Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday Post #7, Sunday Soup and My To-Be Read List

This is my Sunday Post #7
The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
I like participating in the Sunday Post, as a way of ......
**I have to disclose that I wrote that earlier in the week, as a  way of trying to be more organized and efficient in getting this Sunday post up.  (you can see how well that went as it is after noon PST already) And now, I have no idea what I was going to say**
I guess I love not having an agenda for a post.  Not Food, not books, not challenges.  I get to just talk about whatever is on my mind.  Of course,  food, books and music are always on my mind.  So with that in mind, I am very excited to have found this:
I'm really excited because  just earlier this week, I had trouble choosing my next book to read--and the Handyman wasn't much help!!  (you can see that post here)  So this meme will help me out with that!
Michelle says:
We sit for hours looking through our TBR lists wondering when we will ever get to that one book we were dying to read when we added it 3 months ago or maybe even a year. As our piles get bigger we realize there is just not enough time in a day to read all the books that we wanted to read. So I had a great idea, pick 3 books from my TBR Pile and have you all pick which one I should read next. This is a monthly MEME and you are more than welcome to join me.
There are of course some rules, but if you want to join in go here to check them all out.
But first..... 3 books from my TBR Pile for YOU to choose:
A stunning new novel of betrayal and forgiveness from the New York Times bestselling author.

Thirty-four-year-old Eleanor Murray is consumed with guilt for causing the accident that paralyzed her sister—and for falling in love with her sister’s husband. But when her boss offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, Eleanor accepts, hoping this good deed will help atone for her mistakes.

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.

Winner of the prestigious Loft-McKnight Fiction Award and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, William Kent Krueger has established himself as a startlingly original voice in thriller fiction. With "Purgatory Ridge" he cements his standing as a suspense writer of the highest caliber.
William Kent Krueger's precise and atmospheric prose, combined with his keen eye for the telling details of small-town life and his vivid sense of the land and seascapes of northern Minnesota, will impress and delight both his old fans and those discovering him for the first time.
This is where I'm supposed to put in  a POLL so you can vote.
BUT.... I am hoping that this month, you can just put a comment in the comment section for me.  Technology and I are acquaintances but, not very comfortable with each other yet. (I don't know that we ever will  be, due to the huge age difference between us).  Okay, I COULD figure it out, but I also have to make an appetizer for a Super Bowl Party and I don't have time to do both, so....forgive me?
I hope I don't get kicked out of this meme on my first try!?
Back to my Sunday Post ramblings---
Super Bowl appetizer. 
I just told the Handyman to be sure and eat some of these hot and sweet sausages I'm making, because I remember the Cheesecake debacle  of 2010!
I  had made a homemade cheese cake and told him to be sure and have a piece, because it IS GREAT!  He gravitated to the host's JELLO cheesecake from a box!!  It looked prettier--as boxy things do.   FINE...mine did have some cinnamon drooling/drooping down the side, but it was FROM SCRATCH!!
He tried to defend himself this morning by saying that he was saving mine for home. More for him that way!
Likely story!!
Watching on TV?  We started Dr. Who.  Just in time for Netflix to quit streaming the episodes.  Because we are always late to the cutting edge of things.  The Handyman started watching "Fear the Walking Dead--I fell asleep.  Not sure why.  I am catching up with Call the Midwife.  I am a season behind.
Song of the week?  I have a very eclectic love of music.  My friend sent me this video and I LOVE IT!!  It's a cover of The Sound of Silence by the Heavy Metal Rock Band, Disturbed.
Here is a link.... because right now Blogger and I are having issues and it will not let me embed it.
I do love this version of the song, but nothing will ever beat Simon and Garfunkle. This is  a very close 2nd tho.
On the blog this week?
The snow is melting---it's supposed to get up into the high 50's by the end of the week!
And now, Some Soup! Because it's Sunday and there should be soup, right?
And a roasted beet salad that was really REALLY  good!!!
Not great pics, but the soup?  OMG!  So good!!

