Thursday, January 20, 2022

Today I want to share with you my very first 
What's Cooking?
Cookbook Reviews
I've altered the following slightly because there was a giveaway with that post and I don't want anyone to confuse it for a new giveaway.
Enjoy!

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Friday July 27, 2017

I've been doing cozy mystery reviews, and running 
Lisa Ks Book Reviews for just over four years now. My first blog post was June 19, 2013! Wow.
I have all you to thank for that.
Lately, I've been wanting to add a new genre to the blog (No worries! Cozy mysteries will ALWAYS be my main priority). Because there are so many wonderful cozies, I don't read anything else. So, I was stumped as to the genre I would add. Light bulb! I do read something else. I read cookbooks! I love cookbooks! Most cozies and recipes go hand in hand after all. Perfect!
Today and every Thursday, here at Lisa Ks Book Reviews will now be known as . . .
What's Cooking?
Each Thursday I will post a review for a cookbook.
I've posted cookbook reviews before, but they were by cozy authors (What's not to love about that?) The cookbooks I'm reviewing for this new Thursday feature will be on a wide variety of topics. Hopefully there will be a little something for everyone.
Okay . . . Here we go!!!


5 INGREDIENT RECIPES
Book 1
by Hannah Abedi 


Are you tired of complicated recipes with too many ingredients that you don't have?

Your problem has been solved! This simple and easy cookbook has step-by-step recipes that will wow even the pickiest of eaters, and best of all – each recipe only contains 5 ingredients or LESS! You will impress your friends and family with these delicious meals.

Before long you'll have everyone asking for more. With a nice variety of delicious 5-ingredient recipes, you can please everyone!

70 FIVE INGREDIENT RECIPES!

Delicious recipes for any occasion:

Breakfast

Side Dishes

EntrΓ©es

Dessets
AND MORE!

NO MORE COMPLICATED RECIPES

Every single one of these recipes has only five ingredients or less! You don't have to worry about complicated recipes with hard-to-follow instructions. All of these recipes are simple and easy to follow. The directions have been simplified so anyone can create delicious meals.

You'll find just about every kind of recipe in this book: slow cooker and Crockpot recipes, chicken recipes, beef recipes, breakfast, lunch, dinner, entrees, side dishes, desserts, and so much more.

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MY REVIEW


5 INREDIENT RECIPES isn’t the first cookbook I’ve ever reviewed, but it is the first that has nothing to do with cozy mysteries.

I was thrilled when I first saw 5 INGREDIENT RECIPES. With time and money being scarce these days, the thought of needing only five ingredients for a meal sounds like a great way to go! A win, win if you will.

I was very pleased with the recipes in this book. Not only can you create meals with very few ingredients (sometimes less than 5), in most of the recipes even the prep and cooking are quick and easy.

With recipes like Blueberry Breakfast Bake, Mini Cheese Balls, Simple Chicken Cordon Bleu, Pork Chops, Potatoes, and Green Beans, Spinach Parmesan Pasta, Peanut Butter Mug Cake, and Apple Pie Smoothie, there is something for everyone no matter your taste or what meal you’re cooking for. I’ll be trying many of these dishes myself.

There are a few things I wish this book had that it didn’t. There are no photos, and no dialog from the author. Also, with only five ingredients per recipe, I expected to have all the ingredients on hand for many of the recipes included, but I always seemed to be short by one or two. That being said, my household has very plain tastes, so I’m sure a lot readers will find what they need in their fridges and/or pantries.

If you’re a fan of easy to fix meals, snacks, and drinks, give 5 INGREDIENT RECIPES a try!


I hope you enjoyed my first
What's Cooking?
Cookbook Review!

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I hope you enjoy revisiting my first
What's Cooking?
Cookbook Reviews
post!

Happy Thursday!


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Wednesday, January 19, 2022


Check out these giveaways at GoodReads!

There could be a mix of print and eBooks, so make sure to check before you enter.

Use the link below each book for a chance to enter.

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I know Goodreads giveaways can be hard to win because of the volume of people who enter them. But stick with it. I have won a few titles, and you can too.

Since it can be hard to win, 
I'm giving one you an extra entry!

