The Best of the Best Panini Press Cookbook: 100 Surefire Recipes for Making Panini--and Many Other Things--on Your Panini Press or Other Countertop Grill


Who knew this simple and easy-to-use kitchen appliance could do so much?

Kathy Strahs, for one, did. Creator of the multiple-award-winning food blog Panini Happy, the web's go-to destination for panini-press wisdom, Strahs does wonderful things with a panini press, from crafting perfect Italian-style panini to building scrumptious and creative grilled cheese sandwiches to making things you never thought you could make on a countertop grill or griddle.

Dig into these recipes to discover your panini press's impressive range—including breakfastslunchessnacks, and dinners, for the weekday whirl and for relaxing times on weekends. About half the recipes in this book—a collection of the 100 best recipes from Strahs's earlier book, The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook—are for panini, such as a robust Cheddar, Apple, and Whole-Grain Mustard Panini or a zesty Chimichurri Steak Panini. The remaining recipes are for dishes you will be amazed to learn you can make on a countertop grill, including quesadillas, croques monsieurs, brats, burgers, salads topped with crisply grilled meats, and even grilled desserts.

This beautiful volume will inspire great cooking and fun meals, without the fuss or effort.


For those you already have a Panini maker this book is excellent for it gives you other ideas and recipes for you to use it. That for me is what I found so unique about this book. Some of the recipes especially about breakfast were why didn’t I think about that. I had just used mine for mainly sandwiches and for lunch, the author gives you so many options that this makes this a very handy kitchen tool. When she added desserts to the already many different ideas I knew she really had a very good cookbook and she herself had gone through her own testing of these recipes. I found this to be a wonderful book and would be very useful for anyone’s kitchen, I know it is for mine. I received this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at 

Get Your Bake On: Sweet and Savory Recipes from My Home to Yours

GET YOUR BAKE ON                              BRIAN EMMETT

Cook up some delicious, down-home goodness with this cookbook of more than seventy-five sweet and savory recipes from Brian Emmett, grand prize winner of CBS’s The American Baking Competition.

In 2013, Brian Emmett burst onto the culinary scene with his charm, confidence, and superior baking and cooking skills on season one of The American Baking Competition. He won over the hearts of Americans nationwide, who watched this enthusiastic husband and father immerse himself in his passion—and, ultimately, take home the illustrious title of “Top Amateur Baker.”

Now, in Get Your Bake On, Brian shares over seventy-five recipes that leave no doubt as to why he was crowned champion on the show. This cookbook encompasses a hearty mixture of The American Baking Competition favorites, brand-new concoctions, and Emmett family recipes passed down through generations. Staying true to the show’s theme, there are plenty of sweets: From miniature tarts to his famous Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookie, Brian’s baked goods are sure to satisfy even the most demanding of sweet tooths. But Get Your Bake On also features a strong savory element with classic, feel-good recipes such as Sunday Brunch Strada and Beef Chili with Buttermilk Cornbread.

So grab a spoon, America—Brian’s back, and he’s ready to dish!


A very good cookbook that the author has given recipes that he makes as well as some from his family which I thought was a nice touch. All are homemade which the author gives you instructions to follow, which I found these to be easy to read and to understand. The e-book I had or arc did not have any pictures which was a downer but I am sure the hard copy does. Overall an outstanding cookbook and I could really understand afterward how and why he won the baking competition. A good book for any home baker for their own collection.

Love Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered #2)


Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.

Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippy. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret... and it could demolish everything.


I found this to be a wonderful story about a married couple Rosie and Dominic. Rosie feels that she is not being seen by her husband except for one night a week the night that they have sex. As much as she still enjoys sex with her husband, she feels that something is missing. When she comes home from work one night she has decided to leave. It is also the night that they usually have sex. Dominic is shocked, confused and panicked he loves her with his whole being and he has thought Rosie has known that. She leaves that night and he is a mess. She is to but she feels she has lost her dream of opening a restaurant and part of herself.
She does not want to divorce him and when he asks what he needs to do when she says counseling he agrees. More than that he shows up and really tries to make an effort at the beginning. You see the struggles he has since he has come back from Afghanistan, also from the way he was raised. Not bad but just different and men did not cry and took care of the family without a big fan fair. He also realizes he has put her dreams about a restaurant aside because he did not hear her talk about it but it was still important to her. He then begins to see other things that he has let go by the wayside that happens at times in a marriage. He starts to make an effort to change.
She begins to see the things he has been doing for her that she knows nothing about and this surprises her. She wants him to tell her these things but he feels it his responsibility to do it, not in a bad why but his way of showing love without her knowing. I get that. Though most people nowadays don’t understand.
Overall, I liked the story the characters, even the therapist they end up going to. I found this to be really a story that is close to true life relationships and that though the two people love each other very much they both had things they needed to work on. A very good book. I received this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact #3)


Can guys and girls ever be just friends? According to Audrey Tate and Clarke West, absolutely. After all, they’ve been best friends since childhood without a single romantic entanglement. Clarke is the charming playboy Audrey can always count on, and he knows that the ever-loyal Audrey will never not play along with his strategy for dodging his matchmaking mother—announcing he’s already engaged…to Audrey.

