Monday, March 7, 2011

Party on the Blog!!

I'm going to milk this new agent high for as long as I can.

For a party, we need balloons:

And cake.

And now we need some food...

It's potluck, so please bring something.  My book is called THE SWEET SPOT, so let's make is something sweet.  It doesn't have to be dessert.
And lastly, we need some cool prizes...

1. A query critique by my awesome agent Vickie Motter
2. A critique on a first page (about 500 words) by me.
3. A critique on a first page (500 words) by my critique partner  Laura Pauling (she's an awesome critter!)
 4. A signed copy of WHO REALLY DISCOVERED AMERICA (one of my nonfiction books).

The rules:

1. Leave a recipe in the comments--something you like to eat (required), but it doesn't have to be hard. Stop and grab ice cream from the grocery if you don't bake or cook. ;)
2. Be a follower (required).

Extra points:

Tweet, blog, recommend a follower 
IMPORTANT: please note these extras in a SEPARATE comment w/ a link to your blog/tweet.  I'll use random number generator, so all entries need to be in a separate comment box.
And check back to see the other recipes!  We're celebrating!

This party will run until Monday, March 14. Thanks for celebrating with me!


Kristine Asselin said...

I don't really bake--but I love this recipe for potlucks. I often bring it to my office holiday party.

1 big jar of grape jelly (14 oz)
1 big container of ketchup (14 oz)
1 or 2 packages of kielbasa.

Mix the jelly and ketchup (I know it sounds weird, but trust me) in a crock pot. Add the kielbasa and set on low for three or four hours. The sauce will get nice and glazy and sweet. It's like a nice barbecue-y sweet sauce.

I promise you'll have people ask you what the sauce is and they won't believe it.

Enjoy! And thanks for coming to the party!

Tana said...

Congrats on your shiny new agent! I love to eat salsa mixed with cheddar cheese. Does that count? If you try it you might become addicted. Fair warning. Enjoy!

MG Higgins said...

Ya gotta have some party guacamole! A couple avocados, lemon juice, salt, and I add a dollop of my favorite salsa. Congrats again, Kris! Party it up!

Ansha Kotyk said...

Lemon Squares. Something I've baked since I was a teenager! LOVE em.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar

sift flour and sugar into a bowl. Blend butter with clean fingertips until well mixed. Pat evenly into the bottom of an 8x8 pan. Bake for 20 min. @ 350.

Meanwhile beat together:

2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
dash of salt

Pour over baked crust and return to oven for 20-25 minutes at same temp.
cool on rack. Cut into squares. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Yummy!!

And congrats on your QT interview!!! You Rock!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Congrats on the agenting! (I hopped over from Laura's blog.)

Here's a simple one we call "German Pancakes" although I'm not sure if it's really German (or a pancake for that matter). But it is TASTY!

6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
2 T butter

Combine. Put 1 T butter in each of two pie pans and melt as oven preheats. Pour in pans. Bake at 450 F for 20 min. WILL PUFF UP. AND BE YUMMY.

Sprinkle with confectioners sugar to make pretty. :)

Kristine Asselin said...

Oooh, we're gonna eat well at this party! Thanks to all my new followers! (and not so new!) Keep 'em coming!

Laura Pauling said...

Okay, for the non baker people out there. I suggest the Chiaredelli brownie mix from a box. THE best brownies anywhere. Esp. when you can buy them cheap because they've been damaged. I swear they taste even better!

Congrats Kris!

Carolyn Abiad said...

Congrats! I follow Laura and came over to join the party. Here's a link to my baklava recipe. It's for special occassions just like this one! :)

Carolyn Abiad said...


Kristine Asselin said...

These all look great. Someone's going to have to make Carolyn's baklava for me. I might be able to handle Susan's pancakes, and I know I can Laura's boxed brownies. I just ate lunch, but I'm surprisingly hungry. :)

Sophia Chang said...

Boring hypoglycemic me is all about the low/no-processed sugar snacks so I like to eat yogurt parfait:

Fage Greek yogurt 0% (2 big spoonfuls)
small handful of seedless red grapes
a heaping spoonful of flaxseed meal
toasted shaved almonds

mmm...I kind of want one now

Sherrie Petersen said...

Congratulations, Kris! I just won a book from you so you don't need to enter me at all. I just wanted to stop by and say YAY!!

Kristin said...

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can whole kernel corn (white shoepeg), drained
1/3 cup onion, chopped
1 roma tomato, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup Salsa
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Mix all ingredients; chill. Serve with chips or as a side dish. Will keep up to one week in refrigerator.


Congrats, Kris!
So. Very. Exciting!
:) Kristin

Kristine Asselin said...

The Parfait sounds delicious, Sophia!

Thanks Sherrie--I hope you like the book!

Kristin--I love me some salsa. Yum. And thanks!

And thanks to Ansha, MC, and Tana from this morning! Great contributions. They all totally count. :)

Thanks to all who partied today! Contest runs til 3/14.

Catch My Words said...

Joyce's Noodle Stuff

Mix following ingredients
cooked pasta noodles
garlic powder
cooked frozen spinach
Parmesan cheese
Mozzarella cheese
artichoke hearts
hearts of palm
tomato paste
can diced tomatoes
tomato sauce

Mix well and top with cheese.
Bake covered for 35 minutes in 350* oven. Remove top and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Don't ask me for ingredient amounts. True chefs never measure anything.

Thanks for the contest and enjoy my noodle stuff!


Catch My Words said...

I posted the following on the top of my blog. It's in bright red so hopefully all will see it at

I just entered a contest at Even if you don't win, it's worth checking out because people have posted favorite recipes in the comments section. Some of these sound real yummy!

Catch My Words said...

