White Trash Cooking: Recipes, Humor, and More

I am an avid fan of cookbooks…I have a gazillion of them. I love looking at the photos and trying new recipes. I have my mom’s old cookbooks, cookbooks I’ve picked up at thrift stores and even some I bought just for the pictures. I was recently looking for a recipe and pulled out a bunch of cookbooks. That’s when I found one I had forgotten about that my mom gave me for my birthday one year: White Trash Cooking by Ernest M. Mickler.

Real down home, white trash cooking recipes. Some are funny (like the possum recipes) while others are delicious (try the biscuits!)

Don’t let the name of the book fool you – White Trash Cooking is not a joke. 25 years ago Mickler gathered more than 200 recipes—collected from West Virginia to Key West—showcasing the cooking and hospitality traditions of the white trash way.

White Trash Cooking is warmly written, funny, and filled with traditional and unusual recipes of traditional American food. It’s not offensive, although the title might be – it celebrates the simple cooking of our rural ancestors.

Some are fun and we don’t even consider white trash food, like the Tater Tot Casserole recipe. I myself make a different version of this casserole, and it’s the #1 searched recipe on my blog. There’s a recipe for Hoppin John that I want to try too. And just about all the desserts sound yummy, or like some version of a dessert my family used to make when I was a kid. I’ll pass on this Pore Folk Soup.


Real down home, white trash cooking recipes. Some are funny (like the possum recipes) while others are delicious (try the biscuits!)


Looking for recipes for possum, squirrel or gator tail? Me neither. But there are recipes in the book for them!. Read the directions…they’re funny (although they aren’t meant to be!)

Real down home, white trash cooking recipes. Some are funny (like the possum recipes) while others are delicious (try the biscuits!)

White Trash Cooking  also has some great photographs by the author of people, places and food throughout his life in rural and small town Mississippi. There are also short stories that will make you smile.

This book is not just a devotion to southern cooking, it’s also entertaining. You could leave it out on the coffee table as a conversation starter! Sure I’ll never make possum (I don’t even know where I’d find possum even if I wanted to try to make it!), but cheers to White Trash Cooking for showcasing real, simple, old school American food.

If you are a fan of white trash, I have a couple of fun posts for White Trash Party Ideas and White Trash Gift Ideas. Still want more white trash? Check out my Pinterest White Trash board.

This is not a sponsored review, though it might sound like one. I just love this cookbook and wanted to share!

Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free and Vegan Recipes

I’ve shared lots of cookbook reviews lately, because I’ve been browsing through so many of them looking for new ideas for the upcoming holidays. I recently was invited to review Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free and Vegan Recipes. I will tell you that I was hesitant at first because we don’t have any food allergies in our house. But I thought more about it and know that some of you do, so I said sure!

A review of the new allergy-free & vegan cookbook Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats.


The author, Debbie Adler, first opened her allergen-free and vegan bakery, Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes, in Los Angeles in 2006. Her recipes have been published online by Food Allergy Research and Education, The Chalkboard, Life Goes Strong, and on AllergyMoms.com.

What I really love about this cookbook is that it brings so many yummy treats to people that may not normally get to eat them.

All the treats in the book are allergy-free

(including nuts, soy, gluten, and dairy) and sugar-free, too!

Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats features seasonal recipes (including a couple of pumpkin recipes just in time for Thanksgiving!) Wouldn’t this be a perfect gift this holiday season for people with food allergies, Celiac, or diabetes?

Of course the recipes all come with complete nutritional facts. But another thing that is cool about Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats is that there are recipes for making your own substitutes (like vegan chocolate chips).

An index of substitutes includes things that you can buy in stores, like coconut nectar (instead of refined sugar); quinoa flour (for protein); and chia seeds (for energy and omega-3). So healthy eaters can have treats too!

A review of the new allergy-free & vegan cookbook Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats.

And of course all of the pictures are gorgeous and make me want to go to culinary school to become a baker.

With recipes like Irresistible Red Velvet Cupcakes, Salted Caramel Apple Muffins, Cosmic Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gourmet Dark Chocolate Mesquite Brownies, and Blueberry Streusel Donut Holes, you can enjoy delectable treats without feeling guilty.