But what starts out as a playful game between two best friends turns into something infinitely more complicated, as just-for-show kisses begin to stir up forbidden feelings. As the faux wedding date looms closer, Audrey and Clarke realize that they can never go back to the way things were, but deep down, do they really want to?


The three women are back and from the first book now to the third, each book is different just like each woman. Maybe that is why from a guy’s point of view each one is a little intimidating, which as it should be. Audrey is finally working on dealing with herself and not wanting to go get cupcakes right away, though there is nothing wrong with a good cupcake my daughter says (I agree). She is looking back at the men she has chosen and is actually believing that it is her fault for the way everything worked out though Claire’s husband was an ass, jerk you get the point.
On top of everything else, she has some troll on the internet posting things about her that she feels are offensive. I get why she is hurt by what the person is saying especially when the ass does not have b…s to face you. That is the only problem with social media, I digress. So, her best friend Clarke who is being set up by his mother once again and is shocked to see his ex at lunch no less agrees to help Audrey with fake engagement.
This is not like one of those regular fake engagement books no siree this is a full Manhattan-style fake engagement with party, cake tasting from a top pastry chef, a wonderful wedding planner and of course two people who thought they both agree to a fake engagement agree that if it were a real wedding they would want an over the top one, so everyone would know they are marrying there one. So, in New York, you get married in the Plaza where else?
Now, of course, his mother Clarke for whatever reason really does not care for Audrey, but Clarke has always liked her and she has always liked him. They like the same movies and most everything else. Even enjoy just being home together as friends watching a movie eating pizza, popcorn and lounging on the couch no pretentions. When Clarke sees her in a different light, he knows she is the one, but he now must convince her.
Audrey because of everything that has happened to her and she feels responsible, probably for too much is falling for Clarke especially after they kiss, but will she allow herself to really be, be Audrey. I think really that is what I got out of this story, her becoming her own person. Moving in her own place, looking at her side what role she played if any and just growing up. She is the youngest of the three women and she had been there for each one of them especially Clare. From the first day when they left the park bench to when Clare moved from her home and started her new life, she supported her and the same with Naomi. She looked up to both of them in their strength and courage and was trying to find her own she went about it differently. Overall a good book, I wish maybe there would have been something about them all maybe ten years later but that is just me. A very good story to go along with the other books. I received this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

Defending Everly (Mountain Mercenaries #5)

DEFENDING EVERLY                           SUSAN STOKER

As tough as Everly Adams may be, the Colorado Springs SWAT officer is near a breaking point. Her fifteen-year-old half-sister, Elise, has disappeared from Los Angeles without a trace, and the window to find her is closing fast. Committed to the search is Mountain Mercenary Kannon “Ball” Black. He and Everly already have a history—of rubbing each other the wrong way.
Still, Everly has to admit the man is heart-stopping. His brash alpha swagger takes her breath away. And most importantly, as a former Coast Guard first responder, Ball has what it takes to bring Elise home.
Nobody’s buying the LAPD’s “runaway” theory. And the fear that Elise is the victim of a human trafficking ring is a gut-punch that Everly and Ball can’t ignore. If only the trail were that clear cut. Because the one they’re following is more insidious and intimately dark than they could have imagined.
Now as the bond between Everly and Ball grows stronger, so does the heat. And as the stakes rise, so does the danger.

When the last book ended Everly Adams who works for the Colorado Springs police department, came to the Mountain Mercenaries, wanting help. Maybe, maybe not she a swat officer did not like asking for help bur her fifteen-year-old sister who lived in Los Angeles has gone missing and no one anything.
The team sends Kannon “Ball” Black who does not want to go and does not want to be tied down with a female partner. Yes, they do not get along at first this is because of Black and his past. He does eventually get over it but it does take a little while for it to happen. He does need Everly as well for her sister is deaf and so she is the only one besides the school and her grandparents that know how to sign.
As they work looking for the sister they also begin to fix his problem which actually starts working itself out fairly quickly when she comes to his aid when he is being jumped. Slowly the two of them are also finding the other one attractive which they are both trying to fight.
This story is very good and different from the others. Dealing with internet stalking, especially how some apps contain hidden message boards which are scary. This all made for a very fast-paced and exciting story. Very much worth the read. I received this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

Alone With You

ALONE WITH YOU                                  MICHELE CALLAHAN

Claire Miller fell in love with Jake in the third grade. Life was on the fast track to perfect when he finally moved her out of his ‘friend zone’ their senior year. One hot night of reckless passion changed things between them forever. Jake rocked her world, but Claire had plans for her life. Knowing she could never be what he needed, she let him go and has missed him every day since. That was seven years ago. Plenty of time for Jake to fall in love with someone new, get married, and move on.

