Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Weekend Cooking: Cooking the Calendar: January

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads

Every year I try to change up the calendar hanging in our kitchen. Just before Christmas we were in Bed, Bath, & Beyond and I saw this really neat looking calendar that had a recipe for each month.  Christmas morning it was under the tree for me!

January was:

I used Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder, a too big pinch of salt, and had to switch pots half way through (started out with one that was too small) but I have to say it turned out really yummy.  Since it was a lot for just me I stored it in a mason jar and enjoyed hot cocoa a few days and then mixed it equal parts with coffee for a few days of mochas. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book Review - Yes, Chef by Alex Cohen

Yes, ChefYes, Chef by Alex Cohen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nothing is more important to Diego than his kitchen. He's dedicated to his job running one of the top restaurants in town and doesn't have time for relationships. Then the boss, building on the restaurant's success, brings in Ben. He's young, hot, and not nearly as unlikeable as Diego wishes.

But between the distance of age and the old wounds both men are still nursing, it may be easier if Diego gives up on making something other than his kitchen the center of his world.

I really liked this novella. It was a romance that focused on the relationship and wasn't all about sex, sex, sex. I also liked that it was in a restaurant kitchen, those are always great because it means a focus on food and some great descriptions. It was nice to see that Ben wasn't a chef in training but a pastry chef who was settled in his own chosen career path. 

There were some stilted sections in this novella. Places that seemed to drag in this short book or would have worked better had it been a longer novel. I would have liked to have seen instead more of Ben and Diego together, the romance seems a bit rushed. It was a lot of them just talking about each other. 

I received an ebook version from Netgalley for an honest review.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Finishing up the Finished the Series Challenge

Hosted by Socrates' Book Reviews
I finished 6 of the 8 series I wanted to finish this year.

I didn't get the chance to pick up with the James Bond series by Ian Flemming and plan to read those in 2016.

I called it quits on the Belador series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love. I didn't realize it was turning into such a long series and I just didn't think an extended series could keep my attention.