Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cookbook Wednesday | A Give-a-way, a Winner and a Picnic

There’s lots to talk about this Cookbook Wednesday. Something tells me I better not jibber jabber too much and get right to it!

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There’s something you don’t know about me, well actually there are quite a few things, lol…This one thing relates to food. There are more “one things” that pertain to food, that you don’t know, but this one thing is simply a word. The word is foodie or foody however you spell it. I detest it! I don’t know why. As the girl in the diner repeatedly reminds me “it is what it is.”

Which brings me to this week’s Cookbook-Give-A-Way. There are those who are huge fans of cooking shows. I am not one of those people. (no foodie, no foodtv either) I do watch Chopped every now and again but I rationalize by convincing myself I am not watching the “pros.” I’m entertained by the amazing things people can do with food when left with a jumbled basket of ingredients to transform.

However, I do consider myself a cookbook collector and to me, there is always room on the shelf for just one more cookbook:) But, there isn’t a need to have room for duplicate copies unless, it’s a very special book. (not that all books aren’t special in their own way:)

Cookbook Give-A-Way

There were 5 entries in last week’s Cookbook-Give-A-Way. Come on you “guys!” How am I going to make room on these shelves if I can’t share my duplicates. Give them Away!? I’m tryin’ I’m tryin’. So, this week, leave a comment below as to how you feel about that word, OR your feelings on the concept of food.tv.

And now for the cookbooks you too may be adding to your shelves. (if you are not in the US, not to worry, if you are a regular reader of monthsofediblecelebrations, and don’t have any problems receiving mail from the US, you too can enter this give-a-way:) (in other words it has to be really simple for me to be able to mail it, lol)

First up we have Bobby Flay’s Grilling For Life.

From Publishers Weekly:

Even though each recipe in Flay's new guide to grilling is accompanied by an analysis provided by nutritionist Joy Bauer (including number of calories and grams of carbs, sugar, fat, sodium and fiber), the Food Network star insists this is not a diet cookbook. Flay's goal, he says, is not to encourage high-protein living, but rather to give readers the nutritional information they need to support a healthy diet. Written with the help of Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson, the introduction and headnotes capture Flay's tone and provide clear direction and interesting tips…

Since today is National Lobster Day, I thought it only fitting to include Bobby Flay’s recipe for Grilled Lobster Tails with Hot Ginger-Green Onion Vinaigrette. If you were looking for a more traditional recipe to share on Lobster Day, you might want to pop by the recipe I posted for Lobster Newburg a la Bookbinder’s. (Bookbinder's was a legendary seafood restaurant located in Philadelphia's historic Old City.) The history of Lobster a la Newburg can be found at Delmonico’s. You might also want to check out this “Cranky Lobster Dish.” It seems Forbes Magazine will be celebrating today also:) BTW, “officially” National Lobster Day was recently (2015) proclaimed to be Sept. 25th by a vote of the U.S. Senate.

I haven’t heard anything about Emeril Lagasse in a while. It’s rather ironic, but when I had a website eons ago hosted by AOL, I often visited Emeril’s website. At the time, it was a wealth of information, especially about all things NOLA and sometimes he even celebrated national so and so days:) Every Day’s a Party is a FUN book! It also has gorgeous photographs and of course Emeril’s signature recipes.

From Publishers Weekly @amazon (no affiliate, simply a source cite:)

With restaurants in New Orleans, Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas, Nev., two shows on the Food Network and five cookbooks, Lagasse is a multimedia phenomenon. This manic, in-your-face cookbook collects Louisiana-style recipes for holidays and events, some familiar (Thanksgiving is to be celebrated with Emeril's Fried Turkey), some local (the New Iberia Gumbo Cook-Off, featuring Gumbo Ya-Ya with sausage) and some purely personal (Lagasse's parents' anniversary with his-and-hers entr?es: Mr. John's Veal Chops with Smoked Gouda Cheese Macaroni and Hilda's Mahi Mahi with Seasonal Vegetables)…

Ina Garten seems to have quite a following. I understand why, I think. Her recipes are down to earth, chatty and most find them to be dependable. Sounds like a recipe for a following to me:) The Barefoot Contessa at Home is another fun book dotted with gorgeous pictures. It was published in 2006. One day I plan on trying the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe for Easy Lobster Paella. It sounds dee…li…cious!

