• Dessert,  Recipe

    Chessboard Cake

    This cake is a stunning centerpiece for any dessert table. The chessboard pattern will impress even the most calculating connoisseur. I love challenging myself to find and conquer difficult recipes. After a trio of tries I can finally ‘check’ this one off of my list. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Previous Next He stared at her. “You should be upstairs with the others.” She looked at him levelly; something about this man and the steadiness with which he played his mysterious game helped her to hold tightly to what she wanted. “I don’t want to be with…

  • Beverage,  Recipe

    The Queen’s Gambit Tranquilizer

    She didn’t move, even though the girl behind her was pushing against her. “Where are the green ones?” “You don’t get them anymore,” Mr. Fergussen said. Beth stood on tiptoe and looked over the counter. There, behind Mr. Fergussen, stood the big glass jar, still a third full of green pills. There must have been hundreds of them in there, like tiny jellybeans. “There they are,” she said and pointed. “We’re getting rid of them,” he said. “It’s a new law. No more tranquilizers for kids.” Walter Tevis, The Queen’s Gambit Tweet Looking for a bit of tranquility during the Year That Shall Not Be Named?? If the never ending…

  • Book Review

    The Queen’s Gambit Book Review ~ Chess Moves that Moved Me

    I must admit, when my husband suggested this as our next Netflix binge I was iffy at best. An entire series on chess? How completely boring, I so wrongly thought! This series was so fascinating that as soon as I realized it was based on a book by Walter Tevis I had to read it! The book did not disappoint.  Written by Walter Tevis Coming of Age, General Fiction Kentucky and beyond, 1960s N/A Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Book Review The Queen’s Gambit  5/5 An orphaned girl glows up to become a shark in the…

  • Dinner,  Recipe

    Smoked Ricotta and Quail Egg Ravioli

    There is nothing like the taste of a homemade pasta- talk about comfort food! Fill that pasta with the deep flavor of smoked cheese nesting tiny golden egg yolks and we are talking next level! I’ve got amuse-bouches.” Danny ticks the courses off on his fingers. “Then the truffled soup for starter. Then venison haunch for the carnies and mushroom ravioli for the veggies. Then créme brûlée for dessert. And then the cheese. Ruth Ware, One by One Tweet Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google There is nothing like the taste of a homemade pasta- talk about comfort…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    One By One Avalanche Bars

    One by One had me hooked on the food front within 20 short minutes. The delectable gourmet food that chef Danny kept rolling out was palatably enticing. Don’t worry- I have a scrumptious dish in the works but I wanted to throw the obvious recipe out as well. Avalanche Bars are quick, easy and gratifying. And the perfect compliment to this thrilling read. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google At first it is just a noise, and then I feel the ground begin to shake, like an earthquake. I turn to look out the window. I see what…

  • Beverage,  Dessert,  Recipe

    Cozy Hot Cocoa

    I make this single cup of cocoa bliss when I just need a special treat. Don’t forget to add two important ingredients: a cozy blanket and a good book! Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google sweet and cozy with a touch of spice, this hot cocoa will warm your heart. Do you like this recipe? Check out the book that inspired it! You can purchase the book here from Amazon or you can also help local bookstores by purchasing it from either Bookshop or Librofm.  One By One Book Review ~ An Avalanche of Thrills

  • Book Review

    One By One Book Review ~ An Avalanche of Thrills

    Ruth Ware has done it again. One by One is a thrilling read, cover to cover. Three of her five previous psychological thriller novels are heading to the screen and I’m hoping One By One will be joining them.   Ruth Ware Thriller, Psychological Thriller French Alps Imogen Church Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Book Review One By One  4.5/5 Ten music industry “friends” are trapped in a luxury ski chalet in the French Alps. This Whodunnit is filled with an avalanche, murder, music and gourmet food. I’m going to suggest this as my next “book journey”…

  • Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipe

    Screwdriver Orange Sticky Buns with Vodka Glaze

    There wasn’t a lot of food suggested in Blindsighted but I love a challenge. As soon as I read the screwdriver quote, I knew that I would somehow be incorporating vodka, orange juice and a southern breakfast dish. Pecan sticky buns make me think of Georgia. And so, voila- Screwdriver Sticky Buns. I literally had to slap my husband’s hand away from the steaming bun to get this picture. He took one bite and declared this a Christmas morning tradition.  Out of the blue, Sara said, “I want a screwdriver.” Jeffrey frowned at this but he walked over to his toolbox and rummaged around. “Phillips?” “No, a drink,” Sara answered.…

