Guava Linzer Cookies

There's this cookie that I'm always craving. It's a giant heart-shaped Linzer cookie filled with raspberry jam and topped with big, sparkly sugar crystals. There are a lot of cookies that look like it, but the one that I want--the VERY SPECIFIC one that I want--is unfortunately, not available in NYC.

A Rustic Winter Baby Shower

Last month, I hosted a winter baby shower for one of my favorite people in the whole world--my best friend Mónica. Would you like to see pictures?

"Pig in a Blanket" Party Favors

This past weekend, I brought some of my friends and family together for a big family style dinner to celebrate my 33rd birthday. The menu? A lavish whole pig feast at DBGB, a restaurant here in NYC, that included appetizers, sides, a whole roast stuffed suckling pig, and a giant baked Alaska for dessert.

Blistered Shishito Peppers

These salty flash-fried shishito peppers are one of my absolute favorite snacks. It's a great dish for sharing with a few friends at a party or over dinner. It only takes a couple minutes to prepare them, so they're especially great if you just want to throw something together quickly to serve while you finish up the rest of the meal.

Chorizo in Red Wine

The absolute first thing I will always order at any tapas restaurant is the chorizo. I love it in everything and served in every way, but my absolute favorite has to be the simply fried chorizo in red wine.

10-Minute Broiled Herb Salmon

If getting dinner on the table as quickly as possible is your goal, this easy salmon recipe is probably going to become your new best friend. It's elegant enough to be the sort of thing you'd order out at a fancy restaurant, but is even easier to cook than chicken.


Book Giveaway: The Arrangement

I was offered a review copy of this book recently. It's called The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick, and it's an imagined account of the life of famed food writer MFK Fisher.

As one of the first to write about the experience of eating (rather than restaurant critiques or recipes), she revolutionized the field, and essentially created the concept of food writing as we've come to know it.

Her life was not always as lyrical as her work (think infidelity, restlessness, scandal!) and the novel weaves all of this into a steamy and well-researched tale about this passionate real-life woman. It's an engaging read with sensual culinary descriptions, and a behind-the-scenes peek at the thoughts and motivations of a complicated woman.

This is the book I've been curling up with for the past several days, and I'd love to give you a chance to enjoy it, too!

UPDATE: This Giveaway is now over. Congratulations to winner Letty. Thank you all for entering!
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