Thursday, March 22, 2012

Foodie Friday

"Never miss an opportunity to add flavor."

                                                --Miss Jean (Michael Lee's mom)

Last week, my mother and I had fun in the kitchen. We baked and talked and played with dishes. I sent her home with herbal vinegar, rosemary salt, vanilla extract, homemade rosemary dish soap, and vanilla sugar. We used raw sugar and bourbon vanilla beans. I didn't split the beans or mash the seeds--I just pricked and pricked each pod with the tip of a paring knife.

Each time I open the jar, I'm greeted with a sweet, slightly tipsy aroma.

Last year, Foodie Friday hosted a launch party for my novel, Gone With a Handsome Man, and many food bloggers cooked recipes from the book. My literary agency and publisher had a blast Tweeting about your posts. As many of you know, the second book in the series, A Teeny Bit of Trouble, will be published on April 10th.
                                                  Are you ready to put on your party shoes?
Foodie Friday is hosting two events for the book.
The first is an online launch party on April 13th.  
The second event is an online cooking party on April 20th.

We had so much fun last year. If you'd like to prepare one of the book's recipes for the 4-20-12 Foodie Friday, just let me know and I'll email the details. Alternately, you can post about your favorite Southern dish--or anything with peaches. The heroine of the two novels, Teeny Templeton, is a self taught baker who can't stay out of trouble. She loves bulldogs, red velvet cake, and peaches. Teeny even has a blog, The World According to Teeny, where she shares her foodie adventures in Charleston, South Carolina.
You can also watch a one-minute book video and download a free cookbook.

The Recipes
The Right to Remain Silent Salsa
I've Already Hired an Attorney Chips
Orange You Sorry You Lied Marinade
Aunt Bluette's Peach Pie
Red Velvet Cake
The Recipes
The Right to Remain Silent Salsa
I've Already Hired an Attorney Chips
Orange You Sorry You Lied Marinade
Aunt Bluette's Peach Pie
Red Velvet Cake

Alternate Recipes
You can create your own recipes to the following fictional dishes:
Butt Out of My Life Barbecue
Take Your Lies and Shove Them Tilapia
Schemer Stew
Backstabbing Bacon Kabobs
I'll Get You My Pretty and Your Little Cupcakes, Too.

If you have a dish and need a wacky title, let me know.


This Foodie Friday is celebrating....


Thank you for stopping by Foodie Friday today. If you are contributing a recipe to this week's linky party, locate the blue Inlinkz frog (below, left) and follow the instructions. You might notice a red "X" on your submission--only you can see the "X." It allows you to delete your link if you'd like to edit or change your photo.

The Foodie Friday Button:

If this is your first time to participate in Foodie Friday, or if you aren't sure how to add a permalink, a short tutorial is available. If you are linking a recipe to Foodie Friday, a FF button can be found on the sidebar. If you'd like to add it, simply copy-and-paste the code beneath the button (located on the right-hand sidebar).

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30 comments:

  1. Congrats on your book! It looks good and the recipes are fantastic! I really need to try red velvet cake. Thank you for hosting and that sugar is wonderful!
    Sherry

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  2. Congrats on the new book.

    Having fun with your mum in kitchen is like therapy.
    Carolyn

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  3. I am really looking forward to your new book! You must be thrilled to have it coming out soon! I put vanilla beans in sugar as well. Works wonderfully for sprinkling on French Toast and the like. =)

    Have a great weekend!

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  4. I'm anxiously awaiting Teeny's next installment and would love to cook something! Just like with GWAHM, I love Teeny's recipe names :)

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  5. What a wonderful time with your mother! You have a wonderful relationship - very special.

    I'd love to join in the cooking fun to celebrate the launch of your new book, Michael!

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  6. What fun coming up!

    Congrats on your latest release- what a clever author you are.

    I am so excited for you!

    Good times for all, thank you!

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  7. Hello! Thank you for hosting. Happy Spring.
    Pat

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  8. The sugar looks beautiful...and delicious. I make vanilla sugar with white sugar; will have to try it with raw sugar. Also, I have made my own vanilla for years. I just put a bunch of beans in a new bottle of vodka (after pouring out a little to make room.) I have tons of rosemary growing, going to have to make some rosemary salt. :)

    Your containers make the packaging so exquisite.

