Alton Brown Adventures: Red Velvet Cake

Alton Brown Adventures: Red Velvet Cake

Andrew’s favorite cake is red velvet cake. Also, Andrew hates frosting, except for cream cheese frosting. So, it comes as no surprise that when his birthday came along, I had no choice but to make him a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. The only tough part: finding a decent recipe that I could reasonably make. To Alton Brown, I turned! I love how easy to follow Alton’s recipe was — I don’t know why, but we were both…

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Book Review: Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Book Review: Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Title: Real Murders Author: Charlaine Harris Series: Aurora Teagarden, Book 1 Publisher: Berkeley Paperback: 290 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Lawrenceton, Georgia, may be a growing suburb of Atlanta, but it’s still a small town at heart. Librarian Aurora “Roe” Teagarden grew up there and knows more than enough about her fellow townsfolk, including which ones share her interest in the darker side of human nature. With those fellow crime buffs, Roe belongs to a club…

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Places We Like: The Coffee and Tea Exchange

Places We Like: The Coffee and Tea Exchange

The Coffee and Tea Exchange 3311 N Broadway St Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 528-2241   We love this place. It’s become Andrew and my go-to for good coffee, and every time we go we find something new to love. The staff is always friendly and helpful whenever we go and they have great suggestions when we ask them advice on what roast to get. Also, if you need a coffee fix right away, they offered brewed coffee right in the…

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Book Review: The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde

Book Review: The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde

Title: The Woman Who Died A Lot Author: Jasper Fforde Series: Thursday Next, Book 7 Publisher: Viking Hardcover: 366 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The Bookworld’s leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into a semiretirement following an assassination attempt, returning home to Swindon and her family to recuperate. But Thursday’s children have problems that demand she become a mother of invention: Friday’s career struggles in the Chronoguard, where he is relegated to a might-have-been;…

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We Had an Engagment Party!

We Had an Engagment Party!

I’m really excited to be getting married in Rhode Island — it’s where my grandmother was born, and it’s where almost all of Andrew’s family lives. Unfortunately, getting married there means a lot of family and friends who live in California won’t be able to make it due to the flight, hotel, time it’ll take to get there and be there, etc. I knew that would happen, so I asked my parents to plan an engagement party in California so…

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Book Review: Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg

Book Review: Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg

Title: Bream Gives Me Hiccups Author: Jesse Eisenberg Publisher: Grove Press Hardcover:  273 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups moves from contemporary L.A. to the dormrooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the reader into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions. In one piece, a tense email exchange between a young man and his…

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Alton Brown Adventures: Grenadine

Alton Brown Adventures: Grenadine

When I first introduced this thing we’re doing with Alton Brown’s recipes, I mentioned that what got us started was his alcohol episode. That was for two reasons: Andrew and I love a good drink; making great cocktails is actually rather simple if you put in some time. So, we finally took the plunge and made ourselves homemade grenadine. I actually don’t like store-bought grenadine very much. As long as it’s just a splash or two, it’s fine, but the…

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We Played Whirleyball!

We Played Whirleyball!

Andrew had a surprise a couple of weekends ago — his friends flew down to see him so that we could have a bachelor-ish party/birthday party weekend for him. He’s been trying for years to get a group together to go play Whirlyball — which, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is a game that’s a mix of bumper cars, lacrosse, hockey, and basketball. Super fun. So, when his friends and I were on working ideas for what to do, I…

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Book Review: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Book Review: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Title: The Dark Unwinding Author: Sharon Cameron Series: The Dark Unwinding, Book 1 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 318 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village…

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Alton Brown Adventures: Sirloin Steak

Alton Brown Adventures: Sirloin Steak

Now that Andrew is no longer a vegetarian, he’s always looking for new ways to cook meat and new kinds of meat to enjoy. So, when he saw this for sale at the grocery store, he bought it and researched to see if Alton Brown had a recipe for it. Luckily, he did. This is kind of a funny story, actually, because cooking this calls for a broiler, which neither of us has ever really used. We could see that…

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