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Memorable Mornings from the Strawberry Creek Inn Review

From the first moment you open Memorable Mornings from the Strawberry Creek Inn,  the author, Rodney Williams, invites you into his life. You’re introduced to him, his family and his highly raved about Strawberry Creek Inn. Just do a search for Strawberry Creek Inn and you’re given results from top travel sites recommending the Strawberry Creek Inn. There was even a movie filmed there, From Grace! Memorable-Mornings-from-the-Strawberry-Creek-Inn

Memorable Mornings from the Strawberry Creek Inn boasts recipes for breakfast favorites served up at the Strawberry Creek Inn. Recipes for meals like Basil-Cheddar Egg Puffs and Shrimp and Grits adorn the pages of this book. These are recipes that have that touch of southern tradition and love that I’m all about. Each recipe comes with its own story on why it’s special and/or how it originated. The recipes are all easy to follow with special attention being paid to the details. I’ve made a few so far and each has not only been a success, but allowed me to experience what I can only imagine guests experience every morning. Memorable-Mornings-from-the-Strawberry-Creek-Inn-1

Memorable Mornings from the Strawberry Creek Inn makes the perfect coffee table book as the pictures are phenomenal.  Mouth watering photography is found on every page capturing the pure essence of those mornings at the Strawberry Creek Inn. The first few pages of recipes were enough to put a visit to the Strawberry Creek Inn at the top of my bucket list.

This 11″ x 11″ coffee-table book is a wonderful addition to any room you entertain in. It makes a nice conversation piece and anyone who flips through it will most definitely be impressed. Sandra Hale does an amazing job of capturing the savory, succulent and pallet pleasing meals that leave people raving from their stay at the Strawberry Creek Inn. And, these meals really are amazing! I’ve made a few recipes from the book and each turned out amazing. My family raves every time we have a breakfast from this book. Memorable-Mornings-from-the-Strawberry-Creek-Inn-2

You can get your copy of Memorable Mornings from the Strawberry Creek  Inn here. You can also stay up to date on all Strawberry Creek Inn news and photos by connecting with Rodney & Ian on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


I received a copy of this book for the purpose of review. All thoughts are my own.

Students Go Gourmet Cookbook Review

Looking for a great cookbook can be difficult. Some have recipes that call for some famous chef to work their magic! Students-Go-Gourmet-Cookbook-Review
The Students Go Gourmet cookbook is different. It works with the time and budget restraints placed on college students. Do you remember living off of Ramen noodles and macaroni? I sure do! I didn’t have time or energy to cook most days. I also didn’t know half of what I do now about cooking. The Students Go Gourmet cookbook is full of recipes for college students and also comes with a complimentary instructional cooking DVD that teaches you the basics of knife skills, poached eggs, truffles, and more Students-Go-Gourmet-Cookbook
There are recipes by authors such as:  Sophia Khan, a world traveler and recent graduate of Yale and Harvard who through her overseas studies, and cultural experiences has learned how to prepare fast and delicious food.  Her aunt, Dr. Ellen Bass, a self-proclaimed Francophil, uses her experience as an award-winning Pediatrician and working mother to bring you healthy foods, and fresh ingredients.  They both bring their understanding of the need for quick and healthy recipes.

Inside the Students Go Gourmet Cookbook you find recipes inspired by Sophia’s travels to China, Italy, England, and Scotland, with sweet and savory combinations.  You’ll also find some great recipes that have a great fusion of spices like Cajun Sugar Popcorn.  They were striving to make this cookbook for college students different from other books on the market. Their goal was to come up with great tasting healthy meals–on a college student’s budget. I’d say they’ve succeeded.

In the Students Go Gourmet Cookbook you will learn:

  • How simple it is to cook healthy and fresh on a limited budget
  • The necessary ingredients to keep stocked in your pantry/fridge
  • How to curb your late night munchies by making great, healthy finger foods to snack on
  • How to prepare great tasting foods to wow your friends
  • How to actually cook through a complimentary video and the user-friendly, easily referenced directory which categorizes the food, explains cooking terms and equipment needed

Captain-CRUNCH-Ice-Cream-recipe Looking through the cookbook I found a lot of inspiration and meal ideas for my family. The beautiful part is that most can be prepared in limited time so for a busy mom it’s perfect. My son begged for the Captain Crunch Ice Cream. I followed the recipe to the letter and it came out delicious. It was a little hard for me since I like to put my own twist on things, but this didn’t need any changes.