    Congratulations on the new book!!!

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  9. Best of luck with your new book! I love to make vanilla sugar. Thanks for hosting this party each week. xo

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  10. Love your blog would love to know where you purchased your organdy napkins...I have been wanting some forever but the cheapest I found was 110.00 for four...help...

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  11. Thank you for hosting! That vanilla sugar looks gorgeous! I shared my GF brownie recipe today!

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  12. Hello just found your lovely blog thru Marty. I'm a new follower. Since your like dogs perhaps you are interested in my current dog food giveaway. Cheers

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  13. I liked reading of the time you spent with you Mom in the kitchen. I wish I could....

    Congrats on your book!1
    Hope you have a great weekend
    Winnie

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  14. Congratulations on your latest book. That's fabulous news. Sounds like you and your mom had a fabulous time, but who wouldn't visiting you.

    You make everything look so pretty. You are my inspiration for sure.

    I've brought homemade breakfast granola from a guest post I'm doing today at A Femme d'un Certain Age on hostess gifts.
    Sam

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  15. COngrats on the book... can't wait to see what people come up with!!!

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  16. It sounds like you had a lovely time with your mother, and what a lot of lovely treats you made!

    I'm very excited about A Teeny Bit of Trouble and would love to make one of the recipes from the book. I've never made a red velvet cake before (hard to believe I know, but true!) so I'd love to try Teeny's recipe.

    Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday. Have a lovely weekend.

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  17. I want to participate!!!! Email me the details! I can't wait for the book to come out!

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  18. Congratulations on the new book! How exciting!

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  19. Kudos to you... another great book! Such talent Michael!

    Your sugar looks almost too pretty to eat, but I know the delicious flavors inside that pretty jar! I have never used raw sugar, but I think it is a much prettier presentation.

    Please join my for ON THE MENU MONDAY with this beautiful post!

    Thanks for hosting FF. I'm off to visit the other yummy entries!
    Yvonne

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  20. Count me in on the party, ML!! I'll shoot you an email after I hit 'submit' but first I want to clap my hands for the beautiful presentation of that vanilla sugar! LOVE the name tag & raffia & the fact that you used a bean on it, too. You make me want to rush out to find some. (I heard Costco recently had some great ones)

    I started to pre-order your latest book but then thought about asking for an autographed copy. Is that possible to have done, if we pre-order?

    Hugs,
    Rett

    p.s. "Orange You Sorry You Lied Marinade" cracked me up!

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  21. It is always so exciting to come by Rattlebridge Michael! I can't wait to read the new book.
    ♥, Susan

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  22. Congratulations on your new book! I look forward to reading it! I love flavored sugar - vanilla, lavender...
    I would LOVE to participate in your April special Foodie Friday and make a dish - I'll fix something very southern!
    Thanks for hosting - I hope you have a great weekend,
    Kathy

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  23. I have my calendar marked for the release of the new book! Love Teeny Templeton and can't wait for her next adventure!

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  24. Congratulations on your new book! A friend of mine gave me homemade vanilla sugar for Christmas. It makes a beautiful presentation and it's so so good in my coffee!

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  25. Congratulations on your new book...I am sure that it will be a hit..as your blog posts are so award winning! Love the vanilla sugar..I think a food challenged person as I could even tackle that...

    Thank you for presenting this wonderful recipe and so glad that you had a wonderful time with your mother!

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  26. What a great opportunity to share with your mom. Mine was an incredible cook and is so missed.

    The sugar looks gorgeous! Of course, your presentation enhances any dish.

    Love the names Teeny chooses for her recipes. I'd enjoy participating too.

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo
    Pat

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  27. Hi Michael Lee and congratulations on your new book. I know your mother is so very proud of you! I'm so sorry I'm so late for your party. We're out of town and I forgot to get linked up before we left but I'm up and running now! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  28. The sugar is beautiful Michael, bet it smells amazing! I'd love to see the salsa recipe:@)

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  29. Michael Lee, count me in! Can't wait for Teeny's new book and would love to join in the fun of the launch of the book. Peach pie sounds like a winner! Love Teeny's recipe titles. You know we live on chips and salsa here in TX. LOL
    Thanks ~ Sarah

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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