  • Book Review

    Blindsighted Book Review ~ A Slaughter on the Senses

    This book is a thriller in every sense of the word. Psychological, crime, mystery and a splash of medical thrown in for good fun. Do you ever wonder about the psyche of writers who can seamlessly create a horrifyingly real fictional account?? Just me? Ok. Well whatever it is, Karin Slaughter has a gift. I will be reading the entire Grant County series.  Karin Slaughter Thriller, Psychological Thriller Grant County, GA Kathleen Early Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Book Review Blindsighted  4.3/5 Small town pediatrician/coroner Sara Linton starts finding women who have been terrorized and left…

  • Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Healthy,  Recipe

    Bacon Pesto Chicken Roulettes (Rolls)

    This is a pasta free take on my Authentic Pesto Pasta with Parmesan. It’s gluten free and low carb but still oh so delicious!! Chicken rolled with rustic pesto and wrapped in bacon is a sure delight! Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Gluten free and low carb.

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    I am a nerd.

    Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google I am a nerd. I’ve always been a nerd. I think I realized I was a nerd in middle school. My gawky glasses were getting annually thicker since second grade. This was the year when I started reading everything I could get my hands on from Encyclopedia Brown to Little House on the Prairie. I accepted being a nerd when I was 29. I dated a guy who said I was so curious and that being intelligent and being a nerd was super attractive. He’s long gone but I like to think that…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Evidence of the Affair Chocolate Mousse

    Light but oh so rich, this mousse will make you cheat…….on your diet. Chocolate mousse has to be one of my favorite desserts. Ever since my 8th grade French teacher, Mrs. Moran, made us mousse au chocolat in class, I have been in love with this decadent dessert. I am however not a mousse purist. I cannot mentally make myself eat raw eggs so in my version the eggs are tempered. Rich and creamy, the key to this  mousse is to take it out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before eating.  I know the original reason we took up a correspondence was due to you seeking out the letters from…

  • Book Review

    Evidence of the Affair Book Review ~ An Engaging Exchange

    Taylor Jenkins Reid could write an obituary and I would read it. I found this short story to be a sweet and realistic glimpse into troubled relationships. Taylor Jenkins Reid General Fiction California, 1970s Julia Whelan, George Newbern, James Daniels, Dara Rosenberg Book Review Evidence of the Affair  4.1/5 What would you do if you found a letter from your husband’s mistress? Set in the 1970s, this entire short story is made up of letters, mostly between Carrie and David whose spouses are having an affair.  What this novella lacks in length it makes up for in originality and realism. Taylor Jenkins Reid could write an obituary and I…

  • Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Healthy,  Recipe

    Sweet Potatoes with Beef and Beans

    I came up with this on the fly yesterday while trying to incorporate sweet potatoes and beef. I also added some black beans and garlic for extra points.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Gluten and dairy free. Hey Ladies! Are you cycle syncing? This is the heading Find more recipes by phase here. Click Here

  • Appetizers,  Breakfast,  Recipe

    Brooklyn Lox and Cream Cheese Bagel Balls

    These Bagel Balls are so fun! They’re a NYC deli stop in a bite. Smokey lox, cream cheese and briny capers surrounded by chewy everything bagels create a classic taste in a fun new way. These are also great for on the go eating in the car. My bagel sandwich comes up for pickup. I take the white paper bag, thank the woman and make my way back down toward the water. Brooklyn Bridge Park is less a park and more a stretch of grass. The benches are full, and I pop down on a rock, right by the water’s edge. I open up my sandwich and take a bite.…

  • Dinner,  Lunch,  Recipe

    Authentic Pesto Pasta with Parmesan

    You can make this pesto pasta as easy as you want. Buy the pasta and the pesto. Boil the pasta, drain and smother with pesto. Easy 10 minute dinner. No judgement. I do it the easy way often. But….. in the Gourmet version there’s a little more time involved but your tastebuds will dance a tarantella. (For the curious, that’s an Italian folk dance with lots of spinning and tambourines.) Basically, it’s worth the extra work those times you can afford it.  Do you want red sauce or pesto?” he asks from the kitchen. “Aaron?” I try. He smiles. “Yes?” “Pesto,” I say. I walk toward the kitchen. It’s 2025,…