Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook

Sorry, I forgot to schedule the last day’s posts. Making up for lost time.

This is going to be my Mastering the Art of French Cooking 365 project for 2010 (Julie & Julia style, and in case you haven’t heard of the book or the movie, here you go):

Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook

Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook

I have decided that better than dessert, I love hors d’oeuvres best out of the meal courses and would like to become more proficient at making them. Husband has a pretty damn good stuffed mushroom thing he makes; and for my last knitting party I made cucumber sandwiches, smoked salmon on toast, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, chicken salad sandwiches, tiny ham sandwiches, and cut the crusts off everything! (And a special sneaky treat for the husband: anchovy toasts. He ate 3 big slices!)

It was marvelous.

So I’ll be getting a little sort of running start with the two family Christmas parties we’re attending (one on the 20th and the other on the 25th), photos will be taken, and I’m sure a blog of some sort will be written. I’m already planning ahead for January and what I’m going to make every day.

Mmm! Where to begin? molasses-glazes ribs? pizza with wild mushrooms and fontina? shrimp shumai? I smell happiness around the corner.

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 9 of 48)… What’s in yours?


The Broken Teaglass

I was going to walk out of there without perusing every single shelf in the damn store, but…

The Broken Teaglass: A Novel

The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault


The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher . . . a hidden cache of coded clues . . . a story written by a phantom author . . . an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park–all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault’s magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

Charged with wit and intelligence, set against a sweetly cautious love story, The Broken Teaglass is a tale that will delight lovers of words, lovers of mysteries, and fans of smart, funny, brilliantly inventive fiction.

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Mystery + wordplay + tea = sold!

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 8 of 48)… What, did you think I was kidding about posting a new one every 6 hours? What’s in yours?

Ad Hoc at Home

Look, I don’t think I really need to explain this one. Read it and drool.

Ad Hoc at Home

I managed to limit myself to only 3 cookbooks in my massive, last-gasp final purchase–one for me, one for hubby, and one for a gift. This one is hubby’s.

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 7 of 48)… What’s in yours?

Secret Society Girl

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the author of Rampant.

So on one of my last book-buying binges as an employee-discount-receiving person I bought one of her other novels.

Secret Society Girl: An Ivy League Novel (Secret Society Girl, #1)

Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund

Commence jackety blurb:

In a fabulous blend of the bestselling traditions of Prep and The Devil Wears Prada, Secret Society Girl takes us into the heart of the Ivy League’s ultraexclusive secret societies when a young woman is invited to join as one of their first female members.

Elite Eli University junior Amy Haskel never expected to be tapped into Rose & Grave, the country’s most powerful—and notorious—secret society. She isn’t rich, politically connected, or…well, male.

So when Amy receives the distinctive black-lined invitation with the Rose & Grave seal, she’s blown away. Could they really mean her?

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Having some serious Gilmore Girls flashbacks? Me too. And loving every moment.

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 6 of 48)… What’s in yours?


You know how angels are the new vampires? I can’t help but think of that when I read the title; yet I am hoping that there will be a little more than just that substitution formula at work here.

Fallen (Fallen, Book 1)

Fallen by Lauren Kate

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

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Also, apparently the South is the new Northwest. ^_^ I’m just saying.

Already giving me unpleasant flashes of Dreaming Anastasia, but not so unpleasant that I’ll stop reading. Her other book looks cool, too! (That’s a lot of o’s!)

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I know you’re going to laugh at my New Year’s resolution…

So, the resolution is not to buy any books in 2010.

Books *required* for school are ok; but books that are just *suggested* are not.

My husband is quick to interject that books for series we are already following (and I’ll quote him: “Hunger Games Book 3!”) are also allowed. So Patrick Rothfuss, if you publish, we will buy!

Ok, ok, and books gotten for free don’t count as buying.

eBooks and audible downloads will likewise “not count” as they do not take up any space, which is mainly the no-book-buying issue I am seeking to alleviate.

It looks like I will finally be using that public library card I have been carrying around all this time… eeeee!

Ahem. This resolution is expected to save me over $3600 in the next calendar year. (um, yes, I do spend that much money per month on books. More in summers and winters.)


All the steampunky goodness of Soulless, Leviathan, and Candle Man have really raised the subgenre high up on my to-read list.

One of my last purchases before “jumping ship” was Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.


From the cover:

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

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Probably will read this before the week is out, unless The Dark Volume finally hypnotizes me into picking it up and finishing up the Glass Books of the Dream Eaters.

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 4 of 48)… What’s in yours?