Cooking and Listening (1)

I’ve been a cooking fiend since the summer.  I’ve also been listening to quite a few audiobooks.  Pairing the two has helped me feel like I’m being “reading productive” since I sometimes feel like I need to sacrifice one for the other.  Does anyone else ever feel that way?  It seems silly, but I feel guilty spending time doing other things (working out, cleaning, cooking, driving around), when I could spend that time reading.

My cooking inspiration is all in thanks to Pinterest.  I currently have a “Recipes Worth a Try” board with 420 pins.  And that’s not counting my “Delicious Desserts” board…  Also because of Pinterest, I’ve started making freezer dinners.  I can’t tell you how much of a time saver it’s been!  Even better?  I’ve found some pretty healthy crock pot dinners, including ways to make many of these dinners gluten free.

That’s where this post inspiration comes from.  Why not blog about some of the audiobooks I’m listening to and recipes I’m making?  If you’ve been doing the same thing, I’d love it if you leave a comment!  Share your favorite Pinterest recipe and/or audiobook 🙂

Picture from What’s Cookin, Chicago? I forgot to take my own picture!

Delicious Freezer Recipe #1:

Because I don’t want to take credit away from the blogger who originally shared this recipe, I’m only going to provide the link.  In the future if I alter any recipes I’ll share the altered recipe with original blogger credit.

I made Spring Chicken with Spring Vegetables, Lemons, and Capers courtesy of What’s Cookin, Chicago? (Click the link for the recipe.)  The blogger provides instructions for how to make the dinner fresh and how to prepare it as a freezer meal to make later.  I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it ended up tasting extremely fresh, and the chicken was really moist.  I made it last night and Keith (my husband) definitely wants to eat it again!  It was really easy to put together and freeze as well.

Audiobook Review:

Title: Beat the Band

Author: Don Calame

Narrator: Nick Podehl

Source: Purchased via Audible

Summary (From Goodreads): Cooper Redmond has only one thing on his mind: tagging as many bases as possible by the end of sophomore year. He’s already picked out a prime target: the divine Prudence Nash, whose sexy serpent tattoo haunts his dreams. But when Coop is paired with the infamous “Hot Dog” Helen for a semester-long Health project on safe sex, his hopes of making it to the Majors are suddenly DOA. It’s going to take something seriously epic to resuscitate his reputation  —  something like winning the Battle of the Bands with his best buds, Matt and Sean.

There’s just one problem: they totally suck.

Get ready for riffs on hot girls, Health class, and social hell in this hilarious follow-up to Swim the Fly.
From the Publisher (Brilliance Audio)

Duration: 08:09:16

After finishing the Swim the Fly audiobook, I immediately bought and downloaded the audio for Beat the Band.  And just as I expected, it is fantastic!  Matt’s friend Coop is telling the story in this book, which takes place right where Swim the Fly left off.  I had mixed feelings about Coop, so I was wondering how much I would enjoy his character, but I ended up really liking him.  There’s much more “bathroom” humor in Beat the Band because that’s part of Coop’s personality.  Coop is also more devious than Matt.  And I have to mention how much I enjoyed Coop’s dad’s character.  He’s rough around the edges, but he has heart and is really funny.  What I enjoyed the most about Coop in Beat the Band is how much his character grows from the beginning to the ending of the book.  He matures a great deal and learns to take responsibility for his actions.  If you’re looking for a book with lots of humor and guy-appeal, then I really suggest you listen to Swim the Fly and Beat the Band.


  1. I always listen to audiobooks while I cook. It always makes me feel like the ultimate multi-tasker that I can do two things I love at once: cooking and reading. 🙂

  2. I’m still enjoying the audiobooks I downloaded from SyncYA this summer. Today I listened to Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson while I ran and cleaned. Listening to a good book makes the cleaning much more bearable. I tend to mis-measure ingredients if I listen while I cook!

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