Review + Recipe: War by Laura Thalassa + Shakshuka Recipe!

Welcome back to the table readers! I know I've been sporadically MIA but I have some truly shocking news for y'all: moving out of state is a pain in the butt. I know, I know, who would've thought that but throw in an impromptu international trip and you've got a recipe for stress city. Granted, it's also a recipe for excitement town but I've got a lot going on to say the least! Originally I wasn't going to do an entire post for this book, however, when Shakshuka made a surprise appearance I couldn't help myself but continue my tour around the culinary world. So without further ado, here's my review for War by Laura Thalassa (book 2 in The Four Horsemen series).

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Review + Recipe: The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth + Chicken Parm Recipe!

Happy Publication Day to Sally Hepworth's The Mother-In-Law!! This was a super fun read that I had the pleasure of discussing with the wonderful members of the Traveling Sisters group on Goodreads. Go check out their review if you haven't already because it's amazing! In other news, my husbands future boss has scheduled us to go out to New Mexico in just under three weeks! It's all getting real and it's very exciting and nerve racking at the same time! Finding a house in a state you don't live in is turning out to be much more difficult than I previously anticipated. Anywho, time for my favorite line: Welcome back to the table readers! Today with my review I'll be giving y'all a lightened up chicken Parmesan recipe that's great for when you want to #treatyoself so stay tuned after the review!

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Recipe + Review: Behind Her Eyes + Braised Thai Curry Chicken Recipe!

Welcome back to the table readers and happy Friday! Today I'm bringing y'all a review for Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough along with a recipe for a braised chicken Thai curry. A few recipes ago I featured a lightened up Indian curry that we love in our house and this one is another family favorite! It makes great left overs and it's a super easy one-pan dish to whip up that takes little prep work and kind of just does it's own thing so it's perfect for a weeknight meal. This book was suggested to me by a friend of mine while we were discussing bat-shit crazy endings to books and she mentioned this one as being the cream of the crop for surprise twists so it took no time at all for me to hop on this gravy train and get my hands on a copy!

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Recipe + ARC Review: Recursion + Huevos Rancheros Recipe!

Welcome back to the table readers! My blog has really given me the ability to not only share my love of cooking and reading but also to broaden my scope in both areas. I've read all different types of books I probably wouldn't have otherwise and I've been able to try my hand at different dishes that are outside my comfort zone. Recipe and a Read has taken me all over the globe trying out different recipes from different cultures and countries. It's always a neat little surprise when I'm reading and BAM there's the recipe I'm going to make. Whether it's something I'm familiar with, or that I've never had, and even when I have to get a little creative to make it work these are always my favorite posts. So tickle me pink when I see huevos rancheros show up not once, but multiple times in Blake Crouch's new book Recursion! As a born and bred Texan, huevos rancheros are right up my alley and one of my all-time favorite dishes. So without further ado, off we go!

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Recipe + Review: The Silent Patient + Lightened Up Curry Chicken Recipe!

It's Friyay ya'll! I've personally been a bit under the weather the last couple of days and kind of just vegging out to TV on the couch while I recover so I haven't gotten a lot of reading done *woe is me*. I hope everyone had a fab-u-lous Valentines day, celebrating it however you enjoy or not celebrating it at all! I personally hate going out on important days (holiday, birthday, whatever) and prefer to cook at home. So I made my husband some Belizean food in honor of our Honeymoon and we had a very nice, very low-key evening with our pupper. However, I'm going out of town this weekend so I've got a lot of car hours ready for me to burn through some reads! I was killing the reading game in January but I've fallen a bit behind in February but we've got time to make that up! Anyway, today I'm bringing ya'll a review for The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides along with a recipe for a lightened up chicken curry!

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The Bear and the Nightingale Review + Zharkoye (AKA Russian Beef Stew) Recipe!

So, full disclosure ya'll. I feel pretty #swag in the kitchen, I've worked really hard and honed my cooking skills over the last 14 or so years. It's been something I've been passionate about since early high-school and a hobby and skill I've been cultivating a long time. What I am #GARBAGE at is baking. I just do not have the patience for it. Cooking to me is easy peasy, you can eye-ball amounts, you can tailor it to your tastes, you can take the basics of a recipe and make it all your own.

That is however, definitely NOT the case with baking. The science that goes into baking, the finesse and preciseness of baking has just always been lost on me. Now, I'm not saying I can't bake anything because I can follow a recipe as well as the next person, however, I mentioned wanting to make Russian honey-cake and I failed miserably at this. It requires cooking 8 thin cakes and making frosting, layering everything, coating it - IDK ya'll but I ruined it.  So you're not getting a recipe for that because...well, I ruined it. What you are getting a recipe for is Zharkoye, a Russian beef stew! However, that's after our review for The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden!!

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Every Heart a Doorway Review + Tortilla Soup Recipe!

What does that title say? Does it say RECIPE?! Yes, yes it does my friends - so without further ado, welcome back to the table! I'm getting back into the swing of things and I plan on bringing ya'll a lot more Recipe and a Read posts so buckle in folks - it's gonna be a good time! Today's review is for Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire! I'm pairing today's review with a recipe for my very own recipe for Tortilla Soup. This soup is super versatile, healthy, warm, comforting and super easy!

I honestly don't even know where to begin with this review because this book was both what I expected and nothing like I expected at the same time. Eleanor West's Home For Wayward Children, is exactly what the name describes and nothing like the name describes. This is a common theme throughout this book. Eleanor West takes in lost, disoriented, troubled children from their parents with a vow to rehabilitate them so they can become functioning members of society. What she doesn't tell the parents of these troubled children - is that the reason for their newfound affliction is not trauma in a traditional sense but that they've "tumbled" into and out of another world. Only to return to this one feeling helpless and like they've left the only real home they've ever known.

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