This month, I'm sharing all the recipes that are in LOST AND FONDUE.
[By the way, thanks to all of you who have bought a copy or borrowed one from the library. L&F has done amazingly well this first week. Reviews have been lovely.]
Back to food - one of my favorite recipes in the book is one I enjoyed as a girl -- porcupines.
Often, when I am writing scenes with the twins, Amy and Clair, and they involve food, I am drawn to memories of my youth. When my mother and father married, my mother wasn't a good cook. Her mother had done all the cooking over the years and never thought to teach her. (Home Ec wasn't an option.)
When my mom died, I found keepsake letters from her to her grandmother. In them, my mother belittled her lack of cooking talent. But my mother was a smart woman, and she was eager to learn. She started with green Jell-o and advanced to meat loaf and spaghetti sauce. (Her spaghetti sauce was one of the all-time best I've ever tasted...except back then I didn't care for the mushrooms...NOW I adore mushrooms, but as a girl? Ewww. I would pick them out. That's another story.)
As my mother grew confident, she loved making "gourmet" items. Crab stuffed into filet of sole. A killer gorgonzola salad dressing. Angel food cake from scratch.
But for us kids, she stayed to the basics. And porcupines was one of those. Throw the mixture together, mold into little balls, and bake. Provide enough catsup and they are heaven!
They're called porcupines because the rice pokes out of the meat and looks like the quills of a porcupine.
* A fan wrote me this week and asked if the rice could be left out. I told her yes, but then they're just turkey meatloaf. If you're not a rice fan, you might consider using barley or bread crumbs. However, using rice ensures they are gluten-free.
Hope your little ones (or big ones) enjoy the fun!
1 lb. chopped turkey
½ cup rice
½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
[For spicy catsup]
6 tablespoons catsup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon horseradish sauce
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Mix everything together. Easy.
Roll into balls the size of walnuts.
Place on cookie sheet, slightly apart.
Bake 30 minutes.
Turn the heat up to broil.
Broil for 5 minutes.
Remove from oven. Place baked porcupines on paper towels.
Serve with spicy catsup.
[For spicy catsup}
Mix catsup, Worcestershire, and horseradish and serve. [Really easy.]
Lastly...enjoy your kids. They grow up so fast!
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If you'd like to read the first chapter, click here: SNEAK PEEK
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And for a lark, if you'd like to watch a how-to-make fondue movie, click here: HOW TO
And always smile and...say cheese.