A Good Day All Around

by Cate on June 19, 2005

Ran a few errands today, and got some relaxing in as well. It’s been a good two weeks since I’ve been to the bookstore, and I was experiencing some serious signs of withdrawal – I couldn’t take it anymore! Dashed into Barnes & Noble and picked up a bunch of new magazines:

My Haul Today

Not bad, eh? The Sunset one and the Cooking Light one are not really “magazines,” though they keep them with the magazines. They’re $10 and are more like slim paperback books. The Strawberry Shortcake on the cover of Waitrose’s Food Illustrated looks scrumptious, as does the steak and homemade fries on Cuisine at Home.

In addition to Barnes & Noble, I also got the chance to run into a smaller, local bookstore, where, showing great restraint, I bought one cookbook, Dungeness Crabs and Blackberry Cobblers: The Northwest Heritage Cookbook. I’m not a big fan of cookbooks devoid of pictures. I like to at least have a few pictures to get an idea of what the results are going to look like. This one does not have ONE SINGLE recipe picture in it, but the recipes looked so good, I bought it anyway. Lots of history and culture throughout the book, it is bound to be an interesting one.

For dinner tonight, I made Herbed Goat Cheese and Tomato Crostini. So very simple to make and was really delicious.

Herbed Goat Cheese and Tomato Crostini

Lastly, to tackle the newest meme floating around the blogging world.

1. Total number of cookbooks I’ve owned:Have over 1,000 now, with no signs of stopping.

2. Last cookbook(s) I bought: The one I bought today, Dungeness Crabs and Blackberry Cobblers.

3. Last cookbook I read:A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen by Jack Bishop. The Garlicky Mushroom Quesadillas of his are EXCELLENT!

4. Five cookbooks that mean a lot to me:
a. Memories of a Cuban Kitchen, The Husband’s go-to cookbook when he has a hankering for Cuban food;
b. Tapas from Penelope Casas – the recipes have never failed me and I love the little bit of history she gives with each one;
c. Jamie Oliver’s newest cookbook, Jamie’s Dinner – he’s bringing the focus on fast meals you can make that are still healthy, and bringing about change to school lunch programs.
d. The Barefoot Contessa books — have yet to have a dud from Ina
e. My tried-and-true file … filled with memories and great recipes

5. Which 5 people would you most like to see fill this out in their blog?
Susan at Taste Everything Once, Linda at Kayaksoup, Chef Joanna, Tara at Joyful Cooking and last, but not least, Katie at Sharp Cookie (she seems to be on hiatus, maybe this will bring her back). Have fun y’all!

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Anonymous June 19, 2005 at 3:13 am

The crostini looks great — did you toast the bread and then just put the goat cheese and tomatoes on top or did you toast the bread after. Yum! Have some goat cheese left over. I’m salivating looking at the picture.


Cate June 19, 2005 at 3:16 am

I sliced the bread, drizzled it with olive oil and cracked black pepper and toasted it. When it came out, I spread herbed goat cheese on it (I softened goat cheese and mixed in chopped herbs –chives and basil), then topped with sliced tomatoes, drizzled olive oil, cracked black pepper and a sprinkle of salt. Then I broiled it for a few minutes and sprinkled with fresh chives when it came out. It was SO delicious – hope you try it!


linda June 19, 2005 at 6:02 am

OOOh, tagged am i? Well, I’ll see what I can do about that. Just got back from a BBQ, so I’ll get to it tomorrow….


Cate June 20, 2005 at 2:59 pm

Yup, Linda, tagged! Now hop to it! :)


JoAnna June 27, 2005 at 8:40 am

I’m bad…. I’ll post about being tagged tomorrow. :-D


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