Sunday, October 16, 2011

October Cider Cake and a Cookbook Party Update

No long talks today "kiddies" we have lots to feast upon this week. But first, oh come on, you knew there had to be a but...

Okay, that's it. Let's get down to some real cooking!!!

Cookbook Party Week Two

Apple Month

Let's take a bite out of Apple Month! Doesn't #8, Gloria's Farmhouse Apple & Blackberry Pie look simply delicious!!!

Petra's blog Culinary Time Travel is available both in English and German. I have assigned her the #9 as her "heavenly recipe" for Heaven and Earth arrived ninth. Now tell me, doesn't it look out of this world with goodness!!! That link will take you to the English translation as will clicking on any of the images.

You know how I feel about Bundt cakes, right? Well, take a gander at #14, Joyce's Apple Butterscotch Bundt Cake!

Heather, #15 hostess of Girlichef wrote "Beauty radiates from the inside out." I'm inclined to agree. Oh my goodness, just look at the Apple Bread w/Sugar & Cinnamon Topping she baked. Ooo la la!

Caramel Month

This is Alicia's first contribution to the Cookbook Party. Her number is #17. Not only does her post ask the question Are Cookbooks Dead? She also offers us a Smoked Salt Caramel Cheesecake to ponder. Way to go Foodycat!

Chili Month

Mae gets the number #10 and an entry into Chili Month. Actually, I could have listed her under School Lunch Month too but I figured since the categories don't really matter and Chili month was feeling kind of left out in the cold, why not let you warm up at Mae's Food Blog and her School Lunch Story about Chili. Sounds good to me!

Cookie Month

Another entry from Heather, Get a load of this stack of Alfajores from The Cookiepedia. This recipe arrived fourth so we give Heather #4 and lots of ooohs and aahs!

Cranberry Month

Linda's recipe arrived at #13. Her Pink Ribbon Wheat Berry and Cranberry Salad celebrates Breast Cancer Survival and National Cranberry Month. Go get inspired:)

Eat Better, Eat Together

Joyce, #1 and the first entry to arrive this week, offers Caramel Coriander Chicken for Eat Better, Eat Together Month. It's a favorite at her house. Can you guess why???

Pasta Month

I must admit, pasta is not something I cook often enough. Why oh why? Just look at this dish submitted by #5 Joyce from Kitchen Flavours, for Veal and Olive Ragu with Pappardelle. Oh yeah! What rock am I sleeping under:)

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a Meat Lovers' Lasagna post from our sixth entry, #6 Channon. Chan, is quite the knitter and it isn't often that she posts a recipe on her blog, especially one that could feed an Army or in her case, a firehouse full of hungry firefighters. Thanks Channon. She promised to include an image with her next entry. For now, just take a pop over and see her recipe. It sounds "meaty" good:)

Popcorn Poppin' Month

Trisha, #7, gathered a couple of recipes for Popcorn Poppin' Month from the Sage Cottage Herb Cookbook. I had a difficult time deciding whether I would choose the Cinnamon-Spice Berry Popcorn OR Maple Pumpkin Spice Popcorn recipe. I'd have to go for both and I think you will too!

Pork Month

Heather #11, is back with Pad Krapow {Spicy Stir-Fried Pork w/ Holy Basil} for Pork Month. There's a story that goes along with this post. I best have Heather explain. I will tell you that it involves 50 Women Game Changers:) and THIS!!!

Sausage Month

Nate and Annie are exuberant bloggers. Their post for Homemade Sausage arrived at #3. Seriously, wouldn't you love to be waking up to this in the morning? I know I would.

School Lunch Month

Go see the red plaid cookbook over at #2 Marjie's. I'm sure you'll recognize it. She's a regular Modern Day "Harriet" and she'll serve you up some Orange Oat Muffins in your School Lunch. You KNOW they have to be goooood....

