Fifty Shades of Chicken

To celebrate National Poultry Day, we have a very special treat for you. From our friends over at The Recipe Club, we bring you the trailer and a recipe from our all-time favorite cookbook featuring sultry poultry. 
If you loved Fifty Shades of Gray, you’ll devour Fifty Shades of Chicken—a great cookbook that sizzles in more ways than one. Read on for a short excerpt from the book, plus a recipe that’s just a little bit naughty. 
And don’t forget to watch the trailer which we promise will put you in the mood…for chicken.
Family Valentine's Day

Plan The Perfect Family Valentine’s Day

Everyone focuses on planning romantic or sexy dates for Valentine’s Day, but what about showing some family love on V-Day? I’ve got a few tips for having a great day with your kiddos and creating some traditions that will make you seem quite the crafty mom (take that, Pinterest geniuses!) and are easy enough to throw together with stuff you’ve already got at home. 1. Red Dinner This has been a tradition in my family’s house for years. Valentine’s Dinner was all red. And every year my mom tried to make it new, which meant getting creative with beets and tomatoes. I think she even tried to make us raisin-kidney bean stew one year. YUCK. Despite that year, we loved the Red Dinner. Some things I would suggest: Strawberry milk, Red Velvet cupcakes, spaghetti and… Continue

Let Me Feed You: Shameless Corn By Mary Ann Rivers

There are experiences in this life that can’t be fully enjoyed unless you let loose, completely, of dignity and shame and self-consciousness so that your body has free reign to simply take-in all the delicious sensory information and overwhelm your forebrain with pleasure. Eating this corn is one of those experiences. This is third-date corn. Ten-year-anniversary corn. The-kids-went-to-bed-early corn. You-and-your-best-friend-getting-tipsy corn. Because, this corn is sloppy and messy and you have to use your hands, and there will be moaning. I know some of you are going to make this for a work potluck, anyway, but now you can’t say I didn’t warn you.

Saturday Recipes: Back to Basics with Julia Child

Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom — Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking Julia Child has given us answers to these and other questions in the ten masterful volumes she has published over the past 40 years. But which book do you go to for which solution?

Let Me Feed You: Method Okra by Mary Ann Rivers

I know, sweet baby. You don’t think you like okra. I get it. It is not a convincing vegetable with its fur and its slime and its grey-greenness. It fact, those that do eat it seem to need to aggressively wrangle it into breading or pickling brine or gumbos with enough sausage and spice you don’t really have any idea what you’re eating. This is romance, however. We want unconvincing heroes and heroines to be loved for themselves, without the aggressive makeover.

Saturday Recipes: Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book

Just in time for the 4th of July festivities: Winners of the World Championship BBQ Cook-Off for six years in a row and with hundreds of other contest ribbons as well, nobody does barbecue better than Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama. Chris Lilly, executive chef of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q and great-grandson-in-law of Big Bob himself, now passes on the family secrets in this quintessential guide to barbecue.

The Recipe Club – Martha’s American Food

In this beautiful volume, a love letter to American food, Martha Stewart, who has so significantly influenced the American table, collects her most favorite national dishes, as well as the stories and traditions behind them. These are recipes that will delight you with nostalgia, inspire you, and teach you about our nation by way of its regions and their distinctive flavors. Above all, these are time-honored recipes that you will turn to again and again.

Let Me Feed You: Feel Good Better Cookies by Mary Ann Rivers

Cookies are very important. When I work with new moms and their babies, I recommend cookies regularly as a part of general recovery. Breastfeeding moms often ask me for foods that are good for their supply, and I always tell them “cookies.” Which, is true because you need calories to breastfeed and cookies have them. Then they always say, “no, Mary Ann, I mean like healthy food that is good for me and the baby.” My answer is still the same. Breastfeeding or not, recovering from birth or a grueling adoption, cookies are good for you. They are also good for you when you hurt your body, are a little under the weather (or a lot), or have had your feelings bruised. I mean, I think you should keep in mind the saying “if you… Continue

Saturday Recipes – The Longevity Kitchen

A collection of 125 delicious whole-foods recipes showcasing 16 antioxidant-rich power foods, developed by wellness authority Rebecca Katz to combat and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, inflammation, arthritis, and other conditions that plague American adults, enabling readers to live longer, healthier lives. Food is your most powerful tool. You want to make better nutritional choices, but the science of eating has become more complicated than ever. If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, are at risk for heart disease, have a family history of high blood pressure, or simply want to eat a healthful diet to promote long life, how do you know which foods will really deliver the greatest benefits?

Saturday Recipes – ‘Supergrains’

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Recipes: Vegatable Literacy by Deborah Madison

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Recipes: From the queen of cooking #InaGarten

Recipes From Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? by Ina Garten
In Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?
Ina proves once again that it doesn’t take complicated techniques, special equipment, or stops at more than one grocery store to make wonderful dishes for your family and friends. Her newest must-have cookbook is all about saving time and avoiding stress while having fun in the kitchen. These are not recipes with three ingredients thrown together in five minutes; instead home cooks will find fantastic Barefoot Contessa recipes that are easy to make but still have all that deep, delicious flavor Ina is known for—and that makes a meal so satisfying.

