Monday, February 18, 2013

I Smell Things

Not in an "I see dead people" kind of way, or in an I-have-the-skills-of-a-hound kind of way either. I'm just curious about and like to enjoy how things smell. Not everything. Just things like clean clothes, crayons, pencils, and leaves, and more obvious things like fancy soap and a good bisque.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs

I started young. My childhood friends Becky and Cally were older and wiser (and more normal) and helped me to rid myself of any of these sorts of tendencies which might have done long-term damage to my social life or created unnecessary paranoia in those around me. Thanks, Becky & Cally. (Sorry, Mr. & Mrs. R.)

Anyway, I was thinking of this because one of my birthday presents from my thoughtful parents-in-law was the latest cookbook by the ever-reliable Ina Garten. Before setting it on my display shelf of favorites I had to stop and breathe in its untouched pages. New or old, I love the smell of books.

In this instance, I also love the look. I mean, look at those crostinis!
Her dedication goes to her husband. "For Jeffrey, he's foolproof." Too cute.
Crispy English Potatoes

Accidental Turkey

Roasted Asparagus & Prosciutto

Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta

Sidecars with Dried Cherries
"Foolproof means so many things to me. Clearly, it means the recipe works-that goes without saying. But there's more to it than that. It's a dish that's deeply satisfying to eat; it's a company-friendly meal that can be made in advance to reduce your stress; and it's an outrageously delicious dessert that's so easy to make that it becomes part of your regular repertoire." -Ina

I plan to put her to the test, and to enjoy every bite (and whiff) of it.

1 comment:

  1. I love the concept of your blog....and I love that I'm not the only one who likes to smell books! LOL!

    I am now following you on Google Reader and Facebook! :)

    Joy @ Yesterfood