I found this soup in THIS cookbook, which  will mark  #85 in my cookbook shelf.  My TBU cookbook pile  (To be used)

Soup is the best thing EVER!
Cheddar-Corn Chowder with Bacon and Scallions
1 pound uncooked bacon
1 large Spanish onion, peeled and diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 ribs celery, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
5 medium red bliss potatoes, diced into 3/4 inch cubes
6 cups chicken stock
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp groud coriander
2 cans (16oz) whole kernel corn, drained
2 cans (16oz) creamed corn
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups heavy cream
4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
kosher salt, freshly ground pepper to taste
2 bunches of scallions, sliced
Heat a stockpot over medium-high heat and add the bacon.  Cooke the bacon until brown and crispy.  Remove the bacon from the pot and set aside on paper towels to drain.  Discard all but 2 T of the bacon drippings.  Add the onions, carrots, celery and garlic to the drippings and sauté for 5 minutes.  Add the potatoes, stock, cayenne pepper and coriander.  Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 35 minutes.  Add the whole kernel corn, creamed corn, cheese and cream. Simmer an additional 7 minutes. Season with the Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.  Stir in the scallions and crispy bacon pieces.


I wanted to participate in the Read-a-Thon today, but  (sigh) off to a Super Bowl Party I go.
I am hoping they have some great commercials!!
Have a great week!
OH wait.  I have a disclaimer from this previous post:
My son informed me they WERE NOT using the frogs as batting practice. (read the post!)  but rather they were just tossing them back and forth in those hard plastic scooper things. The ones you use to catch a ball with?   And that there was maybe one casualty!
He said that I might as well have called them mass murderers in that post. apologies kids!
NOW, have a great week.
Eat soup, read books, keep warm!



Literary Feline said...

Your three TBR picks all sound good, Debbie! I think I'll cast my vote for The Time Between by Karen White. I enjoy her writing style and would like to read that one myself. :-)

We ended up buying the fifth and sixth seasons of Doctor Who (I got the 7th for Christmas) since I didn't have them yet since that's where we left off when Netflix stopped streaming them. We had planned to buy them anyway. We are still in re-watch mode. I think they'll all be new episodes to us when we get to season 7. I hope you are enjoying the show! I watched Fear of the Walking Dead when it first airred and thought it was okay. I can't say I'm surprised it put you to sleep.

I hope you have a great Sunday! Enjoy your appetizers!

bermudaonion said...

I vote for My Brilliant Friend. My shelves are double stacked and often forget about the books in the back. :/

Shaunesay Eslanai said...

I'm going to go with My Brilliant Friend, because it sounds the happiest of the three. :) The food all looks very tasty! I agree soup is awesome! :D

JoAnn said...

That soup looks amazing - yum!! I vote for My Brilliant Friend, but really want to read something by William Kent Krueger.

Kay said...

OK, that soup looks amazing. I'm all for 'messy' cheesecake that's homemade. I haven't thought about Jello Cheesecake for years and years. I eat so little cheesecake and those type things anymore that when I do - it will be the REAL DEAL!! LOL

As to your book choices - all 3 are tempting. However, I will revert to my comfort zone and vote for the William Kent Krueger book. I love his series.

Bookworm Brandee said...

My vote is for The Time Between! :D I completely understand not being comfortable with technology...I feel like a techno dunce almost daily. ;) I hope your Super Bowl food was amazing. I love the story about the cheesecake though. *haha* The soup also looks and sounds amazing. I may have to try it...soup is always a nice winter dinner!

Stefanie said...

Hmmm, you could probably Google how to insert a poll into your Blogspot blog, but try Help first. The chowder looks good. I love soup; it's so comforting and yummy. I've been itching for some.

Katherine P said...

I want soup! That looks delicious and warm and filling. I love your son's comment and it's good to know that they weren't using frogs for batting practice. I've had my husband do that too! I made cupcakes and I caught him eating Oreos. Seriously?? I'm voting for William Kent Krueger because I used to love him and need to get back to reading him!

Julie @ Smiling Shelves said...

I just saw this meme on someone else's blog. It looks like a really fun way to choose your next read! I vote for My Brilliant Friend, because that's also on my TBR list (I'm #7 on holds at the library). Hope you enjoy whichever one you choose!

Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger said...

I'm picking The Time Between! I would usually go thriller, but well, it sounds so good... I hope you enjoy whichever book gets picked :) and welcome to my TBR list meme!

Michelle P said...

I am voting for The Time Between :) I hope you enjoy which ever one wins!

Tina said...

If it were me I would pick Purgatory Tidge from that selection. That's just my mood.
Wow, the soup looks great, I love soup, with a capital L !!!

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