So if you lead a vegan, gluten-, soy-, nut- and sugar-free…or just healthy…lifestyle, make sure to check out Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.

One Bowl Baking ::Book Review::

I don’t know about you, but I could spend hours browsing through cookbooks. That’s a lie; I could probably spend days perusing cookbooks. And from the first time I picked up One Bowl Baking, I fell in love with the gorgeous photos and simple recipes.


One Bowl Baking author Yvonne Ruperti has been baking and cooking for over 15 years, in professional kitchens, test kitchens, and her own bakery. She spent three seasons on the Emmy-nominated hit PBS cooking show, America’s Test Kitchen. She is also a writer and currently pens the weekly Chocoholic column for the James Beard award winning food site, Serious Eats. She knows her stuff.

Over the years, Yvonne realized that when she baked at home, she often condensed steps in a recipe in order to make the process easier, and to avoid washing unnecessary bowls and equipment. This sounds perfect for busy moms, right? Let me explain why it is.

Many times when I am  browsing through cookbooks, I am disappointed over the time wasted. Although the photos are swoon-worthy and the recipes sound delicious, the recipes also list 20 steps in the directions and can require a gazillion ingredients; many that I don’t have on hand and would never use again. This is definitely not the case with One Bowl Baking.


While these recipes look and taste like they took hours to make, I was surprised that most of the recipes can be put together and in the oven in 15 minutes or less. What’s even better is that some of the recipes don’t even require a bowl—they’re mixed directly in the pan!

In One Bowl Baking you will find recipes for breakfast muffins and scones, cupcakes, cookies, layer cakes, cheesecakes, tarts, and more.

One-Bowl-BakingThis Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting was simply amazing and simple to make.

All the cake ingredients are made in one bowl, and then dumped into a pan. Wash the bowl and make the frosting, and you can make the recipe in just one bowl. Ridiculously easy to make.

This is a cake that I’ll making for the upcoming holiday gatherings, and I’m sure I’ll be asked for the recipe!

Next on my list are the Pumpkin Pie Muffins. I have all of the ingredients in my pantry right now, and I can’t wait to try them.

I also like a few other things about One Bowl Baking

All of the ingredients are listed and show the conversion for cups, ounces, and grams. Handy for those cooks who aren’t in the US.

I also like the tips that Yvonne includes throughout the book. Like how to fill a pastry bag and make a sugar flower.

And of course, I absolutely love the gorgeous photos. While my photos will never compare to those in the book, I will make sure to share them after I make those muffins this afternoon.

If you love to bake, I HIGHLY recommend picking up One Bowl Baking for its simple recipes. Simple enough that even those who don’t like to bake can follow these recipes!

Happy baking!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of One Bowl Baking in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Photos are from One Bowl BakingThis post also includes Amazon.com affiliate links.

“Homemade With Love” Cookbook Review: A Must Have If You Love To Cook!

Disclosure: I received a copy of Homemade With Love cookbook in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

As an avid reader and wanna be foodie, cookbooks are more than just books to me. A beautifully photographed cookbook can keep me entertained for hours. My cookbooks are earmarked, have notes scribbled in them, and have spills that litter the pages. Some have been handed down to me, others purchased for me, or purchased myself. I love them all. And I’m excited to have added the Homemade With Love cookbook by Jennifer Perillo to my collection.

Homemade With Love Cookbook


The name Jennifer Perillo might sound familiar – if you read a lot of food blogs you may be familiar with the author’s blog In Jennie’s Kitchen. She’s all about cooking from scratch, but don’t get scared! It’s much simpler than it might sound.

Homemade With Love is so much more than just another cookbook. Sure you’ll find tips, advice, and amazing recipes, but you’ll feel like you are sitting down and talking to a friend. She shares recipes the whole family will enjoy, while making the recipes simple to follow and understand.

homemade_with_love_cookbook The introduction explains how and why Perillo started blogging, and how the book came about. If you’re a home cook that finds cooking from scratch, buying local, and eating a home-cooked meal with family and friends important, this book is a must have.

