5 IN 5

5 In 5 For Every Season by Michael Symon

A few things that I look for when deciding to purchase a cookbook is whether their are plenty of pictures and if the recipes have minimal ingredients. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE to cook but I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. I have a 8 year old who keeps me on the go so I chose Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 for Every Season by Michael Symon, cohost of The Chew, with Douglas Trattner as my next book to review. Who doesn’t like quick recipes, right?

The recipes are organized by season so if you’re trying to save money and shop based on what’s in season then he has laid it out for you. He has also included a holiday recipe section to help your dinner parties go a little smoother. He has gathered 165 recipes, each has 5 fresh ingredients with about 5 minutes of heat time. The 5 fresh ingredients do not include the oil or seasonings that are not considered fresh so most of the recipes have more than 5 ingredients.

While I haven’t tried any of the recipes, I have to be honest, I’m not sure if I will. It’s just a lot of recipes that don’t appeal to me. Anchovy doesn’t seem appetizing to me and I don’t eat pork, well with the exception of bacon, so I can do without those recipes. I’m wondering if their are more pork recipes included because it doesn’t take as long to cook pork. Another letdown is the lack of pictures. Not every recipe has to have one but yes I do want the majority of the recipes to have a picture included. The 2 recipes that I probably will try have pictures included which are the Thai-Style Shrimp Salad and the Autumn Panzanella. Don’t they say you eat with your eyes first, well these 2 recipes look delicious!

Well if I haven’t deterred you from purchasing this book, yet piqued your interest you’ll have to wait a little longer because it’s not available to purchased until September 22, 2015. If you do purchase it please let me know your thoughts.


FTC disclaimer: “I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”


The Sweetapolita Bakebook

The latest book that I’ve requested from Blogging For Books has arrived and it’s a sweet treat! The majority of my post are healthy food recipes but I’m a foodie and I love all types of foods including sweets. The Sweetapolita Bakebook caught my eye because it not only includes mouth watering recipes, it also includes tips and techniques on baking. You can tell from the cover that it’s going to be a great book.

The book starts with a Guide to Sprinkles. There is even a recipe on making sprinkles. Who would have ever thought to make your own sprinkles. In addition to a section highlighting sprinkles, there’s also a chapter on layered cakes, fanciful cakes, cookies, frosting and fillings, baking and decorating techniques and more. 

The bakebook includes some fancy cakes and cookies. I chose to make one of the simplest cake recipes and chose the cupcake variation, the Super White Cake. I also paired it with the Vanilla Bakery Frosting. The great thing about this recipe was that it was easy to make and wasn’t overly sweet. You can read more about changes I would make the next time I make it.

Next, I plan to try the Vanilla Sugar Cutout Cookies and the Royal Icing. I’ve tried to make my own royal icing and it didn’t turn out so great. It was very runny so I’m going to give this recipe a try along with the sugar cookies. Hopefully they’ll turn out better then my other attempt because they ended up in the trash…

If you are looking to take your baking up a notch and learn to create fancier cakes and cookies then this cookbook if for you. I don’t know that I would recommend this book for someone who is starting out to bake because I think the majority of the recipes are elaborate. There are some great tips and baking techniques that will be helpful to anyone at any level.

Sweetapolita, super white cake with vanilla bakery frosting

FTC disclaimer: “I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

Grill It, Braise It, Broil It [Book Review]


Hey Guys, I wanted to share with you a new cookbook that’s coming out this Tuesday, it’s called Grill It, Braise It, Broil It. This book was created by the American Heart Association and it’s filled with lots of healthy meals, 175 to be exact. This is my latest book that I’m reviewing for Blogging for Books.

This cookbook is arranged by cooking technique so in addition to grilling, braising, and broiling recipes; there are 9 additional cooking methods. A few of the other cooking methods are roasting, stewing and slow cooking. Also included in the beginning of the book is information about leading a healthy lifestyle. While it doesn’t include specific workout exercies, it does state that the American Heart Association recommends that adults get 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity each week for overall cardiovascular health. Children should aim for at least 60 minutes a day.

As I mentioned earlier this book contains 175 recipes and at the end of the book there are list of recommended staples that should be kept in your fridge, freezer, and pantry. Their is a list of spice, oil, dry goods, condiments, and miscellaneous food suggestions.

