So this week, with the holidays looming, we thought we'd tackle a tasty question: What's my favorite seasonal dish? I wonder what Kim Handysides chose? If you missed her, head back for her delicious dish!
Hands down, my favorite seasonal dish is turkey. Now, my grandma roasted a turkey for both Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. Yum! She'd serve it with rice and gravy because that's what her favorite granddaughter loved (yes, me!). Carrot sticks, cream cheese filled celery sticks and olives kept hunger at bay as the wondrous aromas tempted from the kitchen. I don't really remember much else; those were my favorites.
Now that I host the family Thanksgiving, I serve two meats: spiral sliced ham and smoked turkey. I am sharing how I prepare the turkey. First I brine the thawed, cleaned turkey overnight. I buy a dry brine made of spices and herbs from World Market. Then I pat it dry and rub extra virgin olive oil under the skin and inside the cavity. While I prepare the turkey in the morning, I start the smoker, adding either soaked Applewood or Cherrywood chunks. Both give a great, lightly fruity smoke. I load the bird into the smoker on a pan with a reservoir for liquid (I use white wine). This year, I'm adding my own home grown rosemary, thyme and sage in the cavity and under the skin. I can't wait. For me, it's not Thanksgiving without a turkey!
Since you're all birded out, head over to Jeana Mann's blog to add to your menu! I myself will be blog hopping, collecting recipes or ideas as I go!
Don't forget our Romance Writers Weekly Stocking Stuffer Christmas Event on Dec 2nd!. We're giving away books and sweet swag all day!
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This week's awesome questions are from Eden Ashe!
1. How much free reign do you give your characters during a story?
I like to say that I just tell their tale. Revisions are never their fault, it's mine for not communicating the story effectively enough. There are times when I have to throw in a few more obstacles to put my own spin on things, like any good storyteller will do.
2. Have your characters ever done something so out of the blue that not only changed your story, but changed the tone and maybe even the genre you were originally going for? (Like your contemporary romance turned into a spicy paranormal)
That normally happens when I run stories in my head that I am not actively writing. Those characters just do whatever the hell they want and change behaviors before I get their story into the computer. The villains in two stories have done such dark and nasty deeds that I've had to tone it down to submit to editors. (Had to slip in a Firefly gif for fellow Browncoats!)
3. Do you have one character in your head that is sort of boss over all the rest? Or do you decide who to work on and when?
Right now, I'm working on a ghost story. I've allowed the entity to have a voice in the story but I have chosen to delay letting him loose in my brain. Yes, I really believe in the paranormal so I have a strong respect for the subtler beings we can't see. Some are benevolent, passed friends and family members. Some have less noble purposes so in this case, I am absolutely taking charge of when and how I access the spirit ghost's point of view. Yes, I know, a really woo woo kind of answer!
Now hop on over to visit with the creator of these questions, Eden Ashe!
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Romance writer. Paranormal and contemporary. Mother of two and wife of perfect husband. Love the environment, travel and reading.
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