Recipes – Pomegranates

The culinary and mythological virtues of pomegranates have been extolled in art and literature since the time of the ancient Greeks, and these days the fruit is enjoying the spotlight as one of the hot new culinary trends. Famed for its tart, refreshing juice and for its symbolism of royalty and fertility, the pomegranate is guaranteed to perk up almost any meal. Whether an integral part of a dish’s composition or adding a bit of color and surprise as a garnish, pomegranates bring beauty and stimulating flavor. POMEGRANATES offers the natural and cultural history of the pomegranate throughout the world; gives tips on how to buy, eat, and use this delectable fruit; and then dishes up a comprehensive collection of 70 pomegranate recipes.More and more people seem perfectly happy to wrestle with this amazing fruit Continue

Cupcake Recipe for your Sweetheart!

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Diet & Recipe – The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

Whether you want to improve your overall health, shed a few pounds, demonstrate your compassion for animals, or help the environment, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau holds your hand every step of the way, giving you the tools you need to make the vegan transition—healthfully, joyfully, and deliciously. The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

I just hate it, dieting that is . . . but, check out The Mediterranean Prescription

I absolutely hate dieting but this book makes it look so easy! The recipes are simple with normal foods, something that I could do and enjoy.

Renowned for its dazzling beauty and delectable cuisine, the Mediterranean island of Sicily has historically one of the healthiest diets in the world. Recent studies show that this eating style can reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and depression, and that it can even increase fertility rates! Now all the succulent flavors and myriad benefits of Sicilian cooking are yours to savor in the very first weight-loss program that will not only help you effortlessly shed unwanted pounds but will become a prescription for a lifetime of… Continue

Do Readers Actually Make Recipes Printed in Novels? by Liz Maverick

Do Readers Actually Make Recipes Printed in Novels? Dreamy or Disastrous? An Experiment. Last week, I headed out to Brooklyn, New York to bake with author Megan Caldwell. Our target was a recipe printed in the back of her upcoming pastry-tastic debut novel, Vanity Fare, about the charming Molly Hagan, a divorced single-mom who takes a job writing copy for a bakery and becomes entangled in a love triangle. There are five recipes in the back of the book. Three possibilities rose to the surface. We considered making the Much Ado About Muffins recipe or possibly the Tart of Darkness, but in the end we settled on Lord of the Tea Rings.

Tasty treats from emerging author Julieanne Reeves a recipe, a hero, a giveaway

My name is Jessica Hallstatt. I’m the heroine of romantic suspense author Julieanne Reeves’ novel, Razing Kayne; the first book in her Walking A Thin Blue Line police series. Julieanne asked me to stop by and share something scrumptious with you. So, without further ado, here’s Kayne. Wait, no. He’s mine. You guys get the loaded cornbread recipe. And I’ll get right to it, just as soon as I’ve ogled him for another moment or two. Sigh. You have to admit, he is rather yummy isn’t he? Okay, okay. Speaking of yummy…

Recipe of the Week: Chicken Pot Pie

Taken from In the Kitchen with David, the cookbook based on David Venable’s popular QVC show of the same name, this week’s recipe is a deliciously warm comfort food that would work well as lunch on the weekend, or a cozy weekday dinner. In his long-anticipated debut cookbook, Venable shares 150 delicious recipes of hearty, easy-to-make, comforting dishes. In the Kitchen with David covers everything from appetizers and breads to soups and salads to main courses and sides, as well as his lifelong love of bacon (The Divine Swine!). You’ll get ideas for quick Monday-to-Friday dinners, let-it-cook-all-weekend suppers, savory breakfasts and brunches, cocktail party fun, game-day eats, and family reunion feasts. And of course, no Southern-influenced cookbook is complete without a little something sweet. Read on for his take on the traditional chicken pot… Continue

Guest Author – Food for Thought from Rosalind Lauer

Have you ever read a scene that created a hunger deep inside you? Not the obvious romantic craving. We’re talking good old-fashioned load-up-your-plate-for-Sunday-dinner hunger. A simmering stew. Bright, crisp vegetables sliced into a summer salad. A fruit pie cooling on the window sill. Hold on one second while I run to the kitchen…
One joy of writing about the Amish is the focus on cooking that is a daily part of most Amish households. Baking, cooking, canning and pickling are important tasks that create cherished memories for mothers and daughters. There are many reasons why the Amish spend a lot of time cooking. They don’t eat many processed foods. You won’t find Lunchables in a child’s lunch pail, and since the Amish don’t have electricity in their homes, Lean Cuisines are out. But the alternatives… Continue

Author Sarah Addison Allen on Books, Friendship, and Food

Sarah Addison Allen is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen and The Girl Who Chased the Moon. Known for combining elements of romance, magic realism and food, she has virtually created a genre all her own. In this special blog, Sarah talks about some of the book-inspired events readers have shared with her, while sharing her own delectable recipe. Sarah’s latest book, The Peach Keeper, is new in paperback! A book club reading my first book, Garden Spells, once sent me a photo of the magic apple tree from the story they’d created for their garden lunch meeting. A reader once wrote me about her book club meeting for The Sugar Queen, where she hid candy in the closet like the main character, and invited the… Continue

Get ready for the 4th with these great recipes!

Just a little something special from Virginia — great recipes to help you prepare for your 4th of July celebration – Enjoy!! Freedom, precious freedom. Celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food and fireworks. Have fun! Wave the flag, wave at your neighbors, run through a sprinkler, smile! Remember those who fought to keep us free, and honor them by living your life to the fullest. Enjoy these recipes which each have little extra fun and flavor included in every bite! Sweet & Spicy Grilled Shrimp 1 cup pineapple jelly or orange marmalade
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 limes, juice of
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 lbs shrimp, raw, large, peeled and deveined
1/4 teaspoon salt
grilling skewers In a… Continue