A silly fact many people don't know about me: I don't swim. Ok, I do swim; but I don't like the water. Well actually I love the water; I just don't like getting wet. There I said it: I don't like getting wet. My hubby jokes all the time about how I will constantly say "don't wet me" when we are in the pool.
Hilarious, I know but I just have this thing about water and getting wet. Which of course makes the fact that I initiated an outing on our friends boat this weekend unbelievable. Their response: "YOU want to go out on the boat?" "You realize you will probably get wet at some point?" "Are you sure you want to do this?"
Yep! I'm good...I want to do this...or so I thought until I got the following message from my friend: Ya know, you're going to have to jump in at some point, pretty much head first"
Uh Oh.....Another interesting quirk....I don't jump. Sounds strange; I know. But I just don't jump. And I certainly wasn't going to jump into WATER.
Talk about being nervous. So I decided the only way around this was to do what I do best; focus on food. I figured if I brought enough food there wouldn't be time to jump in the water. Yeah right.
Which brings me to the reason behind this post a cookbook review and giveaway. Sugar and Salt: A Year At Home and At Sea, by Annie Mahle. As much a cookbook as it is a story of a life style; both seasonal and sustainable. It contains over 75 recipes and the thoughts behind those recipes; making for some very interesting reading about life off the coast of Maine.
I truly loved browsing through this book and tagging recipes I plan to make. Like the Potato Spinach Salad with Lemon and Mustard and the Melty Gouda, Artichoke and Spinach. But for my little boating adventure I thought I would give the Cinnamon Pecan Granola a try. I decided to mix it with yogurt and strawberries...what a combo.
Want to win your own copy of Sugar and Salt...all you have to do is leave a comment on this post by midnight Sept. 3, 2012. Want more entries? Well this is a Virtual Potluck event so be sure to check all the VP round up for additional chances to win.