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Lisa Kleypas is forever doing nice things for people, which is why she's adored by reader/fans and friends alike. It really would be enough that she writes the books we're crazed for, but Lisa Kleypas isn't satisfied simply with being talented, so she strives to be, like, the nicest woman on the face of the planet.
So she asks me, Do you think your Romance: B(u)y the Book viewers would like to be the first anywhere to read an exclusive excerpt from "Sugar Daddy" (March, St.Martin's)? And I'm all like, Squeee! So enjoy a little time here with Lisa (does she know what we like, or what?) then please head over the RBtheBook for Lisa's holiday gift to you. A warm Bella buongiorno, please...
We all know the holidays are about the joys of giving, of being with family and friends, closing out the old year and ringing in the new, blah blah blah. Now let’s discuss the MOST important aspect of the holidays.
Is there anyone who can dispute the nostalgic powers of taste and smell? There are certain dishes that, when emerging from the oven in a cloud of fragrant steam, unlock troves of memory and emotion that reach back to our childhoods.
We are all connected in our appreciation for holiday food . . . the snap of peppermint candy canes, the turkey and dressing sopped in gravy, the pungent whiff of gingerbread dripping with melting whipped cream. But despite the common denominators of turkey, dressing and potatoes, there is a wonderful individuality about every family’s holiday food traditions.
For example, there must be a thousand recipes for sweet potatoes. My family serves them whipped with butter and brown sugar, topped with marshmallows baked into delicately crispy pillows. And I’ve heard of ravishingly creative varieties of stuffing . . . oyster and eggplant, wild rice and goat cheese, roasted chestnuts and carmelized onions. Every year I resolve to try something new, but I always end up making what my mother made--cornbread dressing loaded with chopped eggs, green peppers, onions, and the earthy savor of sage. It smells like all the Christmases of my childhood.
I have no doubt my own children will associate certain smells and tastes with our family holidays . . . the pie stuffed with plump pecans and oozing with corn syrup . . . the sweet floury yeast rolls, the ricotta spinach squares crusted with browned parmesan. And, since we live in South Texas, the hot roasted smell of tamales, which are steamed and served right in the corn husk.
Thank goodness calories don’t count during the holidays! On January 2, we can dust off our treadmills and gather up our resolutions and start anew. But for the next few weeks . . . enjoy. Eat. And let those treasured flavors recall the lovely shades of Christmas past.
What are your favorite holiday foods,
the ones you couldn’t do without at the big family feast?
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Eloisa James keeps the Holidays Romantic tomorrow,
Tues Dec 12 on Squawk Radio Week + a Day
Encore! Romance: B(u)y the Book EXCLUSIVE!!! Read the first excerpt published anywhere from Lisa's contemporary debut, "Sugar Daddy," my feature review, and Lisa's very special AuthorView!
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