Friday, January 28, 2022

Love at First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook, Red Velvet Cake, Apple Walnut Cookies Recipes

  Love at First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook, Red Velvet Cake, Apple Walnut Cookies Recipes

by Gina Meyers

When you write a cookbook bestseller, it’s like hitting a homerun. Problem with hitting a homerun is you never know if you’ll hit a homerun again. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to make it past first base again, and there have been other homeruns, or at least to third base. The formula for cookbook writing success is always the same,  “write what you love.” The formula for recipe formation is, “create what you are interested in.” I’ve never written a recipe that didn’t fascinate me. I didn’t make up something in the kitchen that I didn’t want to eat or drink or share. Sure there have been some epic flops, like when I was eleven and I tried to make fortune cookies from scratch, but there have been a lot of successes too–and a lot of semi-homemade tricks and tips have moved me along the culinary bases. 

“Writing what you love” is a key ingredient to the success of a recipe.  Recipes are meant to be shared, like a box of See’s Candies.

Red Velvet Cake

4 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 ounce liquid red food coloring

3/4 cup water

1 yellow cake mix, with pudding in the mix

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon butter

4 tablespoons buttermilk

1 tablespoon white vinegar

Directions: Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, mix cocoa powder, red food coloring, and part of the water to form a paste. Next, add all of the other ingredients except the white vinegar. Blend for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes with a mixer on medium speed. Then add the vinegar and mix with a spatula. Pour the batter into a bunt or round cake pan, and bake for approximately 35 minutes. This recipe can be made into cupcakes as well.

Apple Cinnamon and Walnut Cookies


½ cup shortening

1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar

1 egg

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup chopped California walnuts 

1 cup apples – peeled, cored and finely diced

1 cup raisins

¼ cup milk

1 ½ cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon butter

½ teaspoon vanilla extract 

2 ½ tablespoons half-and-half cream


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

  2. Beat shortening and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and blend thoroughly.

  3. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

  4. Stir half the dry ingredients into creamed mixture. Stir walnuts, apples, and raisins, then stir in remaining half of dry ingredients and milk. Mix well.

  5. Drop from tablespoon 1 ½ inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheet. Bake in the preheated 400 degree oven for 10-12 minuets. Remove cookies from oven, place on racks to cool slightly, and while still warm, spread with glaze.

  6. To make glaze: Combine powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and enough cream to make glaze of spreading consistency. Beat until smooth. Spread on warm cookies.

Twilight Baseball Scene

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Love at First Sip, Juicing


I'm on TEAM Healthy these days.

So when our friends over at Taylor Brothers Farms recommended a juicer for under $100.00 via Amazon

I was all over that deal!

My teenage son has reminded me that I can still eat fruits and vegetables but I told him, "this is so much fun!"

I wrote to Muller offering my recipes services for FREE but they didn't take me up on my offer, so here goes.

I retract my earlier statement, the Austrian Company does not have recipes on their United States Site, but they do on their UK Site.

All I can say, is there Juicer is super simple to use, not so easy to clean up. So if you want to be a vegetarian vampire, this juicer makes it easy.

Carrot Juice

Celery Juice

Grape and Cherry Juice

Monday, July 19, 2021

Twilight is on Netflix, The Twilight Cookbook To The Rescue by Gina Meyers BUY the cookbook today!

 Get ready to take a wild trip down memory lane, Twilight fans, because the entire saga is now available to binge on Netflix. Based on the books by Stephenie Meyer, the first novel Twilight, published in 2005, introduced the everyday teenage girl Bella Swan falling in love with the sparkly vampire Edward Cullen.

So now what?

Purchase an autographed copy today:

Love at First Bite Cookbook, something yummy to sink your teeth into.

Mushroom Ravioli

10 ounces mushroom ravioli or cheese-filled ravioli
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
4 ounces button (table) mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup brandy
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions: Prepare ravioli according to package directions; drain. Next, over medium heat, pour olive oil in a skillet and cook mushrooms until tender. Add garlic and brandy, and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly stir in heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. When cream has thickened, stir in 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Then, stir in cooked ravioli, and gently simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with Parmesan, garlic bread, and salad. Makes 2 servings.

Bella left Charlie a note on the table explaining again where to find dinner.

Stir Fry ala Swan
½ Tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon of sugar
1 pound of lean hamburger
2 teaspoons of minced garlic
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium head of cabbage shredded or cut into slightly larger than bite size pieces.
1 can (10 ¾ ounces) of tomato soup
1 can (8 ounces) of tomato sauce
¼ cup of water
1 Tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of salt (optional)

Directions: In a skillet, over medium heat, add 1/2 Tablespoon of vegetable oil. Next, add 1 Tablespoon of sugar, the uncooked hamburger meat, diced onion, and minced garlic. With a spatula, break apart hamburger meat and cook uncovered over medium heat until hamburger meat is thoroughly cooked. Once the hamburger meat is browned, take off the stove top and remove the excess fat. Wash the skillet out with lukewarm water and place the cooked meat with garlic and onion back in the skillet and add the cabbage, tomato soup and tomato sauce (optional: may add salt and soy sauce). Cook covered over low heat until cabbage is tender, about 20 minutes. Makes 6 to 8 servings and can be complemented with white or brown rice.

