Thursday, May 9, 2019

How to Cook With Lentils by Martha Stone

How to Cook With Lentils
Martha Stone
Copyright © 2017 Martha Stone
Kindle Edition
140 pages

    I am but one of a two-person household. It makes it hard to cook at times. Especially when one of a pair really is picky. I can eat most anything set in front of me. DH on the other hand, well, he won't admit he's picky, but believe me when I say that he is! Which is why I am so excited that when I asked if he liked lentils, he replied, "Well, I don't know that I've ever tried them!"

    My knowledge of how to cook lentils has been limited to what I saw my mother cook of them (which was rare). And that was simply as she would have a pot of beans: boiled with a piece of fatty meat, and used to replace meat for that evening. I have learned I could add other ingredients and leave out the fatty meat, such as fresh produce (potatoes, onions, carrots, spinach, kale, tomatoes, etc.)

    Need I say that I was thrilled to get this cookbook offer in my email! I quickly downloaded the book in my Kindle and voraciously read it, virtual cover to virtual cover! I am in heaven and can't wait to try out all of the delicious looking recipes!

    There are 7 wonderful chapters in this book: 
        CHAPTER 1: Use Lentils to Make Some of the Best Breakfasts
        CHAPTER 2: Get Inspired and Make the Best Lentils Appetizers
        CHAPTER 3: Make Some of the Most Incredible Lentils Salads
        CHAPTER 4: Enjoy Some of the Most Popular and Delicious Lentils Soups
        CHAPTER 5: Try the Most Amazing Lentil Stews Ever
        CHAPTER 6: The Best Lentils Casserole Recipes
        CHAPTER 7: Enjoy the Most Unique Lentils Desserts Ever ((hint, hint: this chapter includes an 
            red lentils ice cream recipe!)

    I can't wait to dig in and get started!!!

    I give this book 5 stars:

and a big thumbs up!

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Snackable by Alisa Fleming

25 Sweet, Savory & Sippable Dairy-Free Recipes
Copyright © 2015 by Alisa Marie Fleming
Published by Fleming Marrds Inc
88 Pages

    I was a bit underwhelmed by this book, available only at Amazon and for Kindle. Recipes were kind of out there for me. I enjoy simply flavors that I can distinguish fairly easy, however, some of these were too far-fetched for me and my pallet.

    One that I cannot begin to wrap my mind around was Baked Sweet Potato Chips with Creamy Date Caramel Dip". Now I can understand the sweet potato chips (which I love!), but a caramel made from dates just doesn't do it for me. (It's like saying "Here, won't you try my prune and fish kabobs?" Or the current commercial on TV which mention the unheard of, but famous, "beetloaf". Gag!)

    And there's the smoothie recipe made from beets and berries. Separate I love both. However, neither make me want the flavor both at the same time! My stomach churns just thinking of this one!

    Thankfully this was a very short book, and could be read in a quick hour. I saw nothing I wanted to make right away, although in time I will try one or two of the better sounding recipes, to be sure.

    At this I do recommend you get your copy now, while they are still free for the Kindle, as no other media is offered. You may find the 25 recipes worth trying!

I give this book

Three Stars
and a 

Thumbs Up!

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Skinny Suppers by Brooke Griffin

Skinny Suppers
Brooke Griffin
Copyright ©2016 by Share Media LLC
ISBN: 978-0-06-241915-6
319 Pages

    125 recipes for your family that includes main dishes and side dishes. Most are for 350 - calories or less. So you can thoroughly enjoy them even when diet restricted! But even if you're not on a diet, they are packed full of flavor and deliciousness!

    I tried the Zucchini Taco Boats. They were so good! Even my hubby couldn't tell that they were as good as they were good for you!

    Recipes are well written, and include dietary information, including portion size and calories.  Love that! Recipes are easy to follow. Ingredients were readily available. Instructions were simple, using American measuring system. (A big bonus for me, as I am lost with the metric system!)

    I am anxious to try more of these great recipes! I highly endorse and recommend this book! And I give it:

Five Stars
and a BIG

Thumbs Up!

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This cookbook is available for: $11.95 Hardcover; and $6.99 Kindle.

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Classic German Baking by Louisa Weiss

Classic German Baking
Louisa Weiss
Copyright ©2016 by Louisa Weiss
Published By
Ten Speed Press,
an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,
a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York
LCCN 2016020968 (ebook)

    This cookbook will have you salivating at the word go! I was raised on the fringes of German cooking. Mom's Dad was second-generation American from a German immigrant. His wife, my grandmother, was also raised second-generation from the Alsace Region, which is also a great French/German region with similar foods.

