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A meal from GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE BY Natasha Ngan (YA fantasy)

Quotes:  “…the palace food is delicious […] steaming bowls of coconut rice… […] sugared glutinous rice-balls […] we have breakfast—usually rice-balls […] The fragrance of coconut-steamed rice rises out.”

“I don’t dare touch the bamboo basket, even though the smell of the d…

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Brunch à la Six of Crows

The book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Six outcasts involved in an impossible heist, battling the duality of existence. (YA fantasy)

"Kaz liked the omelet stands where you could choose what you liked to put in them. The man [… ] gave Kaz all the hot chocolate he could drink. His wife [……

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Old as Beer

Did you know it took more than 231 millions gallons of beer to build the Pyramid of Giza? Yes, beer. Beer was money (in Ancient Egypt as in various cultures) and a vital source of nutrition. Egyptians laborers were paid a gallon of beer a day.

Egyptian beer contained the antibiotic tetracycli…

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Ghosts from the Titanic: the Captain and his Bride

To a spooky party we go. (I always knew I would get to wear my wedding dress more than once.)

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The Deadliest Cook in America's Ice Cream with Peaches (Non-fiction)

Handmade ice cream from TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY: a True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

“The new cook had made a special dessert — homemade ice cream with fresh cut-up peaches.” (Hardcover p.32) “By 1900 scientists had found a small percentage of people who …

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(Cover reveal and) Raisin Cinnamon Scones from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren (Fiction)

(Cover Reveal and) Raisin Cinnamon Scones from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren.

The story: A romance with a modern medical twist which follows Hatty Brunelle (a Missouri Ozarks native and journalism student at Toulene’s Royal University) and John Meinrad (the dreamy Prince of Toulene, a small E…

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Cornmeal pancakes and toasts from ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake (Fiction/YA)

Cornmeal pancakes and toasts topped with jam.

The story: a 17 year-old ghost hunter meets a type of phantom he has never faced before.

“[…] My mother asks while standing over the griddle making us cornmeal pancakes. […] She sets a plate of pancakes and toast down in front of me, each top…

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Apple strudel from THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker (Fiction/literary)

Apple strudel from THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker.

The story: the separate journeys of a Golem and a Jinni who discover New York in 1899 and cross paths.

"The Golem went to the Rabbi’s that night carrying an apple strudel carefully, wrapped. She walked with long strides, stret…

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A meal from THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman

Beetroot-barley-stew-soup and onion-beetroot-tomato salad from THE GRAVEYARD BOOK  by Neil Gaiman.

The story: the childhood of a boy raised by the ghosts of an old graveyard.

 “She had put two plastic containers on the tabletop, and opened the lids. She pointed to the first. “It’s …

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Satisfying Space Reads: fiction and non-fiction

The story: Presumed dead, an astronaut finds himself stranded and alone on Mars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If th…

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Mardi Gras beignets: Bugnes

A Mardi Gras mask not only conceals one’s identity with splendor, but also creates mystery while allowing a complete lack of accountability for one's actions. Now… where did I put mine?


"Bugnes" (the "beignets" I used to make with my father during "Carnaval")
Mix together ingredients: …

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The Log

The log was the gift of a complete stranger, the boy discovered in the snow, at his little brother’s feet, upon waking up from their cold-induced nap.

“‘must be from Santa!” his brother said. But Thomas knew it wasn’t. He had stopped believing in Father Christmas the year his parents die…

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Clueless meets Friday-the-13th

Text message: 

O-M-G! Jason Voorhees-Lecter asked me to go to the lake with his family this weekend! I so can’t believe it! I know you think he’s creepy because he wears his hockey mask all the time. But FYI, guys love sports as much as girls love shopping! (hint on why you are single). BTW,…

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The White Cathedral from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

“The White Cathedral was a cavern of alabaster quartz…. Its walls were damp and bloomed with mushrooms, salt lilies, toadstools shaped like stars. It was buried deep beneath Ravka...” SIEGE and STORM by Leigh Bardugo p.427.  “…in the White Cathedral, people were careful not to stray too far from…

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Happy Fourth of July with Cherry Pies


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spy with my little eyes

Something beginning with P

It could be traditional

With apples and double crust

Or with blueberries oozing

Through a spongy crumble top

But the one I crave and see

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Rooftop Secret Garden

Lilly sneaked out the window and stepped on the frigid platform of the fire escape. She climbed up the stairs, cautiously but quickly, leaving behind the prints of her small soles and toes in the April snow. The roof was empty but for a green house made out of plastic bags and dry-cleaner hanger…

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The Mermaid

She cried the tears of a mermaid
Longing to see the sun
Frightened by the likely burn
His heart: the goal of her crusade

Opening every shell
From oysters to mussels
Haunted by the comforting taste
Of his dried giving lips

Reaching as high and far
From down deep and below
Gathering all …

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Rush Hour Rainbow

Moby Dick Fan Fiction: Ishmael's return

My meal, a seafood stew slathering two servings of pasta, stays untouched, yet this is not my first ale. I lightly eat, yet heavily drink, attempting to obliterate my memory of the fateful journey. I recall Queequeg, who I had encountered here, in the very same place, the Spouter-Inn, the eve of…

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PRIMROSE’S DANDELION AND GOAT CHEESE SALAD

Katniss and Primrose used to harvest edible weeds in the Meadow, filling their buckets with dandelion greens and flowers on which they would gorge for dinner. (chapter 4)
Katniss purchased a sick goat that she gave her sister as a gift. Prim nursed it back to health and uses its milk to make ch…

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