Helpful Hint: To remove excess oil from hamburger meat, scoop hamburger meat over a plate lined with paper towels, this will absorb the excess fat.

“Charlie came home with a large catch.”-Bella

Charlie’s Catch of the day Crab Cakes
1 Egg
3 Tablespoons of mayonnaise
4 teaspoons of lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of dried tarragon
1 Tablespoon of minced green onions
8 ounces of crabmeat
1 Tablespoon of butter
Round crackers, broken up into cracker crumbs

Directions: In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, mayonnaise, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, tarragon, and green onions. Gently stir in the crabmeat, and mix in cracker crumbs, adding as much as desired. Next, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Form crab patties and place in the skillet brown both sides until the patties are golden brown. Depending upon the size of the patties, makes about four crab cakes.

Bite at Twilight (Desserts)

Time for Tea Cake Cookies
(a London pre-vampire Carlisle Cookie)
1/2 cup of margarine
3/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/8 teaspoon of salt
Food coloring-optional
Chocolate pieces, peanut butter chips, nuts, cherries.

Mix together:
1 cup of confectioner’s sugar
3 1/2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Food coloring-optional

Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly mix together margarine, vanilla, sugar, and three drops of food coloring (any color). Add flour and salt and work until dough can hold together. Mold dough by Tablespoonfuls around a few chocolate pieces, nuts, or cherries. Place cookie dough on a baking sheet approximately 1 inch apart for 10 minutes or until light brown.
Once the cookies are cool, dip tops of cookies into Galaxy Icing. Decorate cookies with colored sugar, sprinkles, candies, or coconut. Yields 25 cookies.

Make your new Christmas holiday tradition include an "Unofficial" & "Unauthorized" Twilight Cookbook  now available on I Tunes & Audible.

It's easy. Choose from the list of Twilight  Inspired Audibles 

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Love & First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook Online Cooking Class

Love & First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook Online  Cooking Class 
The international phenomenon known as Twilight fever has ignited excitement in the kitchen. Love at First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook Cooking Class will introduce you to how to make Bell’s Lasagna, Harry’s Famous Fish Fry, Mushroom Raviolis, Red Velvet Cake, Blushing Bella Punch, and much more. Try your creative hand to some culinary delights. Team Cooking! 

Cost: $50 for one class or $180.00 for four classes.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Pantry Pleasers, what to have in stock in your pantry during Covid-19 Pandemic, by, Gina Meyers

Pantry Pleasers, what essentials to have in stock in your pantry during Covid-19 Pandemic.

The lesson we've learned these past two weeks? Limitation inspires creativity! We've been treating every day like a champ. I started ordering Hello Fresh about two months ago, again, so it's been a great resource on avoiding the grocery store. But what to keep in your pantry? Well, you are in luck. I had already created an essentials pantry list in my Dorm Room Essential Cookbook as well as Love at First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook, both also available on kindle, nook, and in softcover, so what are those essentials to keep on hand in the future or perhaps you may already have them. Don't get ripped off this morning like I did when I bought $50.00 worth of supplies/groceries from Sam's Club and they charged me $40.00 for shipping!

GIVE ME A BREAK! (this last thing we need right now is to take advantage of people!)

So while you are staying home and being creative like myself and my son, here are a few creative ideas on what to stock your pantry with and what to improvise with.

10 Must Have Ingredients for a Stocked Pantry
Baking Staples. I always keep the following basic baking ingredients on hand and restock as needed: ...
Preferred Spices. Spices are the key to making meals flavorful and kicking them up a notch. ...
Necessary Oils. ...
Canned Goods / Stock and Broths. ...
Grains, Pasta, and Legumes. ...
Healthy Snacks. ...
Meat and Seafood. ...(keep in the fridge)
Refrigerated Basics such as cheese, which can also go in the freezer, butter, can also go in the freezer, milk, etc. 



If you are out of:
Butter try margarine or butter-flavored shortening
All-purpose flour, (try rice flour, wheat flour, almond flour, polenta, unbleached flour)
Dark brown sugar (try light brown sugar)
Whole eggs (try liquid egg substitute or brown eggs)
Oil (try applesauce)
Chocolate (try carob)
Olive Oil (substitute vegetable oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, cooking spray)
Lard (substitute for shortening or butter or margarine)
White Rice (try brown rice, risotto,)
Nuts (try water chestnuts)
Sour Cream (substitute for nonfat plain yogurt)

If you are out of
1 Tablespoon baking powder (substitute for 1 teaspoon baking soda and 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar)
1 Tablespoon of cornstarch (try 2 Tablespoons of flour)
1 cup of milk (substitute for 1/2 cup of evaporated milk with 1/2 cup of water)
1 cup of buttermilk (try 1 cup of regular milk plus 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice)
1 cup of sugar (try t cup of honey and then reduce other liquid ingredients in recipe by 1/4 of a cup)