I can definitely see this book being useful to anyone heading away for college or even those who want to enhance their cooking skills. The easy to follow recipes, tips and pointers are great for anyone regardless of how experienced they are in the kitchen. The photos aren’t high quality, but that has no affect on the food!


Get the Students Go Gourmet Cookbook

You can pick up a copy of Students Go Gourmet from a few different places. Head over to the Students Go Gourmet website to find out where and get free sample recipes! A portion of all proceeds will be donated to sustainable post-hurricane redevelopment efforts in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of the Students Go Gourmet Cookbook for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Entertain Like a Gentleman Cookbook Review & Giveaway

If you think it’s difficult to find a cookbook for a woman, imagine how hard it is to find one tailored for a man!

David Harap has written the “Entertain Like a Gentleman” written for men who would like to learn to make unique “classy” foods for their families or even their friends.  Think of your husband making his own amazing food for Game Night, Poker Night, and any other “guy’s” night!”  That means you’re off the hook and can go read a good book, take a bath, play with your kids or whatever else; the possibilities are endless!  No more breathing in stinky cigar smoke, listening to them talk, or any other horrible man behavior! Entertain-Like-a-Gentleman-Cookbook-Review
There are recipes that can be made ahead of time so that he can spend time with his guests, as well as those that will take up more of his time when he feels like making a great dinner for family events and gatherings. You know, when he wants to try to wow everyone with his awesome kitchen skills.  Not every man can cook, but this book hopes to change that.

Harap paid his way through college by being a chef, and enjoys sharing the lessons and recipes that he’s learned throughout the years.  Things like shopping ahead, keeping basic items stocked in your pantry, and clean as you go. gent 2

If your husband wants to learn how to cook, or wants to learn some great new recipes to share with everyone, this would be a great starting point. John has actually had a lot of fun looking through the book and trying different recipes. He scoffed a bit at first because he doesn’t consider himself to be a gentleman. Then he saw Oktoberfest and he was sold.

The Entertain Like a Gentleman Cookbook is broken into fun categories like:

  • Oktoberfest
  • Scotch Tasting Affair
  • Poker Night with the Boys
  • and Breakfast in Bed (this made me fall in love with the book!) plus several other categories.

The cookbook is also written in a way that is entertaining for men. Information is broken down into terms and tones men understand.  In the beginning of the book there are 25 tenets for stress free entertaining – directed at men. The first tenet is: “You have to plan. A football coach does not go into game day without a plan and you shouldn’t have guests over without a game plan.” I think it’s genius to compare entertaining to sports – totally a guy thing.

There are also tips for successfully entertaining a romantic interest or spouse. I think these are tips most guys could use and are usually too macho to ask. They can casually read through the book to get these tips without anyone knowing what they’re doing. That way their manliness is left intact. Entertain-Like-a-Gentleman-Oktoberfest-Meal

Of all the recipes in the book, John decided to make the Schnitzel and Baked Apples Stuffed with Red Cabbage first. He also made the accompanying Bratkartoffeln (fried potatoes laced with bacon and onions). The combination of his love for cabbage and the word Schnitzel drove this decision, I’m sure. He was also highly intrigued by the name, Bratkartoffeln. The directions were very detailed which made it foolproof. They even note the equipment needed to prepare the meal so advanced prep work is super simple. The only issue he ran into were the measurements. The directions called for a 2½ – 3 pound head of cabbage and 2 apples. He upped the number of apples to accommodate all the cabbage (there was a lot.) The end result was amazing as well, so this is a great cookbook for any man. Entertain-Like-a-Gentleman-Cookbook-Octoberfest
If you’re eager to get the man in your life in the kitchen so you can take a break you need the Entertain Like a Gentleman Cookbook. It’s a fun read for men and makes the most intricate dishes easy to prepare. Find out more about this book on the Like a Gent website and pick up your copy today.

Does your husband like to cook?  Does he make kitchen masterpieces or disasters?

Dislcosure: I received a copy of the Entertain Like a Gentleman Cookbook to review. All thoughts & opinions are my own.