Category Archives: Books

How to Make Cheesy Grits: Musings from a Brooklyn Bound C Train

By: Melanie I recently took my first trip to New York City-an obvious hub of culture, history, art and society. My sister in law Diana, who also majored in English at Oregon State, was my traveling companion, and so the … Continue reading

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How to make Butterbeer and What to be for Halloween

by Christy It’s that time of year again… time to load up on pumpkins, enjoy the fall color change, and pull out the crock pot for a batch of simmering soup.  Soon, we’ll see ghosts, goblins, witches, superheroes, princesses and … Continue reading

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How to Make Cheddar and Chive Biscuits: Confessions of a Recovering Book Snob

By: Melanie It’s true, of course, that Christy and I write YA and I do love to read in that genre, but I cannot lie: my heart belongs to the classics. From Dickens to Rand, Wilde to Gogol, and Austen … Continue reading

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How to Survive the Flu: Easy Chicken Noodle Soup (when you don’t have a strapping, young war veteran)

By Christy In 1918, The United States (and entire world) was ravaged by a deadly plague: The Spanish influenza. The pandemic took the lives of over 50 million people (by some cautious estimates), which was approximately 3% of the world’s … Continue reading

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How to Make Tostones: Brief prep, Wondrous taste

By: Melanie I have a bit of a confession to make, and I hope this won’t come as a total shock to all the loyal readers[1] out there:  I haven’t always been this cool. I know…take a minute. Wrap your … Continue reading

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How to Make Chocolate Cream Pie: Confession Time

By: Melanie I’m guessing if you’ve read Kathryn Stockett’s The Help,  (or, I guess, seen the movie) there’s one scene in particular you’ll never forget: The Pie.  THE pie.  Ugh.  I’m not gonna lie, our book club spent more time than … Continue reading

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Lamb Stew and Dried Plums from The Hunger Games

  By: Christy Katniss Everdeen is a teenage girl, drafted to compete in The Hunger Games, a televised, fight-to-the-death bloodbath in the country of Panem. The Hunger Games are the epitome of reality television in this world where the oppressed … Continue reading

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How to make bagels: Let the Bagel Dough Spin

by Christy This post is inspired by Melanie’s ration day challenge (creating a delicious treat with few ingredients–and yes,  I hope Melanie’s dad will be proud). And, it’s also inspired by the text of our first post (How can we … Continue reading

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How to make Valentine’s Day Candy: It’d be a crime not to try this treat

By: Melanie Though I’m slowly coming around, Valentine’s Day has never been my favorite holiday. While, sure, it’s cool to get a card or some flowers, I’d much rather receive something a little more personal: a thoughtful homemade note, perhaps. … Continue reading

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How to make cornbread: Your ration day survival plan

By: Melanie I am an experimental cook. Though my husband, Brian, will attempt enthusiasm, there is always an underlying look of fear on his face when I remark that I’m making some totally awesome meal that I thought of in … Continue reading

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