Hot Eats and Cool Reads

Mar 19, 2017

Savory Coconut Red Beans and Rice Recipe

A wonderful savory rice and beans side dish with bits of bacon and jalapeno! Goes great with beef, chicken, fish or pork!

A wonderful savory rice and beans side dish with bits of bacon and jalapeno! Goes great with beef, chicken, fish or pork! Coconut Red Beans and Rice Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Today's recipe is a new family favorite!

After posting so many different rice dishes over the years such as Riz Gras aka Fat Rice, Cheesy Spinach Rice and Orzo, Buttery Lemon Garlic Rice, or even the Blueberry and Wild Rice Breakfast Bowl, it's great when I make a new one to add to the favorites list!

Feb 23, 2017

Cheesy Beef and Kale Penne Pasta Recipe plus 8 More Comfort Food Pasta Recipes

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Need a new weeknight dinner? This tasty pasta is ready in less than 30 minutes and is full of cheesy, beefy goodness!

Need a new weeknight dinner? This tasty pasta is ready in less than 30 minutes and is full of cheesy, beefy goodness! Cheesy Beef and Kale Penne Pasta Recipe plus 8 More Comfort Food Pasta Recipes from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



If you've been following me for awhile, then you know I have a huge love for everything pasta! 💜

It's my family's and my favorite!

Bookish Post: Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson plus Giveaway!

This post is partnership with Little, Brown and Co!

Hey everyone!

I'm back with another bookish post and giveaway!


Today's feature is the book Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson! While I haven't read this book yet, it's sitting on my nightstand next in line!

Feb 16, 2017

Stewed Goat or Mutton with Tomatoes and Peppers Recipe

Slow simmered to perfection! Tender and flavorful! Also delicious with beef and serve over rice for a complete meal!

Slow simmered to perfection! Tender and flavorful! Also delicious with beef and serve over rice for a complete meal! Stewed Goat with Tomatoes and Peppers Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Today's post isn't your typical beef, chicken or fish recipe. In fact, it's an amazing recipe for goat!

My boyfriend is originally from Burkina Faso, so since we've started dating, goat and lamb have become a regular thing in my diet! I do have to say I really love both of them, and it's been great to change things up a bit from the typical meats I usually prepare!

Jan 25, 2017

Creamy Dill Pickle Potato Chip Dip Recipe

Love pickles? This dip is the most delicious party, holiday or game day recipe! Full of creamy, tangy and salty goodness!

Love pickles? This dip is the most delicious party, holiday or game day recipe! Full of creamy, tangy and salty goodness! Creamy Dill Pickle Potato Chip Dip Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



It's no secret. I LOVE pickles. Well, pretty much anything pickled.

My Dad is 100% German. My siblings and I grew up eating tons of pickled foods and we even made homemade pickles from our huge, country garden.

Jan 6, 2017

Apple and Pear Crisp Recipe

A family favorite dessert that's tried and true! The crispy topping is buttery and sweet and the pears and apples are a perfect combo!

A family favorite dessert that's tried and true! The crispy topping is buttery and sweet and the pears and apples are a perfect combo! Apple and Pear Crisp Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



I've officially made and started a New Year's resolution for the first time in my life!

2017 is the year for me to finally lose some weight and we just got a family membership at the local YMCA. I'm holding myself accountable with the help of my boyfriend to make it to the Y at least 12 times a month so we can get our health insurance discount.

Dining with Ella at Quark's American Bento in St Cloud, Minnesota

Thanks to Quarks American Bento for sponsoring this post. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hi! I'm Ella!




Sheena is my mom and I'm guest posting today. I'm going to tell you all about my favorite restaurant, Quark's American Bento in St Cloud, Minnesota.


My Mom wrote about Quark's here earlier this year and now I'm going to be telling you about their kids meals and my favorite things to eat there.