Daily Archives: April 8, 2009

Dominance Play

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Now you know why I am exhausted!!!!

Soup’s On – A Culinary Reading Challenge

April 1, 2008 – March 31, 2009

UPDATE April 8, 2009:

I failed badly on completing this challenge – although I have tons of cookbooks and enjoy cooking, I found myself sticking to my old favorites this year due to a busy work schedule and a new puppy. I am still determined to cook from some of the new books I’ve accumulated in the last few years – but it won’t be for this challenge!


Sharon at Ex Libris is hosting this one – and although I tried to resist, I have discovered I am a hopeless addict when it comes to certain reading challenges…and this one combines cooking (which I LOVE). What’s a girl to do? So, I’m joining in the fun. Here are the rules:

Select six cookbooks to read (you don’t have to read each individual recipe…just enough to give an overview of the book) and make at least one of the recipes. These can be any cookbooks of your choice – brand new ones, old stand-bys that you can’t live (or cook) without, or even heirlooms. You do not have to decide on the cookbooks ahead of time (unless you want to, of course). Then post your reviews either here or on your own blog. If you want, you can even post pictures of your creations along with your reviews!

I have my favorite cookbooks of course:

  • Beth Hensperger’s Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook
  • Laurie Colwin’s Home Cooking (which is more of a series of vignettes with recipes interspersed)
  • Ranck and Good’s Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook
  • Rosso & Lukins The New Basics Cookbook
  • Betty Crocker’s Cookbook (my old standby from my early 20s when I didn’t know the difference between a saucepan and a fry pan)

I might give you a review of those…but I decided since this was a challenge, I should pick cookbooks from my shelf that I’ve bought but never read, nor from which I’ve made a thing. I found five (which means, I guess, I will need to buy a new cookbook before the challenge is over *sly grin*):

  1. Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook, by Beth Hensperger (reviewed April 20, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  2. Smith & Hawken – The Gardeners’ Community Cookbook, by Victoria Wise (reviewed April 13, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  3. Best Recipes from American Country Inns and Bed & Breakfasts, by Kitty and Lucian Maynard
  4. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, by Marcella Hazan
  5. Great Good Food, by Julee Rosso

What An Animal Challenge

July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009


Thanks very much to Kristi for hosting this fun challenge. I found out that I had quite a few books which met the requirements for this one. My favorite read was a tie between: The Mechanics of Falling (a collection of short stories), In Hovering Flight, and Out Stealing Horses…all of which were written by new-to-me authors.


Once again, I’ve been tempted by a challenge. Kristi from Passion For The Page is hosting this one – and it’s her first time hosting a challenge…so I wanted to support her! And I discovered that I actually had a lot of books in my TBR Mountain which I could use. Here’s the rules:

Read at least 6 books that have any of these requirements:

  • an animal in the title of the book
  • an animal on the cover of the book
  • an animal that plays a major role in the book
  • a main character that is or turns into an animal (define that however you’d like)

Crossovers are okay and lists are not necessary and can be changed at any time. Here is what I read:

  1. Firmin, by Sam Savage (Completed December 28, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  2. The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga (Completed January 3, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  3. After the Floods, by Bruce Henricksen (Completed January 18, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  4. In Hovering Flight, by Joyce Hinnefeld (Completed February 7, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  5. The Mechanics of Falling, by Catherine Brady (Completed March 30, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  6. Buffalo Lockjaw, by Greg Ames (Completed April 6, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  7. Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (Completed January 6, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)

Themed Reading Challenge: Links for Wrap Up Posts


Please use this Mr. Linky to link to your wrap up post for the challenge once you have completed it.

**Links should link DIRECTLY to your posted review (not just to your home page of your blog). Reviews linked incorrectly will be deleted from Mr. Linky (I will first attempt to fix the link, but if I cannot find your review, I will not be able to correct any problems with the link). Thanks!

1. Amanda (The Zen Leaf)
2. Joanna (It’s All About Me)
3. Cafeshree
4. Kim (Page After Page)
5. Yvonne (Socrates Book Reviews)
6. Book Psmith
7. Sue
8. katknit
9. Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
10. Fresh Ink Books
11. Tiny Librarian
12. Quenby
13. Laura (Retroredux Reviews)
14. Lissa
15. J.G. (Hotchpot Cafe)
16. Beth F (Beth Fish Reads)
17. FleurFisher
18. Penny (Penny’s Pages)
19. Shonda
20. Wendy (Caribousmom)
21. 3m
22. Christina (Babbling Book Reviews)

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