Take It or Leave It: Post 6

You guys, I have been so horrible about keeping up with my TIoLI posts!  I’m sorry about that; I frequently have weeks where nothing bad, but nothing really exciting happens either, so…

Take It: Recipes, Cookbooks, & Blogs

Y’all I LOVE to cook, especially for other people.  I find it really hard to cook for one, & I’m not a huge fan of leftovers (unless I can turn it into something else).  I’ve always loved your typical Southern & Tex-Mex fare, which gave me my curvy figure with a side of extra curvy.  My goal, as an adult, is to health-ify all of my favorite, Southern, comfort foods without compromising flavor.  From time to time, I post recipes that I love which you can find on the menu up top.  However, below are links to my favorite cookbooks & food blogs.  One of my favorite things to do is buy old Junior League Cookbooks from different cities on Amazon.  They make great gifts too!


Stop and Smell the Rosemary: Recipes and Traditions to Remember – I first came to know this book about 7 or 8 years ago while babysitting.  Sarah, the mom of that family, loved this book & frequently left me recipes to make the kids for dinner.  Not only did the kids eat every bite, but the recipes were delicious & the book itself is beautiful.  This is a Junior League of Houston Cookbook circa 1996.Rosemary

Jack Allen’s Kitchen – This beautiful cookbook is the same name as my FAVORITE restaurant in the Austin, TX area.  Not only do I love their black cherry mojitos, but this restaurant opened my eyes to the wonders of pimento cheese.  This cookbook showcases Farm to Table cuisine, as does the restaurant.  I recently used Jack’s pimento cheese recipe to make deviled eggs for a Kentucky Derby party – I was frequently told that they were the best so-and-so had ever had…the ultimate compliment, right?   JAK

Houston Junior League Cook Book – This is the 1987 edition.  I love this book specifically because my BFF, Melissa, found this book while cleaning out her grandmother’s house after she passed away.  She generously gave this book to me, as she knows I’m a “collector”.  Ms. Georgia’s cookbook had a ton of handwritten recipes that she had stuck in there as well as newspaper clippings of recipes.  Being that this book is older, most of the recipes aren’t exactly healthy, but it has as much sentimental value as yummy recipes.  cookbook


PaleOMG – my friend Heather (checkout her blog here: NewYorkRootstoSouthernBoots) introduced me to this blog.  I don’t really follow a Paleo diet, but you need to check this blog out specifically for her cocktails!  She also has several cookbooks available.

Southern Bite – I’m not sure how I came across this site, probably Pinterest.  I’ve already bought Stacey Little’s cookbook.  His Fajita Chicken Casserole is to die for – being from Texas, I LOVE a good casserole.  Casserole

skinnytaste – I’ve loved this blog for a while now.  All of Gina Homolka’s recipes include the Weight Watchers Point totals.  I especially love her recipe for 3 Bean Turkey Chili, I make it so frequently that coworkers now ask me to bring it for lunch.  I’ve also made her Cream of Zucchini Soup, which was delish, but be CAREFUL when creaming the soup as I learned the hard way & burned my eye…literally when my Vita Mix top exploded off.  Gina has one beautiful cookbook, that is well-loved in my household, & I think she has another on the way!crockpot-three-bean-turkey-chili


Leave it: I could easily go on & on about the craziness I saw at the Trump Rally last Friday in The Woodlands (I was there to peacefully protest…from the bar as it happened), or about our gun control issues, but all I will say is VOTE this November.  I don’t really care who you vote for, as long as you VOTE.  Come December, if you haven’t VOTED for our next president then you do not get to complain.  This election year has already made history a few times, & that is super exciting!  Let’s all be a part of history.  VOTE, VOTE, VOTE.


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