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The Kitchn Cookbook - Blogging for Books

Happy Monday friends! I am sitting here all cozy in our home office because it is finally freezing outside. I am all bundled up and writing this while sipping coffee that is topped of with white chocolate peppermint creamer (I am so ready for Christmas!)...the best way to start a day! Anyways, this weekend was a great one, my brother and sister came in town to visit us, and while I ended up getting sick Friday night, it was still so wonderful to spend time with my siblings! I was able to play hostess and loved every minute. We had more visitors over the weekend than just my family due to MSU's homecoming game! We had Ben's dad and brother stop by, two groomsmen, and my family coming in and out.

So naturally I whipped up a few things to make everyone feel at home. I made homemade hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows to sip on, and roasted potatoes and grilled chicken for lunches! I love feeding the ones that I love with food from our kitchen. To me it means so much more than just sharing...it truly is a way I can present the Gospel to those that come in our home. Our Holy Father has provided richly for us as his Children, and when people step into our home and I hope they feel richly provided for in many ways! 

The kitchen has become my favorite place to be since becoming a wife. I LOVE it, and I am always looking for ways to learn more about cooking. So when I heard about

blogging for books

and realized I could write reviews on cookbooks I was dying to have, I was in. (Thanks

Martha Kate

for the suggestion!) 

My first cookbook to receive for review was The Kitchn Cookbook. And man oh man, can I just say I am in love! This is so much more than your average recipe book. The kitchen is a huge resource for those new to cooking. It is like google for cooks! The Kitchn covers everything from stocking a pantry and cleaning your kitchen to the basics of cooking and great recipes! It is a gold mine, and a must have for every kitchen! 

My favorite part is the recipe section, because most of the recipes are simple, but elegant and really sophisticated while not being obscure in their ingredient list! I love that! I have already used the recipe for homemade fresh pizza sauce and tweaked it a little more to our liking! I cannot wait to cook more recipes from this book. 

The pictures in the book also appeal to be in a big way! The kitchens pictured inside the pages are beautiful and so full of character. This is one of those cookbooks that could almost double as a coffee table book or the one cookbook you would want to keep out on display in your kitchen all the time. It is just beautiful. The quality of the pages and pictures are wonderful. I could look through this book over and over again! (I kinda have a thing for pretty cookbooks, see picture below)

The Kitchn Cookbook has taken a spot next to my favorites and I plan on using it all the time. I could not recommend this cookbook more highly to every single one of you! New cooks to seasoned pros this is a great cookbook for everyone! 

Curry Crushin' - Foodie Favorites

I love food, I love food.....I really love food. If you have been a reader for any amount of time you probably already know this, but I really do love food. The kitchen is the room in our house that I go to create and clear my head. I love pushing myself with "challenging" recipes and out of the box ingredients. So I guess I can say that I am a self proclaimed foodie. So in honor of this ever growing passion of mine, I wanted to start a little series that would highlight some of my favorite recipes every week. These are not recipes I create, but recipes that I will be making during the week, have fallen in love with, or am dying to try. 


I will also be inviting a different "foodie" that I admire to join me every week and share her favorite recipes as well. So it will be a great way to find new recipes and a fun way for you to meet some really awesome ladies that love food as much as I do! 


This week Madison of Wetherills Say I Do is joining in on the fun and sharing some of favorite recipes as of late! Madison is one of my blogging besties for sure. This girl gets me and is such an encouragement in my life. She has a passionate drive for blogging, community and food. She is just as big of a foodie if not more so than I am. She loves to create new recipes, and is good at it. She is a contributing author at several food blogs, and is always coming up with yummy things! Check her out and show her some love! Here are Madison's picks...


1. BUTTER CHICKEN - We have always incorporated chicken into a lot of our meals. It's so simple to make but I am always looking for new ways to make chicken so it's not always the same thing. This butter chicken looks incredible and I can't wait to try it! It's different than a traditional breaded chicken that I've made many times because it's coated with crackers instead!

2. CREAMY PEA & FRESH HERB FETTUCCINE - This recipe brings me back to Italy! What's funny is that apparently alfredo is not an authentic Italian sauce, it was made up and then adopted by Italians. But my favorite restaurant in Florence served fettuccine alfredo with peas, just like this! I can still remember exactly how it tasted. I love this recipe so I can try to make it at home!

