Georgia’s Kitchen

At thirty-three, talented chef Georgia Gray has everything a woman could want—the top job at one of Manhattan’s best restaurants; a group of smart and savvy girlfriends; and a platinum-set, cushion-cut diamond engagement ring courtesy of Glenn, the handsome entertainment lawyer. She has all of this until a scathing restaurant review destroys her reputation and Glenn suddenly calls off the wedding to “find himself”.

Brokenhearted, Georgia escapes to the Italian countryside, where she sharpens her skills with her mentor who seems to have it all—a lover, a magnificent villa, and most important, a kitchen of her own. Georgia quells her longings with Italy’s delectable offerings: fine wine, luscious cheeses, blue skies, and the irresistible Gianni—an expert in the vineyard and the bedroom. So when Gianni tempts Georgia to stay in Italy with an offer no sane chef could refuse, why can’t she say yes?

Georgia’s Kitchen was a delightful read for me. The story takes you on a journey to two completely different places – New York City and Italy. You can actually feel the change in people, scenery and attitude when you are reading. The chef topics and culinary aspects were wonderfully delicious and well researched. It made me long for Italian food. I actually went home one night and made a wonderful pasta dish inspired by the novel.

It was an easy book to read (I read it in three days). I did have a slight problem in some sections due to the overly descriptive scenery. I also felt that the ending felt a bit forced and was completely predictable. Overall, I read this novel fairly quickly and enjoyed it. It was worth the time I spent to read it because I love culinary novels with a mix of chick lit. This was the author’s debut novel and I look forwarding to reading her next.

This post is part of my 101 in 1001 series. Please click on the ”101 in 1001″ tag to read the many other attempts.

Fill in the Blank Friday

Horrary it is Friday!

Looking forward to this weekend! So what a better way to start it then with a Fill in the Blank Friday from The Little Things We Do…

1. My favorite daily responsibility is cooking dinner. Before my new job I didn’t like cooking when I got home because it was so late. Now that I get out at five and can be home by 5:20 it makes all the difference in how much time I have and what I make.

2. My least favorite daily responsibility is dishes. That is why I came up with the rule of whoever cooks does not have to do the dishes. So since I always cook the hubby always does the dishes! Woot!

3. My favorite cuisine to eat when going out is cheeseburgers and french fries. We never get to have them at home because we don’t have a grill and I don’t like making them on the stovetop. As for French fries, I don’t know why we never buy them for home. Maybe because they are so bad for you!

4. My favorite cuisine to prepare at home is Italian food. We love pasta and sauces. When eating out I really don’t like order pasta because I always know that I can make it better and it is cheaper when I make it.

5. Andy Warhol said that everyone is famous for 15 minutes. My claim to fame is having my recipe published in a Martha Stewart magazine. Otherwise, I have no idea.

6. If I could have 3 wishes I would wish for health and happiness for all of my friends and family, enough money to keep us comfortable and our dream house.

7. My biggest pet peeve is hearing people chew. I know this sounds a little odd, but I hate to hear someone chomping on their food. Close our mouth, please!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Jessie J’s Price

Ok. Don’t tell anyone, but when I first heard this song I danced around the kitchen. Does that ever happen to you? You just hear a song, no one is around, so you turn the volume up and just have fun being a girl? Yea. Well that happen with this song!

Hoping it makes you want to dance around your kitchen too!

This post is part of my 101 in 1001 series. Please click on the ”101 in 1001″ tag to read the many other attempts.

** If you are interested in sending me new music please do!! Just add a comment and I will check them out. I am always on the look out for new tunes!

ABC’s

I have seen this ABC list in a lot of blogs lately and decided it looked like fun!  Most likely you will learn a little something about me that you didn’t know.  If you decided to do one also link it up in my comments.  I would love to read them!

Age: 33
Bed size: King
Chore you hate: Doing the dishes. Ugh. One of the worse chores a person can do!
Dogs: Would like one, but we like to take spontaneous trips so and don’t have anyone to dog sit.
Essential start of your day: Shower and a coffee. Not together.
Favorite color: It changes all of the time. Right now it is grey.
Gold or silver: Silver.
Height: 5’7″.
Instruments I play (or have played): I do not play any.
Job title: Administrative Assistant.
Kids: None.
Live: New Jersey
Mom’s name: B
Nickname: Danielle, Danni, D, Dee
Overnight hospital stays: No, thanks.
Pet peeve: Dirty dishes left in the sink.
Quote from a movie: “Don’t judge me monkey!”
Right or left handed: Right.
Siblings: One younger amazing sister.
Time you wake up: 6:30 Monday-Friday. Whenever I wake on the weekends – which is usually 6:30. Damn internal clock!
Underwear: Of course.
Vegetables you dislike: Brussel sprouts and celery.
What makes you run late: My husband. Whenever he is off from work I never want to leave him and continue talking to him even though I know I shouldn’t.
X-rays you’ve had done: Teeth, knee, ankle, foot, ribs, head.
Yummy food you make: Mac & Cheese (from scratch), Beef Stew and Chili.
Zoo animal: The Polar Bears in the San Diego Zoo. Love them!

Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies

Usually my husband is not a sweets kind of guy.  There are only two things that he ever eats that are desserts.  Peanut Butter Cookies and Snickers Bars.  So when I came across this recipe on Brown Eyed Baker I knew that it was something that I had to make for him.  Of course, he and his friends gobbled them up the night that I made them!

Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker who Adapted it from Two Peas and Their Pod

1¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup chunky peanut butter
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon 2% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups chopped Snickers candy bars (about 10 mini sized bars)
¾ cup milk chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and the chunky peanut butter together until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg and mix until combined. Add the milk and the vanilla extract and mix again.

4. Add the flour mixture and beat until flour disappears. Stir in the chopped Snickers and chocolate chips.

5. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets. (I weighed mine out to about 2 ounces of dough per cookie.) Gently flatten each cookie ball with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until cookies are slightly brown on the edges.

6. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 to 10 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

This post is part of my 101 in 1001 series. Please click on the ”101 in 1001″ tag to read the many other attempts. This is # 12. Bake 10 new desserts (1/10)

Monday Five Countdown

I love starting Monday’s off with BookishPenguin’s Monday Five Countdown!

Five Things I’m Grateful For

1. My husband. He turned to me yesterday and told me that he was so happy that he was going to spend the rest of his life with me. Goodness, I love that man.

2. Saturday. It was an amazingly fun filled day.

3. The weather this weekend. I was able to have the windows open and bring in some of that fresh air.

4. I didn’t catch whatever cold K was harboring this weekend. I can’t afford to be sick right now.

5. Man Thursday’s. My husband loves that his friends can come over, eat pizza and play videogames. And I love when my husband is happy and it also helps that when they are playing videogames I get to relax and read.

Four Things I Can’t Stop Thinking About

1. How much my legs hurt Sunday. After walking a LOT on Saturday I woke up to my legs killing me and it made me realize I have to get back to the gym.

2. My wardrobe. I need more.

3. Japan. Another earthquake?!?! My hearts go out to them.

4. We had the most amazing, best ever Mexican food we have ever eaten. I want more. Lucky for us though the place is two hours away OR we would eat there all the time!

Three Things I Want To Accomplish This Week

1. Cleaning out the hallway closet. I am in full spring cleaning mode!

2. Finally buy our filing cabinet and go through all of our paperwork and put it away.

3. Food shopping. Oh man our cabinets look bare!

Two Things I Am Working To Be Positive About

1. This stomach ache I am having. I hate not feeling well at work.

2. My diet. I have been eating the worse foods lately. I really need to rectify this! Also might be why I have the most wicked stomach ache today!

One Random Thing

1. This weekend I visited two castles, took too many pictures, ate great Mexican food and was able to spend many hours with my husband. I love weekends like this.

 What’s going on with your five for today?

Fill in the Blank Friday

Horrary it is Friday!

Looking forward to this weekend! So what a better way to start it then with a Fill in the Blank Friday from The Little Things We Do…

1. Something that makes me a great friend is that I am the planner. When everyone else is doing their thing and can’t think of planning something out to see each other I send out the request. I know that everyone has their own life and schedules, but I like to be the one to put a little fun in there. Sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming, but I enjoy it in the end.

2. I am a wife, daughter, sister, friend, lover, people pleaser, planner, baker, cook, people watcher, coffee lover, movie watcher, bunny lover, book reader.

3. I am not a summer lover, kiwi eater, tolerant of rude people.

4. If I had to describe myself in 3 words, they would be loving, comfortable and observant.

5. Something I’m really cheap about is certain products. My make-up is Cover Girl. I don’t need to have a Dior lipstick because it says Dior. My body wash is $2.99 and works just as good as any $10.00 product. I don’t mind buying food products without fancy labels, because really if you read the ingredients they are the same just in different packaging.

6. Something I’m willing to splurge on is shoes and clothing for work. If you find a good pair of shoes or great shirt/sweater/slacks why not spend the extra money? You know that you are going to wear them and they are going to last.

7. I would trade the cold winters for 70 degree weather all year around.

Maybe there is something in the water?

This song gets my foot thumping, my heart racing and my face smiling.  I don’t know what it is about this songs but it makes me happy.  It makes me want to take a long drive on a spring day with my husband with the windows wide open.   Ever feel like that?  Maybe there is something in the water?

Enjoy!

This post is part of my 101 in 1001 series. Please click on the ”101 in 1001″ tag to read the many other attempts.

** If you are interested in sending me new music please do!! Just add a comment and I will check them out. I am always on the look out for new tunes!