The Cocktail Diaries: Vacation Vibes
A not-too-boozy, fruity, floral sip of happiness. I'm really proud of this one, from the mango juice to the pineapple sage garnish.
The holidays and January have been full of great books for me – I received several for Christmas and have also found a few books from the library and from foodie friends (and foodie sisters-in-law).
You may have noticed that since approximately Thanksgiving the photos on this blog have gotten about 300% better. I learned a ton of useful information and techniques from this book, a gift from my sister-in-law Caitlin.
This book expanded my technical knowledge of the camera, but I was surprised at how much it expanded my Photoshop knowledge as well. In general, I think of myself as pretty proficient in Adobe stuff – it’s usually my job to be! But I learned a ton from this book.
AND, a third book from Caitlin, for Christmas, was this collection of food writing for the New Yorker. When I saw the Frank Bruni cover quote, I was basically sold. I can’t wait to start it.
But first, I’m working on reading straight through this prescient book, Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades.
This guy is not messing around! He knows everything about every aspect of gardening and has been perfecting it for 30+ years. What an awesome thing for those of us who are just a few years in. It’s my goal to have a plan and a schedule, and therefore vegetables all year long this year. I want to feed the two of us from our backyard!
We received this book as a gift from our good friends Pete and Aggie:
What I love about this book is that I recognize most of the origins of these recipes, and I love reading the little anecdotes about how the chefs developed the recipe to be especially Oregonian. We haven’t made anything from it yet, but I’m looking forward to doing so now that our crazy traveling is over.
And lastly, my little brother Aaron gave me this excellent book for Christmas:
When I openend it on Christmas morning, my mom basically told me she kind of wanted to keep it for herself! Haha. I understand why.