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Cook the Book: 'Spain' by Jeff Koehler

I love pretty much any Spanish style seafood, especially cooked on the Plancha. The best meal I've eaten in Spain was a plate of Huevos con chipirones, tiny squids on fried eggs!

Snack Attack: Fruit By The Foot

Oh the nostalgia! My parents never ever bought us these sugary snacks so it was such a forbidden treat when I was able to scam one off a classmate. I had completely forgotten about the fingerwrapping/sucking aspect of fruit roll ups. I totally did that. So gross.

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Indiana University in Bloomington, IN

Oh and pizza - it's true there aren't many great options in Bloomington but I would add Max's Pizza to the list. No delivery, but good high quality ingredients, overall I like their pies better than Pizza X.

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Indiana University in Bloomington, IN

Sad to see what I consider to be the two best restaurants in Bloomington left off the list, Uptown and Samira. For my money, Uptown can't be beat. I've never had a bad meal there and the service is always great. Same with Samira, fantastic Afghan food. I'm obsessed with their complimentary garlicky eggplant and carrot appetizer, for dinner I love the cornish hen kabob and manto/aushak combination dumplings. And I'd take their lunch buffet over Siam House any day of the Week.

Speaking of 4th street, spot on with Little Tibet, one of my absolute faves. Mandalay and My Thai are also very worthy, serving Malaysian and (obvi) Thai, respectively. As for burgers - Nick's makes a great one, I also really like the steak and shake style burger at Trojan Horse (order a double).

FarmBloomington - spotty food and service, in my opinion. Go for the awesome garlic chili fries and a beer.

Portable Nut Butter Pouches

I love these, especially the honey almond and honey peanut flavors. Perfect on the go when you need a hit of protein. They've been around for a year or two though...

Cook the Book: 'Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food'

My local co-op has some pretty tasty prepared foods and fantastic produce. And I just can't resist the house baked bread when it's still warm from the oven.

Cook the Book: 'Good Food to Share'

I think I'm going to be making some spiced coffee liquor, at least that's the plan!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

As is with some good bread and olives. Or in a quick pasta with peas and parmigiano reggiano!

Cook the Book: Molto Batali

I love having 3-4 good friends over for dinner. For just few people I like trying new recipes, I don't feel so bad if things don't come out perfectly!

Cook the Book: 'The Food52 Cookbook'

Lemony chickpea and caper pasta. So quick and tasty.

Cook the Book: 'Cook this Now'

Bourdain, definitely. Though I think I'd be a little scared.

Cook the Book: 'Home Made'

Right now I'm addicted to refrigerator pickles. So little work, so much flavor.

Cook the Book: 'Super Natural Every Day'

My favorite quick meal lately is couscous and chickpeas with a simple vinaigrette. So easy and satisfying after a busy day.

Drink the Book: 'Jelly Shot Test Kitchen'

We made "bloody" cherry vodka jello shots for a Twilight themed drinking game. They were delicious. And I really did look bloody when I spilled on down my white shirt.

Cook the Book: 'Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch'

No vegetable garden at the moment, as I live in a second floor apartment surrounded by parking lot. But some of my favorite childhood memories are of eating fresh peas straight off the plant in my dad's garden and helping my parents snap off stalks of asparagus from the field behind our house..

NCAA Final Four: Which Team Wins for Best Food Town?

OMG the Hollyhock. I used to go there with my Grandad all the time when I was younger. I loved the do-it-yourself sundaes for dessert (creme de menthe syrup, oh man.) I think I definitely need to re-visit as an adult.

Cook the Book: 'Italian Easy'

I'm addicted to Marcella Hazan's recipe for Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion. It's not all that quick, but it's super easy, and so delicious!


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