This year for Christmas, John gave me the sweetest, most personal collection of gifts I've ever received. One of them was the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, with a sweet note inside about our first married Christmas. To say I'm hooked would be an understatement. It's the first cookbook I've ever been unable to put down, and the only one I've actually wanted to read front to back. Deb's description of her endless attempts to formulate perfect recipes are fascinating. We made the Apple Cider Caramels, above, to give as holiday gifts, and I made her Baked Potato Soup, below, last night - the perfect January cure. (PS, you don't have to bake the potatoes!)
For healthy, delicious breakfasts this week that aren't full of the packaged food problems, I made her Almond Date Breakfast Bars. Tonight, we'll have the Cauliflower Feta Fritters with Pomegranate from her blog, pictured below. We all know there are a lot of beautiful food blogs out there, but I'm particularly drawn to Deb's warm voice, persistence, and excellent choices. She leaves me inspired to get back in the kitchen.
Have you tried Smitten Kitchen? I'd love to hear. :)