What’s Cooking This Season? [2015 Cookbook Holiday Gift Guide]

This holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities to gather with family or friends and cook up something amazing to share. With regular, traditional holiday food front and center, some of the lesser known dishes may get ignored. Many people who may not enjoy foods served on Thanksgiving or Christmas may like some of these alternative meals. Check out some of the best cookbooks this holiday season; they’re perfect for gifting to a friend, yourself or a loved one. Continue reading

Cajun-Style Spicy White and Black Beans (Adapted from Mama Ella’s White Beans)

Cajun food is close to my heart since my mom I from Louisiana and recently after a long and grey cloudy day, I decided to make a recipe that’s pretty familiar to me: spicy beans and rice. I have a great cookbook for Cajun food by Elizabeth Choate (Yes, from the TV show Swamp People!) that featured a delicious looking recipe for Mama Ella’s White Beans, so I decided to adapt that. I made a couple of changes based off of what was in my pantry at the time, but I bet the original recipe is finger-lickin’ good! Continue reading