I’m Off the Waiting List!


I got an email from the library today informing me that my time on the waiting list was over – Prep finally came in! It is so insanely gorgeous outside right now, so I hopped on my bike to go get it. :) 

Following my trail, I biked the 5 miles roundtrip to the library (calculated using my fave tracking tool) to pick that baby up. One problem, it’s due back to the library in three weeks, which I know isn’t enough time to finish my current book AND read this one. Have you ever read two books at one time?

I’m nervous to return Prep without having read it, because I’m selfish and don’t want to go back on the waiting list. ;)  We’ll see what I come up with…

In other news, tonight I took a break from my cooking school, to go to Jenna’s! I made her oh-so-exotic and marvelous Channa Masala for dinner!


I’ve made this popular Indian dish before with fantastic results, and tonight’s rendition was just as good.


Jenna’s recipe calls for caramelized onion and tomato paste. Aka layers and explosions of delicious flavor!



Classic Indian spices like cumin, coriander and garam masala give this dish that signature, smoky taste.


Mmmm – I’m pretty sure that garam masala is my favorite spice…ever. I just love that hint of cinnamon it has.


I halved Jenna’s recipe and, from start to finish, this dish came together in about 15 minutes. Just enough time for me to clean up and set the table!


Served over some chewy, brown rice – this meal is as flavorful as it gets! I LOVED the caramelized tomato paste!


One thing – I left out the chopped jalapeno her recipe calls for, relying on cayenne pepper to lend a kick. It certainly did the job as I was sweating like a mad woman! Good sweating though. :)


Fab, fab, fab. I’d totally make this again. I love Indian food! :D


Tonight = working on my cookie order for a bit, then hitting the stacks my bedroom to read, read, READ! I feel like such a kid again. :)



Where do you get your recipes and meal ideas from?

I find a lot of inspiration from other blogs and food websites I visit. I also like creating meals based off of weekly sale items at the grocery store!

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  1. I have that same recipe from Jenna on my list to try! Looks so good! I get my ideas from various websites and my regular blogs that I read.

  2. Gretchen 06.09.2010

    I just made Channa Masala last week from Jenna’s page. It was so good and I live in a place that has very limited exotic destinations food so it was a new experience. Delicious! Prep is also very good – a page turner – some books are good but you have to be dedicated. I love your reading list gives me some ideas for things to check out for summer vacation.

  3. Dawn 06.09.2010

    Don’t return your book!! You can use the internet to recheck it out in a couple of weeks! Go check it out – um… literally! ;-) I always have many articles and books going depending on where I am!

    As for meal ideas, I def. go with what I have on hand to prepare meals, but I have been getting so much inspiration from you!

    I will be making your tofu soon! I love it!

  4. Lauren 06.09.2010

    I am so intrigued to make my own Indian Food. I’ve done “Indian Inspired” dishes but never a true recipe. Jenna’s Chana Masala always looks fabulous as does yours! :)

    Hope you have a great evening! :)

  5. Amber 06.09.2010

    I’m usually in the middle of a couple different books, just depending on the type of mood I’m in. I’m assuming it’s the WDSM Public library? You can extend the check-out time as long as there aren’t any other patrons that have a hold on it. If that’s the case, you can always borrow my copy. I trust ya! ;)
    (I’m the biggest book nerd you will ever meet. I don’t want the tv. Just a good book!) =)

  6. Sara 06.09.2010

    I get a lot of recipe ideas from your blog, actually!! :D I also use a lot of recipes from KERF. Basically all food blogs give me ideas, along with Ellie Krieger, Giada de Laurentiis, Ina Garten and the Pioneer Woman!

  7. Becca V 06.09.2010

    I just finished Prep and really liked it. I’d actually read it before, but didn’t finish it for some reason. I just got American Wife from the library and haven’t started it yet. I ususally don’t read more than one book at a time, but I do tend to finish them pretty quickly. Hope you like Prep!

  8. I used to read two books at once but with my crazy schedule I barely have time to read one. But I do listen to one on CD while reading one.

  9. Jessie 06.09.2010

    I would just recheck it out online too. I’ve done that many times. You can usually do this unless there is someone else waiting for it or you have already had it for 4 or 5 times. I actually check out cookbooks that I am interested in then I know if it is something I will use or just a nice idea & will end up being a paper weight. So far the 5 Minute Artisan Breads books & Taste of Home have been keepers.

    The Pioneer Woman is amazing . . . we just had her Tequila lime Chicken with Pico de Gallo & homemade refried beans http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/06/tequila-lime-chicken-with-all-the-fixins/. Ended up making homemade corn tortillas instead of the flour ones.

