• Beverage,  Recipe

    Azriel’s Shadows

    Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Strong yet subtle. If it had wings, they'd be huge. If you like this recipe, click on the picture below to get links to the book review and the other ACOTAR cocktails!

  • Appetizers,  Dinner,  Recipe,  Vegetarian

    Arancini with Leftover Rice

    I now look forward to leftover rice. These little balls are so delicious and comforting! Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google A classic Italian Great Depression recipe, this uses leftover rice and breadcrumbs. “Elsa learned—to her surprise and to her mother-in-law’s—that she wasn’t a quitter. She woke up each morning well before her husband and got into the kitchen in time to make coffee. She learned to make and eat and love food she had never heard of, made from ingredients she’d never seen—olive oil, fettuccine, arancini, pancetta.” Kristin Hannah, The Four Winds Tweet If you like this…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Lavender Lemon Cupcakes

    Lavender plays such a subtle but powerful role in The Four Winds. It’s the scent of clean sheets and Elsa’s mother. It’s the color of a soft baby blanket and the sky at dawn. It’s the homemade soap that the Martinelli’s made and sold to survive. Hannah expertly wove the sweet significance of lavender throughout her book and I knew that I had to embrace it.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google This white cake is as light as air and tastes so fresh with a hint of lavender. tangy and sweet this frosting is heavenly! If you…

  • Appetizers,  Dinner,  Recipe

    Chicken and Blue Cheese Sliders

    Pickles, blue cheese and crispy chicken is an unbeatable combination! Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Recipes inspired by The Midnight Library “I have met others like us,’ Hugo said. ‘You see, I have been in the in-between state for a long time. I have encountered a few other sliders. That’s what I call them. Us. We are sliders. We have a root life in which we are lying somewhere, unconscious, suspended between life and death, and then we arrive in a place. And it is always something different. A library, a video store, an art gallery, a…

  • Appetizers,  Breakfast,  Dinner,  Recipe

    Fried Egg and Prosciutto Slider

    Salty prosciutto and a peppered fried egg on a sweet Hawaiian bun. This slider is quick and delicious! Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Recipes inspired by The Midnight Library “I have met others like us,’ Hugo said. ‘You see, I have been in the in-between state for a long time. I have encountered a few other sliders. That’s what I call them. Us. We are sliders. We have a root life in which we are lying somewhere, unconscious, suspended between life and death, and then we arrive in a place. And it is always something different. A…

  • Appetizers,  Dinner,  Recipe

    Grilled Cheese and Mushroom Sliders

    This is the perfect vegetarian slider- melted gruyere cheese and sautéed mushrooms.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google This dish was inspired by The Midnight Library “I have met others like us,’ Hugo said. ‘You see, I have been in the in-between state for a long time. I have encountered a few other sliders. That’s what I call them. Us. We are sliders. We have a root life in which we are lying somewhere, unconscious, suspended between life and death, and then we arrive in a place. And it is always something different. A library, a video store,…

  • Appetizers,  Dinner,  Recipe

    Pulled Pork Sliders

    My friend Nick has always made this coleslaw and it’s a family  favorite! Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google inspired by Matt Haig's book, The Midnight Library “I have met others like us,’ Hugo said. ‘You see, I have been in the in-between state for a long time. I have encountered a few other sliders. That’s what I call them. Us. We are sliders. We have a root life in which we are lying somewhere, unconscious, suspended between life and death, and then we arrive in a place. And it is always something different. A library, a video…

  • Appetizers,  Recipe,  Uncategorized

    Lamb Bites with Potato Crostini

    Everything you love about lamb in one perfect bite! Mint, cumin, garlic and lamb top a crispy potato slice. Finish it all off with the best Greek sauce I’ve ever tasted, courtesy of my name twin Jenni over at whipandwander.com, and you have an appetizer fit for any occasion! Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google These tasty gourmet meatballs make the best appetizers! Click here to get Whip and Wander’s Whipped Feta Recipe! “Instead, I do what I do best, and start preparing the roast lamb for dinner. There is something heartwarming about a roast dinner and we…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Potato Chip Brownies

    these brownies are the perfect late night drinking buddy. Potato chips hit the salty notes and the brownies provide a rich, sweet base. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Salty and sweet, these are a dangerous late night drinking buddy. “She sees the reluctance on my face and grins. “Come on, Lou. It’s a special occasion. You’ve excelled yourself. Snogged your new married boss. This is genius. I should get someone to write the film. I could play you.” “Good,” I say. “I’ll need the money when I’m fired.” I can’t fight Sophie, and I don’t want to,…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Vanilla Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