3. CHICKEN WITH SUN DRIED TOMATO PESTO SAUCE - I love the idea of simplifying meals by making meals in one pot. It's a novel idea for us, because I usually make a big mess and use a lot of dishes while I'm cooking. The rule in our house is that the cook doesn't clean, so over the last two years I've tried to be more mindful of the mess I make, because I know my husband will be the one cleaning up! So being able to make a delicious and hearty meal in one pot is definitely up my alley!

And now here are my picks...I have been on quite the curry kick lately. My friend Natalie invited to join her family for dinner last week and she made us the coconut lime chicken and rice...I fell in love, in fact I even included this meal in my Friday Letters last week it was that good. 

1. BASIL CHICKEN CURRY - This just looks divine. It is said that we first eat with ours eyes, and made this meal looks divine. The colors are so vibrant and enticing...this would be a perfect recipe to try and use up the last bits of fresh basil you may have in your garden before Autumn rolls in for the season. 

2. SLOW COOKER BUTTER CHICKEN - We had this for dinner on Monday night and it was super yummy. The coconut cilantro rice that I am sharing over at MyCookingSpot was the perfect companion for this filling meal. The chicken was fall apart tender and so warm and cozy. Delicious!!

3. GRILLED LIME COCONUT CHICKEN - This was the recipe that Natalie made for us, that I will continue to dream about until I make it again. The chicken is marinated then grilled, served with coconut rice, ahhh so so good! Natalie even went a step further and made extra marinade and reduced it down to create a thick and flavorful sauce to drizzle over the rice and chicken. Add a squeeze of lime juice, and you have the most amazing meal I have ever had outside of a restaurant (I am seriously not even exaggerating y'all...it was that good). 

So there you have it! Some of our foodie favorites for you to try this week! Join me back here next week for some more yummy recipes and favorites from Natasha of Gather Around Our Table

My Dad's Famous Chili (with my modifications)

Hello friends! So the lovely state of Mississippi has not quite surrendered itself over fully to fall weather, however...that has not stopped us in the Cox Residence of welcoming my favorite season in full force. We have made  mini pumpkin pies (see recipe here.), pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice lattes, and today I made my dad's famous chili. 



The whole house is filled with the awesome aroma of comforting chili, its bringing back my childhood, and making my mouth perpetually water. :) I can remember this being a go to meal during cool weather growing up, and my parents would serve it with Mexican cornbread...man. Got to stop thinking about it...I'm drooling. So for all you chili lovers, this is a must try recipe. My dad passed away when I was in high school so this is a special recipe to me, I stumbled upon it in a cookbook I have from my home church, and knew I had to make it this week. He entered this recipe into our church chili competition and won many times! :) So without further delay...I give you...

David's Famous Chili


1 lb. ground beef
2 pkg. taco seasoning
1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 large can tomato sauce
1 can Rotel tomatoes
2 cans shoe peg corn
2 cans Mexican beans (I used a can of pinto beans, a can of black beans and a can of dark red kidney beans)
1 onion chopped
water for consistency (I only added about 1/2 cup of water)

I also added:
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (random as it may seem, there are my "secret ingredients" the cinnamon and cocoa really add a natural depth of flavor and pull out a lot of the spices that are also in the chili, I promise it is yummy)
3 cloves minced garlic 
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder

Brown ground beef. Saute onions and garlic. Drain. Add all ingredients to a large pot. Stir. Bring to a boil. reduce heat and simmer for 1-3 hours, or you can just simmer it all day..the longer the flavors sit together the better the chili tastes. 

Tip: we also ate this chili with sour cream, grated cheese, and Frito's. Yummy! of course it is delicious alongside it's soul mate, Mexican Cornbread. Also this chili freezes really well, and it makes a whole lot so either plan to share with friends or freeze for an easy meal later on. 

Hope you enjoy your bowl of yummy chili as much as I will tonight when I gobble it all up. Smelling it all day is building up quite the anticipation. :) 

Let me know what you think!

Until next time!