Cookbook Challenge

As I browsed facebook yesterday, I came across this appetizing picture from Two Peas and Their Pod.



A delicious serving of zucchini “nachos.”  I was instantly inspired to make something similar for dinner.  I’ve mentioned before how I will often just “wing” a recipe without following the directions, and that is what I did here.  I baked two small zucchinis in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes.  I then topped the zucchini with all the nacho fixings we had in the house!

Romaine, tomato, black beans, tuna, onion, homemade guacamole, and salsa.

zucchini "nacho" dinner

These were so amazingly delicious and easy, Brian and I both scarfed them down in no time.  I can’t wait to make them again!  Maybe next time I will follow the actual recipe 😉


Speaking of following recipes…

One of my absolute FAVORITE things to do is to read and look through cookbooks.  I am a bit particular about the cookbook:  it must be brightly colored and it must have several pictures (one with each recipe is preferable!).

When I was younger and even in college, I would even go to the library to specifically check out cookbooks to read in my spare time.  Once I graduated college, time really got the best of me and I got away from this hobby, but a couple of weeks ago I actually won a cookbook written by Averie of Averie Cooks!

pb cook book

Not only is this cookbook brightly colored with pictures for EVERY recipe, but it is all about recipes with peanut butter!  If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know about my love for peanut butter.  This cookbook is absolutely perfect in every way, and I couldn’t be more excited to read it.

Receiving this cookbook really sparked my want to begin reading my cookbooks again!  I have some very pretty cookbooks that have been calling my name for quite some time, yet they have only made a pretty display in my kitchen.


Because I want to read my cookbooks, try new recipes, and learn new techniques I have created a little challenge for myself.

I will create one recipe per week from a cookbook without altering the recipe. 

The latter part of that challenge is going to be the hard part!  I am going to start small and only run my challenge through the end of September, but who knows…maybe I will continue longer!

The recipe that I created this past weekend was from Averie’s Peanut Butter Comfort cookbook.

Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Brian was very happy with my first recipe choice.

choc pb cookie

choc pb cookie 2

Question of the Morning:

  • What is your favorite cookbook?
  • What is your favorite cookbook recipe?


  1. I highly recommend peanut butter blondies recipe. It’s so fattening, but tastes absolutely awesome, so make sure you invite loads of people to share 😀

  2. Zucchini nachos… what a great idea. Pinned for making! This is a great challenge but since spending so much time online (hello blogs and pinterest!) I have neglected cookbooks. There are sooo many recipes on www.

  3. I love to read cookbooks, too, and will often check them out of the library to get my “fix”! The cookbook I use the most is an Indian cookbook called “Curried Favors”, but my favorite cookbooks to read are the Barefoot Contessa’s , though I don’t make many of her recipes. (I just love Ina Gartner and I know we could be BFFs.) I am going to have to add “Peanut Butter Comfort” to my collection, those cookies look scrumptious!

  4. I love that challenge!! I find that when I stick to the recipe while BAKING it usually comes out better. I always add my own seasoning and spices while cooking though.

    • Tara Deal says:

      Sticking to the recipe while baking is essential…while cooking I LOVE being able to experiment 🙂 It drives my mom nuts!

  5. I used to cook from cookbooks all the time, but I tend to do my own thing or use bloggers recipes now. 🙂 My favorite cookbook (or the one I’ve cooked the most from) is Peas & Thank You. I actually should order her more recent one, because I love all of Sarah’s recipes. 🙂

    • Tara Deal says:

      So true!!! Bloggers are GREAT resources for new recipes! I have been wanting to check out the Peas & Thank You cookbook. Glad to hear you love it!

  6. That’s a GREAT idea!! I love cookbooks too- I’m trying to collect them from every place I visit! I got one in Vietnam a few years ago and made it my goal to buy one everywhere I travel. Can’t wait to see all your recipes!!!

    • Tara Deal says:

      What a great thing to collect from your travels!! There were TONS of cook books in Italy, but I failed to pick one up…at least I have the recipes from our cooking class!


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