Registering for cookbooks is a shrewd move if you know which ones to ask for. My favorite is The Bonne Femme Cookbook. I have never made a recipe out of this book that wasn’t excellent, which speaks both to the clarity of the instructions and the deliciousness of the results. I am a decent cook, but I’ve been known to holler for help when I am taking way too long to chop the onions or mince the garlic and get behind the cooking. This cookbook helps me get behind less – I am better at staying on top of things when I have a good sense of what is going on, and this certainly helps.
As you can see, we have many recipes left to try. It’s not a short cookbook, clocking in at 405 pages before the index. That’s one of the things that make it such a great investment.
Perhaps it’s really the effortlessness of the casual French cook that has rubbed off on me through this book. The writing is almost as delectable as the food. And look what I wrote about the Any-Day Chicken Saute. Just look. “Divine.” Because it really is so easy you could do it any day, and it really is so delicious you might want to.
Trust me, people – this is wedding-registry worthy.
I hope you all had at least as much fun ringing in the New Year as we did last night when we completely forgot to pay attention to the time because we were so caught up in our current favorite board game, Pandemic. I’d never played a collaborative game before we got this (twas on sale at Target), and WE LOVE IT.
We didn’t register for Pandemic, but we did register for Carcassonne, and we’re so glad we did. We thought it would be nice to have a game that’s easy to play with just two, and based on reviews, we thought Carcassonne was a good bet, given how much we both like Settlers of Catan. (Playing Settlers with two requires all this extra work and it’s, for all you Scott Westerfield/Uglies fans, “crazy-making.”) Carcassonne has about 40 bajillion expansions, and it wasn’t long before we dropped cash on this beauty because we were so enamored. Date nights at home sometimes look like dinner and strategy games, I’m not gonna lie. The married life is pretty glamorous, y’all.
One thing I want to do on this blog is honest reviews of wedding registry items – what we use, how we’re learning to use it, etc. So consider this the first installment. Two-player board games are totally worthy of the registry.