Seafood Month

Look, we have our first entry for Seafood Month from Nate and Annie. It arrived at #16. I'm not sure how to pronounce Otak Otak but it translates to Spicy Malaysian Fish Custard Parcels and that sounds good to me! How does it look?

Crispy Crickets

It may seem a bit odd to be ending this post with Crispy Crickets but, Pam, #12 and hostess of the blog Gone ta Pott, seems to think they are worthy of a mention. I find it difficult to disagree when they are after all included in a cookbook and we are after all, celebrating Cookbook Month along with a cornucopia of other food celebrations. You must visit her suggested uses:)

Before I forget, that festive recipe for October Cider Cake was harvested from The Southern Heritage Company's Coming Cookbook. I know I've said this before but I must repeat myself, it's one of my favorites. Not only for its wealth of historic information and illustrations but also for its tempting recipes. I will be doing a more in depth post about it in the future.

In the mean time, I would like to thank you all again for participating in the Cookbook Party. You've really out done yourselves this week and I'm still trying to figure out how you do it!!! Just in case you popped in and have no idea what the heck we're celebrating, or, you would like to join in the Cookbook Party festivities, follow this link. Also, I would like to apologize for not always visiting or tweeting as often as I probably should during this event. It's been a rather unusual month in my neck of the woods and I haven't had the time to organize the party as well as I would have liked to. Everyone has just been terrific and I truly appreciate it. Now, dear readers, I'm off to pick this week's winner! If you would like, you can this post while I'm gone:) Nighty night...Or should I say; Good Morning? I just realized it's almost 3:00 in the morning...

Cookbook Party Related Posts & Updates

October 17, 2011: As of this amendment, the Cookbook Party has begun its third week. For ease of navigation, I have listed posts that have anything to do with the party and a brief description.

1. It's a Surprise!

This is a list of October celebrations much like the one in the left sidebar except this list includes links to the "sponsors" of the respective event.

2. It's a Cookbook Party
The invitation to the Cookbook Party can be found here. It also includes the infamous "rules."

3. Cookbook Party Entries Week One
We had a cornucopia of delicious entries for the party in the first week. Go see...

4. Preview of Give-away Cookbooks.
I've always been terrible at keeping a secret when it comes to cookbooks. So, these are the books which I will be giving away. One each week for the month of October. If it isn't October 31, 2011 yet, you still have time to join!

5. October Cider Cake and Cookbook Party Entries Week Two.
The Cider Cake alone is worth a visit. Oh no, don't be silly, I didn't actually bake it. The recipe comes from the Southern Heritage Cookbook. And, if you thought Week One had some unique and delicious entries, Week Two has even more!


  1. That cider cake sure is pretty. Wow that's a lot of apple cider in that recipe! I wonder what that tastes like?

    Let me tell you.. I went to the blog for the recipe Caramel Coriander Chicken & cooked it for supper last night. Put it on top of rice & it was great. It made a real pretty dish.

    And I couldn't sleep so at 4;00am this morning I gathered up the ingredients for the Apple Butterscotch Bundt Cake. I knew that would be good with a big pot of coffee & let me tell you.... I just finished eating it hot & Yummmmie Yummie Yummie! I'm not good at the ml/gm thing so I had to read the difference between tbs/tsp etc. but it seemed to work out. LOL

    So far I've had lots-ah-fun with the cookbook party. Thanks Louise!

  2. That caramel coriander chicken is going on the menu at my house!

  3. That cider cake sure looks special, Louise. I can't resist a fluffy frosting, even though it's probably something I should abstain from at this point! Hope you're enjoying a lovely Sunday morning!

  4. I totally want that cider cake, it sounds amazing. So many delicious eats for the cookbook party!

  5. Love this cider cake dear Louise!! and Wow! think all the links and delicious and amazing! what nice party Louise, all yummy! xxgloria

  6. Salt caramel. Seafood. Popcorn...

    I'm not sure there's a category I don't adore, now that Marjie's proved school lunches can be fabulous too.

