Get Series(ous). #12

This get series(ous) is entirely someone else’s fault. I won’t name names or point fingers, but I will give clues.


*catnip

and this:

Who should read this series?

Today’s Get Series(ous). is for readers who want to fall over laughing in public places. This reader loves PNR, but he or she is freaking tired of the “fated mate” bullshit. No one smells someone once and immediately decides they must do the deed and be bonded forever, and that’s perfectly ok because, fate, right? Not dubious consent at all!!

No, this person wants the build. Two people meet, they may or may not like each other at first, they fight it, there’s a tug-and-pull, the inevitable tug-and-rub, and then a tugging at the strings of the heart.

This person probably likes Anchorman and Drunk History. 

When asked “Team Jacob or Team Edward?” he or she responds: “fuck them, I’m Team Scott Howard.

They have gone to more than one karaoke bar, and know all the words to either:

or.

They like romance and the, you know,

But they’re in it for the story.

He or she prefers the tenth and eleventh Doctors to the ninth or twelfth. (sidenote: why is “twelfth” so fucking impossible to spell? I feel as though, phonetically, it’s “twelth.”)

He or she probably likes to bake, and probably use a lot of butter or vegan buttery substitute.

So, what’s the series?

The Pride series by Shelly Laurenston!

From the first book:

Christmas Pride

How come all the good-looking ones are insane?
That’s what runs through NYPD cop Desiree “Dez” MacDermot’s mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. It isn’t just the way he stares at her with those too-sexy gold eyes―as if he could devour her on the spot. Or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal bod-o-death. It isn’t even that he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle. It’s more about that disconcerting, shifting-from-man-to-lion thing that unhinges her…and makes her want more.

Mace likes making Dez crazy. In fact, he likes her any way he can get her―in bed, on the desk, here, now, again. Together, they’d always been trouble, but Dez has no idea just how good trouble can feel…

Shaw’s Tail

Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He’s been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves. He didn’t think he’d survive the night, much less find the woman of his dreams. And he never thought the woman of his dreams would have a Tennessee accent and wear cowboy boots. Once he sets his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go.

Ronnie Lee Reed is ready to change her life, and New York City is the place where any girl―even one who runs with a Pack―can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion-shifting, oh-my-what-big-um-paws-you-have men. Then again…

Why I love it:

Honestly? It makes me laugh. Every page makes me laugh. The characters are warm and hilarious, and over the top in their antics. Imagine a bunch of actors or comediennes hang out all of the time, and they may or may not sometimes become wolves, polar bears, or polarcats. Resembling the saber tooths of yore.

The entire ensemble makes me smile.

This is a series of books to read to really escape. Leave your shit at the door, and fall into their packs.

Gwen and Lock

They’re campy and wonderful, and exactly what The Doctor ordered. Maybe she could write a royal spin-off series?

The characters genuinely seem to love one another, and it makes the reader love them as well. Shelly Laurenston’s characters are some of the funniest and big-hearted characters in PNR. Readers become attached to their antics and their dialogue from page one of book one, and are well attached even nine books later.

Four Star Series.

The Recipe Inspired by the Series?

It was a no-brainer. In the installment The Mane Squeeze, the grizzly-shifter, Lachlan, is obsessed with honey buns. I am also. But some vegans don’t eat honey, and it can be $$$ to use in large quantities. But DATES? They’re very much LIKE honey, and a bag of dried dates is around $2.50. Less if you buy in bulk.

Also, this recipe is THE EASIEST RECIPE EVER. It requires no more skill than opening a tube and turning on a food processor. It’s that easy. Did you know Pillsbury Grands Crescent Rolls are vegan? They are. There are FIVE ingredients in this recipe. FIVE.

Vegan Honey Buns

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EASY Vegan Honey Buns

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: bake breakfast bread dessert side snack vegan kosher nut-free

Ingredients (8 rolls)

  • 1 tube Pillsbury Grands Crescent Rolls
  • 8 oz dried, pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp vegan buttery spread, soft

Instructions

preheat oven to 375F

roll out the crescent rolls on a floured surface

pinch together triangles so that you have ONE big rectangle

spread 1/2 cup of butter evenly over the surface

for the filling

heat milk until just under scalding

place dates in blender or food processor (pro is easier)

add milk and cinnamon

blend or process until smooth

spread over croissant dough

roll up

cut in half, half, and half again, 8 pieces

place in greased, small pie tin

bake for 15 minutes

top with tin foil

bake 5 more minutes

remove and spread 2 tbsp more buttery spread on top of buns

serve

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Get Series(ous). #11

I will admit, my adoration of the trilogy featured in today’s Get Series(ous). is nearing on pathological. I have waxed on about it in post after post. There isn’t much to be said about it that I haven’t said already. I’ve recommended it on wine blogs and told you to buy it for loved ones.

