. I just found out this afternoon that my recipe for Braciole is going to be published in the “Local Flavor: Recipes We Love” cookbook!
So, when I saw this ad in the Times-Tribune, I contacted Josh (the reporter who wrote the article) and that’s when I found my recipe would be one of the recipes included in the book!
Tonight, my mother and I went to see Julie Powell, author of the book Julie & Julia and featured guest for the Lackawanna County Library Lecture Series.
I was eager to meet the woman who inspired this blog. I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve never been to anything like this before.
I love my crock pot. Ok, I guess it’s not really a crock pot since it’s made by Kitchenaid. But I pretty much use the words crock pot and slow cooker interchangeably. Kind of like cotton swab and Qtip. Anyway, last week, when I was cleaning my slow cooker, I noticed a sizeable crack in the crock. Upon further inspection, I noticed the crack was on the inside and the outside of the crock. Not good.
I’ve been looking for a great chili recipe. In the past I’ve just used the pre-packaged seasoning mixes and added it to ground beef, onions and green peppers. The other day, I came across a recipe that looked good so I’m giving it a try!