  In my early adulthood, I spent some time in Europe, living mainly in Germany. I was even more drawn to their cooking! Heavy at times, it still embarks a sense of home and peace, tranquility to me, pulling me back in time to an era before I was even thought of.

    It was with great enjoyment I opened this cookbook on my Kindle. Sumptuous kuchen and brotchen recipes were assailing me. I could remember my Oma's kitchen smelling so wonderful! 

    Spicy pfeffernuse was my first recipe tried. My husband wasn't real thrilled with that. It's sweet, but not as sweet as say an American cookie. But I was smitten with all of the recipe's I was going to try! I haven't tried them all, yet, but I will eventually! They all look amazing!

    I give this book my highest recommendations! Recipes are easy to follow. Ingredients are not too hard to find (I purchased everything I needed from our local Kroger grocery store.

    I give this cookbook

Five Stars
and a big
Thumbs Up!

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Fragments of Isabella - by Isabella Leitner

Fragments of Isabella
A Memoir of Auschwitz
Isabella Leitner
Copyright © 1978 Isabella Leitner and Irving A. Leitner
Published 2016 By
Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (NY, NY)
ISBN: 978-1-5040-3666-5

    This is a fairly short novel(ette) that can be easily read in about 90-minutes to 2-hours.

    Like many of the authors who have survived the Holocaust, Isabella's story was thrown back into her face, and this great writer was accused of falsifying her own history. Isabella's youth was spent, was killed in Auschwitz, along with many family members.

    But she lived. Along with two of her sisters, living day to day with the mantra "I will live, I will live!" She starved. She froze. And Germans used her poor body as a slave to their machinations.

    If you want to know another story from the Holocaust, Isabella's is one to read. On the same level as the Anne Frank Diaries, Isabella's story will outrage you, bring you to tears, and at times make you smile on the young girl as she simply tries to survive for her sisters.

    I heartily recommend this book. I give it
Five Stars
and a BIG
Thumbs Up!

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  It is available in Hardback for $6.00; Paperback for $10.99; Audiobook for $24.58; and Kindle edition for $6.00.

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Personal Goals

Personal Goals

    In looking back over my goals and what I have accomplished, I see that my best recorded year for the number of books read was in 2010 and I had read 86 books. The last few years have slacked off as I went to work full time, was sick, or injured.

    I am determined to make 2019 my best year ever! So my personal goal for 2019 is to read 100 books. That's 8.33 books a month. So I'm a little behind with only 5-1/2 in so far! I need to read 2-1/2 to make for January, and another 8.33 for February! Yikes!


    I know I can do this! Cheer me on guys! A little less TV and computer play and I know I can do this! Yay!

    Have you made a goal for this year? If not, you don't have to make a big goal like I have, but one with which you can be comfortable. If you didn't read any books last year, make this the year you push yourself to reading one or two.

    And if you don't know what to read, check out some online suggestions. Goodreads and LibraryThing are great places to read some reviews and choose your books to read.

    So you say you can't afford to buy a book? Check out many of the free websites that offer free books for your Kindle, Nook, tablet or computer. A lot, but certainly not all, of my books are electronic books. I love it! My Kindle will bookmark my last page read and I can leave a book at any time and can go back to my last spot. Love that! Also, my already overflowing bookcases don't need any further space! That's not to say I don't still purchase a lot of study books in reality and not virtual! But electronic books are a great way to save space, and money!

    So, get out there, set a goal, and get started! With free books, there's no excuse!

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb

Daughters of the Lake
Wendy Webb
 © 2018 Wendy Webb
Lake Union Publishing, Seattle, WA
ISBN 9781503900820 (Hardcover)
305 Pages

  This was a great read! Very reminiscent of the Agatha Christy murder mysteries. You won't want to put it down!

I sat down with a cup of my favorite chamomile and a couple of tinned biscuits and then couldn't put the book down until I'd finished reading it! Which turned out to be a good thing that I'd come prepared with tea and cookies as it was several hours, and they sustained me!

This book is filled with multiple plots, and stories within stories.

The main character is multi-faceted as she delves deeply into not only her own past, but that of her great-grandparents as well.

Let's just say as the plot thickens, the story makes many a twist and turn. You'll have to be on your toes to know the who and what did it in this great novel!

Get on to Wendy Webb's style of writing. I can't get enough of it! Look for more great Wendy Webb reviews to come!

I give this book 

Five Stars

and a big

Thumbs Up!

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