‘The Chef’s Secret’: Six Questions for Crystal King [INTERVIEW]

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Crystal King, author of The Chef’s Secret, dishes on her delicious new book. (Photo courtesy Crystal King, Facebook)

The history of the Catholic papacy has been long and complicated, oftentimes fraught with mystery and intrigue. In her latest novel, author Crystal King uses this backdrop to introduce us to one of her most fascinating characters yet, a man who became the world’s first celebrity chef. Recently she sat down for our insightful interview. Enjoy! —J&H Read more of this post

Debbie Macomber Makes Us Want Our Own ‘Alaskan Holiday’ [REVIEW]

Lodge in Alaska

When a young chef takes a job in a remote Alaskan town, she doesn’t expect to turn a short-term gig into a lifetime commitment. (Photo by Markus Trienke, Flickr)

She’s just trying to make friends while she works in a tiny Alaskan town for the season. He’s fallen head over heels in love with the town’s newest resident. She looks forward to returning to the big city to start her career. He wants her to stay forever as his wife. Who will win this contest of wills? Find out in Debbie Macomber’s charming new novel, Alaskan Holiday. Read more of this post

Years After Escaping the Dark, Chef is ‘Torn’ When It Comes to Embracing His Future [REVIEW]

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You never know who you’ll find inside Whiskey Sharp, the barbershop and bar featured in Lauren Dane’s Torn. (Photo by cleverdame107, Flickr)

Then, she was a sweet kid with a big crush. He was a handsome but messed up youth trying to figure out his life. Now, years later, they are both older and wiser. But is dating an old friend a good idea? In Lauren Dane’s Torn, we discover that sometimes two people simply have to take a chance.  Read more of this post

After the Storm, Hope Awaits ‘At Wave’s End’ [REVIEW]

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Life can be beautiful, even in the wake of a great storm. (Photo by J. Triepke, Flickr)

When a hurricane blasts the Jersey Shore, a woman leaves the city behind to help heal the community devastated by the storm. But will she be able to repair both her mother’s ravaged home as well as their tenuous relationship? Find out in Patricia Perry Donovan’s new novel, At Wave’s End.  Read more of this post

Sweet Potato Fries with Rosemary and Sage [RECIPE]

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries with Rosemary and Sage (Photo courtesy Ten Speed Press)

Sweet potato fries are a must-have side for certain dishes, and even though we limit the amount of starch we consume, we still enjoy these on our monthly fish and chips night. They’re sublime when dipped in some homemade harissa, aïoli, or pesto. This recipe is also delicious if you’re serving them with a roast because you can season all the other veggies with the same herbs.  Read more of this post