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Egg Salad Sandwiches (and Cheap White Wine) | It Happens in the Hamptons

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Egg Salad Sandwiches (and Cheap White Wine) | It Happens in the Hamptons
Egg Salad Sandwiches (and Cheap White Wine) | It Happens in the Hamptons
Today I'm featuring the novel, It Happens in the Hamptons, as part of TLC Book Tours stop. After reading the description/teaser for this book (below in the feature box), it sounded like it would make the perfect summer beach read. After reading the book itself, I hesitantly agree with my initial assessment. I say hesitantly because I think the teaser is a tad misleading. Here's why:
  • The teaser calls George Katie's new boyfriend. In the story, it's more of a "let's see if this leads to boyfriend" status.
  • The teaser implies that George takes Katie on his arm and shows her around in a whirlwind fashion. This never happens. A lot of what is seen of lavish events, country clubs, and haute couture fashions is not seen through Katie's eyes.
  • I sort of get why they teased it as "upstairs-downstairs", but I think that description is a bit of a stretch.

Pimiento Cheese | The Hideaway

Pimiento Cheese | The Hideaway
Pimiento Cheese Spread
Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for the first novel by Lauren K. Denton, The Hideaway! Although bits and pieces (pun totally intended if you read this) of this story are set in New Orleans, the majority of it takes place in a charming little town in Alabama called Sweet Bay.

Yorkshire Pudding | I Found You

Yorkshire Pudding | I Found You
Yorkshire Pudding | I Found You
I'm so happy to be hosting another TLC Book Tours stop for author Lisa Jewell, this time with her latest novel, I Found You. You can check out my review of her book The Girls in the Garden here.

This is only the second book I've read by Jewell, but I really enjoy the style of her writing. She's not afraid to write flawed characters and messy situations, and she always keeps me guessing and questioning who I think "dunnit". I look forward to going back one of these days to read some of the things she wrote previous to my introduction to her.

Novel Destinations, a #TLCBookTours stop

Novel Destinations by Shannon McKenna Schmitt & Joni Rendon
Novel Destinations is a book written for those who truly love literature. For those who step out of their own lives and into the pages, awash in a world they've arrived in. Fortunately, this second edition of Novel Destinations helps people like me...people who ache to return to the haunting Gothic South that they've never physically been to, the cathedrals of Paris that only exist in their mind's eye, and the rowdy Burns Night Supper that lingers on their tongue...revisit and relive these experiences even when the cover is closed.

Your passport to literary adventure.

Turkish Stuffed Tomatoes (Domates Dolmasi) | A Touch of Spice #FoodnFlix

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Turkish Stuffed Tomatoes (Domates Dolmasi) | A Touch of Spice #FoodnFlix
Turkish Stuffed Tomatoes (Domates Dolmasi) | A Touch of Spice #FoodnFlix
Our Food 'n Flix pick this month is a feast for the senses from start to finish both literally and figuratively, from the breast to the grave. A Touch of Spice is the story of Fanis, a half Greek, half Turkish boy who spends the first part of his childhood learning about the importance that food and spice hold in everyday life and decisions from his grandfather. But when political turmoil in Constantinople forces his family to move to his father's native Athens in 1964, Fanis desperately misses both his grandfather and his first (young) love.

Vanilla Black Tea Rice Pilaf

Vanilla Black Tea Rice Pilaf
Vanilla Black Tea Rice Pilaf
I tend to go through phases...phases where I can't get enough of eating a certain dish, sipping a certain drink, or using a certain ingredient. Lately, I've had tea on the brain. But when I say tea, I mean tea as a whole (as opposed to one certain variety), so that actually opens up a whole world of possibilities.

Wild Blueberry and Thyme Breakfast Sausage | #BonneMaman #SayItWithHomemade

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Wild Blueberry and Thyme Breakfast Sausage | #BonneMaman #SayItWithHomemade
Wild Blueberry and Thyme Breakfast Sausage | #BonneMaman #SayItWithHomemade
Well, I think that spring has finally sprung in northwestern Indiana. There are tiny green buds on the trees and birds in all shapes and sizes are raising a ruckus outside of windows that have thrown open to air out a house desperately trying to shake off winter. Along with signs of rebirth and revitalization comes the time we celebrate and honor the women who (sometimes) birth, nurture, and raise us—otherwise known as mom!

