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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Read with Me: Foodies Read Challenge 2016 and a Confession

This morning as the rain drops fell on our last full day in SoCal, I was exploring one of my favorite blogs, Heather Schmidt-Gonzalez's Girlichef, and came across the Foodies Read Challenge 2016. As it is only January 5th, and it feels like there is still time for all things.

So. I. Decided. To. Accept. The. Challenge.

I reasoned that I am already reading and fooding, and this would be the proverbial piece of cake, or perhaps even better, a bowl of Roasted Pumpkin, Butternut Squash or Sweet Potato Ice Cream! which was a dish I made inspired by Dawn Tripp's novel, A Game of Secrets, but this was way back in gasp, 2011.



Roasted Pumpkin Ice Cream from my review of Game of Secrets



Game of Secrets, A Novel, by Dawn Tripp

Enter another challenge for me.

I read voraciously, and I have a slew, I tell you, of drafts of book reviews of all kinds that have inspired menus, and that I have never posted because they were always something to come back to, because my real job, the one that pays me, (and believe me I feel dirty even saying that, because I am so lucky and love what I do!) is teaching cooking and leading tours to France for both Teens and Adults with C'est si Bon!, my cooking school in Chapel Hill, NC.

Let me add one more ingredient to the stew of the slew of drafts. I confess I am hugely ADD. This means it is very easy for me to be lured by the brilliant flashing lights that beckon when starting things, but not necessarily when finishing them. But I look forward to joining a community of other bloggers for motivation on sticking with something that has eluded me for a long time. Finishing my writing work.

So in light of all this, I commit to finishing the book related posts I had begun, taking the small steps that each one needs to live and breathe as a little story in and of itself. With a wonderful menu. Of tested recipes.

The level I choose is that of Chef de Cuisine which means reading: 14 to 18 books.

I. Can. Do. This. Can't I?

Yes. You. Can!

Ok. We're. In.

:)

If you also find yourself reading books with food in them, whether they are stained with soy sauce or red wine, or olive oil, consider joining in too! Sign-up for the Foodies Read Challenge 2016 which is being hosted by Heather - a DVM who owns a Senegal parrot named Jules, over at Based On a True Story.

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for joining! Your business sounds like lots of fun. Can't wait to see what you choose to read.

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  2. Thank you, Heather, for being here! Pleased as punch to meet you and your cast and crew. We had a beautiful Senegal parrot that sounds similar in behavior. She had eyes for me, and sharp beaks for everyone else. Looking forward to this adventure.

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  3. I am anxious for this challenge. I love meeting new bloggers and learning of great books and recipes.

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    1. Very excited, and may I say, hungry, too? Thanks, Wendy!

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  4. I'm glad you decided to join the challenge this year. I just didn't have the desire to host again this year.

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    1. I think its fine to pass the baton around, Vicki! Kudos to you for hosting before! I can't imagine doing both.

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  5. Yay, I'm glad I could nudge you in this direction. ;) Can't wait to see your picks throughout the year, Dorette.

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  6. And I can't wait to see yours too, Heather! I think I have my first one. I have to look at when we are to post them...and my god, create a schedule..is that what you do? :)

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  7. Welcome to the challenge. I am sure you can do it!

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia, I look forward to all thee exchanges!

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  8. Looking forward to the challenge and seeing what you are reading Dorette. Thanks for stopping by my blog to say Hi. Maybe you'll read a Hawaii book and partner it with some local moco?! (You are right, it is a delicious indulgence). ;-) Aloha, Deb

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    1. Ah, now I am thinking about a Hawaiian read- do you have one in mind? Mahalo, Dorette

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  9. Your roasted pumpkin ice cream seemed delicious! I am sure you can do it too! :)

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    1. Merci, Sweetday! I hope you make the ice cream! Loved all your food/recipes!

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