favorite cookbooks (and a veggie scrambler)

This is Part 24 of the “31 Days of Healthy Living” series.

I’m a little obsessed with cookbooks.


That might be an understatement.

My entire closet is packed full of them, one end to the other.  From Julia Child to Cooks Illustrated to Clean Food.  

(Actually, it might be borderline obsessive?!?)

So I thought it might be fun to share with you, some of my favorite cookbooks of all times.  The ones I turn to when I want something delicious the first time around.  The ones that I without a doubt, trust.

The Moosewood Cookbook might very well be one of the first cookbooks I started cooking with.  My aunt lent me her copy when she heard I was mostly into cooking vegetarian fare.  I bought a copy the next day.  It’s lovely.  I most enjoy the soups.

The Cooks Illustrated Light recipes have never let me down.


Sometimes the recipes can be a bit time intensive, but I’m okay with that as long as I know the end product will be worth the effort.  This is a wonderful cookbook to have for when company is coming and when you still want to prepare a lighter meal (lighter chicken parm, anyone?)

Better Homes and Garden is my go-to cookbook for when I want basic recipes.  Like granola.  Or sugar cookies.  Or breads.  Basic but essential!


I know we’re not supposed to play favorites, but.


Clean Food may just as well be.  The pages have more spots and stains than any other.  Ah, yes.  The true sign of a well loved, well used cookbook. 😉


I made a veggie scrambler tonight for dinner.

The combination is always different.  Always tasty.

First, the brussels sprouts went into the 425 oven for 20 minutes (just a drizzle of balsamic on top.)

And the ‘shrooms, onions and spinach did their thing in the frying pan (with a lil’ olive oil.)

When the spinach started wilting, the scrambled eggs hit the pan…

And everything sort of just finished at the same time.

I love it when that happens.

Veggie scramblers.

Always different.  Always tasty.

QUESTION: What are YOUR favorite cookbooks?


“Must Have Been Something I Ate:” Book Giveaway

I’ve never actually hosted a blogger giveaway before.  But Vega recently contacted me to see if I’d be willing to review Peggy Kotsopoulos’s new book, “Must Have Been Something I Ate,” while creating at least one recipe from it, and then (the best part!) offer a copy of the book to one lucky reader.

I said, “sure!”  Of course!!

Honestly, I haven’t read through the entirety of the book yet, but I can already tell you that I like it.  Peggy writes with a spunky personality.  I feel as if I’m talking with a close friend.  A close friend who just so happens to know all of the nitty gritty details about what’s in the food that I’m eating.

I don’t think the book offers a cure all for every single problem that you’ve ever had, nor do I think that it should be looked at in this way.  For example, spinach may be high in vitamin B, which is essential for balancing your mood.  But that doesn’t mean that by eating tons of spinach, you’ll be the happiest person in the world (obviously!)  However, Peggy offers a ton—a ton!—of useful information that’s presented in a way in which it’s easy to understand.  Who knew that sacha inchi seeds contain the highest amount of plant based omega 3 fatty acids?  The book will make you look at food in a whole new light.

Yes.  It’s a fun read.  With a ton of information.  With recipes.  😀

For dinner tonight, I made the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.

Lots of chunkiness going on here!!   Tomatoes.  Bell peppers.  Cucumbers.  Feta.  Black olives.  

I’m not quite sure how many people this was meant to serve, but I turned it into a “two-some,” saving the leftovers for Monday’s lunch.

The recipe was really quite fabulous, coming together as quickly as the quinoa was cooked (15 minutes.)  It was light, bright and zingy, perfect for summer.  I ate it warm (since I was much too impatient to let it cool,) but I think it would make a great chilled salad addition to the family cookout.



There is a book giveaway.  I’ll happily be sending this book to someone, based on a random drawing of numbers.  You have until Monday morning to enter, and then I’ll announce the winner.  Just leave a comment telling me your most memorable kitchen experience and I’ll enter your name in the drawing.  Easy peazy! 😀

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

(Served 2-3)

  • 2 cups cooked white quinoa
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Pinch fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.  Enjoy! 😀

QUESTION: What is your most memorable kitchen experience?