April Lo Down

I hope you enjoy these little tid-bits on what I’m up to. And be sure to check out the 10 Essential Spices & Dried Herbs for Every Home Cook, which was also part of this month’s Lo Down. 
rhubarb stalks set on their side in a glass jar

What I am watching:

Show: The Great British Baking Show
I know, I may be a bit behind the times on this one. But the benefit of that? For lack of a better term, I can binge watch four seasons on Netflix. A reality show, The Great British Baking Show is relaxed and laid back, the contestants are all supportive and nice to each other, and the bickering back and forth between the hosts and the judges is delightfully entertaining. If you’re looking for easy, light entertainment, this is a good one to check out.

What I’m reading:

Book: Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
A story about two families coming together through their children, this story is set in Shaker Heights, Ohio in the 1990s. The most recent book to be picked up by Hello Sunshine, the production company founded by Reese Witherspoon, Little Fires Everywhere will be adapted for a limited series show. I’ve been reading this for a while now because I’m not very good at carving out time to read. I was supposed to finish this last week for a book club I’m apart of, but haven’t quite turned the last page.

Cookbook: Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs, by Julia Turshen
This cookbook offers so many interesting recipes that have the home cook in mind. Nearly every recipe in this book offers a few (or many) “spinoffs”, or variations of the main recipe. Talk about user friendly! I’m so in love with this cookbook, I gave it to my mom and sister for their birthdays. It truly makes you feel victorious in the kitchen.

Article: The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right
Seriously, the title of this article says it all. Mark Bittman and David L. Katz, pioneers in the way we eat, and think about eating, team up to debunk myths on how we should eat. It’s an easy, informative, and prove-your-friend-wrong kind of article.

What I’m listening to:

Podcast: Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations
If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I love Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations podcast. It runs the gamut on topics ranging from humanity, self growth, spirituality, beliefs, and more. I enjoy Supersoul Conversations because I always learn something new whether it’s about someone’s life experiences and beliefs, or simply how to be more open minded. If you’re interested in learning and hearing other people’s views, beliefs, and guiding principles, this might be worth a listen.

Artist: Fenne Lily
I found Fenne Lily through the playlist I shared in last month’s Lo Down (Your Favorite Coffee House Playlis).. Her music is defined as alternative/indie and I find it to be easy listening with interesting lyrics.

What I’m lovin’ in my kitchen:

Microplane: In honor of the essential herbs and spices I’m talking about below, my microplane is one of the tools in my kitchen that I’m always loving on. It’s the best (and quickest) way to mince citrus zest, the easiest way to grate nutmeg, and makes grating fresh Parm over a finished dish a dream.

What I am snacking on:

Pistachios: I’ve been keeping it pretty simple, good ol’ fashioned in-shell pistachios. I recently tried some Salt and Pepper Pistachios at my parent’s house, and while they’re delicious and oh-so addictive thanks to some added spices like onion powder, garlic powder, and just a touch of sugar, I tend to stick to the classic roasted and salted. But always salted.

Check out these spring recipes I’ve been cooking lately!

a white plate topped with carrot risotto, peas, and asparagus set on a worn metal background.

Carrot Risotto with Asparagus & Peas 

Scoops of rhubarb ice in glasses with lemon slices and spoons.

Sparkling Rhubarb–Lemon Ice 

Seared salmon on white plates with green sauce and grain salad, set on a gray background.

Pan Seared Salmon with Leek Purée and Sorghum Pilaf 


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