One little perk of blogging about food is the many cookbooks that arrive on my doorstep. I heard Todd and Diane had photographed a new cookbook, so I couldn’t wait to flip through and take a look. Big Bowl of Love by Chrisina Farrare is full of great down-home classics like Chicken Piccata, Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Classic Roast Beef, and Blackberry Cobbler. The easy-to-find ingredients complement her easy-to-follow methods. Todd and Diane Cu worked their usual magic and nearly every other page inspires with a gorgeous full-page photograph.
Pete and I had the rare opportunity of dinner at home without the kids a few weeks ago. A quiet house, a good salad and a few beers made for an enjoyable evening. I decided to cook one of the recipes from Big Bowl of Love and we were both amazed at the flavors. A spicy black bean salad with tender greens, guacamole, and salsa sat on top of a crunchy tortilla. The black bean salad is great alone as a dip with chips, put into quesadillas, or eaten by itself. It was the perfect springtime meal to enjoy as the sun set – just the two of us.