Thursday, December 29, 2016

One delicious thing at a time!

Julia Turshen, author of Small Victories, feels like becoming a confident cook is mastering one delicious thing at a time, and taking pleasure in each small victory. In the cookbook pages she shares more than 95 recipes and hundreds of recipe variations. Julia shares basic lessons of cooking and the insparation that flows from mastering one recipe. The book is divided into simple and traditional categories, breakfast, soup and salad, vegetables, ect. Some of the delicious sounding recipes are, Sour Cream Pancakes with Roasted Blueberries, Snow-Day Udon Soup, and All Day Pork Shoulder with Cider. Most recipes have a picture which is helpful. Give it a try! ML

Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Wedding For Christmas

A Wedding for Christmas by Lori Wilde is a delightful read. It is one of the best Christmas stories out there and it reads like a Hallmark movie but with some passionate and sultry scenes. You will fall in love with Katie and Ryder and root for their love all along. This story is filled with some deep family values and struggles that we can all relate to, to some degree. Also, the town of Twilight, Texas just draws you into their charm and Christmas festivities, the scenery in this book is so vivid you will feel as if you're walking right down the streets.

It's a great love story, a perfect setting and lots of holiday action keep this story moving, An enjoyable holiday treat! *JK*

Monday, December 12, 2016

Italian Preserving...who knew?

 Domenica Marchetti addresses the art of preserving food in her book Preserving Italy:Canning, Curing, Infusing and Bottling Italian Flavors and Traditions.
Traditionally we don't think of Italian food in this way, at least not in this country. The book explores many ways to accomplish preserving including food preserved in oil, or vinegar. There are chapters on tomatoes and sauce as well as fruit preserved in syrups or liqueurs. There are also recipes using these foods. Doesn't crostini with sweet-and-sour peppers with fresh mozzarella sound good?
How about almond cake with strawberry-apricot preserves? If dinner is needed you could make zuppa di pasta e fagioli. Lots of lovely pictures and detailed recipes complete the picture. mmmm!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Mistletoe Games

Mistletoe Games is an anthology of the three novellas in the Play by Play series by Jaci Burton. Each takes place during the Christmas holiday and are short for a great evening read. The three holiday novellas: Holiday Games, Holiday on Ice, and Hot Holiday Nights are sexy, passionate and a little bit naughty!

As always, the writing is well done. The characters are independent, strong, sporty, and deliciously handsome. And the plot builds and flows nicely with a good dose of drama, chemistry, sexual tension, and sizzling sex scenes.

Overall, this is a fun, entertaining, easy read that would be a great "naughty" stocking stuffer. *JK*

Friday, December 2, 2016

Getting their Wings

When Abby, a beloved book club leader, dies suddenly after Thanksgiving—it leave the others grasping for answers. Why her, why now? Before her passing, Abby made each of her friends a little angel ornament to show them how much they meant to her. To come to terms with their grief and to help get themselves through the holidays without her, Louisa, Belinda, Cassidy and Grace decide to concentrate on a good deed for Christmas. While using their special talents to help others, the ladies find out some very interesting things about themselves. For a quick enlightening read for the Christmas season try The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson.DB