Something New! Ayesha Curry’s “The Seasoned Life” for Your Registry

Bridal shower guests LOVE giving cookbooks as gifts! You simply can’t lose with a buzzy, beautiful cookbook that captures a celebrity chef’s sparkle and skill and whichever kind of recipes you’re hungry for now — keto, GF, quick, comforting, southern, and so on.

Here’s my pick:

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How lovely is Ayesha Curry? She’s got that fun-girl energy, excellence in the kitchen, family-friendly dishes, and always a mix of inspiration. I set her TV show to record even if it’s going to be all reruns all day. Don’t care. Love it that much. Recipes to die for, intros to kitchen gear, family visits, al fresco dining, and those cutie kids. All of this great energy, sparkle and great taste comes through in “The Seasoned Life,” and here are my picks for some of the best dishes in this cookbook: Smoked Salmon Scramble. Seriously. Made easy, and finished with a mastery of garnishing that creates a wish to get better at the garnish. Delish, and a fab pick for any bridal brunch or the wedding morning breakfast. Love this one.

Her Making Dinner Happen is one of the warming chapter openings, inviting you into Ayesha’s kitchen with her family, and you just have a seat at the table, or giving her in-progress recipe a taste. “Dinner is also the meal that draws in the most memories” gets you in a reminiscing mood with Ayesha, and this is a great time to look back with gratitude on all of the family dinner memories you have with your inner circle. And White Chocolate Bread Pudding at the end of this book with the desserts (many of them impressively low in sweet stature) completes the equivalent of a great meal. Fabulous finds happen everywhere in this cookbook, on so many levels and in so many categories, with helpful charts and lists like the mix-ins salad chart that’s going to send you right to the crisper. This is a good one, sure to get lots of ooohs and ahhhs if you’re among the brides who open their bridal shower gifts in front of the shower guests. (Not everyone does. We didn’t. People lived. Cake was had.)

I’m excited to open the doors of my book reccs starting with Ayesha’s gorgeous book, for your wedding registry or for a self-bought treat to stave off wedding stress. Books can always rescue you, so I’ll share more of my favorite registry books coming up here!

Hey, as always, thanks for following me here on the blog, and on my social media spots. Many of you know that I’ve been dancing with grief the past few years, and no one tells you that it’s going to take a long time to not just get back to normalcy but to see some slivers of color in the clouds where new joys are coming through. I haven’t really enjoyed a book club novel for years, understandably. I’ve started a few, then put them down, picked them up, then put them down and fired up Netflix. I just couldn’t connect, just couldn’t be there. Then I chanced upon Ashley Spivey’s Book Club and a DM from Ashley led me to her bubbly, energetic, kind, and generous circle of readers. It was exactly what I needed. Exactly exactly. So I am re-reading those sputter-stop novels (Tea Girl?! Really?! I couldn’t get into Tea Girl?!) and jumping into the big names of now (Where the Crawdads Sing, etc.) with my love of reading — and reviewing and recommending — all shined up with a vibrance even my husband has noticed. I’m sure there’s some kind of article out there somewhere on how reading fulfills the soul, in part helping to add extra light to a relationship. Don’t need an article on that. It’s just true.

So if you’re hurting in your wedding planning season, or any other kind of straining season, grab a great novel, crack open a cookbook and some farm-fresh eggs, and just breathe in all that new energy. That’s what I’m going to be doing here on the blog for a while. I published by 38th wedding planning book, I’m turning 50 in about 3 months (!!!) and I’m navigating a post-grief life. Book titles are popping up in my mind, and I’m editing my next novel, so this is a coasting with sea air blowing my hair around after a loooong pedal up that hill.

Happy reading, and hugs to you and yours!

Fab Find! The Babble Award-Winning Mom Food Blogs with Great Party and Green Recipes

Photo: Omaha Steaks

Photo: Omaha Steaks

I love food blogs, and I always find the best party recipes for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties and more on these smart, savvy and beautifully-photographed blogs. I just discovered Babble’s 2013 award-winning mom food blogs, and they’re phenomenal:

1. Delicious Shots

2. Smitten Kitchen

3. Green Kitchen Stories

4. The Pioneer Woman

5. My Darling Lemon Thyme

6. Dash and Bella

7. Snippets of Thyme

8. PheMOMenon

9. Ruchik Randhap (Delicious Cooking)

10. Seven Spoons

11. Brooklyn Supper

12. With Style and Grace

13. Sips and Spoonfuls

14. Nourished Kitchen

15. Bell’alimento

16. From My Lemony Kitchen

17. Not Without Salt

18. Skinnytaste

19. Guilty Kitchen

20. What’s For Lunch, Honey?

21. La Tartine Gourmande

22. The Nourishing Gourmet

23. Kayotic Kitchen

24. Food52

25. Pati’s Mexican Table

26. In Sock Monkey Slippers

27. Piece Of Cake

28. goodLife {Eats}

29. Just One Cookbook

30. Cookin’ Canuck

31. Baked Bree

32. Shutterbean

33. Monsoon Spice

34. Zoe Bakes

35. Food For My Family

36. Sophistimom

37. The Tiffin Box

38. Weelicious

39. Cannelle et Vanille

40. The Hungry Housewife

41. Aggie’s Kitchen

42. Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef

43. One Hungry Mama

44. Panini Happy

45. Easy Peasy Organic

46. In Jennie’s Kitchen

47. Seasaltwithfood

48. Get off your butt and bake

49. Silvana’s Kitchen

50. Mommie Cooks

51. Simple Bites

52. Our Best Bites

53. Perry’s Plate

54. Two Peas and Their Pod

55. Geez Louise

56. Steamy Kitchen

57. Turntable Kitchen

58. Cheeky Kitchen

59. Shockingly Delicious

60. Family Fresh Cooking

61. Annie’s Eats

62. The Canned Soup Mom

63. Whipped

64. Healthy Jasmine

65. Manu’s Menu

66. Sweet Life

67. Inside The Kaganoff Kitchen

68. The Naptime Chef

69. Muy Bueno Cookbook

70. Rasa Malaysia

71. Orangette

72. For the Love of Cooking

73. The Wicked Noodle

74. Noble Pig

75. 365 Days Of Slow Cooking

76. Picky Palate

77. Recipe Girl

78. Food on the Food

79. Eating Made Easy

80. Nibbles and Feasts

81. Add a Pinch

82. Ladles and Jelly Spoons

83. Weekend Table

84. Dinner With Julie

85. Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

86. Peas and Thank You

87. Dorie Greenspan

88. Hungry Food Love

89. Tallgrass Kitchen

90. Elana’s Pantry

91. Dinner du Jour

92. Kate from Scratch

93. Your Lighter Side

94. Buns in My Oven

95. In Katrina’s Kitchen

96. Presley’s Pantry

97. Eclectic Recipes

98. Cooking with My Kid

99. Food Allergy Mama

100. Dana Treat