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Valentine’s Day

My annual post about the wonders of chocolate. I’m traveling this week, so I’ll be indulging in chocolate from afar. If you haven’t heard yet, I’ll be attending WorldCon in August. I did a little research to see what sort of chocolate was available in Finland. I know from my visit to Norway a while back that there’s a Norwegian chocolate bar called Stratos. This upset me mightily, because I had just finished my first manuscript – a space opera – and one of the planets I named in the manuscript was Stratos. To this day, I will swear that Norway stole my planet. This chocolate bar had a porous nougat in the center, which was very different from the more creamy fillings I’m accustomed to.

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As for Finland, it looks like I’ll have nothing to worry about. There’s plenty of chocolate in Finland for me to sample. I’ll be keeping an eye out for these two: Leaf Royal Samettinen Maitosuklaa and Panda Maitosuklaa

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Happy Thanksgiving

thanksgiving-dinnerMy Thanksgivings are usually quiet, sometimes with friends or family, sometimes without. This year it’s a TV/movie catch up day with plenty of experimental food (well, experimental to me).

The good news is, Blood Hunter passed the 40k word mark. I’m halfway home with that one. Alek has a heroine waiting for him the shadows (I think that’s a good thing, but poor Alek doesn’t realize what havoc she’s going to cause before she gets him). Evan is still silent. No idea what’s going on with him.

Now that I have a little more time, I’m reading again. For a while this year, reading books just for pure fun was not happening. I have a long queue of books to plow through, but for right now I’m getting caught up on some older Nora Roberts books that slipped through my fingers when they were first released. Keep watch on my Goodreads page to see what I’m reading next.

Top Five Halloween Specials, Episodes, & Movies

Before we begin, I need to check my stash of chocolate: Kit Kats,
Reese’s cups, Three Musketeers, and Twix. I’m good for the evening.
What, you thought I was going to give these away? Ha!

While I’m savoring the chocolate, here are my top five Halloween
TV/Movie specials:

1. Peanuts “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.

Goes without saying. It isn’t Halloween without Charlie Brown and his bag of rocks.

deamon-dean2. Supernatural: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester”.

Hex bags, and witches, and blood sacrifices, oh, my. Who doesn’t love to watch the Winchesters hunting things and saving people?

 

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Hush”.

the-gentlemenProbably one of the best TV episodes for any one hour drama ever. I’ll challenge anyone who says otherwise. The Gentleman scared the hell out of me, but it was their creepy minions that made it worse.

4. ET The Extra-Terrestrial

Always and forever. When ET’s bike soars into the air and John
Williams score swells with it – I cry every time.

5. Beetlejuice

So much fun and yet so damn creepy.

Not on my list:  The Nightmare Before Christmas. I never understood the appeal. I didn’t enjoy the music or Jack Skellington enough to care about the story, which is odd since I usually love all things Disney. I saw it once and don’t feel the need to watch it again.

Holiday Cooking

Cooking Clip artI’m not much of a chef, but around the end of the year, I’ll get an itch to cook or bake something not completely from a box.

For Thanksgiving, when most folks are yammering about their pumpkin pies (which I love) or their turkey stuffing (even better) or their gravy (now I’m just making myself hungry), I pull out my dad’s recipe for Kardiak Kugel (my name for it, not his). I don’t know where he got the recipe. I doubt it’s a family secret or anything, so I’m sharing it with the world. Enjoy!

Here’s what you need:

12 ounces wide egg noodles
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups sour cream
2 cups small curd cottage cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 cup heavy whipping cream

9×13″ pan

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray

  • Cook the noodles

  • Drain noodles and toss with 4 tablespoons of melted butter

  • In a large bowl, combine eggs, sour cream, cottage cheese, sugar, vanilla, 4 tablespoons of cinnamon, and 6 tablespoons of melted butter

  • Add the noodles and cranberries and toss well

  • Transfer noodles to baking dish

  • Drizzle with heavy cream and remaining tablespoon of cinnamon

  • Bake for about an hour (until the golden and the sides are bubbling)

  • Let sit for 15 minutes

  • Serve it hot, warm, or room temp