April Book Update

I have decided I want to have a book update.  I want to talk with ya’ll about books, since I might cook out of them.  This all relates some how.  Not to mention you can give me ideas for new books to read and we can talk about books we have both read.  This will be fun!!


  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Kaling, Mindy – I really enjoyed this.  I am not a huge Office fan, so I was unsure how I would like the book of one of its writers.
  • Fire by Cashore, Kristin – I read her first book Graceling and I really like the way Cashore writes about transition and the way people feel about those transition.  She writes about growth and specifically female growth really well.  She captures the little nuances that make characters really robust.  I highly recommend both books.
  • Cairo by Wilson, G. Willow – I am trying to get into graphic novels.  This has magical realism in it and is from a Muslim perspective.  Very interesting.
  • White Tiger: A Hero’s Compulsion by Pierce, Tamora – I guess this would be called a comic.  I really like Pierce’s writing, which is why I picked it up.  I enjoyed it, however I am not a huge superhero fan.  So it was not amazing to me.  Cool though.
  • Tortall and Other Lands by Pierce, Tamora – I loved these short stories.  She fleshes out characters that are only side characters in some of her books.  I recommend this to any Tamora Pierce fans.
  • Annie on My Mind by Garden, Nancy – I had trouble with this book.  Let’s start by saying it was written in the 90’s and I guess 90’s lesbian literature is about how hard it is to be a lesbian.  Some reviews say it is groundbreaking.  I would not go that far, but it is teen lit that deals with homosexuality.  Maybe I am just being overly critical.  I would not recommend this book though.  There are better books that have been written since then.

To Be Read:

  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls, Wilson
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Diaz, Junot
  • A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth edited by Mazer, Anne
  • The Color of Magic by Pratchett, Terry
  • Jane Eyre by Bronte, Charlotte
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • The Space Between Us by Umrigar, Thirty
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
  • Orlando by Woolf, Virginia
  • Tropic of Orange by Yamashita, Karen Tei
  • The Turn of the Screw by James, Henry
  • The Other Side of Paradise by Chin, Stacyann
  • Bitter Sweets by Farooki, Roopa
  • Firebirds edited by November, Sharyn
  • The Ice Princess by Lackberg, Camilla
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Flagg, Fannie
  • Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Keller, Helen
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel, Laura
  • The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Lee, Jennifer
  • The Namesake by Lahiri, Jhumpa

What are you reading right now?  What do you think of my list?  Have you read anything off my list?  What did you think of it?


The Weekly Dish: 04/15/2012

Last night I went on a bar blitz with the Sexual Violence Center to raise awareness about sexual assault!  It was so much fun.  We had a game to play and most everyone loved it.  We also gave free t-shirts to anyone who posted on Facebook or Twitter about seeing us.  A ton had photos with me and other volunteers.  I look forward to finding all the fabulous photos of myself.  🙂

The Sexual Violence Center is an amazing organization doing great work in the Twin Cities and Minnesota at large.  Check up out and if you want some T and A, Tips and Answers.  I know that’s what you were thinking, look here!!

This is the Weekly Dish!  Here are the recipes from the last week.

Raspberry Buttercream

Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie

Cocoa-Nut Almond Energy Balls

Coffee Granita

Tequila-Lime Chicken

And here are recipes I have bookmarked from other blogs!


Sausage Mushroom Strata from Haute Apple Pie

Jalapeno Cheddar Bagels from Brown Eyed Baker

Drinks/ Cream

Cashew Cream from Munchin with Munchkin

Banana Daiquiri from Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide


Chilled Papaya Soup with Pisco and Lime from The Kitchn

Main Dish

Meatball Sub Pizza from Confections of a Foodie Bride


Pineapple-Coconut Macaroons from David Lebovitz

Champagne Mango Custard Tart from Panfusine

Tequila- Lime Chicken

This was really good.  Not as spicy as I had thought it would be.  The blog I got it from said you could put all the ingredients in a blender to make the marinate.  I might do that next time.  See if it adds a little more kick.

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The Weekly Dish 04/08/2012

I love being at home with my family.  But whenever I am driving back to Minneapolis, this song comes into my head.  It just makes me so happy 🙂

Here are recipes from this blog for the last week!

Dried Beef Cream Cheese

Slow-Roasted Turkey Breast

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Deviled Eggs

Meatballs with Ricotta in Milk

Pistachio Smoothie

Checkerboard Cake

This is the weekly dish with recipes I have bookmarked from blogs I follow!


Maple Morning Cake from Recipe Girl


Easter Bread from cooking-spree

Irish Brown Bread from Farmette

Main Dish

Cauliflower Poriyal from Yummy Tummy


Coconut Macaroons from Skinny Taste

Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake from Tutti Dolci