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!