So, who should read this series?

This series is perfect for that strangely cerebral friend who is always talking about what people did five hundred years ago. Or, perhaps, you have a friend who happens to hold a grad degree or two, but has stacks and stacks of romance novels in their closet.

QUIT JUDGING ME!! PROFESSORS NEED LOVE, TOO.

Where did THAT come from?! Sheesh!

This reader’s tastes, could run toward the more literary or historical, but they’re burned out on the genre. They need something new, but they also need it to be close enough to lit fic as to keep them comfortable.

This reader is completely ok with allowing their space to become a tatterdemalion hovel because they’ve just been impaled with the cynosure of magic that is this series. Dusting and tidying up seems a silly sport when major world dealings are afoot.

Put simply, this series is for a reader who reads. 

So, what’s the series?

 

The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.

The Blurb:

The All Souls Trilogy follows the story of Diana Bishop, a historian and reluctant witch, as she solves the mystery of Ashmole 782, falls in love with a mysterious vampire named Matthew Clairmont, and learns how powerful it can be to accept who you are.

*It is so much more.

Why I love it:

So many reasons–reasons I have stated in many previous posts. The books are completely rich and luxe prose-filled tapestries woven of intricate plot lines, historical intrigue, and chest-blooming romance. The magic and otherness of the tomes is the over-the-top agglutinant which binds the warp and weft ad infinitum.

The characters are humble or meek or narcissistic or insane, and the reader cares what happens to them.

HOLD ON

This is a book wherein one finds portals to other places in the mind, places yet unexplored. Harkness, Gaiman, Pratchett, Moore, Hunter–authors in this class seem to have some sort of space machine into a chronosynclastic infundibulum of the imagination. Deborah Harkness’s machine, just so happens to pop-up in Elizabethan England on the odd time out.

If one is absolutely looking to escape from reality, there is nary a better place to shuffle off to than the world created by Deborah Harkness inside the pages of The All Souls Trilogy.

The recipe inspired by the series.

Ok, so in this series, they eat a lot of nuts and raw meat. They also eat meat pies and other things I don’t want to put in my mouth. However, the one thing they imbibe IN ABUNDANCE is?…..

wine.

And because I followed Deborah Harkness’s wine blog (bring it baaaaaaackkk, please!) long before I read her books, I decided to play on that.

What did I come up with?

Rasberries and Champagne Glazed Donut (although, beignet avec une framboise et champagne glaçure sounds fancier.)

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Raspberry and Champagne Glazed Donuts

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes plus 2 hours rise t

Keywords: fry breakfast bread side snack dessert vegan

Ingredients (1 dozen donuts)

  • 1 batch of prepared sweet dough, I use this recipe
  • 1/2 pint of red raspberries
  • 1 cup dry sparkling wine
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • insides of one vanilla bean
  • oil for frying. I use a canola/coconut blend.

Instructions

prepare the dough as instructed for bread, while it’s rising

combine raspberries and champagne in a saucepan

bring to a slow boil on medium and mash berries with the back of the spoon

cook on low and reduce by more than half

remove from heat and add vanilla bean

set aside for 20 minutes

strain over a bowl for 1 hour

while this is straining, roll out dough on floured surface and cut out donuts in your preferred shape

heat oil to 325F

drop each donut in and fry 2 minutes/side or until it’s puffy and golden

set aside on a paper towel lined plate or on a cookie cooling rack to cool COMPLETELY

once the berry mixture is strained and cool, whisk in the powdered sugar

dunk each donut

devour.

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Get Series(ous). #10

Friday, April 10th, 2015. It is the 100th day of the year. This morning I woke up at 4:19 am. It is (probably) the 12th (or so) day I’ve been awake at this time this year. I am elated, I love the word, “elated” about today’s Get Series(ous). post. According to the front page of The New York Times, the temperature today will be 64F (and raining-again, shit.) I’m pretty much going to trust this prognostication even though forecasts are notoriously off-base.

