Cooking and Current Read: Week of January 7-14

Hi guys!

So this week we thought we would try out a little something new!  One of my friends from school (and a person I LOVE to get book recommendations from) started a spice company in Baton Rouge, and additionally has started offering meal prep!  Two things I love in life are meal prep and reading, so I thought it would be great to feature them on this weeks Cooking and Current Read!

The name of the company is called Avec Tous Spice Company.  They are a small family run spice company founded by husband and wife that met while working as chefs in restaurants in Louisiana.  You can tell that they are passionate about spices, good food, and natural ingredients just from having a 5 minute conversation.  Christy and I have talked many nights about eating Paleo (we mainly eat that due to B’s dietary restrictions) and she has really got me thinking about what type of spices I use in my own home (#saynotoiodizedsalt).  The best part about their spice is that there is no weird ingredients included- just real Louisiana flavor and you can’t beat that! Trust me when I tell you that you will put this spice on everything – eggs, meat, seafood, you name it, we put it on it!


This week the menu is:


Being the pig that I am and the fact that I hate making decisions I told them to surprise us- so we got a little of everything on the menu! We have nibbled on everything so far and I may or may not have slurped up the balsamic glaze (I did). These can be portioned out for you or you can choose to share it with your loved ones.  If it was up to me I would eat them all myself …haha jk.. not really!

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So this week was made easy for us since we don’t really have to cook and we don’t have to worry about what we will bring for lunch.  For less than the amount we spend weekly on groceries, we will have about 8 meals total (we split each of the meals in half and got the 6 oz of protein with each meal).  I have been full and satisfied after every meal!

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So if you can stop drooling and keep reading, I will let you know what is on my schedule for #currentreads this week:

  1. Hot Shot by Karina Halle (5 stars)- Contemporary Romance
  2. Inseparable by Siobhan Davis (5 stars)- Contemporary Romance
  3. Privileged by Carrie Aarons (4 stars)- Contemporary Romance
  4. Beyond Danger by Kat Martin (still reading)-Romantic Suspense
  5. Hall Pass by L. Loren (need to read)- Adult Fiction
  6. By the Book by Julia Sonneborn (need to read)- Contemporary Romance

I finished the first two earlier this week and finished Privileged today!  You can see my full review of Hot Shot and Inseparable posted tomorrow on my blog (yay for Blog Tours!) I tend to review every book I read so make sure to check back or subscribe to the blog to get updates of my reviews!

So because I have to spend less time in the kitchen this week, I definitely think I can tackle reading my 6 books on my TBR list.  I am super pumped that I get to eat AMAZING food and relax by getting myself lost in books.

If you have read any of the books on my list, feel free to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!  If you want to order spices, be sure to head on over to Avec Tous Spice company’s website that I have linked above.

Happy Eating and Happy Reading!




Cooking & Current Reads

I thought I would try a little something on the blog today and call it “Cooking and Current Read” – I love alliterations 😉

So it’s freezing cold in South Louisiana. The past two days have actually been colder than it was in FRICKING Alaska. If that’s not global warming then I don’t know what is. Or El Niño. We can still blame things on El Niño right??

So because it’s so cold I cooked taco soup tonight. My recipe is pretty easy- a lot of dumping is involved and it takes about 30 minutes.

My Cooking:

The ingredients:

I did two lbs of ground turkey but that’s not a pretty photo so I didn’t snap it.


Cook ground meat (your choice- I prefer ground turkey) and drain. Add 1 1/2 cup of water, all the canned items shown above and your seasonings. You can actually use whatever beans you want- this is what I have in the pantry. Only can I didn’t drain was the chili beans. Stir it good, cook on low for about 15 min. Serve and enjoy!

I also enjoy sour cream and cheese on mine but B is dairy free so I have to wait to add those things.

My Current Read:

I received an ARC called Scoring Mr. Romeo by A.M Madden and Joanne Schewhm so I started it late last night. I have about an hour left in it and I am enjoying it. It’s about a single mom who meets her Luca (Mr. Romeo) at her son’s soccer game and there is an instant attraction. She hasn’t been treated like a lady should in awhile and he is here to change that. I’ll do a full review later, so be on the look out.

Women told me I was a master of romance. They were right. I knew how to sweep a woman off her feet, to make her feel special, and good in all the right places. I wasn’t a saint. I’ve had my share of one-night stands. They served their purpose, giving me a steady diet of romance without the hassle of commitment.

Then one day at the park, a soccer ball came careening toward my head, and my life changed in an instant. I never imagined that true love would come in the form of a five-year-old little boy. And then I got to know his mother: She was strong, independent, drop-dead gorgeous, and someone I desired – I just needed to prove it to her.

She called me Mr. Romeo, and that was fine with me.

Lesson learned: Love always trumps everything.

Do you have a favorite winter recipe you cook?  What recipes would you like to see me post about?  What’s your favorite genre?  Let me know!!