Hello friends and Merry Christmas! I have recently found a few likes at the library. It excites me so. My favorite new passion is for Christy Jordan's southern cooking cookbooks. I just got Southern Plate over the weekend from the library and have already made five recipes out of it. All of them turning out fantastically. I have to share that tonight I made the squash casserole and steak and milk gravy. The casserole was awesome but when I drizzled the gravy over broken up white bread it truly brought back memories of my Mom making gravy with supper. Oh the way that tastes is shear heaven on a plate. If you are in a bit of a cooking rut... making the same things mainly because you can remember all of the ingredients by heart and make the dish without a recipe... not that that ain't good... it may be time to shake it up back to your roots. Grab one of her. You will not hate yourself I promise.
I've also taken to watching Modern Family in my kitchen nook. I've seen several seasons sitting here on the counter. I think Phil is just about my favorite character. I do love them all. Sometimes I wish I could remember some of the funny stuff they say and apply it to some conversation to make someone laugh but I never can.
M.C. Beaton... not long ago I was really into reading the Hamish MacBeth stories by M.C. Beaton and still am! BUT... recently, while browsing the author's books for something centered around Christmas, I checked out on of her Agatha Raisin mysteries instead of my Hamish ones. I lack finishing the last chapter right now and even though Christmas is just this weekend I will still love the next one I have ready for pick up right now.
The author, Christy Jordan, is apparently good friends with the author of the other cookbook listed... The Southern Bite. I can only assume at this point what this one is about. Hopefully it will be just as good as hers and every bit as inspiring. I love a good cookbook that gives new life to ingredients I normally have on hand.
Botanical Style... I really can't wait to gawk over the pictures in this book. I forgot until tonight that I had it on my wait list. I can't remember what blog.... wait... yes I can... nope.. wrong. I thought it was THIS one. I love her gift guides. Anyway.. maybe it will at least inspire me to water my plants more and give them more love. It's like this.. I've had some of them for so long I think they are old enough to water themselves. At least Juanita lets me know when she's thirsty. I have seriously had that plant for twenty three years. There's a picture of her HERE oh and apparently I forgot at some point that her name was Lola... I've called the dang thing Juanita for the last four I know... HERE she is getting a new pot. What an oddball!
I seriously hope you each have a wonderful Christmas and the Happiest of New Years!!