Some books, and some series just hit me so hard, I find it difficult to elucidate my feelings about said books and series in a succinct manner. There aren’t as many of these as you’d think, given that my reading habit amounts to about one book per day.

(In the interest of clarity and transparency, many of these books are for work/school or research for scripts/auditions.)

However, when I do find a book that fits into this most-exclusive category in my “Books I’ve Put In My Brain” Spreadsheet, I want to wrap each of them in bubble wrap and a collection of my feels to hug them forever and ever. (Yes, this is a real thing I have. Yes, I DO rate my books on an algorithm of likelihood of a re-read. Shut it. You know you’re jealous.)

This week’s Get Series(ous). series definitely fits into that category. It’s highlighted GREEN in my Excel spreadsheet which tells me that it has a 100% chance of being re-read MORE THAN ONCE. As I’ve already read/listened to the first two books in the series three times each, I think it needs a new color. Like mochachino or parsley sprig.

Who should read this series?

ANYONE WITH A SOUL WHO CARES ABOUT LOVE AND LIFE. Ok, that might seem a bit extreme–and broad. 

This reader is a fan of the underdog, the underserved populations, the under-appreciated. This reader loves a book with superstar heroes in unassuming miens. This reader may love Hero by Perry Moore,  A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving–Rocky. 

All of these share one thing, one specific trait that makes them all wonderfully readable/watchable–hope. All of these books and main characters inspire immense amounts of hope in the reader.

Also, this reader isn’t afraid to laugh at seemingly upsetting circumstances. They understand the catharsis that is making light of a rough situation. This reader craves real emotion in their books, however subtle, knowing that sometimes, subtle is the most gut-wrenching.

What is this series?

 

The Blurb:

A thirty-nine-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.).

But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone. Over the course of a momentous 600 hours, he opens up to his new neighbors and confronts old grievances with his estranged parents. Exposed to both the joys and heartaches of friendship, Edward must ultimately decide whether to embrace the world outside his door or retreat to his solitary ways.

Why I love it.

Right off the bat, let me again, in the interest of full-disclosure, tell you a little about my family. My nephew, a beautiful and sweet 16 year old boy, has Autism. Specifically, PDD-NOS. My son, aka The Captain, aka My WORLD, my handsomest handsome child with a heart of pure sugar, has Sensory Processing Disorder with a joint Dx of ADHD, and Social Anxiety Disorder. 

So you can see why a series revolving around a grown man who learns to live in a world that seems out of his world might interest me.

But that’s 100% not all of it. That’s not even 20% of it. The Edward series (I’m including The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter) is so beautifully written. It is so sharp and precise, it is as though it were fashioned in relief with an exact-o knife, or imported directly into my mind with a supernatural 3D printer.

It’s so funny. Heartbreakingly so. However, you never feel as though you’re laughing AT the MC, which would turn me off immediately. It’s almost as though you’re laughing at the disorder, as strange as that sounds. Asperger’s takes any verbal or mental filter someone may have, and stretches the hole reallllly wide. Therefore, Edward has a tendency to communicate things that we only really hear in our own minds. That is actually really refreshing.

600 Hours of Edward

 

If you never asked yourself this ONCE while dating, you’re a fucking liarvillepants.

Throughout every facet of these stories, you never lose sight of what is important to each of the characters. This becomes especially important in Edward Adrift and The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter. But oh man, do you ever get lost in the story. The first two books almost feel epistolary in nature, and this only serves to add to the interest of it all. The reader eventually begins to feel as though they are a part of the data which Edward so carefully collects.

As I mentioned above, I read/listened to this series. I am, by default, a very results-oriented person, and the ability to maintain the narrative whilst I go about the quotidian tasks of daily life appeals to me on a very basely “me” level.

This can be good or bad. If the narrator is great, well then! Hey hey hey! BONUS! Excellent. If the reader is crap??? Yeah. Not so much.

This series is narrated by Luke Daniels. I feel like between him, Tavia Gilbert, the PSM and perhaps this guy….

they’ve been featured on B2B enough that they should have their own graphic or .gif.

