Review: Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings, Favorite Cookbook of 2016


I had the opportunity to get this book from blogging for books and passed it up. My first thought was “Oh, no another cookbook from a celebrity who probably can’t even cook. Nothing in this one I’d be interesting in making.” Boy was I wrong! After reading several outstanding reviews for this book and learning that Chrissy even has a foodie blog, I realized I might have made a mistake. Since I had an Amazon gift card I decided to purchase a copy of my own and see what  all the hoopla  was about. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love this book. I’m already made 25 of the recipes with many more marked to try. Almost all of the ones I’ve tried were hits at my house. We didn’t care that much for the meatloaf, but it was a taste preference and not anything to do with the actual recipe.

Also amazing is the stories of the food in this book. Chrissy uses some off color language that I’m not particularly fond of, but in this book it works. She often had me laughing out loud while reading this book. So it’s a fun read as well as to cook from. There is even a chapter of Thai inspired food from her Mom. Haven’t tried any of those recipes yet but if I can get the ingredients I’ll be trying those as well as we enjoy Thai food.

Some of our absolute favorites of the 25 were Sriracha Caesar Salad and dressing, Cobb Salad with Honey Mustard Ranch Dressing, Chinese Chicken Salad with Crispy Won Ton Skins, Roasted Jalapeno and Chroizo Queso, Steak Bites with Melty Blue Cheese Butter, Cheesey Jalapeon Bacon Cornbread, John’s Breakfast Sandwich, Spicy Cajun Sausage Peppers and Cabbage, Cheesy Jalapeno Tuna Casserole with Potato Chip Topping, and Everything Chicken Sandwich Melts. If you’d like to see my reviews and photos of all the recipes I’ve tried from this book check me out on where my handle is southerncooker.

Here are just a few pictures of the recipes I’ve tried so far.


I’ve added quiet a few new cookbooks to my collection this year and several of them have been outstanding but this one I think has to be my favorite. Looking forward to trying more from this cookbook and hoping she has a second one in the works.

Review: A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches

Reading the title alone of this cookbook by  Tyler Kord, Chef, No. 7 Sub, makes one curious as to what’s inside. The author is the owner of the No. 7 Sub shops in New York. The artwork which is by William Wegman and photography by Noah Fecks are both amazing. The artwork reminds me of the older cookbooks of yesteryear. The photos of the actual sandwiches will make you drool. This book is a fun read even if you never try any of the sandwiches. I haven’t yet, but do have several marked to try in the future.

This book had me chuckling out loud from the introduction which is by Emma Straub and is a fantastic story in itself. Some of the combinations sound like they’d never work, but you’ll never know unless you try. This coming from a southern girl who enjoys a banana, bologna and mayonnaise on white bread.

There are not only meat options for sandwiches, but some veggie ones as well.

Names of the sandwiches are intriguing as well, and the back stories about them a joy to read. For instance: The Empire Strikes Back, Alf, Hot Patootie, Don’t Cry for Me Argentia, The Battle on Pork Chop Hill, and How Soon is Now, to name a few. There is some strong language in places that isn’t my cup of tea, but not enough to be off putting to me. If you enjoy a good read along with your sandwich then this if the book for you.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.


Weekend in a French Kitchen July 24, 2016


I’ve been lax in participating in the weekend in a French kitchen project this month, but I’m finally back into it. It’s been so hot here in NC lately that I’ve just lost the desire to be in the kitchen for long periods of time. This weeks assignment was to choose a recipe from Mimi’s blog, Manger. I decided on the perfect recipe, strawberry ice cream. I love this recipe and my family did as well. It was a joy to make and so easy. No ice cream freezer was involved. You just blend strawberries in the food processor till smooth. Then whisk some cream till light and fluffy, pour in some condensed milk, the strawberries, and some confectioners sugar. Stir it all up and pour into a glass container. Pop on a lid and pop it in the freezer. The hard part is waiting about 8 hours before you get to devour the deliciousness.  This was so good and easy I plan on trying it with other fruits as well. If you’d like to make some of this for your family you can find the recipe at:

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Up next weekend in Cooks Choice. Hoping I can find another summer French recipe that won’t heat up the kitchen. Until next time Bon Appétit.


Weekends in a French Kitchen June 5, 2016


Welcome back to my weekend French Kitchen. As I continue to cook from Mimi Thorisson’s A Kitchen in France with Tammy, Christy, & Emily and some other food bloggers, this weekend’s recipe is Onion Tart. I used store bought puff pastry for my shell. I forgot to purchase thyme at the first grocery store I stopped at and the next one didn’t have any, so I used some dried. This was still an amazing tart. For my onions I used Vidalia onions since they are plentiful in our markets right now and my family loves them. Even my picky husband loved this tart but he insisted it was dessert. My daughter and I ate it along with a salad and it made a wonderful supper on a hot day. Not only is this one good hot it’s also delicious cold.

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Until next time Bon Appétit.

Weekends in a French Kitchen May 22, 2016


This weekends recipe from A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson is Artichoke Tartlets. I made these for mine and my daughters lunch and we thought they were amazing. Simple but so tasty. I still haven’t been able to find fresh artichokes in my local markets. I had frozen the rest of the hearts from a can I had gotten awhile back at Trader Joes, so I thawed those and continued with the recipe after the  fresh artichokes were cooked. I used fine chopped Vidalia onion instead of the shallots and store bought Puff Pastry. Also had to use curly parsley since no flat leaf at my market this week. I made four instead of six. Two for each of us.

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Review: Food With Friends

While Food With Friends is a book filled with beautiful pictures, it just isn’t one I would use very often. The recipes are very unique, which I do enjoy, but I see only a very few I would actually make. The book says “The Art of Simple Gatherings” but the recipes seem more geared for fancier gatherings (Bruleed Citrus Fruits with Fresh Herbs, Chocolate Orange Challah With Saffron, Rhubarb Rose Floats, Matcha Egg Cream,  Orange Blossom Hagelslag on Toast, and Rose Flan to name a few). I would be willing to try the Salt Everything Cookies but have no idea where I could find quinoa flour. The only other recipe that intrigues me to try would be the Polenta with Blistered Tomatoes, Walnuts & Thyme. I’m sure some people will love this book and enjoy cooking from it but it just isn’t for me.

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Weekends in a French Kitchen April 24, 2016


This weekend is Cooks Choice weekend and that means we can make a recipe from Mimi that we missed or even choose another French Cookbook to cook from. I decided to make Vanilla Cheesecakes with Fresh Strawberry Compote from Le French Oven by Hillary Davis. Delicious!

Hillary Davis knows a lot about French cuisine and has several French cookbooks out. I was thrilled to receive this one when it first came out to do a review.  The review is also here on my blog. This cookbook is all about cooking in French dutch ovens and mini cocottes, which these cheese cakes were made in.

I only had one complaint about these cheese cakes hubby and some of the family missed them not having a crust. The compote was on the sweet side, but when eaten with the cake and a fresh sliced strawberry on top it worked. If you have time be sure and check out some of Hillary Davis’ cookbooks as they are filled with delightful recipes.


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