    These cookies are just like mom’s, soft and chewy with the added texture of walnuts and a hint of vanilla flavoring.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google your basic chocolate chip cookies with a hint of vanilla flavoring and the added texture of walnuts … dang, I must have forgotten it. Some would say, Skip it. Go home. Fools. You can’t bake a decent cookie without gobs of vanilla extract. Kraya makes cookies every Saturday. Today is Saturday and there is no way I’m missing another cookie-Saturday.” Vince Taplin, Alex Six Tweet If you like this recipe, check…

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    Vanilla Piña Colada

    Cold and refreshing this icy cocktail is perfect for reading on the beach- or in a patch of sunlight.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google the perfect beach read companion Vanilla Piña Colada I looked at the bottle of vanilla on the table, standing in glory because the hands of an angel held it. Touched by a god no more than 25 minutes ago. A god! I can hardly touch it. I could feel him on the label. Sense his pheromones. His every fiber was so close I could taste him. His DNA is fresh here. Vince Taplin,…

  • Appetizers,  Recipe

    Mexican Bean Dip Cups

    These delicious Mexican appetizers are the perfect compliment for Beth’s trip to Mexico. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google My favorite appetizer in an individual serving! If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!   You can buy The Queen’s Gambit here from Amazon or you can also choose to support local bookstores by purchasing it from Bookshop. The Queen’s Gambit Book Review ~ Chess Moves that Moved Me Other Recipes for The Queen’s Gambit Tranquilizer Chessboard Cake Russian Caviar Baby Potato Bites French Onion Soup Crostini

  • Appetizers,  Recipe

    French Onion Soup Crostini

    These little bites are pure Parisienne heaven! Inspired by Beth’s trip to Paris, these crostini are covered with caramelized onions cooked down with red wine and beef stock then topped with  and gruyere cheese.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google A bite of heaven, Parisian style. If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!   You can buy The Queen’s Gambit here from Amazon or you can also choose to support local bookstores by purchasing it from Bookshop. The Queen’s Gambit Book Review ~ Chess Moves that Moved Me Other Recipes for The Queen’s…

  • Appetizers,  Recipe

    Russian Caviar Baby Potato Bites

    This elegant and decadent black and white appetizer was inspired by Beth’s trip to Russia for the final chess tournament.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Elegant and decadent black and white appetizer If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!   You can buy The Queen’s Gambit here from Amazon or you can also choose to support local bookstores by purchasing it from Bookshop. The Queen’s Gambit Book Review ~ Chess Moves that Moved Me Other Recipes for The Queen’s Gambit The Tranquilizer Chessboard Cake

  • Beverage,  Recipe

    Blazing Cherry Blossom Cocktail

    Created just for BEARTOWN by Frederick Backman, this cocktail recipe will heat you from the belly out. Tart cherry juice and elderberry liqueur are the stars. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google cocktail with warm cherry juice and elderberry liqueur Beartown Book Review ~ May Leave You Cold “𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘪𝘴𝘺 𝘣𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘪𝘨 𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵. 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘯𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘺 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮. 𝙇𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖 𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙧𝙮 𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙗𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙢 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙯𝙚𝙣 𝙜𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙣. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘢𝘪𝘵 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴, 𝘢 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦, 𝘮𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭,…

  • Book Review,  Recipe

    Pride and Prejudice Tea Party

    How dare I deign to review Pride and Prejudice?  I am much more comfortable expressing myself through food….. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Linzer Playing Card Cookies inspired by all the Whist games Berry Scones and Earl Grey Tea Glaze Herb Garden Tea Sandwiches