Books & Recipes

everyone loves a comeback story…

You know that scene in Legally Blonde when Elle Woods decides she is going to start taking school seriously, and buys textbooks, and wears glasses with sweaters? It makes my palms sweaty just thinking about it…

It’s the scene of the movie when everything starts to turn: Elle no longer gives a sh*t about stupid Warner, she’s going to secure the coveted internship, and move on to graduate top of class at Harvard!

Why am I bringing this up? Well, A) Legally Blonde is my favorite movie and B) Who doesn’t love a good comeback story???

the book: The Comeback by Ella Berman

In all seriousness, The Comeback by Ella Berman tells the raw and compelling story of a child star and actress, Grace Turner, who was sexually assaulted by the man who helped put her in the spotlight.

One of the things I loved about this book, was how Berman was so thoughtful in telling Grace’s story. Berman accurately depicts the complications, confusions, and emotions that come with Grace’s story.

However this book is not solely about the #MeToo movement. There are so many additional subplots that will grab your attention, like how Grace’s stardom has affected her relationship with her family, female friendships, and learning to find oneself again after trauma.

the bite: Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Dip

Friends… This. Dip. 

The inspiration came from the scene in The Comeback when Grace orders a flatbread pizza with goat cheese and caramelized onions when she meets her friend for lunch. Of course, her friend, Laurel, is HORRIFIED that Grace would dare eat a carb (as no one in LA does)… but OUR mouths were watering at the description of Grace’s decadent lunch. 

We’ve made goat cheese flatbreads before, and TBH it’s a bit been there, done that. So instead, we developed this luscious dip. It’s the perfect balance of salty, rich, and a slightly sweet from the caramelized onions. 

You may serve this with sliced baguette, crackers, or even spread a touch on some ciabatta for your next sandwich! Trust us, you will not be able to get enough. 

The one note I will make about this recipe is that properly caramelizing onions does take time. If you want perfectly caramelized onions, be patient… thankfully you can keep the onions on low heat and go about other tasks while they cook… stirring occasionally! 

Ingredients 

  • 1 sweet onion 
  • 1 large goat cheese log, at room temp
  • 1/4 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt 
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • OPTIONAL BUT SUGGESTED: 1 tsp fresh rosemary, 1 tsp fresh thyme 

Steps 

  • Begin by chopping the onion into small, even pieces (remember the onion will later be folded into the dip, so the pieces shouldn’t be larger than a half-inch each!)
  • Add the chopped onion and olive oil into a skillet on low heat; allow to sit for about an hour until caramelized, stirring occasionally 
  • While the onions caramelize, combine 3/4 of the goat cheese log and the greek yogurt. Stir until well combined 
  • Add the salt, garlic powder, oregano, and pepper to the goat cheese mixture; if adding the fresh herbs, add those as well 
  • Once the onions are ready, set them aside to cool completly before folding them into the dip
  • Once onions are cool, mix them in with the dip. You may serve this right away, or keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days!