Kinship of Clover (book tour guest post) | #KinshipofClover

This is a guest post from Ellen Meeropol, author of Kinship of Clover, and a Poetic Book Tours stop.
Kinship of Clover (book tour guest post)
All roads lead to the kitchen, but when you’re writing a novel you may have no idea where the story will take you and your taste buds. You hope that the path will take you someplace new, someplace delicious.

That’s what happened to me with Kinship of Clover. I started with Jeremy, a college student who studies botany because he loves plants. In particular, he loves drawing plants. Jeremy grew up in an oddball cult; his family grew tea and most of their food in their backyard and greenhouse. So it didn’t surprise me when Jeremy became obsessed with disappearing plant species. What was surprising was that his imagination went into overdrive and he saw and felt endangered plants growing into his body.

Homemade Smoky Ranch Corn Nuts | Shaun of the Dead

Homemade Smoky Ranch Corn Nuts | Shaun of the Dead
Today's installment of In the Kitchen with Zombie Fiction features the zombie film that started it all for me, Shaun of the Dead. It kicked off my love affair with the fabulously funny and clever due that is Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, but also my appreciation for zombie stories that don't necessarily center around the zombies, but rather, the people trying to stay human.

If by some chance you haven't seen Shaun of the Dead, go ahead and watch it...I'll wait.

Corn Flakes and Milk Squares inspired by Logan | #XMenu

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Corn Flakes and Milk Squares | Logan #XMenu
A couple of weeks ago, I shared this Spotted Dick (boiled pudding) with Boozy Custard Sauce that was inspired by the movie Logan for the #XMenu Fandom Foodies event hosted over at Food 'n Flix, and today I'm back with another recipe inspired by the same movie.

Just the Essentials | #TLCBookTours

Just the Essentials by Adina Grigore
Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for the latest book by Adina Grigore, author of Skin Cleanse and founder of S.W. Basics—Just the Essentials! Just the Essentials is a guide to using the restorative powers of essentials oils in your daily routine.

I'm fairly familiar with essential oils and their many benefits and uses, and was taught to use them by my mom when I was younger. That said, while I often purchase natural, locally made health and beauty products, I've never really ventured into mixing up my own—at least not for beauty purposes. My hands-on experience consists mainly of natural for-the-home remedies (cleaners, pest control, etc) and aromatherapy (stress relief, cold relief).

Homemade Soda Crackers (Saltines) | Best Laid Plans & Other Disasters

Homemade Soda Crackers (Saltines) | Best Laid Plans & Other Disasters
Homemade Soda Crackers (Saltines)
Welcome to the book tour stop for the latest book by Amy Rivers, Best Laid Plans & Other Disasters. I didn't realize until after I'd read this book that it was the second book in a trilogy. I may have originally been told, but if I was, I forgot. While I think it stands on its own just fine, there were a couple of instances where the main character, Gwen, referenced something that previously happened to/with her cousin and best friend, Val. That did make me wonder if I'd missed an earlier book, but I convinced myself this wasn't a series, and that was just the way it was written.

Dublin Lawyer (Lobster in Whiskey Cream Sauce) | #FishFridayFoodies

Dublin Lawyer (Lobster in Whiskey Cream Sauce)
Dublin Lawyer (Lobster in Whiskey Cream Sauce)
Welcome to the March installment of Fish Friday Foodies, where a group of bloggers gets together to share fish and seafood recipes. I'm hosting this month, and since today is St. Patrick's Day, I asked everybody to create Irish recipes, or recipes with an Irish lean.