Jake Walker knew the first time he saw Claire, when he was nine years old, that he wanted to marry her. At seventeen, he let her go. But seven years later, the sight of her hit him like a punch to the gut. She was more beautiful than ever, and every cell in his body demanded that she was ‘The One’. But can he convince Claire?


A 2016 publication I actually forgot to do the review of this wonderful story. Jake and Claire have been friends since the third grade and then their senior year in high school Jake took the step further with her and Claire was glad, he did. Only one problem she wanted to leave the town they grew up in and he wanted to stay. Sadly, she left for college and the world while Jake stayed back.
Seven years have gone by and Claire who is an archaeologist, looking for treasuries buried beneath the earth around the world, receives a call that her father is ill and she should come home. Doing so she is hoping that Jake the boy she left and has been in love with forever it seems, will be married by now.
Once home she realizes that Jake is not married and he is not a boy. He is a man that has been working outdoors at the ranch his whole life and it shows extremely well on him. Jake finds he is more attracted to her than he was when she left years ago.
When they begin to get to know each other once again they are also dealing with the past but also with the future. She finds something from him that he was going to give her from years ago, and that makes her think. She also sees a man who is still grieving for the loss of his mother whom he cared for until her death. When he finally reads the letter that she left him he knows he must change but he does not know-how. He does know he will lose her again if he does not. His two brothers come to his aid with ideas personally for him and also help him with the home in changing it out.
The author does a wonderful job of bringing life to the characters and making you feel like you know them. A wonderful story with a good ending in which she does not rush to end the book but still makes you the reader think all the way through. A very good book. I received this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

The Fifth Column

THE FIFTH COLUMN                            ANDREW GROSS

February, 1939. Europe teeters on the brink of war. In New York City, twenty-two thousand cheering Nazi supporters pack Madison Square Garden for a raucous, hate-filled rally. In a Hell’s Kitchen bar, Charles Mossman is reeling from the loss of his job and the demise of his marriage when a group draped in Nazi flags barges in. Drunk, Charlie takes a swing at one with tragic results and a torrent of unintended consequences follows.
Two years later. America is wrestling with whether to enter the growing war. Charles’s estranged wife and six-year-old daughter, Emma, now live in a quiet brownstone in the German-speaking New York City neighborhood of Yorkville, where support for Hitler is common. Charles, just out of prison, struggles to put his life back together, while across the hall from his family, a kindly Swiss couple, Trudi and Willi Bauer, have taken a liking to Emma. But Charles begins to suspect that they might not be who they say they are.
As the threat of war grows, and fears of a “fifth column”—German spies embedded into everyday life—are everywhere, Charles puts together that the seemingly amiable Bauers may be part of a sinister conspiracy. When Pearl Harbor is attacked and America can no longer sit on the sideline, that conspiracy turns into a deadly threat with Charles the only one who can see it and Emma, an innocent pawn.

I received a free “THE FIFTH COLUMN” BY ANDREW GROSS from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.
I found this book to actually be a suspenseful book at times, full of mystery and intrigue as you follow Charlie and the choices he had made from when he was a professor and lost his job. Which began the fall of his marriage, due to his drinking.
Drinking is where we find Charlie in 1939 and he is depressed because of his job being gone, no way to support his family and losing his brother who went off to fight the Germans. Charlie and his family are Jewish and now he feels like he has let everyone down. Brother, wife, daughter you get the point.
Then when he is deciding to leave a group of protesters come marching down who are shouting in favor of Hitler wearing the cloths and shouting pro-Nazi sayings. Remember 1939, the crowd becomes loud and he takes a swing at one of the protesters.
Days later Charlie is in court and sentenced to prison, his marriage is over. Two years later when he is released America is on the brink of war times and attitudes have changed. He is able to see his daughter but for the most part, she is taken care of by the elderly couple from across the hall. Charlie begins to suspect them as spies but knows no one will take his word so he must find proof. Here is where the story becomes more intense if you can believe it.
I was hooked with this story from beginning to end. I really liked all of the characters and also liked how the author shows a part of history for America that is really not talked about. The protests, and then the spies that the Germans had working on the East Coast were many. One they really wanted was the Norden bombsight which was accurate at 1,200 feet. That really changed the war in Europe first.
Anyway a very good book I really enjoyed it. Follow us at

The Best of the Best Panini Press Cookbook: 100 Surefire Recipes for Making Panini--and Many Other Things--on Your Panini Press or Other Countertop Grill

PANINI PRESS COOKBOOK                     KATHY STRAHS Who knew this  simple and easy-to-use kitchen appliance  could do so much? Kathy ...