Friday, May 13, 2011

A Big Bowl of Love

Avo Soup 3

A few weeks ago, Bonnevivante hosted a blogger's cookbook event with Cristina Ferrare for her new cookbook, Big Bowl of Love. I was excited to attend the event not only because we would walk out with cookbooks but also because Cristina is so much fun to watch on her show, Big Bowl of Love on the OWN network
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Big Bowl of Love

Bonnevivante hosts the best events. Whenever she posts about an event, I quickly rush to sign up as there are usually only 25 spots available. This was another one of those fun, great events. With only 25 other guests, I was able to really chat with Cristina. She's a genuine and nice person who is really interested in the person she is talking with. I may have even over-shared with Cristina...Oops!

Cristina Display

The event started with an introduction of Cristina. She's an author, TV personality and former supermodel. Viv told a story of how she had a photo of Cristina on her wall as a teenager as well as a huge crush! I think she may have made Cristina blush a bit.

Cristina then gave a demonstration on how to make her signature Cesar Salad. Her assistant turned out to not only be a blogger but a trained chef.

Making Cesar Salad

As with any event, tweets were flying throughout the event. It was fun to go back to read what was being written during the event.

Tweeting

Before leaving the event, I had Cristina sign my book. My husband met me at the event so I was lucky enough to introduce him to her too.

Autograph

She recommended a great chicken soup recipe which I still need to make. It looks delicious and was a hit with her own children.

Recommended

Once I got home, I sat down and poured over the book. The images are gorgeous and when I flipped to to credit page, I found out that the White on Rice couple were the photographic geniuses behind the photos.

Big Bowl Photos

After spending hours reading, Cristina Ferrare's Big Bowl of Love: Delight Family and Friends with More than 150 Simple, Fabulous Recipes, I decided to make Cristina's Avgolemono Soup

Avo Soup

This soup is delicious! Scott and I enjoyed the soup with some fresh baguettes. It made for the perfect meal.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Delight of the Week - WHO Bread

WHO Bread Sliced

Scott and I love homemade bread and before I got a bread maker, it was sometimes a pain to make. We however loved SouleMama's WHO Bread goes acoustic recipe. When I got the bread maker, I remembered that SouleMama's WHO Bread was originally a bread maker recipe.

WHO Bread

Last week, I decided to make the WHO Bread. It was so simple and delicious. It barely lasted the day.

WHO Bread Recipe

(makes 1.5 lb loaf, set to 'basic' with medium crust)

1 1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons butter @ room temperature
1 tsp salt
3 cups of flour (we do 2 cups unbleached white, 1 cup whole wheat pastry)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (or, one package)