What I like most about this book is that the recipes are broken down by cooking method. But most of all I like that the nutritional information is included with each recipe. Even if you’re not counting calories or keeping track of carbs or fats, it’s good to have an idea of how many calories you are consuming. Honestly I’m less likely to try a recipe if it has an excess of fat, carbs, sugar, sodium or calories.

Now that I’ve shared what I like most about this book, I have to say that it was a little disappointing that there weren’t more pictures included in this book. About a third of the way through the book there are 4 pages front and back of pictures and that’s it. It could just be me but I like to see a picture of what I’m about to create before I start. Every recipe doesn’t have to have a picture but I’d prefer the majority of the recipes to include a picture. I have been in the book store and a cookbook cover has caught my attention but when I flipped through the book it didn’t have many pictures so I put it back. Again, that’s a personal preference.

With that being said this won’t stop me from trying some of the recipes included. I’m always on the lookout for healthy recipes and since this book is from the American Heart Association, I can’t go wrong. The first recipe I tried was the Edamame Dip and it was delicious! I hope you’ve enjoyed this review and make sure you get in your recommended exercise! 🙂



FTC disclaimer: “I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

One Pot Cookbook – Book Review

Book review - One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More

Time for another book review courtesy of Blogging For Books. Since most of my post are sharing delicious recipe ideas, it made sense that I review a cookbook. One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More, is a great addition to your cookbook collection.

As I mentioned in one of my previous post, one of the first things that I look at is whether the cookbook includes lots of colorful pictures and the next is the number of ingredients in each recipe. I have to admit I’m less likely to try a recipe if it appears that it would be difficult to find an ingredient. 

one pot cookbook - Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

So far I have tried two recipes from One Pot bookbook. I’ve tried the Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie and the Stir-Fried Chicken with Bok Choy. They both have few ingredients and they are simple and easy to make but most importantly they taste amazing. 

one pot cookbook - Stir-fried chicken with bok choy

The Stir-Fried Chicken with Bok Choy is something that I could added to my meal plan every week. Since the first two recipes that I tried were a hit, I’m excited to try more recipes. This collection of recipes is from the editors of Martha Stewart Living. It features different one pot recipes from an array of kitchen gadgets. 

Usually when we think of one pot, a crockpot comes to mind. This cookbook is divided into sections depending on the kitchen tool you need to use such as; skillet and saute pan, slow cooker, roasting pan, and pressure cooker, just to name a few. No worries, as you can see from the chocolate chip cookie , desserts were not left out.

The only thing that I wish was included would have been the nutritional labels for each recipe. I’m sure I can plug it into a tool online but it would have be nice if it was available. Overall I think this would be a great addtion to add to your cookbook collection. Next on the list to make is the Texas Red Chili. Nothing more warming than a hearty bowl of chili on a cold winters night!

Furry Logic – A Guide to Life’s Little Challenges [Book Review]

Furry Logic Reviewby: Jane Seabrook

I was sent a copy of Furry Logic, 10th Anniversary Edition by Jane Seabrook to review. When I selected this book to review, from looking at the outside, I thought it would be a great book for Amiyah and I to read together. After I received the book and began reading through the pages, I realized that this book is not necessarily for kids. Honestly I think adults would get more out of this than kids. Some of the humor the kids might not understand.

Furry Logic - Ditchingdiets.com

This book brings a sense of humor to life’s little challenges. I’d recommend keeping this book at work if you’re having one of those days and you just need to add a smile to your face. It’s not a book filled with only cat pictures. It has an array of animals throughout the book to paint the picture of handling life’s challenges.


Here are a few of my favorites:

“Smile first thing in the morning. Get it over with.”

“If you can keep your head when all those around you are losing theirs –

it’s quite possible you haven’t grasped the situation.”

“Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.”

You need to pick up the book to get the full effect of the quotes listed above. This book is a very quick read and the illustrations to go along with each challenge are a perfect fit!Personally I think it would be great if these were included in a desk calendar or maybe screensavers for your computer.


Until that happens you’ll just have to settle for the book. So go pick up a copy and I can guarantee you’ll be smiling and laughing from page one.



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