Arizona 2011 Or When I Fell Off a Red Rock

The Petremenih’s are for the most safely back from our Arizona 2011 trip which was, of course, not enough time to see and do everything we wanted to. Also a hinderence, I fell off a rock while taking pictures and now have an awesome hand-sized wound on my leg. Small price to pay for the great photos we got though.

Sedona

THAT'S A REAL TARANTULA!

ANOTHER TARANTULA!

View from our hotel.

Uncle James and the boys.

ET was especially interested in the new guy.

We definitely didn’t get to spend enough time with Evan, Christine and the boys, which is a perfect excuse to come back out in the beginning of the year!

Pause Please

I have a sneaking suspicion I won’t be posting very much this month. Not only is it the start of my busy tutoring season but I have dinners with long lost friends, a family reunion Blueberry style, some Petremenih/Remenih bonding time in the windy city, a trip to Phoenix, an Avett Brothers concert, and much much more! Hopefully with my new camera I can capture all of the fun.

Toodles.

The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook

One of my relaxing things I like to do at night is open one of my many cookbooks and sift through the pages to find interesting and new recipes. One I bought recently was The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook.

It comes in binder form so that it will sit flat on your counter and you don’t have to fight with the pages when you’re busy cooking. The pictures of the food look delicious and the recipes are well thought out, simple, and clearly explained. My favorite thing about this cookbook however is the little add-ons that they sneak into the recipes. Instead of telling you, “don’tĀ substituteĀ butter for oil,” they tell you why. They also explain the path it took to come to the recipe; what they tried that didn’t work and what worked so well that they published it. It gives this cookbook an Alton Brown ala Good Eats feel to it.

Another bonus – the recipes aren’t your run-of-the-mill, American fare. Yes you will find recipes for chicken noodle soup, spaghetti and meatballs, and chicken salad but you also find exciting twists on classic favorites as well as all new recipes that have a flair for the dramatic. I can’t wait to try their pasta recipe that utilizes chorizo sausage (yum!).

All in all, an excellent cookbook. I highly recommend it.