Spotted Dog (Irish Soda Bread w/ Raisins)

Spotted Dog (Irish Soda Bread w/ Raisins)
Spotted Dog (Irish Soda Bread w/ Raisins)
Okay, so there are certain dishes or recipes that I only find myself eating or making during a certain time of year. I'm not talking about things that rely on seasonal produce, either—more like the stuffing and whole turkey that I only make around Thanksgiving and the corned beef and soda bread that I only make around St. Paddy's Day.

Lamb Shanks w/ Einkorn & Potatoes | #EinkornExperiment

Lamb Shanks w/ Einkorn & Potatoes | #EinkornExperiment
Lamb Shanks w/ Einkorn & Potatoes | #EinkornExperiment
It's hard to believe that we're already midway through March, but today is the 15th, and that means it's time for another update on the Einkorn Experiment! Since I talked about einkorn flour three months in a row, I wanted to switch things up and share my latest experience with the whole einkorn wheat berries this month.

Matcha Buttermilk Pie

Matcha Buttermilk Pie
Matcha Buttermilk Pie
I've been a bad, bad pie baker. I think this may actually be my first pie of 2017 (okay, I know it is)! That's pretty sad for a self-proclaimed pie lover. But hey, what better day to start making up for the recent lack of pies than Pi{e} Day?

Toaster Potatoes and Homemade Ketchup | The Martian #FoodnFlix

Toaster Potatoes and Homemade Ketchup | The Martian #FoodnFlix
This month's Food 'n Flix pick is the 2015 Science Fiction/Drama flick, The Martian. If you're not familiar with the story, it's about astronaut Mark Watney's struggle and perseverance to survive after, presumed dead, he is left alone on Mars. Watney's smarts and good humor ensure that, while long, the journey is not boring.

Fresh Strawberry Muffins | The Roanoke Girls

Fresh Strawberry Muffins | The Roanoke Girls
Fresh Strawberry Muffins inspired by The Roanoke Girls
Some secrets run so deep and fierce that they suffocate those who protect them. That is exactly the case with dark, chilling secret held by the Roanoke girls. It's caused generations of mystery and speculation around the girls born at Roanoke house. Beautiful women that either die or run. Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel!

Spotted Dick w/ Boozy Custard Sauce inspired by Logan | #XMenu

Spotted Dick w/ Boozy Custard Sauce inspired by Logan | #XMenu
Spotted Dick w/ Boozy Custard Sauce
*light spoilers*

This film takes place in 2029, and we see that Logan is deteriorating, both inside and out, and is pretty dependent on alcohol. He and Caliban are taking care of Dr. Xavier in a deserted building in Texas, while Logan saves money to buy a Sunseeker, so that they can sail away from everything.

Slow Roasted Yellow Cherry Tomatoes w/ Garlic & Marjoram

Slow Roasted Yellow Cherry Tomatoes w/ Garlic & Marjoram
Slow Roasted Yellow Cherry Tomatoes with Garlic and Marjoram
Tomatoes in March you ask? Why yes...tomatoes in March. Not something usually associated with the midwest in wintertime, I know. Well, unless you count the rows of jarred, canned, and dried tomatoes in many forms that line many a pantry. Like mine. I'm really not willing to go without tomatoes half of the year. Sure, I can be found breaking down and buying some Roma's from the market from time to time, as well.

Pan-Seared Salmon w/ Mixed Greens Pesto & Lentil Black Rice Salad

Pan-Seared Salmon w/ Mixed Greens Pesto & Lentil Black Rice Salad
Pan-Seared Salmon w/ Mixed Greens Pesto & Lentil Black Rice Salad
Today is the first Friday of the Lenten season, and in honor of that, Leslie and I are sharing fish and seafood recipes for today's edition of She Made, Ella Hace. So, here's the thing—I wasn't raised Catholic (and I'm not Catholic now), so I've never done the whole abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent thing. And while my husband was raised Catholic, he's not a practicing Catholic now.

Cabbage with Bacon and Cream

Cabbage with Bacon and Cream
Cabbage with Bacon and Cream
With St. Paddy's Day less than 3 weeks away, the Progressive Eats bloggers have come together this month to share a menu fit for the occassion. Whether  you want something traditional, something with an Irish twist, or something green—we've got some recipes that you're bound to enjoy!

