Extra Virgin Book Review

This was a fabulous Italian cookbook from two of my favorite TV hosts. I think you might just like it, too | Cooke's Frontier www.cookesfrontier.com


One of my many loves in life is a good cookbook. Not just an instructional manual type cookbook, although those have their place, but rather cookbooks that I can sit down and read like a…well….book. Ones that draw you in and give you a peek at the author and their passion for the food that they cook.

I was so excited to see the book Extra Virgin on the list of books to choose from with Blogging For Books. I have loved watching the TV show of the same name on The Cooking Channel and so, this was the book that I picked from among all of the others. I was not disappointed. It’s a really lovely hardcover book with descriptive and informative recipes, along with full color photos.

My book now looks like it’s trying to sprout a tiny, pink porcupine because of all of the sticky notes I have tucked inside marking recipes that I can’t wait to try out. If you like Italian food, real Italian food, this is a fantastic book. I felt that the recipes are completely, totally doable and they don’t call for a million costly or hard to find ingredients.

I was pleased with this book, and I’d happily purchase any of the cookbooks that follow. Now I want to share with you a few highlights that I think you might enjoy!

DEBI MAZAR and GABRIELE CORCOS are ambassadors of contemporary Tuscan cooking. In Extra Virgin, food, family, and style come together in a celebration of the pleasures of the rustic Italian table with 120 recipes for simple yet exquisite meals that are accessible, full of fresh flavor, and easy to prepare. Gabriele is a traditional Italian with a big heart, and Debi is an outgoing, brash New York City girl. Their sassy and playful exchanges illuminate what’s important in everyday life: good food and a lot of love.

Ranging from traditional antipasti and soups to their spin on entrees, pizzas, and desserts, recipes include Pecorino and Honey Dip, a sweet and salty way to start a meal; tangy, luscious Grilled Apricots with Goat Cheese Ricotta, inspired by wild Tuscan apricot trees; and Sausage and Beans, which offers hints of fennel in a Tuscan red sauce. Here, too, are Braised Artichokes softened in guanciale-infused oil, Breakfast Pizza, and Coffee Granita just as Italians make it.

So flag these recipes, get sauce on them, let splashes of olive oil mark the pages—and invite Debi and Gabriele’s charisma and passion for cooking to spill into your kitchen.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All of the opinions are mine, and 100% honest.

Baked Pumpkin with Vanilla Custard Filling

Want to try something a little different? Try this! Small, sweet pie pumpkins are cut in half, seeded, and filled with a creamy, delicious vanilla custard before they are baked. It's like a pumpkin pie minus the crust, but a whole lot more fun to bring to the table. | Cooke's Frontier www.cookesfrontier.com

It is THE pumpkin time of year and I’m not immune to the lure of pumpkin flavored treats. In fact, pumpkin and squashes are some of my favorite ingredients to bake with.

I was visiting with my Grandma and she mentioned in an offhand way that she bakes little pie pumpkins full of custard. Why had I never thought of doing that before??? It sounds amazing, and tastes even better! Pumpkin pie is a pie that I love to eat, and this turns pumpkin pie into a deconstructed, crustless version.

People Will Think You’re A Genius When You Serve This!

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Get Winter Ready Mega Giveaway!

Are you winter ready? Let me help you get that way with a few reviews and a giveaway to get you started! | Cooke's Frontier www.cookesfrontier.com


As you may have noticed, I’ve been busy reviewing a lot of gear that I’ve recommending getting, or creating, to have in your car before Winter sets in. Today, I’m so excited to give you a chance to win 1 of 4 different prizes. I have one of each of the below to give away. I can’t wait to help some of you lucky ready be just a little more prepared for whatever life has to throw at you :)

There was a reason for that…

I’m about to give away the gear I’ve reviewed and 4 lucky people are going to win prizes! Want to know what’s up for grabs? Read on…

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Personal Water Filter Options


There are a ton of personal water filters out there, and I'm reviewing 2 of the most popular for you. Why should you have one, how do they work, and where should you have one stashed? I'll give you all the details. | Cooke's Frontier www.cookesfrontier.com

Today I have two different, yet similar, personal water treatment options to review and discuss. These were both sent to me from CampingSurvival, but as always the reviews and thoughts I share with you are always my own and 100% honest.

Why would I need to carry water treatment equipment with me?

There are a lot of reasons, really, but the one I think is most important is for our emergency kits and bug out bags. We know that we are going to be using these in worst-case scenarios and we know when we pick these up and walk out of our doors, something major has happened or is about to happen.

Water is essential to life. Flat out. Without water you will die, and it only takes a couple of days to become so dehydrated that death will be imminent in an emergency situation. If you are carrying a personal water filter, and can get yourself to some water you will have a way to filter the bacteria and crud out. That means you can have safe drinking water…..and that is the difference between life and death.

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Is Your Vehicle Winter Ready?

Is your vehicle winter ready? I'm reviewing a great pre-made car emergency kit that you can purchase or use as inspiration to build your own emergency car kit. | Cooke's Frontier www.cookesfrontier.com


Getting our vehicles ready for Winter is such an important thing to do, and one that I think is often overlooked. Yeah, you might make sure you have a flashlight tucked away somewhere in there, and you know that you have a spare tire (….hopefully it isn’t flat…..), and you have one of those little orange triangle thingies to set up if you happen to be broke down. You’re all set!

Or, Are You?

Where I live, Fall and Winter snows manage to stop freeway traffic completely several times a year. Just a couple of years ago, there were several hundred motorists stranded on our stretch of I-5 overnight, in the snow, trapped in their cars. Since we live on a major freeway that is the main drag from Washington to California, there are a lot of people that end up being stuck without the proper items in their car to at least be semi-comfortable while traveling.

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