  10. Liz 06.09.2010

    I search online- food websites, blogs (yours!), etc. I print out recipes and then keep them in a photo album (I usually fold them in half with the title facing out) and flip through it when I want to try something new!

    I read Prep, Man of My Dreams, and American Wife (all by CS) and I loved them all. American Wife was really different than the other two… the other two are more of a story without too much a climax, but I really enjoyed them! I use the library & borrow books as much as I can because I’m cheap BUT- I use an awesome “swap” website where you get can pretty much any book for virtually free!

    Paperbackswap.com allows you to post books you are done reading, and mail them to someone who wants it. You pay the shipping (like $3-4) when you MAIL a book, but you don’t pay when you GET a book. It’s brilliant! And many times I have gotten a book that was just released! You earn credits, etc. If you go on the site and read about it, it’s pretty cool! It saves a ton of money, as I am a total book whore!!!!!

  11. That looks so good! I’ve actually never had Indian food before.
    I get most of my ideas from the blog world, for sure!

  12. Purl Star 06.09.2010

    Hey, I like to take pics when I cook too, but my camera doesn’t hold a candle to yours. I love the clarity in your photos; what kind of camera do you have? It must be an SLR. :)

    Have a great night, love your blog!

  13. Kaitlin 06.09.2010

    I usually get recipes from other blogs or from random websites that I will search in my spare time. I bookmark everything I see that I like, its kind of insane how many bookmarks I have right now…

  14. sazzy 06.09.2010

    MM looks delicious! Now I’m hungry all over again, and it’s bedtime! :)
    I get meal ideas from you and other websites. Lately, you’ve been an inspiration to my breakfast. I usually eat a fat bagel for breakfast and that’s the WORST thing I can eat! So keep those breakfast updates coming!

  15. Jen 06.09.2010

    I am a food blog addict! I have learned the hard way to bookmark specific posts for specific recipes so I can go back and make them later and still remember what the heck blog I found them on! Other than food blogs I LOVE Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen. I currently have almost 550 recipes in my recipe box on there… how I will ever make them all I have no idea.

    I don’t generally read 2 books at once. I usually blow through them really fast because once I get started I can’t stop. I’m liking the Laura Bush book a lot, I don’t normally read things like that.

  16. I’ve read two books at the same time a few times, but it gets a bit confusing and I usually get so hooked on a book that I can’t concentrate on anything else :)

    I get most of my meal ideas from blogs or internet in general :)

  17. lauramich 06.10.2010

    For meal ideas, Cooking Light is my first go-to. I’ve had a couple of flops (the turkey thighs over polenta, the falafel “burgers,”), but a number of our staple meals are Cooking Light recipes that have evolved over time to suit our tastes.

    For desserts, I love the baking blogs, especially Joy the Baker and Smitten Kitchen. Through these blogs, I’ve started checking out actual baking recipe books, such as Baking Illustrated and Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours. I also love just skimming Photograzing (on the Serious Eats blog) and bookmarking recipes that look especially mouthwatering!

  18. Ummm… I ALWAYS read two books at once, haha! As long as they’re different genres, it’s no prob for me. I can never pick just ONE to read!!

    I like creating meals from sale items, too :D

    But I get most of my inspiration from my large collection of cookbooks, magazines and blogs!


  19. Beth @ bethcooks 06.10.2010

    I definitely get most of my inspiration through other food blogs and recipe sites. What did people who like to cook do before the internet??

  20. Graze With Me 06.10.2010

    I actually am always reading 3 books at the same time. I keep one at work, one in my workout room and another on my nightstand. It’s not as confusing as some people think…I actually prefer the variety.

  21. Corinne 06.10.2010

    NICE looking dinnah Kristin! What suggestions do you have for taking the heat down a smidge on that recipe? I like smokey and spicy flavors but the way you kids describe channa masala, it sounds TOO hot for my taste buds.

    I love gathering recipes from blogs and websites like RealSimple or Cooking Light. I usually stear clear of cookbooks because I NEED a picture in order to even consider making it. I also love to recreate restaurant apps/entrees. Something I will see on the menu will spark my interest and even if I do not order it, I will try to create at home :)

  22. Corinne 06.10.2010

    on the book front, maybe read the lib. book first then after you finish/return get back into the one you purchased? thats what i usually do when the wait list calls :)

  23. Leesh 06.10.2010

    I get my recipe ideas from you!!! You have opened my eyes to so many healthy food. I tried a pink lady apple for the first time. I always bake my tofu now and my husband loves it. I wish we had a Trader Joe’s or even Whole Foods close to my house. Hopefully soon!

    Thank you so much for all your posts and inspiring me to eat better.

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  25. Mary Baldinelli 03.13.2013

    It would really be nice to see you use some spices from AllSpice. They are so much better than Tones.

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