From Publishers Weekly

Garten's fifth cookbook (after Barefoot in Paris) follows her surefire formula: uncomplicated but elegant recipes for the home cook whose priority is spending time with friends and family, not in the kitchen. From breakfast to dessert, the Food Network star organizes this volume by meal, with an easy-to-navigate recipe list at the top of each section…

Give-A-Way Winner

I may have put the cart before the horse, lol…I slipped right past last week’s Cookbook Give-A-Way Winner! Here’s Marion with her trusty hat, lol…(she still looks a bit frail)

And the Winner is…Linda the sweet hostess of There And Back Again Food. Be sure and pop by her blog and congratulate her:)

The Picnic Game

Picnic Day Logo

To be perfectly honest, I’m betwixt and between when it comes to whether we should have our virtual picnic this year:( The question is, or should I say the “problem” is, I count 15 possible picnic goers so far. Since the Picnic Game depends on everyone sharing a dish from each letter of the alphabet, what do we do about the remaining 11 letters? We’ve had this problem in the past. Most times, picnic guests brought more than one dish. In other words, they chose more than one letter. It all came together at the end but, previously, it was only one or two letters, not eleven.

Let’s put that aside for a moment while I explain how the Picnic Game works for those who have never “play” before. Basically, the Alphabet Picnic Game is played like a memory game.

The traditional memory game starts when one player recites:
I’m going on a picnic and I'm bringing an ___.” (some word(s) that start with an A; for instance Apple Pie)

The second player says, I’m going on a picnic, and I'm bringing... an Apple Pie. (the same "A" word(s) the first player used, in this case an Apple Pie) and ___." they add a "B" word. (for instance, Blueberry Muffins)

Now, if the second player said they were going to bring a Hula Hoop, they wouldn't be able to come:( So the full sentence would be:

I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing an Apple Pie and Blueberry Muffins.
Let's do one more the traditional way just to make sure I know what I'm doing:)

I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing an Apple Pie, Blueberry Muffins and Candy. (I added a "C" word; Candy)

Online Picnic Game Rules

I've tried to make the "rules" as easy and fair as possible.
1. Since it will be a virtual picnic day celebration, that means Anyone, Anywhere can play. It doesn't matter if you live in Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, India...or the USA. If you have a suitable picnic recipe you're welcome to play.

2. On International Picnic Day, June 18th, the game would begin. You would leave a comment with your letter choice for the dish you would like to bring to the picnic. For instance, if you want to bring a dish to the picnic, that begins with the letter "A," your comment must be left before another person chooses the letter A. We can only have one letter of the alphabet for each dish. Note: If you would like to choose a backup letter just in case your chosen letter is taken, that would be GREAT too!!! If you would rather I suggest a letter from those letters that are left or you just LOVE surprise, let me know and I will "assign" you a letter and you can create the dish.

3. I will let you know if you can bring your dish to the picnic by leaving a You're Invited! comment on your blog. (for those with no blog, please leave an email address) "You're Invited" will be your signal to prepare a post for the Picnic Day Round-Up. Now, here's the confusing part. Your post can be your usual post but at the beginning of the post, you should mention something about the Picnic Game and a link list of the dishes that are being brought before yours. For example:
Let's say my dish begins with the letter "F" and I'm bringing Foolproof Dark Chocolate Fudge. After a short introduction to the game, my post would look something like this:

I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing…

A-Apple Raspberry Turnovers
C-Cilantro & Lime Chicken Breasts
D-Double Good Macaroni & Cheese
E-Edamame & Violet Risotto
F-Foolproof Dark Chocolate Fudge.

Remember, in all fairness, the choosing of the letters begins June 18, 2016, International Picnic Day. I will posting that day at 12:00 noon EST. As soon as the comments are open, you can leave your letter. Don’t worry if you don’t make it the first day, the choosing of the letters usually takes a while. Some of you have “chosen” letters either through email or on previous posts. Part of the hoopla of the Alphabet Picnic Game is the choosing of the letters. The comment section seems to work out the best for all to see. So please re-enter your request in the comment section. One of you has requested the letter C due to circumstances at home. The only solution, I’m kinda sorry to say, is to be here first on Saturday, and choose your letter. Perhaps, by me mentioning this conundrum, others will leave it open for you:) If you know of anyone who might be interested in toting a dish to the Picnic Game, by all means invite them! It’s a wonderful way to meet new bloggers, visit old friends, and see what others are toting.

I’ll fill you in on the rest of how the game works on Saturday. In the meantime, are we betwixt and betweened OR, are we having a picnic???

Hit those shelves you “guys” and share your favorite! Louise:)

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