I tweeted the following through Joyce_Lansky

@KristineAsselin Win a query crit by agent Vickie Motter, signed copy of WHO REALLY DISCOVERED AMERICA, & more.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Me, retweeting Laura's tweet of your awesome contest:!/laurapauling/status/44961333678063616

Shallee said...

What a great giveaway! Thank you! Here's one of my favorite recipes-- 3 minute Cake-in-a-Cup.

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
1 dash vanilla
1 dash salt (optional)
1 dash baking powder (optional)

Mix all ingredients and microwave for three minutes, and voila! Cake in a cup!

Shallee said...

I also tweeted here:!/ShalleeMcArthur/status/44986316793987072

Kristine Asselin said...

These are so great! Shallee's cake in a cup sounds like a great afternoon snack for kids! Joyce's noodle stuff sounds like cheesy comfort food.

I can't wait to try some of these!

Alicia Gregoire said...

Since it's that time of year, I'd bring Girl Scout Cookies. Probably Thin Mints.

Alicia Gregoire said...

And I stuck your contest in my sidebar:

Alicia Gregoire said...

And I tweeted:

Kristine Asselin said...

Thanks Alicia! I LOVE girl scout cookies!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Congratulations! That's fantastic. I've never followed anyone through Blogger before since I use Google Reader, so this was a new experience. I have you in my Google Reader, too, though, so now you're double-followed. :-)

As for recipes, here's one for my grandmother's sourdough waffles. It's easy but long, so I'm just posting the link to it. I put it on Recipezaar/ a few years ago for safe-keeping:

Kristine Asselin said...

Caryn -- I'm so honored to be your first blogger "follow"! May it be the first of many. :) Recipe looks delicious--there are so many good ones I'm going to have to get cookin'!

Tatum Flynn said...

I'm a new follower, huge congrats on your good news :) Here's my favourite (and easy!) dessert:

Eton Mess

Break up 6 large meringues into bitesized pieces
Whip a large carton of cream
Put on serving dish and cover with lots of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries
Sprinkle with icing sugar

Ok now I'm hungry.

Tatum Flynn said...

I've also retweeted the contest but I don't know how to link to a single tweet, sorry, but I sent it'@' you so you can see it.

Anna Staniszewski said...

No need to enter me in the contest. I just stopped by to throw some confetti. :-) Yay!

Lori M. Lee said...

Nice and simple: peppermint bark. YUM. I'd snack on it all the time if I could.

1 block of white chocolate (or a bag of white chocolate chips)
A handful of peppermints (the kind that look like candy canes)

Melt the chocolate. Crush the peppermints. Mix. Pour onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave in fridge for an hour until solid. Break it up into bits and enjoy *___*

Unknown said...

Congrats so so so so much on signing with your agent!!!

Cambria Dillon said...

All these comments are making me HUNGRY!

Here's my standby dessert:

Gingerbread Pear Trifle:


·1 (14.5 oz) package of gingerbread mix (found in the cake aisle)
·2 ½ cups cold milk
·2 packages (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Instant Pudding
·½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
·1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip, thawed
·2 cans (16 oz. each) sliced pears, drained


·Prepare the gingerbread as directed on the package. Cool, then cut into ½-inch cubes.
·Pour milk into a large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes and cinnamon. Beat with a wire whisk for 2 minutes. Gently stir in 2 cups of Cool Whip.
·Layer gingerbread, pears, and pudding mixture into a serving bowl.
·Refrigerate for at least one hour.
·Top with remaining Cool Whip before serving, if desired.

And no party is complete without a little bling! (I left it for you on my blog:

Cambria Dillon said...

Oh yeah...and no need to enter me in the contest!

Heidi W said...

Mmmmm....chocolate mousse


11 1/2 ounces Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup coffee, hot
4 eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons sugar

Whip the cream to form light peaks. Set aside in the refrigerator. Melt the chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl set over barely simmering water. Meanwhile, whip the eggs with the sugar until very fluffy and thick, about 10 minutes.

Stir the hot coffee into the melted chocolate chips. The mixture will start to thicken, so work quickly. Quickly stir in the beaten eggs, then fold in the whipped cream. Pour or spoon mixture into cups or bowls, and chill until firm, about 2 hours.

Kristine Asselin said...

I am seriously psyched about all these awesome recipes! Which one to try first...???

MTeacress said...

Woohoo, I am not too late for the party! (I saw it the other day, but had to run out the door)

I don't have a query ready, but I'd love to be entered for the other prizes. :)

Here's a yummy Mexican rice dish...

1C rice
2C chicken (or veggie) broth
1TBLS butter
2 cloves minced garlic
Juice from 1 lime
2TBLS sugar
Cilantro (to taste)

Prepare rice according to directions, but with broth rather than water. Don't overcook, or it will get mushy when you stir in the rest of the ingredients.

This is excellent in an oversized tortilla with beans and/or shreddded beef or chicken, topped with pico de gayo, guacamole, and sour cream. :)

PS I'm adding this contest to my sidebar, plus I'll tweet it right now!

Bkloss said...

Thanks for doing this!!!

Here's mine for Southern BBQ:

Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Cook on LOW 6-8 hours. Take pork out, shred it with a fork, and put back in for another hour to heat through. Great for sandwiches on buns.

2-3 lb. pork tenderloin
1 can REGULAR coca-cola
1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce.

Off to tweet this now!

Larissa said...

Ooh! Yay! So glad I found this contest!

I am a new follower.

I LOVE Break-n-Bake sugar cookies. I'm partial to the Pillsbury ones, so that's what I'll bring. That's my something sweet. (I generally don't make sweet things, I just buy them. LOL.)

lchardesty at yahoo dot com

Larissa said...

And I tweeted!!/lchardesty/status/47383921779937280

lchardesty at yahoo dot com