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Norwescon 37

I had a great time at Norwescon this weekend. It was a particularly good year for excellent costumes. Sadly, I had issues with the camera I brought and so have no pictures. On Thursday night I attended a great two hour workshop on critiquing given by the Fairwood Writers. I …

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Provarian Launch Party

Really, the main reason to have a costume party like the Provarian Launch Party is to build a grown-up sheet fort. I spent the afternoon on Sat hanging sheets around our living room and rigging up strings to hold up old theater curtains over the ceiling for a tent roof. …

Mushroom Stew

Donan Launch Party

The Donan launch party was slightly truncated due to the cold-and-flu season, however a good time was had by those who attended the scaled back version. We had gnocchi made with pâte à choux, served with a mushroom stew, cabbage rolls and cranberry relish. There was spiced pomegranate juice and …

Flowers and Lemonade

Avarran Launch Party

Phew – the end of May and most of June were a wild ride! First, I was down in California for a week attending my PhD graduation; then, barely after I had arrived home, we found a new house to move into. (We had barely started house-hunting – it was …

Tulips at Pike Place

Imagination Salon: Spring

April’s Imagination Salon was a spontaneous evening of food and friends. My friend E was visiting and late on Sat afternoon my sister and M and E and I decided to create an evening. We started with Lemon Curd filled Cream Puffs as our inspiration, because I am developing the …

Vanovsk Launch Party

It was a wild two weeks. I decided at the last minute to entirely re-write my Vanovsk story – and proceeded to write 15,000 words in five days. Then I madly edited it and cooked up a storm.  However, the party went off very well and the new and improved …

Feta Nut Balls: A Hynovian Recipe

I promised I’d post the recipe for the Nut and Feta balls I made for the Hynovian Launch Party – and here it is.  One of the guests who asked me for it wanted to know if it was an easy recipe and I immediately said, “Oh, sure, it’s easy.”  Then I …

Hynovian Launch Party

The Hynovia Launch party was the perfect end of summer evening.  I’d had some trouble coming up with decorations, until I found some lovely Indian bedspreads in golds and reds and browns.  After that it was pretty easy to hang lanterns, pin up my sister’s sari fabric and transform our …

Launch Party Preview: Mezze

Well, I may still be trying to edit the story for the Hynovian Launch Party in September, but the menu was easy!  The setting is sort of fantasy Byzantine/Mediterranean so I have made a mezze menu drawn on Greek, Turkish and Lebanese recipes.  Here is your preview… (Subject to change …