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Chatting with Debbi Michiko Florence about Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen (+ a recipe)

Mochi? Did someone say ‘mochi’? Japanese sticky rice cakes have always been one of my favorite treats!

I’m so happy to welcome Debbi Michiko Florence… 3,256 more words

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[review + recipe+ giveaway] Princess and the Peas by Rachel Himes

Mmmmmm! Don’t mean to make you jealous (yes, I do!), but I’ve got a pot of black-eyed peas simmering on the stove.

Just a little while ago, I fried a little bacon (oh, yes!), put it aside, then sautéed some chopped onion and celery in the drippings. 1,266 more words

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[author chat + recipe + giveaway] Things to Do by Elaine Magliaro and Catia Chien

One of my very favorite things to do is to feature children’s books by first time authors, especially when they’re written by dear online friends. 3,663 more words

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friday feast: renée gregorio's "Solitude Dinner" (+ a recipe)

“I frequently dream of having tea with the Queen.” ~ Hugh Grant

So yes, Hugh’s here.

Funny about that. We have the same recurring dream involving the Queen. 1,396 more words

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[review + recipe] The Nian Monster by Andrea Wang and Alina Chau

While growing up in Hawai’i, I was always a little jealous of my Chinese friends. They got to celebrate two New Years, once on January 1, and again in late January/early February for… 1,455 more words

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friday feast: joan logghe's "Ode to Spoons" (+ a recipe)

When it comes to eating utensils, spoons reign supreme.

I’ve always loved them more than knives or forks, with their aggressive blades and tines, slices and stabs. 950 more words

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friday feast: Lesléa Newman's "Ode to Chocolate" (+ recipe and giveaway winner!)

“Nobody knows the truffles I’ve seen.” ~ George Lang

Ready to take a walk on the dark side?

Slip into these luscious chocolate beauties, then gently sashay through the lines of this impassioned verse by acclaimed author, poet and editor… 802 more words

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