It’s time to begin another contest, same rules as before (see side column). This contest will run through the end of March. Previous winners are welcome to enter again. Comments on multiple blogs mean multiple chances to win. So far I’ve been really impressed with the comments given. Many of you have great writing skills and have had some unique experiences. It has been tempting to just send all of you a prize. By the way, winners don’t have to take one of the books associated with the current contest, you can ask for any of the previous books I’ve listed or you can request a book you’ve wanted to read, but haven’t had a chance to yet. If I have it, I’ll substitute it for your prize.
When someone asks me about my favorite food, I have to stop to think. I love lasagna, but it’s hard to beat a good steak with mashed potatoes and gravy. Then there’s fried chicken. I get hungry just thinking about pizza especially the ones loaded with all kinds of stuff and extra cheese. Oh and fajitas!
And vegetables. My kids think I’m crazy but I love asparagus, carrots, baby peas, baked squash, broccoli, Swiss chard, corn on the cob, and buttered beets. Alas, though we’ve nearly always raised a large garden I can’t pick peas or beans nor husk corn. I have nasty allergy problems triggered by those activities. What’s a day without fresh fruit? I’ll eat most canned varieties, but it’s the fresh fruits I crave; juicy peaches, crisp apples, blackberries, pears, watermelon. Mmm. Here again allergies raise their ugly head. No kiwi for me or my son.
I’ll admit it; I have a sweet tooth. Chocolate, of course, but also pie, candy, cookies, puddings, and cake. If they're chocolate, so much the better! As I’ve gotten older I have to be careful of these items, so when I indulge, I make certain it’s the good stuff.
There, you guessed it. The books I’m offering as prizes all have something to do with food.
First off there’s Dianne Crabtree’s Chocolate Therapy. “Joan Spencer has a secret. Hidden in her kitchen cupboard, behind the pots and pans, lives a box of candy bars. Milk chocolate, no almonds. Joan considers the chocolate her secret weapon in her life full of stressful situations.”
This is a story about an average woman with a husband, teenage children, a divorced sister, and a father who reappears after disappearing from her life over thirty years ago. With more than average stress in her life, she faces these challenges with courage, faith, a sense of humor, and chocolate.
The Icing on the Cake by Elodia Strain is filled with post-adolescent angst, plenty of humor, and a young woman anxious to make her mark as a food editor for a prominent magazine. She’s also anxious to make a positive impression on a certain handsome photographer. The book falls somewhere between chic lit and romance.
The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull is centered around a candy shop that specializes in magical candy, treats that aren’t quite so delightful as they sound. This one is for mid-readers and younger teens, but parents will want to read it too.
Now here’s the subject for comments. What is your favorite or most disastrous experience involving food?