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Cinelle Barnes’s MONSOON MANSION Cocktail

Served at my book launch, the rum and hibiscus in this cocktail evoke the tropical setting of Monsoon Mansion. Honey brings the sweetness and lemon the bright hope of childhood, but chocolate bitters deepen the drink to represent the darkness of betrayal and bittersweet survival. The drink was created by my friend, cocktail enthusiast Leslie Stroud-Romero. […]

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Amber Brock’s Lady Be Good Hemingway Daiquiri

Set in the 1950s, Lady Be Good marks Amber Brock’s mesmerizing return, sweeping readers into the world of Kitty Tessler,  the mischievous, status-obsessed daughter of a hotel magnate, and the electric nightlife of three iconic cities: New York, Miami, and Havana. “This daiquiri was Ernest Hemingway’s favorite Cuban drink, and he tended to prefer doubles. For Kitty […]

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#TheLostFamilySupperClub Recap and Menu

  As fans of food and book bloggers, we knew they would have some creative approaches to recipes inspired by The Lost Family, author Jenna Blum‘s new novel. On June 3, we hosted #TheLostFamilySupperClub:  a gathering of eighteen bloggers at a virtual dinner party to celebrate the book’s release, sharing novel-inspired recipes and creating mouth-watering menus. It was […]

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Cinelle Barnes’s MONSOON MANSION Cocktail

Served at my book launch, the rum and hibiscus in this cocktail evoke the tropical setting of Monsoon Mansion. Honey brings the sweetness and lemon the bright hope of childhood, but chocolate bitters deepen the drink to represent the darkness of betrayal and bittersweet survival. The drink was created by my friend, cocktail enthusiast Leslie Stroud-Romero. […]

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New Jersey Automobile Cocktail Recipe

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Hurricane Cocktail

Jewell Parker Rhodes: Hurricane Cocktail YELLOW MOON  As a junior in college, I took my first creative writing course. The professor said, “Write about what you know.” I wanted to write about what I could imagine! So, naturally, loving food, I went home and read my Time-Life Cookbook on Creole and Acadian Cooking. (It was […]

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Spiced Tea

Margaret Sartor’s Strawberry 7Up Pie and Spiced Tea MISS AMERICAN PIE My mother wasn’t too excited by cooking when I was growing up. Or, to put it more accurately, she never relished hours in the kitchen because there was always plenty else to do. As an artist and mother of five, Mama was a whiz of […]

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Perfect Pot of Tea

Alison Larkin: Perfect Pot of Tea and Dad’s Orange Marmalade THE ENGLISH AMERICAN Like my heroine, Pippa Dunn, I have found home made marmalade on toast and a cup of tea to be the perfect repast when I am wide awake in the middle of the English night after a long flight from America. Here’s […]

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Lemonade, Hard, or Prohibition-Friendly

Laura Moriarty: Cora’s Prohibition-Friendly Lemonade, or Louise’s Hard Lemonade  Add vanilla infused vodka to tangy, sweetened lemon juice in this refreshing recipe for hard (or regular) lemonade THE CHAPERONE Also see Laura Moriarty’s recipe: Fresh Honeydew Melon Salad In the summer of 1922, only a few years before she became a famous actress of the […]

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Frosted Bellinis

Cathy Holton’s LUNCH BY THE POOL: Miss Emmy Lou’s Chicken & Rice Salad and Frosted Bellinis BEACH TRIP  Southerners love to eat. It’s a well-known fact we have some of the highest obesity rates in the country. My Yankee mother-in-law (God rest her soul) once remarked, “Well, that’s because you Southerners fry everything in bacon […]

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