Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tail End of Summer #food

There's only one more week of the farmers' market in our town, and I'll be away, so last Saturday was my final foray. Pickings were mighty slim, but we had a nice doin's out of it anyway.
Green beans and red potatoes, boiled and buttered, and okra tossed in olive oil and seasoned salt and roasted until crispy.

OH, yeah!

Farewell, fresh food, farewell! I'll meet you again, my summer love, in May, same time, same place.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An International Event

Once a month, ladies meet at our church for an evening of fellowship, worship, support, and food. Last night our theme was " It's a Small World". There was food representing Mexico, Italy and America. Everyone signed up for food by country; so we had an equal representation of the various foods. Some of my favorites were: empanadas, bruschetta, and guacamole. Wouldn't this be a fun theme for a potluck, tailgate or children's party? What is your favorite international cuisine?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Stuffed With Chestnuts

Not a duck. Not a pig. US! Our #2 Daughter has chestnut trees, and she collected a bunch of the nuts and brought them to us.

We cut Xs in the shells and roasted them in the toaster oven at 450F for about 20 minutes.
YES, they were good!

We discovered, though, that not even we could gobble up a whole tray of them before they dried out.

So now we just do a few at a time by cutting the shells and putting them in the microwave for 30 seconds! In that last second, at least one of them will pop itself right out of its shell.

They're so good and sweet! If you've never had roast chestnuts (or boiled or microwaved), and you have the chance to have some, DO.

The only drawback is that insects lay eggs in the chestnut blossoms, so sometimes there's a worm inside a nut. It isn't much more appetizing cooked than it would be raw, so be sure to cut your chestnut open before you eat it, just to be sure. Unless, of course, you don't care. In that case, be my guest to just pop that baby in your mouth whole and damn the torpedoes.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, October 10, 2014

Calling All Bloggers!

Tea Time
Do you love writing AND books? Is so, please consider joining Fatal Foodies as a blogger. We have several openings. There is no pay, but you have an opportunity to promote yourself and your writing. Plus, our annual trick-or-treat giveaway is coming up! If interested, please contact Gayle at gayle@gayletrent.com for more information! Thanks!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Have the Tissues Ready!

I watched the book-turned-movie, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, with my daughter this weekend. This is a very "tween" movie. It is a little more mature than what my ten-year-old has seen. I think she thought the focus on romance was gross, but she thought story was good. The story centers around two terminally ill teens. A big part of the story is that they become obsessed with a book. Their persistence in trying to meet the book's author takes them on a journey to beautiful Amsterdam. To me, this trip was the highlight of the film. Their blissful vacation ends on a very bittersweet note. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is filled with both happiness and sadness. In the end, you will be crying!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sweet Potato Chips #food #recipe

Lookee what we had the other night.

Oh, yes, Lord! Here's what you do:

Slice a sweet potato very thin. I used a Mandolin -- the food slicer, not the musical instrument. Well, obvs.

Oil a microwave-safe plate and arrange the slices on it in a single layer, not touching each other.

Microwave for a minute. Check them. Microwave for another minute. Check them. Repeat until they start to dry out. Then check them every 30 seconds. Toward the end, they go very quickly from almost-done to OH NOES THAY HAZ TEH SCORTCHES!

Cool them on a wire rack. Oh, so delicious, even if they get a wee bit scorchy.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes