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Summer Indulgence

This week my fellow authors have put some amazing recipes on this blog...I want to drink rose hip mead while eating that luscious soup! I have not been cooking much, but I have been enjoying fresh fruit...so delicious...


Two Healthy Kitchens provides this beautiful photo of blueberries and watermelon, two of my main luxuries this summer. Along with chocolate, of course. But chocolate brings me joy all year round.

Thanks to Dreamstime, here's an  image of another of my summer pleasures, cantaloupe. I eat this almost every morning with my breakfast and I love it.



Another way I've been spoiling myself and enjoying the heat is by walking at the Biltmore House. The grounds are lovely and the river follows along part of the property and draws me to it with the lovely sound of flowing water. I work up an appetite strolling along the grounds, but instead of fruit, I usually eat ice cream afterward. Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite.

What's your favorite indulgence?
Ever since Chris…

Huckleberries!

I live in Northern Idaho, so late July and early August is a crucial time for me. It's huckleberry season. Huckleberries are somewhat related to blueberries, only they have a more extreme flavor. Very sweet with a touch of tartness.

They're fairly expensive, selling for over fifty dollars a gallon, but like many Idahoans, I pick my own.

To go get huckleberries, one needs to go high up in the mountains.


Then you find your spot (and don't tell anyone where it is.)

The bushes look like this:


It can take a few hours to get a gallon, but it's so worth it. Be sure to pick them with your fingers because rakes will kill the bushes.

When you finish, your fingers will be purple.



Then when you get home, you still have to wash the berries.

It's a ton of work, but totally worth it. Because now you can have huckleberry milkshakes, huckleberries on top of cake and ice cream, huckleberry jam, or just eat them straight like my grandpa.






Some people even make beer and wine out of th…

Soup of the Evening, beautiful soup! (A RECIPE POST)

"If any one element of French cooking can be called important, basic and essential, that element is soup."--Louis Diat, chef for the Ritz-Carlton

After a mostly mild summer, with just a few hot days here and there, we're having our first real heat wave in my neck of the woods. Naturally, that presents a challenge when it comes to mealtimes, since one cannot subsist on ice cream--alas!--and an endless array of salads and cold sandwiches can pall faster than you'd think! 
Fortunately, I discovered a solution nearly a year ago, during a similar hot spell: vichyssoise, a cold soup that is simple, delicious, and doesn't require tons of exotic ingredients. There are countless variations on it, but in the end, the basics come down to stock (or broth), potatoes, leeks, and milk or cream.

What I didn't know when I started researching the recipe was that vichyssoise has an interesting history. Despite the name, it originated not in France, but in New York, though its inve…

A Sampler of 3 Time-Tested Romance Foods by Gina Conkle

Happy Summer! Don't you love the sunshine and flowers?

Warm, carefree days put me in a good mood. It's time for picnics and days at the beach or wiling away your time on a river or lake.

If winter is the season to hunker down and work hard, summer is time to relax and for me time to experiment. This summer's grand experiment has been cooking and eating like a Viking. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Gina Conkle, writer of Viking and Georgian romance.

I believe to know the soul of a people, look at their creative efforts in art and music. If you want to know the substance of their story, look at their food.

Food tells us what people valued, how they connected with the land, it reveals social structures, rhythms of daily life, and yes, even romance.

We mix food and romance together: the classic "dinner and a movie" date,  pairing aphrodisiacs champagne and strawberries, and the romantic picnic basket. If I remove the obvious chocolate, what else come…

#FreeImages #FreePhotos of #Flowers White Roses from @kathrynekennedy

Sometimes it’s hard to find images that are actually free on the Internet. Today I’m sharing photos of white roses that you are free to use on your blogs, websites, etc. I own the roses and took the photos myself, so you don’t need to worry about royalties or copyright issues. Feel free to copy and paste. Enjoy! My Magical Best, Kathryne http://www.kathrynekennedy.com











Fun in San Diego!

The best part of the RWA National Conference isn't just the beautiful cities we get to visit, although San Diego is pretty cool. The view from my hotel room was spectacular, to say the very least.



Getting there wasn't too horrible, despite being one of the longer days of my life. I caught brief glimpses of the Great Salt Lake from the plane during the approach to our first stop in Salt Lake City.


On Wednesday, we took a trolley tour of the city, which was great fun. I was snapping pictures as fast as I could (about 250 in all). This is one of the better ones. Just wish I could remember what it was.



We had lunch in Little Italy, and since I wasn't the one driving the trolley, I felt justified in having wine with lunch.


After that, I went a bit wild in Old Town and bought a Mexican skirt and a purse and a few other accessories.


I wore the stuff I bought to the Literacy Signing on Wednesday evening. Wish you could see the skirt in this picture. The purse was really cute, too.


Hello, San Diego and a Giveaway!

Last week romance authors from all around the world met in San Diego, California to learn more about the business and craft of writing, meet with industry professionals, and just have fun! I love the Romance Writer's of America conference because it's a yearly meet up with old friends,  plus a way to make new friends and fangirl over my favorite authors.

This year Sourcebooks Casablanca was fortunate enough to have 5 finalists for the prestigious Rita award for excellence in romance writing. Grace Burrowes seemed to elude our attempts to get a photo together, but here are 4 of us at a reception.
We attended a reception outside, which was sunny and beautiful. Here's a closer look at my certificate.
Another fun annual event is the Sourcebooks dinner. We went to Coronado this year, and Sourcebooks went all out with the tables and the party favors. We all received wraps to keep us warm during the chilly San Diego nights.

This was the view in the evening. We even got to see fi…