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The internet is a beautiful thing…

MOVING ON!!

Luke Daniels’s performance as Edward and company is oddly relaxing. Weird, right? His placentious intonations and utter grip on the motive of the character absolutely lulls the reader into a total blissed-out book zone.

Without giving away any spoilers, in the first book of the series, Edward experiences a very deep loss. Life-changing. Craig Lancaster’s words, performed by Luke Daniels, had me in a shock of terrifically embarrassing sobs in the back of a cab. The driver thought I’d lost it. His pack of tissues smelled like black and milds.

And before you ask, Yes…

luke daniels

will get his own Auralgasm post, but not until I figure out what else to say…If you have any ideas, EMAIL ME! Because, if you have your own completely awful and obnoxious .gif….

The Recipe Inspired by the Series:

In the first book, Edward eats spaghetti (albeit crappy spaghetti) 9 times a week. Yup. 

It was a no-brainer.

Perfect Fresh Tomato Sauce and Homemade Meatballs.

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Perfect Fresh Tomato Sauce and Homemade Meatballs

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Keywords: bake entree snack side

Ingredients (depends on how big your balls are)

    for the sauce

    • 4 tbsp tomato paste
    • 4 roma tomatoes, ripe
    • 1 medium yellow onion
    • 1, 15.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
    • 1, 15.5 oz can stewed tomatoes
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh garlic
    • 1 tsp red pepper flake
    • 1 tsp dried oregano
    • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
    • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
    • 4 tbsp EVOO
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper

    for the meatballs

    • 1 lb ground beef 90/10
    • 1 lb ground pork
    • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
    • 1 tbsp evoo
    • 1/4 cup whole milk
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
    • 2 tsp chopped fresh garlic
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder
    • 1/8 tsp fresh ground nutmeg

    Instructions

    before you make the sauce, make the balls.

    Preheat oven to 400F

    combine all ball ingredients in a big bowl

    mix with your hands

    roll into balls of your preferred size, I did 2″ in diameter.

    place on a cookie sheet that’s been sprayed with cooking spray

    at 2″ in diameter they take about 20-25 minutes in the oven.

    to make the sauce

    dice the fresh tomatoes into 1/2″ cubes

    dice the onion into 1/4″ dice

    in a skillet, pour in the olive oil and heat to medium high,

    before it begins to smoke, add the onion and turn to medium

    saute until translucent.

    add garlic

    stir in remaining ingredients and let cook for about 15-20 minutes

    AVENGERS, ASSEMBLE!!

    I suggest using a pasta like the riccioli pictured above, or something like a curly tagliatelle, or papardelle pasta.

    Toss all of the sauce with one pound cooked pasta and the meatballs

    I like to top this all with fresh mozz and slide it back into the oven until the mozz is all yummy melted like.

    also good with parmesan cheese or asiago.

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    Winging it.

    Marathon training is kicking my ass. Not because I can’t do the running (I can), or that the Yassos make me want to puke on some days (they do), or even because running sixty miles a week takes approximately forever (it does); It’s kicking my ass because the weather in NYC has been ten levels of dreck for five months. More than once, I’ve been running 10 or more miles on the treadmill wanting to be almost anywhere else. The stress of that, combined with the stress of school, and add on top of that–my agent JUST text me not ten minutes ago:

    “Um hey, can you record a commercial for me tomorrow? Oh yeah, BTW…it’s in French.”

    Sure. needtorunneedtorunneedtorunborntorunborntorunbrucespringsteenjerseywhat?

    I’ve been running 6x/week, and on average, only 3 of those days each week have been outdoors. I’ve done LONG runs indoors because of ice, snow, cold, wind, or just plain weather-related crapsicles. When I’m outdoors, I can pump to my music, or to my audiobooks, and just feel my run. Indoors? Well, indoors I need all of the distractions. I’ve been running mostly at my Crossfit box once it’s closed for the day. Luckily, my zen Navajo spirit running guide and the Viking own the box, so I can pretty much go in whenever. Also? Zen Navajo had a giant tv installed just for me and the Highlander. Our ADHD DEMANDS IT. We marathon Netflix shows while we train for the Boston Marathon (because we loves, and because cable is a giant ripoff!).

    Sure, sometimes we fight like children over what we should watch, “NO, Highlander, I DO NOT WANT TO WATCH FISHTANK KINGS!! Jeez, why is that even a show?”

