Homemade Burnt Ends

This recipe isn’t quick, but it is pretty easy if you have a smoker and the results are phenomenal. Continue reading

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Spinach, Bacon, Blue Cheese, Granny Smith Apple Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast with Balsamic Reduced Brussel Sprouts

Hey guys, sorry it’s been a while since my last post.  Who knew having a baby was so much work?  Last night the wife had to work late, so I had some creative freedom and extra time in the kitchen.  I decided to see just how many things I could stuff a chicken breast with, and it turns out it’s a lot.  Continue reading

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A Conjuring of Light 90/100 – V.E. Schwab

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In the final installment of the Shades series, we pick right up where we left off from the cliffhanger from A Gathering of Shadows.  The entire book revolves around how Red London is going to deal with the God/Demon Osaron.  We get a lot of fulfilling back story from the characters and a lot of our questions are answered, but Schwab decided not to answer a few which irked me.   The book had pretty good pacing, but it seemed to just go on and on without actually getting anywhere in places.  It seemed that although things were happening, not a lot actually got accomplished, and it just took a while to get through it.  That being said, it is a very well written book with a lot of great humor.  It’s sad to say goodbye to Kell and company, but I guess Anoshe. Continue reading

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The Bone Witch 74/100 – Rin Chupeco

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In a world of magic, witches, and daeva, The Bone Witch creates a new experience with likenesses from Rothfuss and G.R.R. Martin.  We follow Tea, a Bone Witch as she recounts her story from childhood to completing her training as a bone witch.  We go back and forth from her narrative to the present as she is recounting the tale.  This book has it all from daeva, demons that wreak havoc every 10 years to witches of every nature, most of which are good.  The Bone Witch weaves a very detailed story which never slows down and takes us on a wild ride. Continue reading

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Cast Iron Skillet Stuffed Crust Pizza

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The wife and I decided to make cast iron skillet pizzas for dinner.  These are very easy to make and are absolutely delicious.  We cheat a little and buy store made dough and sauce, but these are so good, there’s no reason to change it.  I decided to put spicy sausage, pepperoni, jalapenos, mushrooms, and black olives in my pizza.  I topped it off with fresh oregano, basil, and parsley then shredded some fresh parmesan.  I made a whipped garlic butter to brush on the crust and it turned out great. Continue reading

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The Skull Throne (94/100) – Peter V. Brett

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The Skull Throne is setting the chess board for the final showdown between man and demon.  Arlen and Jardir, luckily still alive, take a backseat in this book and we follow the politics ensuing from the disappearance of the two deliverers.  Innevera and Abban do what they can to maintain their power as Jardir’s two sons Asome and Jayan.  Rojer really comes into his own in this book as he takes a firm grasp on his musical powers and proceeds to teach others how to manipulate the demons with music.  As the demons are massing and getting ready for the final showdown and Jardir and Arlen find a way to enter the core and put a stop to it once and for all? Continue reading

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Six of Crows (90/100) – Leigh Bardugo

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For an impossible job, you have to put together an impossible team.  A convict with a thirst for revenge, a sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager, a runaway with a privileged past, a spy known as the Wraith, a Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums, and a thief with a gift for unlikely escapes all must work together to do what everyone says is impossible.  This story follows a highly functioning dysfunctional team as they try to do an impossible heist for a bigger score than they’ve ever seen.  This book has it all from action and adventure to romance to really big guns and explosions.  Bardugo weaves a compelling tale that takes you into her world and doesn’t let go until the story is over. Continue reading

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