Writers on Writing: 18 Blogs of Christmas
For those who know me, I’m very much into symmetry. I love balance and perfectly aligned pictures and clean everything. So when Swan Dive released on St. Patrick’s Day (a book centering around The Nutcracker at Christmas), it made my skin itch. But then it hit me. How symmetrical to release a St. Patrick’s Day book at Christmas! Thus my quest to write Pot Luck. This balance allowed me to sleep at night, but also gave me an opportunity to pay homage to my darling sweet Charlie. A pug with so much personality, I needed two Pot Luck puppies to contain it. They romp. They make pug noises. They chew everything. And true to Charlie, their lives revolve around the food.
Just like the holidays. Our entire office has been dieting (Weight Watchers and we’ve lost a combined total of 43 lbs). Mostly so we could indulge the holidays without guilt. Let me tell you. It works. And it’s worth it. High calorie buttered up and frosted foods taste infinitely better when you’ve restricted yourself. When you’ve held yourself to low-fat, low-sugar, low-delicious rations.
As part of my Swan Dive launch, I had asked readers for St. Patrick’s Day party recipes. And boy did I get some mouth-watering imagination busters. Like pretzel salad (yes, that’s a thing) and Bailey’s Irish Creme cupcakes. Pot Luck opens with a huge green party filled with chef-driven delights. It’s a corned beef cook-off with salty meats and tangy sides and sweet finishing. The best way to host a party! As we close in on the twelve days of Christmas, I encourage you to get outside your norm (why not St. Patrick’s Day foods in December?) to make interesting holiday party treats when you’re called to entertain. Who needs traditional turkey when you’ve got a platter full of Reuben spring rolls?
Please share your favorite holiday dish (and recipe if you’re in the giving mood). Here’s a link to a detailed recipe to make those amazing spring rolls.
And answer me this: Do you always prepare the main dish? The side dish? The dessert? Or are you the friend who brings the chips and dip (not knocking you, that’s my favorite part!)?
Kendel Lynn is the author of the Elliott Lisbon mystery series where the kooky residents mingle with the wealthy of Sea Pine Island, South Carolina.
Kendel’s Pot Luck releases today! Humongous chicken hugs and kisses to Kendel, congratulations!