Lucinda Scala Quinn Teaches Us How She Cooks for Her ‘Mad Hungry Family’ [REVIEW]

Lucinda Scala Quinn

Lucinda Scala Quinn is a longtime crusader for the family meal. (Photo courtesy madhungrylsq, YouTube)

We are firm believers in the old adage that food is love. It is one of the reasons that we are such huge fans of Lucinda Scala Quinn. She’s been preaching about the importance of cooking for your family for years now. As a mom, she realizes this is not always an easy feat, but after raising three sons, she knows that it is possible, and that is why her Mad Hungry trilogy of cookbooks should be a staple in every family’s kitchen. Each volume is not only packed full of recipes that will satisfy growing teens, but they are also filled with cooking principles which make the family meal the bedrock we can all build upon. The third book chronicling her culinary journey, Mad Hungry Family, is the capstone on this epic quest to bring families together.  Read more of this post

Smoked Sausages with Herb Egg Noodles [RECIPE]

Smoked Sausage with Herb Egg Noodles

Gather your family around the dinner table for a hot meal even when you’re tired with this simple meal of smoked sausage with herb egg noodles. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Long, busy days don’t always make it easy to get dinner on the table. Sometimes you simply want to do something fast and easy to feed your family. Rather than pull through a drive through at a fast food restaurant, assemble this tasty, easy meal instead. Serve it with steamed vegetables or a crisp green salad for a complete meal.  Read more of this post

Debra Webb’s ‘Dark Whispers’ Wreaks Havoc With Our Sanity [REVIEW]

Gun

Natalie Drummond is sure she shot the person who broke into her home. Or did she? Find out in Debra Webb’s Dark Whispers.
(Photo by Jo Christian Oterhals, Flickr)

Natalie Drummond needs help. Since suffering a brain injury, there are gaps in her short term memory. Still, she insists someone is watching her. She hears and sees things, sights and sounds which she can not explain. Her doctor says these apparitions may only be flashbacks, but she isn’t so sure. Thus begins Debra Webb’s thrilling new novel, Dark Whispers.  Read more of this post

Turkey Bolognese [RECIPE]

Turkey Bolognese

Riffing on a traditional bolognese sauce, we use turkey here instead of beef or lamb.
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

In Italy, a true ragù alla bolognese sauce is made with beef or pork, but this recipe appeals to me because it is lower in fat (for those who need to avoid these meats for health or dietary reasons) and if you still have leftover turkey in the fridge, this is a nice way to help you utilize it. In any case, you’ll need one pound of turkey, whether you shred it yourself, buy it ground, or use Italian turkey sausage like I typically do. By definition, bolognese is a thick sauce packed with healthy veggies and served with tagliatelle pasta, however a pound of fettuccine or even spaghetti works here just as well. Read more of this post

Love Trumps Hate in Diana Palmer’s ‘Denim and Lace’ [REVIEW]

Cowboy

Will a strong-willed rancher be able to overcome the past for a chance at true love? (Photo by Martin Burrow, Flickr)

The socialite and the cowboy. They might be neighbors, but they may as well live on two different planets. With a bitter rift separating their two families, is a romance between these two strong-willed people even possible or is it destined to end in disaster? Find out in Diana Palmer’s Denim and Lace.  Read more of this post