Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Love At First Bite

Love At First Bite

Question from LA Weekly Magazine: Most Difficult Dish To Prepare?

4. Which is the most difficult dish to prepare?
Harry’s Famous Fish Fry is pretty difficult since it calls for fish, so you have to go fishing. Jokes aside, The Lion and the Lamb Stew is a very complex recipe, quite like the relationship between Bella and Edward …and so the lion fell in love with the lamb.

Question from LA Weekly Magazine: Are the recipes geared toward teenage girls?

3. Are the recipes geared towards teenage girls?
I have a three Fork designation, one fork recipes are very easy recipes that anyone can cook with ease and enjoyment, two fork recipes are slightly more difficult and the three fork recipes are the hardest. I used the Fork designation as a play on words, since Stephenie Meyer uses the town of Forks, Washington as a backdrop in her book series. Also, Stephenie initially named her manuscript Forks, as opposed to Twilight. Teenagers enjoy cooking from LAFB because there are easy instructions and directions. Like Stephenie, she wrote Twilight because of a dream, and didn’t have a particular audience she was writing for. I enjoy cooking and have taught cooking classes for children as well as adults. So my goal is to reignite the spark of passion for cooking in the kitchen, to bring people of all ages back into the kitchen enjoying one another’s company through unique themed recipes.

Question from LA Weekly Magazine: Who has better culinary options, vampires or werewolves?

2. Who do you think has better culinary options, vampires or werewolves?

Well, since vampires don’t eat, werewolves would seem to have better culinary options. In Love at First Bite, I make sure there are plenty of Team Jacob culinary treats, such as Werewolf Chow, Wolf pack Waffles, and Jacob Black’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Sprinkled in Love at First Bite, are food quotes from the Twilight Saga books. Edward says, “I wasn’t hunting for food. I was actually trying my hand at, tracking. I’m not very good at it.” For that quote I have an Irritated Grizzly Bear Steak recipe. I also have for the Team Edward fans, I Dare You To Eat Pizza, Edward, Butterscotch Eyes (Bella says Edward’s eyes are the color butterscotch, it is a dessert with butterscotch pudding and little teddy grahams), as well as Vampire Blood Punch, and Edward’s Thirst Quencher.

Question from LA Weekly Magazine: Have Any Vampires bought my Love At First Bite Book?

1. Have any people claiming to be vampires bought your book?

No one claiming to be a vampire, but a tattoo artist did purchase the book. And a lot of Team Edward and Team Jacob fans. A female prison guard by the name of Velma (not to be confused with Scooby Doo’s Velma Dinkley), after seeing my culinary talents as broadcast on the evening news, camped out all night in her car to come to my book signing and drove a total four hours.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Werewolf Chow, excerpt from Love At First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook

How comfortable they seemed to be with their fate, here in this happy kitchen, none of these werewolves wanted the same fate for their friend.-Bella

Werewolf Chow

9 cups rice cereal, such as Chex brand
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup chocolate chips, semisweet, or a combination of 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, not crunchy
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions: Place the cereal in a large zip-seal bag. Next, microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter or margarine for about 1 minute. If the mixture hasn’t melted, stir and place in microwave for another 20 to 30 seconds. Once melted, stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the chocolate chip–peanut butter mixture over the cereal; then add the powdered sugar and shake. Spread the mixture on waxed paper to cool.