  7. What great submissions so far!

  8. You are too funny, Pam. Sure seems like you've caught the October baking bug. Good for you! I noticed the amount of cider in that recipe too but I would feel safe baking it up considering the source. I'm delighted you are enjoying the Cookbook Party. I am too!!!

    It is in my house too, Foodcat. Pam seems to agree as do others. I can't wait to try it myself.

    My Sunday was lovely T.W. It seems the glowing sun swished those blues right away. No matter how many frostings I see I always go back to the good ol days of mile high fluffy frosting. It's a retro thing I suppose:)

    I don't know where to begin either, Heather.

    It is a very nice party, Gloria. And I'm delighted that you joined us!

    I wouldn't be able to choose either, Chan. Everything looks so inviting.

  9. Louise, I never had cider cake, and from the description and picture...I want it!
    The links are great...hope you have a fantastic week :-)

  10. Wow! That cider cake looks fantastic! I have a dinner party coming up myself and I think that cake fits the bill!

  11. Hi Louise, The apple cider cake recipe is looking awesome.I've bookmarked this special recipe of urs and wud love to give it a shot asap. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

  12. Love the cider cake, Louise! Perfect for fall.
    And your round-up of recipes is making my mouth water this morning!

  13. Everything looks so amazing. I really want to try the cider cake - it sounds fantastic!

  14. I liked the recipe for "October Cider Cake", but I'm not sure that in the nearest store sold cider. What can replace it?

  15. I'm thinking about more entries! You'll love them!

  16. Excuse me while I find a napkin to wipe the drool off my chin! Everything looks incredibly tempting and delicious!

  17. That cider cake looks delicious! I just enjoyed a cider float, complete with homemade caramel syrup. Yummy! Blogging soon!

  18. You had me with the cider cake and then continued to reel me in with all that delicious food!! Now I'm super hungry!! Thanks for a great post!!

  19. love your post again this week Louise. I have to apologize; I really was planning to participate in your party, but life sometimes throws us a curve. Still enjoy reading all these great recipe. I know you put a Lot of work in this and it shows. thank you for taking time to come for a visit; you are special, Louise.

  20. So many wonderful, tempting recipes to try! They all look delicious! What fun edible celebrations to Celebrate Life with!

  21. wow, i'm seeing apple cider everywhere in that cider cake!! must be awesome!! it's so nice to see the rest taking part here in the cookbook party, i'll see if i have anything else to submit for the rest of the month. Have a good day, louise!

  22. I haven't tried this Cider Cake, Juliana but, I've had something similar and its was as delicious as this one looks! However, your Orange Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting look scrumpsicious!

    I would say that cider cake is dinner party worthy for sure, Angela. Please let us know if you whip it up!

    I sure wish you would Sonia. You could be the taste tester:) BTW, That's a GREAT give-away you're having. If I were a baker, I sure would love those Silicone Baking Cups. The Chocolate Pears look awesome too!!!

    I believe you duckie I bet they're going to be dee...li...cious!!!

    Thanks Barbara. I agree, the round-up is amazing! Everyone did a GREAT job!

    I sure wouldn't mind one your Pumpkin Muffins, Pam. My coffee is lonely:) And what a cute give-away!

    In a pinch, Ammy you could use apple juice, I'm sure. The depth of flavor will not be the same but I'm sure it will be just as yummy! Thanks for visiting. BTW, I love glass tea posts!

    Can't wait, Marjie.

    It sure does, Reeni. Where to begin?

    ooooooo, a cider float sounds oh so good, Patti. Do tell...

    You are welcome, Tiffanee. I'm glad you liked it. Those "Nutter" ghosts of yours are adorable!

    Oh your so sweet, Rita. I'm delighted you are enjoying the round-up and I love to visit your delicious blog. There's more goodies on the way!

    Thanks Emily. Your Chicken & Quinoa Soup looks pretty fantastic too!!!

    October is just brimming with goodies, Trisha. Such fun!!!

    Thank you so much for joining in on the fun, Lena. I look forward to your next goodie!


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