A Book and a Bite: Crazy Rich Asians

Asian cuisine knows how to do soup. Rich and savory broth, steaming noodles, lots of veggies, exotic spices, and the salty-goodness of it all. Taking a whiff of a steam-filled bowl of soup will warm your heart as well as your sinuses. Winter is the perfect time for soup of any kind. In my kitchen, my go to winter soups include hearty chili, creamy chicken and wild rice soup, and a red lentil coconut soup that is to die for. Outside of my kitchen, I crave steaming bowls of pho, ramen, miso and laksa. I've always enjoyed eating foods I couldn't get at home. Growing up, comfort food to me was meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, buttery lima beans, chicken fried streak and anything cooked in Oleo.  I love that kind of food, but as I got older I craved new kinds food. Their exotic texture, spices, and flavors drew me to taste them and search for more. My culinary palate grew exponentially when I met my future husband, who was born in India. My mind was blown when he took me to his mom's Keep Reading

My Favorite Cookbooks and Cranberry Conserve

With the holiday season upon us, one thing is on my mind...FOOD! I was talking to someone recently and they described a friend as someone who ate to live instead of living to eat. I definitely fall into the latter category. I love to eat. I mean...really. love. to. eat...really. If I didn't work out every day I definitely would need a forklift and paramedic team to leave my house. I work really hard for my mediocre body. Needless to say, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love watching the Macy's Day Parade, gathering with my family, cooking in the kitchen together, and (most importantly) stuffing my face until I pass out. I love all of the Thanksgiving food too. Turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, collard greens, cranberry sauce, banana bread, and lots and lots of pie. I love it all. I don't think I felt like a real adult until I cooked my first Thanksgiving meal (almost) by myself. As I've gotten older, I've evolved as a cook. Gone are the boxes of Hamburger Keep Reading

I Can’t Believe You’ve Never Read That!

If you have ever had any length of a conversation with me, seen me in the waiting room of a doctor's office, passed by me while my kids are playing in the park, sat next to me at a stop light, or peered in my bedroom window at night (creeper!), you probably know that I love to read. I always bring a book with me wherever I go just in case I have a spare second to read. I've read books for school (high school, college, and graduate school) and I've read countless books for pleasure. Then I began teaching English and started reading books for work. I've lost count of the books I've read. But when talking with a fellow bibliophile about our literary conquests I've often gotten the response, "I can't believe you've never read that!". As a voracious reader and former English teacher, I feel a responsibility to have read every notable book out there. Why is that? Should I have read Moby Dick instead of The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club? Should I have read Jane Austen instead of rereading Keep Reading

Reading Reflections: What’s on my Nightstand

Today I'm linking up with Kathryn at The Book Date to share what I'm reading this week. Last week my husband informed me that he would be out of town the entire week for work. After I regained consciousness and was informed that he had already told me this about five times (I just wasn't listening), I called my mommy. Using the baby as bait, I convinced my mom to fly half-way around the country to hang out with me for a week. Sure, I could handle three kids by myself for a whole week. But do I want to? Heck no! Plus, I haven't seen my mom since the baby was born in June, so it's about time for a visit. I still feel like a tourist in the Twin Cities, so I'm looking forward to doing a little bit of exploring while she's here. In addition to lots of reading... the hubs and I binge watched Stranger Things on Netflix last week. I really don't like scary stuff, but I love that show. The amount of 80's montages makes my life complete! As I mentioned in my last post, Netflix just released Keep Reading

In the Books: This Week’s Best Bookish Links

How was your week? I had to think hard about what I did this week. My brain cells have been steadily diminishing with each kid I pop out. This week saw the end of saw the end of October, Halloween, the beginning of November and apparently the end of fall. Maybe it's still fall-like temperatures where you live, but here in the Midwest...Winter Is Coming (let the record state that I DO NOT watch Game of Thrones)! Snow and daily highs in the mid thirties says winter to me! Tuesday was Halloween. It was my favorite holiday as a kid. I loved planning the perfect costume, attending the neighborhood Halloween party, and running around the subdivision in a big group. There's always that one house that celebrates Halloween waaaaaay too hard. Their front yard is full of severed heads, cloaked figures, and axe-wielding monsters. I remember one year our neighbors had a huge barrel of spaghetti labelled "brains" that you had to stick your hand in before getting candy. You had to earn it. That's Keep Reading