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Teaser Tuesdays!  I love this meme!  It is so much fun to open a book to a page and try to find something tantalizing to share.   I just haven’t been “Teasing” people enough!  Here’s how it works:

teasertuesdays31 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

It’s that simple!  Come on, let’s play!

I love the notion/plot idea of the book I’m reading and I managed to pull a teaser quote off my Kindle!  (With the Kindle you don’t flip pages, you just press a button a few times and stop.)  It works nicely I think.

“And the business of the evening had started so promisingly — three people down before any of them had even had a chance to cry out. Then is had all gone so maddeningly wrong.”

Three down one person left to go.  Just the baby.  But, the baby disappeared.  Where did he go?  Well, the graveyard of course!  A book after my own heart!  That’s where I like to go and hide!  Of course the baby had no idea where it was that he wound up.

Like I said, I love the concept and can’t wait to see where this goes.  The book is designed for young readers, I’m going to say ages 9 to 13 or so.  The title got me, what can I say?  I’ll keep you posted.

The Graveyard Book is written by Neil Gaiman and I would love to know where this thought process came from.  There are some nicely done illustrations that appear intermittently and add to the overall enjoyment of the text.  They are interesting in their own right.  The illustrations are done by Dave McKean who is responsible for illustrating several other books as well.

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Incredibly Easy ChickenYes, I know most people are not expecting to see a book review about cookbooks. But, hey, a book is a book, right? I just dearly love this thing and, therefore, had to share it!

Book stores always seem to have little areas with economy-priced books for sale. Oddly enough, a cookbook is not something I would usually buy. The one exception to this is that classic, thick, gingham-covered, Betty Crocker cookbook that Mom always used and cut up over time so that I could no longer find certain recipes.  I may take notes in margins and dog ear my books on occasion but I never cut them up. Of course back then there were no multi-use printers, or even computers for that matter.

One day, while at the Borders store in Mililani, I saw this little guy sitting on the shelf for only $3.99! Maybe I was hungry but after thumbing through the pages and exploring the recipe ideas, I just had to have it!

If you’re tired of thinking of something to do with that bag of chicken pieces you bought and stuffed in the freezer, or if you think that chicken has just gotten too boring, this book will definitely help you out and change your mind about the wonderful uses of chicken. It will also introduce you to new ingredients that your grocery store has had all along but you either never heard of them, or just never knew they were there.

Spicey honey barbecue chicken that smells wonderful while cooking!

The perfect example of this is the freshly-cooked chicken dish you see above. It took me a while to get to this recipe because it was talking about something I just knew I would never find in Hawai’i. Frank’s Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce, hmmm? When they say French’s you think, “Oh, the guys who make mustard,” but who the heck is Frank? Well, Safeway is a mainland-based store so, that’s where I found it! You mix some of Frank’s hot sauce with some honey, some barbecue sauce, and a separately-prepared cucumber sauce (recipe included as part of the recipe for the whole dish) and my oh my!  The funny thing is that I hate cucumbers.  But now, thanks to this little chicken book, I have two sauces in which cucumbers are an essential ingredient. Suddenly cucumbers are important! I would never have thought such a thing!

Rest assured that you can tweak all the recipes in the book as you see fit and as best satisfies your appetite. The book called for 3 Tbsp of Frank’s hot sauce. I have it at four tablespoons and it really isn’t hot. This hot sauce is more than plain hotness — it adds a very nice flavor too!

Tropical chicken salad is to die for delicious!

The recipe for “Tropical Chicken Salad Pockets” pictured above quickly confirmed that this is the best little chicken cookbook ever! That tropical chicken salad includes, pineapple and curry! To die for delicious! You wouldn’t think that some of the ingredients they combine in this book would actually work. They do! Tweaks to this one? Not really. I just will never buy those pita pockets again. They fall apart too easily. I say use a tortilla wrap or just serve it over that lovely green lettuce. Ahh, so good!

Making good use of this cookbook with a lot of dog-eared pages.

I know some people hate doing the dog eared thing to the corners of book pages. I’m sorry, I just find it useful. Better than that, I write in them too! You can keep a record of your thoughts and/or tweaks that way. Over time, you will forget. If I like a book well enough, I’m keeping it. So I can abuse my “keeper” books all I want, so there.  Besides, there’s nothing more handsome than a cookbook that shows substantial signs of use!

The beauty of these recipes is the aroma that they generate while cooking. Your house, and even your dirty dishes, actually smell so darn good! There are still other recipes to try but the two I have mentioned here really stuck out for me. When they say “easy” they mean it. If you want to reignite the chef in you, or in your spouse, get a copy of this for delicious lunches or dinners in a snap!

My grade for this book:  A+  No question!

Incredibly Easy Chicken
Publications International, Ltd.
Favorite Brand Name Recipes
(c) 2006

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