Meeting Ina Garten!

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.

I’m Gonna Be in a Cookbook!

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!

Back in April, my recipe was published in the Scranton Times-Tribune “Local Flavor” feature.  It was such an exciting experience.

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!

My inspiration

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.