Category Archives: Side dishes

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with James Joyce and Guinness Inspired Recipes

By: Melanie Several years ago my husband and I traveled to Europe and the UK.  At each destination, our wanderings were influenced by my love of two things (not surprisingly), food and literature. In Florence, our trip was built around … Continue reading

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How to Make Sweet Potato Fries: Because you CAN have your fries and bake them too

By: Melanie If you read our blog with any degree of frequency, you may have gathered a few things about me: I prefer paperbacks to e-books and classics to the weekly best sellers. I also have a culinary habit that … Continue reading

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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 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 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 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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How to make Deviled Eggs: A favorite of Abigail Williams

By: Melanie Well, it’s mid October and fall has yet to arrive to the South Carolina low country, and I’m just a little bitter about it. Autumn is, without a doubt, my favorite season; it’s a time for pumpkin pie, … Continue reading

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How to Make Beer Flavored Soft Pretzels: A tribute to the virtues and vices of America’s favorite beverage

By: Melanie Is there anything more American than College football? Rooting on your alma mater with food, friends, and of course a few beers. Of course not! This made me consider what else, in this “melting pot” of a culture, … Continue reading

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How to make Italian Herb Bread: A call to action on behalf of neglected bread machines everywhere!

By: Melanie Keith Scribner, in his second novel, Miracle Girl, asks readers to think. To reconsider assumptions about faith, trust, materialism, ethics, and love. While these heavy themes may initially scare-off some readers, he develops his characters with such subtle … Continue reading

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How to Make Potato Skins: No characters were harmed in the writing of this blog (only a couple of potatoes)

By: Melanie The members of our book club began to notice a trend: death. Every month a new book, and every month at least one character was killed off, whether by gun-shot, decapitation, or even suffocation by mitten once. Finally, … Continue reading

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