Flourless Chocolate Cake | Practical Magic

Flourless Chocolate Cake | Practical Magic
Flourless Chocolate Cake | Practical Magic
Welcome to the first edition of the (Vampires, Witches, and Zombies - oh my!) Book and a Movie Challenge of 2017!  Last year, I joined my friend Kimberly of Coffee and Casseroles in her monthly pursuit of exploring vampires through books and film, this year she's expanded to add witches and zombies to the mix, with posts being every other month. We're kicking off a new year with the book Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, and its movie adaption.

Spiced Almond Popcorn Snack Mix | #CelebrateAlmonds

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Spiced Almond Popcorn Snack Mix | #CelebrateAlmonds
Spiced Almond Popcorn Snack Mix | #CelebrateAlmonds
Almonds and popcorn and seeds—oh my! These three things may just be my ultimate snacking trifecta. They are all easy to pack in my purse or bag when I'm on-the-go, as well as for when I feel a between-meals snack attack coming on. So combining the three might just be one of the smartest things I've done lately.

Burnt Coffee Flan | Pan's Labyrinth #FoodnFlix

Burnt Coffee Flan | Pan's Labyrinth #FoodnFlix
Burnt Coffee Flan | Pan's Labyrinth #FoodnFlix
This month, the Food 'n Flix club is creating recipes inspired by the 2006 dark fairy tale, Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. Set in post civil war Spain (5 years after its end), it's the story of Ofelia, a young girl who, along with her very pregnant mother, is preparing to move in with her new stepfather, the horrid Captain Vidal, at his military outpost.

Menudo (Red Chile Tripe Soup) | #SoupSwappers

Menudo (Red Chile Tripe Soup)
Menudo (Red Chile Tripe Soup)
Menudo is touted for it's ability to help cure a hangover. This is due to its high Vitamin B content. I'm guessing that the chile-laden broth probably aids in helping you sweat it out a bit, too. Whether that's a Mexican urban legend or not, I don't know. But ask any Mexican you know how to cure a hangover, and menudo will be the answer. Alongside a big glass of water for hydration, it definitely couldn't hurt. Or you could choose to go hair of the dog. You know, if that's more your style.

Spicy Shrimp Curry | #FishFridayFoodies

Spicy Shrimp Curry
It's time for another edition of the Fish Friday Foodies, when a group of bloggers get together to share fish and seafood recipes based on a chosen theme in an effort to incorporate more seafood into our daily routine. This month, we're exploring the wonderful and diverse world of fish and seafood curries.

Okay, actually we are supposed to be exploring the wonderful and diverse world of Indian fish and seafood curries. Zoinks! I'm usually very good at observation, or at least the art of recording, but somehow I forgot to write down that all-important adjective.

Hemp-Chia-Flax Einkorn Crackers | #EinkornExperiment

Hemp-Chia-Flax Einkorn Crackers | #EinkornExperiment
Hemp-Chia-Flax Einkorn Crackers | #EinkornExperiment
It's time for another edition of The Einkorn Experiment! This month I decided that I wanted to try my hand at using einkorn to make crackers. Homemade crackers are usually pretty simple to make, and always leave me feeling a sense of accomplishment as I pull them from the oven.

Since I'm still getting comfortable with einkorn flour and its slight differences from all-purpose in a recipe like this, I chose this recipe by Cathy from Bread Experience via Einkorn.com as a starting point. So, here's the thing about einkorn flour—it absorbs liquid slower than all-purpose flour, so you have to take things a little slow, and take care not to over-mix in an effort to incorporate everything.

Love Potion cocktail | #SheMadeEllaHace

Love Potion cocktail
Love Potion cocktail
It's time for another round of She Made, Ella Hace with my friend Leslie from La Cocina de Leslie, and this month, we're creating Valentine's Day inspired recipes. Even though we had this planned in advance, today really snuck up on me, and I was scrambling last minute to create something.