The holidays are a time for fantasy, and all fantasies need special behind-the-scenes touches to sustain the magic. This week, please blog about that one ingredient—food-related or not—that you use to show your loved ones that this season is special. Please tag your post secret holiday ingredient blog.
In Amy Tan’s short story “Fish Cheeks,” the 14-year-old main character is mortified when her mother prepares an exotic Chinese meal for the Christmas Eve dinner to which she’s invited a white American boy on whom she has a crush. Only later does she realize the meal—containing all her favorite foods—was a reminder never to forget her true self even as she adopts Western ways.
What is your secret holiday ingredient? A few selected bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors:
- Drawing on the latest honey buzz and interviews with medical doctors, beekeepers, and researchers, Cal Orey's The Healing Power of Honey tells how to incorporate thirty different varieties of honey into your diet to help help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer , diabetes-even help reduce body fat and unwanted weight!-and increase longevity.
- Prepared using fast cooking techniques and nutritious ingredients, the recipes in Ying Chang Compestine's Ying's Best One-Dish Meals allow readers to pull together satisfying meals in a snap.
- While the fungi scientist Cardy Raper studies aren't the edible kind, her memoir Love, Sex and Mushrooms: Adventures of a Woman in Science, describing not only the triumphs and dead ends of that research but also the difficulties of one woman’s efforts to carry on alone as an independent scientist, sounds like a delicious read!
So post a blog entry today! For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday at 10:30 a.m. PST (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term secret holiday ingredient blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.)
And don't forget to check out the last week's entries on the topic of setting as character. From three different deserts in three different novels to a United States seen only while riding the rails, Red Roomers described settings that were more character than place.
Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room