The photography is stunning and simple. The pictures aren’t perfect, and look like meals that you probably would be willing to put in front of your family tonight. Not sure where to get started? Perillo even tells you how to set up a homemade kitchen, pantry, fridge, and freezer.

If you have special dietary needs, this book is for you too! There are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and even adaptable recipes included. I love that she labels the recipes that can be made ahead, made in just an hour, or even made in 30 minutes or less. It makes weeknight meal planning much easier.

The very first recipe in the book is a recipe for all-purpose baking mix. Say goodbye to boxed cake, muffin, and pancake mixes! No preservatives or artificial anything, and all ingredients that I bet you already have in the pantry.

You know I love me some grilled cheese sandwiches…there’s a recipe for Apple, Cheddar, and Pancetta Paninis that I can’t wait to try on my next cheat day!

And while I’ve already earmarked more than half of the 230+ pages, by far my favorite section that I’m looking forward to trying myself is the section on canning. Our plum and peach trees have more fruit on them than I can count, and I really want to try preserving some of them this year instead of  giving away (or throwing away) all that beautiful unused fruit.

The Homemade with Love cookbook is a beautiful cookbook that I will be using for years to come. It’s also attractive enough to set on a table as a coffee table book – I have had several friends over who thumbed through it and asked to borrow it!

To find out where you can get a copy of the Homemade with Love cookbook for yourself (or as a gift for the foodies in your life!), visit In Jennie’s Kitchen.

Getting My Body Back with Heather Porter

Back at the end of October, I told you that I was going to be working on getting back in shape (again) by doing BodyRock.TV workouts and the Brazil Butt Lift workout. Why? Because after losing 11 inches doing the Brazil Butt Lift, in just 4 months I gained back 9 of the 11 inches that I had lost. Turns out after just one week I quit, and haven’t worked out since. Now the holidays are here and I am afraid I’ll use the excuse “after the holidays” to do it, except that I started reading Body Back, and I think I’ll be able to get through the holidays while still focusing on not gaining more inches.

Body Back is written by Heather Porter, a mother of 4 who “gets” what it’s like to have your body totally change after babies. She says, “For me, it wasn’t just about shedding the pregnancy pounds but about learning to be attractive and healthy again, both emotionally and physically.”

That’s exactly how I feel about it too! It’s about coming to terms with the fact that my body is physically different now, and will never be the same as it was pre-babies.

This book isn’t just about exercise though – it’s so much more. Heather shares her own experiences of getting her old self back. She shares information on her exercises, eating habits, beauty tips, dress sense, and more.

When I got the book, I thumbed through it to see what it was all about. Throughout the book, she shares “Body Back Tips” which I love because I love tips and being able to quickly scan through all of them to get a feeling of what information she’s sharing.

Since it’s the holidays, I immediately flipped to her section titled All About Food and started reading. It’s full of information that I can use in my daily life, not just stuff that I can reference if I am looking up something particular. One of my favorite sections was about Superfoods and how they can keep you from getting sick, promote great skin and help slow down the aging process. These are foods we should all be eating anyways, and foods I love (like carrots and broccoli and cranberries and garlic!) I also learned that apples and bananas are both fat-burning foods, so I can eat those throughout the day and not worry about all the sugar.

And one Body Back tip that I am starting today:
Fill a jug with water and cucumber and drink it all day to stave off the temptation of caffeine and soda.

Such a simple change, and one I was doing when I was eating healthy. I mix it up and sometimes do water and lemon or water and basil…anything to give the water some flavor.

This book is set up to be read by busy moms – the topics are short and can be read quickly. There’s a ribbon bookmark attached to the book so you won’t have to worry about losing your place if you have to put it down. Heather writes in an easy to understand way, and not only gives you information, but tells you why it’s relevant. It’s a book you don’t have to read all at once – you can skip around to different sections or only read about particular topics.

Want to learn more? You can visit Heather’s Body Back website to check out more of the book, get tips, read more about Heather’s journey, and all kinds of other good stuff. You can follow Heather on Facebook and Twitter as well.

You can buy the book too! You can find Body Back on Amazon…the Kindle edition is just $7.99!


Have you read Body Back? What did you get out of it? If you haven’t read it, do you want to read it?

Disclosure: I received a copy of Body Back to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.