Interview with Astrid Winegar

Interview with Astrid Winegar

Astrid Tuttle Winegar Author, Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving SoulsThis month’s theme is “Life in the Shire.” How could we possibly talk about life in the Shire without food? Right. So this month we’re introducing Astrid’s work in earnest. She answered some questions for us AND has three delicious recipes…

Bombur’s Pork-Pie

Bombur’s Pork-Pie

Our springtime theme is “Life in the Shire,” where we all may take Glory in the Ordinary. I will present to you a complete meal. This pie is requested by our beloved Bombur, as you might remember in The Hobbit. A lovely salad will follow, and we’ll finish our Shire meal with some delicious biscuits…

Bag-End Biscuits

Bag-End Biscuits

I don’t know about you, but I adore shortbread cookies. My husband Bob says he dislikes shortbread cookies because he thinks they are boring, but he likes these. It must be the icing and the intensely orange flavoring that make these not-so-boring. I make fun of my husband in my cookbooks all the time. I…

Over the Hill and Across the Water Salad

Over the Hill and Across the Water Salad

Over the Hill and Across the Water Salad 5-6 cups light green lettuce, torn into large pieces (such as Bibb, Boston, Butter, or living lettuce) 2 ounces sliced almonds, lightly toasted and cooled ½ cup dried cherries 2 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled into small bits 1 cup celery, cut diagonally into ¼” slices ¼ cup…

Shire Seasoning

Shire Seasoning

Shire Seasoning Sometimes one needs more complex flavors than just salt and pepper and sometimes one doesn’t have access to different varieties of fresh herbs growing in the garden. Perhaps one of Bilbo’s resourceful ancestors came up with a convenient dry mix to solve this particular problem. This mix is used throughout the Middle-earth regions…

Sam’s “Welcome Back” Cake

Sam’s “Welcome Back” Cake

A celebratory confection for very special occasions Lemon Cake with Mascarpone-Lemon Curd frostingYield: Makes 12-16 servings Lemon curd 3 cups sugar 9 lemons 6 eggs 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks) Cake 6 large eggs, separated 14 tablespoons sugar 1 3/4 cups sifted cake flour (sifted, then measured) 1/4 teaspoon salt   For lemon curd:Grate…