I've posted a recipe for wassail at the Pink Fuzzies today. It's delicious and nutritious!
Also, I talk a little about the Harlequin Historical Holiday Giveaway. Today's featured author is Jeannie Lin. Her debut novel, Butterfly Swords, is fabulous! To visit her site and enter her contest (and get a chance at the grand prize of a Kindle), go here.
It's a bit late to post this recipe for Thanksgiving, but thanks to Thanksgiving, I had the recipe out and am posting it in plenty of time for Christmas or any other time you want to pig out. There are lots of recipes for Glorified Cabbage out there, but this is the one I use. It's fairly quick and easy, contains Velveeta (which I love but rarely allow myself to indulge in), and is fattening and utterly delicious.
1 large cabbage, chopped small
¾ cup butter
2 onions, chopped
1 can mushroom soup
½ pound Velveeta, cut into chunks
1 cup bread crumbs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Boil the cabbage till done (you decide what that means, but I would suggest NOT boiling it to death), then drain it. Sauté the onion in the butter. Add the soup, half the bread crumbs, and the Velveeta, and cook on low heat until melted. Add the cabbage. Put the mixture in a 9 x 13-inch pan and top with the rest of the bread crumbs. Bake 25-30 minutes. Yum!
Coming December 1st: the Harlequin Historical Holiday Giveaway.
During the month of December, twenty-two Harlequin Historical Authors have teamed up to create an online Advent Calendar. You can find a bigger calendar here, with links and all. Each day, click on the calendar to visit the host author's website, and you can win prizes such as signed books, gift certificates, and holiday goodies.
You will be asked to complete a task, such as posting a blog comment, searching for a hidden ornament, or answering a question about an excerpt. Please check the author's web page for your instructions and to see what the daily prize is. You can enter once at each of the twenty-two websites.
I wallow in all the historical detail Georgette Heyer put into her novels, and today I'm at the new Harlequin Historical Authors blog at e-harlequin, talking about one of those details that has stuck with me for years -- Dr. Ratcliffe's Restorative Pork Jelly. For a virtual taste or a whole chocolate-cup full, go here.
Today I'm at the Pink Fuzzies talking a little about fairy tales (specifically the one I've been ordered to write), and also about the October Treasure Hunt at the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales. To read more, go here.
These swans are in Aquitaine, France. Did the renowned Eleanor see their ancestors? I like to think so.
Did one of the great-great-many-times-great-grandparents of this stork deliver Richard the Lionhearted? Maybe not, since Richard seems to have been born in England, but the bird sure looks proud and strong enough to have carried a king!
Today I blogged at the Pink Fuzzies about the trip to Europe. Isn't this dude great? I assume he must be Bavarian (since we were in Bavaria, so I'm taking a wild guess). I don't know much about the history of the area (except what I got from reading 1632, a fabulous book, by the way). This guy might be the model for a hero to write about some day. He's obviously plenty strong and brave, and he's just plain different from your standard modern cool-looking dude. :~)
Just back from the European trip, and I'm guest blogger today at Pamela Turner's site, talking about inspiration taking me everywhere but where it's supposedly supposed to. :) Go here to read more and see the stork and the faerie king.
I guess two blogs don't really qualify as a road show, but it looked good in the title. Today I'm a guest at Romance Writer's Revenge, a majorly hoppin' blog, with Part One of my Pantser's Lament. Help me corral my muse over here.
I'm over at the Pink Fuzzies today with my unauthentic recipe for Red Beans and Rice, and Pause the ghost cat came along just to give the post some of that New Orleans graveyard flavor. For more, go here...
I'm guest-blogging with the fabulous, prolific, and astonishingly energetic Emily Bryan today about choosing character names. It's one of my favorite occupations! Now, titles I'm not crazy about -- in fact, I don't usually have a title until a book is finished, if then -- but names are a lot of fun. To toss in your two cents worth, go here.
Found out this morning that I was interviewed last night. Twilight Zone music playing...
Every interviewer's questions are different! David Wisehart's were easy and fun to answer, and I like the look of his site -- clean and uncluttered -- and he has a lot of interesting interviews there. Thank you, David!
Today I'm a guest at the Romance Bandits talking about how much fun it is writing about heroines who do things I can't. (Such as landscaping, fabric design, costume construction...) Fortunately, there are many, many more things I can't do, so I have fodder for plenty of stories. :)
Pop over there to see some examples of the work of Australian artist Dale Rollerson, whose fabric was the inspiration for the dress made by Rose, the heroine of Tastes of Love & Evil.
No, I'm not talking about reading bones or I-Ching coins or anything remotely woo-woo, although that would probably be more appropriate, seeing as I write paranormal romance, and my characters have a whole slew of strange abilities. I'm talking about foreign languages. I love words--probably one of the reasons I write--and I love them in any language. Just recently, I visited Montreal...
To read the rest, go here. Elisabeth Naughton invited me to participate in the promo for her new release, Entwined, and let me blather on about sign-reading on her blog. She has a great contest going with prizes and all. My post is a ways down the page.
When I was invited to guest blog at Write in the Shadows, I asked my hostess, Suzanne Johnson (who has a very cool New Orleans urban fantasy series debuting next year) what I should write about. (This was laziness as much as politeness. It always kills me to come up with a topic.) She suggested that since the second book in my Bayou Gavotte series, Tastes of Love & Evil, is a September release, I might want to talk about some aspect of writing a series. I’m writing the third book now, and I’m contracted for a fourth. My deadlines are very reasonable, but still, I do feel the pressure.
Before I go further, I have to confess—as a reader, I’m not a huge series fan.
I got this recipe from my mother, who I assume got it from her mother. I have NO idea why it's called Matrimony Cake. It's not like any wedding cake I've ever had. In fact, it's a variety of what is normally called date squares or date bars. Is it named for the institution of marriage? It has oats -- because hopefully all the wild oats have been sown and from now on there will only be domestic ones. It has dates -- lots and lots of dates, of which a happy marriage should have many. Sugar -- well, yeah. Cinammon and salt for spice. Okay, so I'm getting carried away and should stop, but if anyone knows the real reason for its name, please tell me!
1/2 cup butter
1.5 cups rolled oats
1 cup flour (I use whole wheat pastry flour)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon soda
Mix together to a crumbly texture and spread half the mixture on the bottom of the pan. My recipe doesn't specify the pan size. I seem to remember my mother using a rectangular pan, but I used an 8"x8" pan and it worked fine.
1 pound dates, pitted and chopped. I suggest using those very sweet lovely dark Mediterranean dates.The lighter-brown California dates just aren't as good, in my opinion.
1 cup water
Salt. The recipe doesn't specify; I used 1/2 teaspoon
Cinnamon. Again, the recipe doesn't specify. I used 1 teaspoon.
Cook filling until soft and spread over the bottom crust. Then spread the rest of the crumble on top.
Bake for 1/2 hour at 350 degrees. Cut into squares. They're great hot with ice cream or cold just by themselves.
“A Nice Plum Cake” adapted from Beeton's Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton, 1861.
3 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. soda
½ tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups currants
1/3 cup diced candied lemon peel
1 stick butter
1-1/4 cups milk
Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out more or less clean. It’s good! There was too much batter for one loaf pan, so I made six muffins with the rest, and they were fine, too.