    I will absolutely watch this fish tank…as it is shoveled into my face.

    Because I have an exceptional ability to whine, and I know too many secrets, I usually end up getting my way. Usually.

    So for this month’s Netflix recommendations I have decided to present them in .gifs and memes. Because I can.

    The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    I feel this way about life…and Sweet Valley High. 

     

    And now I’ll just post this to remind us all why Peaky Blinders is such a good idea.

    Oh, that was shallow of me. To be fair, I DO watch this at a Crossfit Box surrounded by half-naked man gods. CUT ME SOME SLACK. (it’s not like I’ve lost my love of the Fassbender)

    *from Centurion

    And now some food.

    Perfect to eat while “marathoning.”

    Spicy Satay Chicken Wings

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    Spicy Satay Chicken Wings (Baked)

    by Cat Bowen

    Prep Time: overnight marinate

    Cook Time: 30 minutes

    Keywords: bake appetizer entree side snack

    Ingredients (2 dozen wings)

    • 2 dozen wings

    for the marinade

    • 1/3 cup soy sauce
    • 2 tbsp fish sauce
    • the juice from 2 limes
    • 2 tbsp sambal
    • 1 tbsp sesame oil
    • 1 tsp black vinegar
    • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
    • 2 tsp chopped ginger
    • 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice

    for the sauce

    • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
    • juice of one lime
    • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
    • 1 tsp sriracha

    Instructions

    add marinade ingredients and wings to a bag,

    marinate in the refrigerator, in a dish, overnight

    preheat oven to 450F

    mix together sauce ingredients

    place wings on a cooling rack on a cookie sheet

    bake 15-20 minutes, or until the center of the wing reaches 165F

    toss in sauce

    serve with scallions and cilantro

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    Though Netflix sponsored these posts, all opinions and recipes are my own.
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    Get Series(ous). #9

    Is there a word like “penultimate” that means “ninth?” I feel like nine Get Series(ous). posts deserves some sort of fanfare. Maybe just a dance.

    Honestly, this post would’ve been up a while ago, but the original recipe I wrote for it felt…somehow not quite perfect. I’ll explain that later. Also, there is this book I’m reading…I told myself if I ran this morning, (I did. Ran 4, walked 2. Weekly milage 54.) I’d allow myself a few chapters…

    It’s possible I haven’t showered. It’s possible I’m also too lazy to even switch to my ipad to read the book. It’s possible I have a ton of work to do today, and I’m choosing to ignore it.

    My hair is messy, my makeup is non-existant, I'm not moving.
    My hair is messy, my makeup is non-existant, I’m not moving.

    *the bag is a gift from the PSM. It’s filled with my scripts and translation materials I need to get to today…

    To the meat of the post!

    This week’s series is another series that my husband and I fight over on release day. I am CONSTANTLY quoting from this series to him. It’s fucking endlessly quotable.

    Who should read this series?

    This reader LOVES South Park–or at least–the idea of it. A socially conscious humorous series that uses a lens of questionably-appropriate humor to shine a light on the things that need discussing, but which make us uncomfortable? Yes. That.

    This reader misses The Flight of the Conchords like a missing limb, and is actively waiting in line, right now, to see their vampire mockumentary.

    This reader cannot understand why there was never a crossover between Teen Wolf and Teen Witch. 

    This reader values a strong sense of justice, but also understands that sometimes it’s necessary just to…

    But most of the time, they’re going to stand their ground to the bitter end.

    These readers are sick of typical shape-shifter or vamp novels, and they’re SO OVER dystopian, but DAMNIT!! They want to believe someone can lure them back to the genres they fell in love with long ago.

    This reader will never admit to watching Preppers, but they’ve secretly googled “how long will canned ham remain edible if unopened?” Alongside “Accuracy of the pull-out method.” (Let’s be honest, there’s not going to be a lot of Yaz available in a post-apocalyptic world. Also? no EPIDURAL.)

    What is this series?

    The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.

    The Blurb: (first book, pictured above.)

    Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t want it any other way…

    Why I love it:

    This series is everything I wanted in a read after finishing The Hunger Games a few years ago, and wanted more dystope, but I wanted something new. I wanted more. I wanted humor and charisma, and fun.