I have entered each giveaway I have posted today. If I win a book, I will have a giveaway here and one of you will have another chance to win the book . . . from me! I like knowing that your my friends will have that second chance to win. 

So, GOOD LUCK to you! 
And wish a GOOD LUCK to me (for you)!
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Tuesday, January 18, 2022


Hi there my friends!

The word jumbles over Christmas didn't work out due to the fact that no comments were getting through.

Every Tuesday for the month of January I'll post a new book and/or cozy mystery themed word jumble. Leave your guesses in the comments. February 1, I will randomly draw a winner from those who answered correctly.

Winner will receive a 


Today's Jumble is . . .  

People & Places in a Cozy Mystery

RTIPNGTOSAO

OTAEQNRUSW

IMCITV

FHEFPECOOS

ELCPIO

AKRP

LYBARIR

FDETSNEIBR

LKRIEL

TQUEINRSAETO

PACEEWOFINPREFS

MEREDURR

IMTTNAESRE

HEFRFIS

RFENOHMLAEU

DIKIESKC

RTANSTRAUE

VETTEECID 

SLEOCINOAPITT

LURAHTTEAMUSE

Remember to leave your guesses
in the comments. I'll post them two
days later.

GOODLUCK!


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Monday, January 17, 2022

 

There's nothing quite like having a friend drop by. Lucky us, we have a visitor today! Poor dear, she really needs a friend today. Check out what she has to say.

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I Preferred the Dream

By Emma Westlake

(from A PLUS ONE FOR MURDER by Laura Bradford)

My name is Emma Westlake, and if you’d asked me about myself even six months ago, I’d have said I was living my dream.

I was working as my own boss, doing what I’ve always wanted to do—connecting people and places via my very successful home-based travel agency…

I was continuing to make the house I inherited from my Great Aunt Annabelle a true home

I was learning everything I could about plants and flowers in my attempt to make my yard a show piece…

And I was falling in love with Scout, the golden retriever I adopted from the local animal shelter.

Of course, I may have been sugar coating the part about my agency being “very successful,” but it really was at one time. In the beginning… For the first few years… Before people and companies became more and more comfortable doing their own bookings online.

I’m sure you can sense where this is going, and you’re right. My last two corporate clients are moving all travel arrangements in-house.

Which means, in a nutshell, I’m out of a job.

Of course I could heed the wishes of my parents and move back to New York to head up one of their tutoring centers like my sister, Trina, does. But I don’t want to do that. The tutoring centers are my parents’ dream, not mine.

Or, Scout and I could stay in our perfect-for-us little home and see if we can make a go of the crazy idea my elderly friend, Dottie Adler, came up with other day. She thinks I can make a business of being a paid companion; a friend for hire. She’s even rustled me up two clients who show promise. One wants to hire me as a gym buddy. The other, as a plus one for a dance at the local senior center.

And I even found a client on my own. By pinning a virtual notice about my potential new business to the Sweet Falls community bulletin board. The guy wanted to hire me to accompany him to Open Mic Night at a local eatery and clap after he recited his poem.

Free food and a hundred bucks to clap? How could I say no, right?

Well, I should’ve. Said no, that is. Because after shoving a piece of paper at me with the faces of four people he said wanted him dead, Mr. Hill (said client) did in fact drop dead. In the middle of the stage. While reciting his poem. With all four of those same people sitting in the audience.

No, I’m not kidding. I wish I was.

So, without further adieux:  My name is Emma Westlake and I’m officially living my worst nightmare.

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Wow! Poor Emma. I'm so happy she could confide with in us today. I think the idea of being a friend for hire sounds great! My advice to Emma is to stick with it. I mean, it's not like she's always going to come across a body, right? 

  
Available now! 

Coming July 5, 2022!

A big thank you to author, Laura Bradford for introducing us to Emma Westlake.

While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend’s house as a child, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number-two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do or be anything else. Today, Laura is the USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series including; the Amish Mysteries, the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Tobi Tobias Mysteries, the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey), and the new A Friend for Hire Mysteries. To learn more about Laura and/or her books, visit her website: laurabradford.com


 

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Sunday, January 16, 2022


Can you believe Valentine's Day is less than a month away? Let's get to reading those Valentine's cozies!
























Wow! What a great lineup! 

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