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    Entries in awesome! (4)

    Tuesday
    Aug052014

    Love Is...

    I’m giving away 15 Kindle copies of Love Is…!

    It’s a fantastic compilation of 40 short stories by 40 authors. Each one is about love in one of its many varied forms. Authors include amazing writers like my good friend Elise Logan, Kate Pearce, Crystal Jordan… you know what, I’m just going to list them all below because they’re all really great. 

    Oh, and did I metion it's for a good cause?  All proceeds from this anthology go to support the Reach Out and Read, an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. 

    I know, this is a food blog, and food has nothing to do with love, right? Wrong! Food and love often go together.  When was the last time you went on a date, whether it be a first date or a celebration of 50 years together, that didn’t include some sort of food? Still don’t believe me? Just watch this memorable clip from Lady and the Tramp. 

    So, what do you have to do for a copy of this fabulous anthology? It’s simple, just comment below.  Tell us about a time in your life when love and food went together (keeping it PG-13 or better, please).  Or if you don’t have a story you wish to share, simply shout out your favorite Authors Kitchen recipe or even just say hello. The first 15 people to comment will automatically receive a copy.  Just make sure to enter your email address so I know where to send it. 

    Authors included in this anthology: S.M. Butler, Kate Pearce, Marie Hall, Zoe York, Kat Cantrell, Sidney Bristol, Cassandra Curtis, A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder, Keri Ford, Sadie Haller, Crystal Jordan, Jennifer Lewis, Molly McLain, Mima, Natasha Moore, Elle Rush, Jessica Stone, Holley Trent, A.J. Vale, Elle Wylder, Clarice Wynter, Sabrina Darby, Bonnie Dee, Jennifer Haymore, Vivienne Westlake, Elianne Adams, Melisse Aires, Mahlee Ashwynne, Sophie Avett, Jennifer Blackstream, Sela Carsen, Cate Dean, Grace Draven, Hailey Edwards, Dayna Hart, Elise Logan, Lyra Marlowe, Tina Moss & Yelena Casale, Cate Rowan, and Faye Hunter. 

    Monday
    Mar172014

    Avocado Awesome Sauce

    I know what you’re thinking, “Taneasha, that doesn’t look very awesome.”  And you’re right, it’s not very pretty, but what it lacks in beauty it more than makes up for in taste.  Think hollandaise sauce, only better, and if that wasn’t good enough… it’s healthy!  Woot woot!  Oh, and did I mention it’s ridiculously easy to make? 

    Here’s what you’ll need: 

    • 1 avocado
    • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon pepper
    • ¾ cup hot water 

    Step 1.  Juice your lime. 

    Step 2.  Cut your avocado in half.  (Mine wasn’t the prettiest avocado ever, but it still tasted amazing, so whatevs.)

    Step 3.  Carefully cut the avocado into cubes while it’s in the skin.

    Step 4.  Place all of the ingredients into your blender.  Turn it on, starting with the lowest speed, slowly increasing it until you have a nice smooth sauce.  If it’s too thick, add more hot water, 1 Tablespoon at a time. 

    Now just pour it over whatever you want to have it on.  I had mine in place of hollandaise for eggs benedict.  With a whole wheat English muffin and this sauce, you now have amazingly delicious eggs benedict that is actually good for you.  I bet you didn't think that was possible. 

    Don’t limit yourself to breakfast, though.  It would be fabulous to use for a base for chicken salad, as a spread for a sandwich, or in tacos.  The sky’s the limit, really.  This sauce is so good, you might just want to eat it with a spoon. 

    What is your favorite thing to do with avocado?