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Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) and Mystical Blackbird Pies #CooktheBooks #FoodieReads

This month - and next - the Cook the Books group will be reading Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber.* Deb of Kahakai Kitchen is hosting. In the announcement of the next four books, she wrote, "I believe a touch of magical realism now and then is good for the soul, there's a flock of blackbirds that only sing at night, and of course, there's pie!" On the Page There seem to be a lot of books with this formula: person inherits a restaurant from a relative, comes to town to wrap up the estate (and sell!), but ends up falling in love with the restaurant and, usually, a person tied to the restaurant or town. Oh, and the person might unearth some family secrets along the way. The fact that the plot is predictable doesn't diminish the enjoyment though! I remember feeling the same way about The Restaurant by Pamela Kelley . And  Midnight at the Blackbird Café  fit the bill of an enjoyable summertime read. Set in Alabama, we meet Anna Kate Callow who has a
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Is it, Or Isn't It a Sandwich? and a DIY Grilled Cheese Bar #SundayFunday

  Today the Sunday Funday group is looking at sandwiches. Thanks to Stacy of  Food Lust People Love , Sue of  Palatable Pastime , Rebekah of  Making Miracles , and Wendy of  A Day in the Life on the Farm  for coordinating this low-stress group.  This week, Wendy is hosting. She wrote: "August is National Sandwich Month. It is also the perfect time for a picnic with family and friends. Share your favorite sandwich with us whether for a picnic or for eating in with a knife and fork." Here's the line-up... Chicken Bacon Pressed Picnic Sandwiches by Making Miracles Club Sandwich by Amy's Cooking Adventures Falafel Pita Sandwich by Mayuri's Jikoni French Dip Sandwich au Jus (Slow Cooker) by Karen's Kitchen Stories Grilled Kielbasa Sandwiches by A Day in the Life on the Farm Homemade Muffuletta by Food Lust People Is it, Or Isn't It a Sandwich? and a DIY Grilled Cheese Bar by Culinary Adventures with Camilla Submarine Bites with Sub Sauce by Palatable Pastime Zu

Traditional Spanish Sidra, a Tipsy Trickster, & Tanuki Cider #WorldWineTravel #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post written by me in conjunction with Winesellers, Ltd. Samples were provided for this post and this page may contain affiliate links.     This year the World Wine Travel bloggers are doing a deep dive into the wine regions of Spain. When I offered to host's July event, I had initially picked the topic of the Canary Islands. But wines were tough to source and, then, one of my contacts at Winesellers, Ltd. and I were discussing Spanish hard ciders. I asked the group's leadership if I could pick something still fermented, but not made with grapes; he agreed. You can read my invitation here . And, through Winesellers, Ltd, some bloggers in our group received a variety of ciders to sample. If you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our live chat. We meet on Twitter on Saturday, July 24th at 8am Pacific time. Follow hashtag #WorldWineTravel and be sure to add it to anything you tweet so we can see it.  Here are the articles the writers are sha

Bánh Mì Dogs #NationalHotDogDay

Did you know that today is National Hot Dog Day? I didn't. But we couldn't resist. Bánh Mì Dogs My favorite podcast is FoodStuff. And Anney and Lauren got frank about hot dogs; you can hear that  here , but I'll give you a few snippets. Let's start with a definition: "A hot dog is a tube of fine-ground meat, usually beef or beef and pork, seasoned with stuff like coriander, mustard seed, pepper, nutmeg, cloves, paprika, garlic, sugar, and salt. Usually cured. Sometimes smoked. ...Savory, salty, spiced...it's simply a type of pre-cooked sausage." Frankfurter or wiener or wienie are other names for them, too. As far as the meat goes, all-beef, beef and pork, turkey, and caribou have all been turned into hot dogs. Anything goes. The average American consumes 60 hot dogs. I find that stunning. I have maybe two a year. Many Americans believe there is a "proper hot dog" and everyone else is wrong. "Ketchup is 'unacceptable

Blackberry-Almond Upside Down Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers

  Here we are the July 2021 edition of the Cake Slice Bakers. For 2021; we are baking from  Little Everyday Cakes: 50+ Perfectly Proportioned Confections to Enjoy Any Day of the Week  by Candace Floyd. * I can't believe that we're already halfway through the year. In many ways 2020 dragged on as the shelter-in-place orders continued month after month; on the other hand, it was a completely blur because there weren't milestones to mark the passage of time. In this group, we are given a selection of three cake recipes. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes! Follow our  Facebook ,  Instagram , and  Pinterest   pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the links below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog an

A #WorldWineTravel Preview: Hard Ciders, Apple-Kissed Mussels Plus Cidrerie Daufresne #WorldWineTravel #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post written by me in conjunction with Winesellers, Ltd.. Samples were provided for this post and this page may contain affiliate links.   This month, I am hosting the World Wine Travel bloggers as we look at hard ciders from Spain and elsewhere around the world. You can read my invitation here .  I was able to line-up some samples for the group from Winesellers, Ltd.* So, several writers received bottles from Mayador ( Sidra Asturiana ), Dunkertons’ Organic Cider, and Cidrerie Daufresne. I can't wait to read the comparisons between those ciders from Spain, the United Kingdom, and France respectively as well as seeing other ciders that people sourced! I do know that I'm featuring a hard cider from Santa Cruz which is local to me in addition to the Spanish sidra I received. If you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our live chat. We meet on Twitter on Saturday, July 24th at 8am Pacific time. Follow hashtag #WorldWineTravel and be sure to a