    When I started the books I thought “this is really Urban Fantasy! A lane where magic overflows? A giant lion in human skin who wears sweatpants? A heroine who carries a sword that requires feeding, who also has a forceful amount of snark?” Needless to say, I fell head-over-heels in love with the series.

    “Sometimes the Universe smiled. Mostly (1)

    There is just enough romance in this series that even the most die-hard romance fan will love it, in spite of the romance not being the main aspect of the series. The action is where it’s at. The insanely in-depth world building. The mastery of a well-told tale.

    When I think of master world-builders, I think of Stephen King’s Dark Towers or Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. I also think of The Violent Bear it Away by Flannery O’Connor. There’s intensity in world building of Ilona Andrews that causes you to step back, reflect, and wonder at the imagery of it all. Take the humor of Pratchett, the focus of O’Connor, and the fantastical doom of King, and you get the writing team of Ilona Gordon and Andrew Gordon, who together write as Ilona Andrews.

    Which brings me to my next point. The authors of these books are a husband and wife team. If I ever chose to write a novel with someone else, my husband would be dead last on list of people of whom I would choose to co-author the novel. I mean, no. Just. No. The fact that these two seem to THRIVE in this situation?

    Holy Flying Spaghetti Monster. Damn.

    It makes me wonder what life with them must be like. I know that my husband and I mostly talk about our kids and our jobs, as well as myriad other things when we’re together. I blather on about this or that, and he responds in kind. But Illona and Andrew Gordon work, create, and ostensibly live together. At the dinner table, I picture Illona Gordon looking over at her husband and saying something like, “Hey, you know what sounds like fun? A blind and vegetarian were-tiger. Amirite?” And her husband looking at her–lovingly, of course–not like she’s crazy at all–and saying,”And she should hook-up with the second-most badass alpha in the pack. They’d probably like to eat Keebler soft batch in bed, if those were still in existence in post-apocalyptic Atlanta.” And that would be their normal. 

    The recipe inspired by the series:

    Ok, I’ll admit I made two recipes for this post, and it came down to the wire which one I chose to post. In the end, the wings I made just didn’t feel exactly right. Not because fried chicken isn’t eaten in the stories, but because the sauce I used didn’t feel right for the series. I know, I’m weird. 

    But one food is PROMINENT in the series. It sets things in motion, it hurls the plot forward.

    What is that food?

    pie. so much pie.

    In the series apple pie is a big gesture–and sticking point–between the MC and her LI. But for this recipe, I considered where it takes place, (post-apocalyptic Atlanta) and who is in the series, (a fuckton of predators) and came up with something new.

    Bacon-Fried Apple Pie

    Smoky, salty bacon fat combines with sweet spiced apples, and a flaky crust, and BOOM! taste explosion. I also suggest dipping them in sour cream because both Kate and I are Slavic, and that’s what we do with our apple desserts. It sounds weird, I know, but it’s OMG SO GOOD.

    Bacon-Fried Apple Pie

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    Bacon-Fried Apple Pie

    by Cat Bowen

    Prep Time: 1 hour

    Cook Time: 5 minutes

    Keywords: fry appetizer breakfast dessert pie

    Ingredients (2 dozen pies)

    • 2 circles of pie dough (store bought is FINE)
    • 3 large granny smith apples
    • 1 cup bacon fat. (just collect it. it takes a while)
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/8 tsp clove
    • 1/8 tsp allspice
    • 2 tbsp flour
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 2 cups canola, coconut, or peanut oil for frying

    Instructions

    for the filling

    peel the apples and dice into 1/3″ cubes

    in a saucepan on medium, add 3 tbsp bacon fat

    when fat begins to ripple, stir in apples

    gradually toss in spices and brown sugar

    when apples begin to soften–about 3-5 minutes, sift flour over apples

    stir until combined and smooth

    remove from heat

    for the pie

    I used Pillsbury pie crusts, unrolling them, and using a drinking glass to make about a dozen rounds

    drop about a heavy tbsp of apple mixture onto each round, fold dough over, and pinch to seal. PINCH HARD.

    prepare the fry fat

    add remaining bacon fat and cooking oil in a cast-iron skillet

    heat on medium-high to 350F

    fry each pie for 3 minutes per side

    serve dusted with powdered sugar and a side of sour cream

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