Sous Vide Chuck Roast (Roast Beef)

Hey guys, I’ve got a really cool recipe that I’ve tried and I’m really excited to share it.  I got a sous vide for Christmas with the idea of tendering up cheaper pieces of meat to make them taste like more expensive cuts.  I’ve tried with a handful of different meats already from steak to pork and chicken and I’ve been pretty satisfied with everything that I’ve made so far.  I really wanted to try a chuck roast and see how tender I could get it.  The recipe that I found had me cook it for 18 hours, but after doing some more research I found that a lot of people were cooking their up to 72 hours.  I settled closer to the middle at 33 hours and couldn’t be more satisfied.   Continue reading

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American Gods 89/100 – Neil Gaiman



American Gods was such a great read, I can’t wait to recommend it to everyone I come across!  It has a little bit of everything you’d want if you’re into mythology, mystery and drama.  Following Shadow across the US was like a trip you never knew you wanted to take and reminded me so much of how much I absolutely hate winter!  Gaiman’s writing was so unique and brutish, but it was so easy to connect and relate with.  It was a refreshing way to write that wasn’t always perfect, but just flowed along at just the right pace.  Continue reading

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The Core – 80/100 Peter V. Brett



I have been waiting for this book ever since I finished The Skull Throne. Peter set up for a great finale and all of my questions coming into the final book were answered.  I enjoyed seeing each character’s arc come to an end and really like where Peter took everyone.  That being said, there were a few things about The Core I didn’t like, but the good definitely outweighed the bad. We finally get a chance to enter into the depths of hell where the demons are coming from and get a new perspective of that of the demon king.  The political intrigue from Miln, Angiers, and Hollow County all coming together under the duress of Sharak Ka really made the world feel small in that everyone needs to come together for the sake of humanity if they want to survive.   Continue reading

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The Stone Sky 79/100 – N.K. Jemisin


Overview: I’ve been looking forward to this book since I read the first one and I’ve been meaning to get this posted for a while.  I know it’s been a while since my last post, but between work and my son, my free time has whittled away bit by bit.  That being said, I really enjoyed this book for the most part.  I flew through the first half of the book, but the writing style just got me turned off of it.  It was very dark (the world is ending, so there’s that) and pretty slow.  We finally got the full backstories of everyone that I’ve been waiting for since the first book, but reading from the perspective of a stone eater takes a lot of work. Continue reading

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Smoked Reverse Seared Cowboy Steak

I’ve been seeing Cowboy steaks on tv lately, and was really intrigued.  I’ve been telling my wife how I really want to try to cook one, so she surprised me with one for Father’s Day. Continue reading

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Liberty Boy – 72/100 David Gaughran


Overview: I was requested to review this book as the publicist told me it was reminiscent of Ken Follett, one of my favorite authors.  I didn’t really see very many similarities between Follett’s writing and Gaughran’s writing, but it was a good story all the same. Liberty Boy follows Jimmy O’Flaherty as he is living in Dublin, Ireland while the English are throwing down the rebellion.  It shows the dynamic from the rebels, the English, and the spies for both sides.  Everyone is out for themselves and at any time they can be killed for what they believe. Continue reading

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Artemis Fowl – 89/100 Eoin Colfer


Overview: This is another book in the top 200 books that I got from my friend Sarah.  I didn’t know anything going into this book and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it.  It was a very short and quick read, but also had enough going on in the story that I wasn’t left wanting more.  We follow Artemis, a 12 year old evil genius as he tries to pull one over on the faeries. Continue reading

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