Cookbooks are recipe suggestions and authentic is just an interpretation. My favorite recipes are listed below each cookbook and it just means that, MY FAVORITE and the ones I go back to time and time again. I’m still working my way through these cookbooks myself. Poke around, have fun, and hope you end up adding some of these delicious recipes to your menu. Here are the cookbooks that scratched my travel itch during quarantine.

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Like, I’m glad this dumpster fire of a year is coming to an end, but I know that 2021 has the potential to become garbage, too. I’d like to believe that most of the madness and sadness are behind us. So, even though I’m flipping off 2020 and can’t wait to put it behind me, I am also trying to remain optimistic because it’s all I’ve got.

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Here’s 41 random facts about me. Hey, they could help you win Jeopardy someday if I ever become a category for being über-famous. A girl can dream.

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Making an affogato is fast and easy! The De’Longhi EC702 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine is simple to use. You can be your own damn barista at home!

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We are indeed living in trying times, and it’s been hard to feel hopeful while feeling hopeless. However, right now, more than ever, we have to be resourceful and community-oriented. This pandemic isn’t an invitation to act like an entitled jackass. Instead, look at how you could help your local economy thrive. Your dollars help your community by staying in your community. As always, practice proper social distancing and only send healthy people in your family out to get food.

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