We’ve all debated what delicious dish we should contribute to a holiday party, and our characters face the same dilemma. The Chicks have landed on a few fab choices for their protagonists. You can decide whether their party guests are in for a treat—or out of potluck.
Kelsey knows all too well how much work goes into throwing a party, so she’d probably use her special wedding planner superpowers to figure out what would be needed most. If it’s cocktails that are called for, she’d bring the makings for a Gingerbread Manhattan (3 oz Bourbon, 1/2 oz Torani Gingerbread Syrup, and 1 dash of Angostura bitters per serving, if you must know, which you probably must because they’re delicious). Or, if it’s that one friend who just opens up a couple of bags of chips and considers serving an accompanying dip “optional,” Kelsey would probably have one of her caterer friends whip up a tray of something to fill out the snack table. Of course, if she’s just come back jetlagged from her latest wedding adventure, she’d probably grab a nice bottle of champagne—which she buys by the case because it’s practically an office supply.
Full disclosure: Neither my main character Dayna nor I are big cooks. Like my mom had a get together and I brought…laundry. Day’s not that bad, but she definitely wouldn’t be slaving over a hot stove. If she did bring anything, it would be Sprinkles cupcakes. Mainly because they are so dang good, but also because she knows that none of the wanna-be actresses would eat a full one. (They would slice them in quarters and then still just nibble.) So that would mean more for her!
Dorothy might show up with a Publix poinsettia and retro after-dinner mints. Summer would try to charm the Hibiscus Pointe sous-chef into whipping up some fancy eggnog for her. But this year, one petite gourmande demands the Ladies step up their kitchen game: Juliette-Margot, a precocious 6-year-old Francophile who lives with her daddies in Hibiscus Villas. On tap this holiday: meringue snowmen. I was all proud of myself for thinking this up, but turns out that show-off Martha S. beat me to it. I’m writing it into the first holiday Ladies book, anyway. Hang up your dual-function glue and pastry gun now, Martha!
I love this post because my Cajun Country Mystery series includes recipes, and I’m always desperately trying to invent new ones. So today I give you… Crozat Craw-tatoes! They’re crawfish-stuffed red potatoes, my protagonist Maggie Crozat’s go-to appetizers for any potluck party. What’s in them, you ask? Well… crawfish, of course. And red potatoes, natch. And um, some kind of Cajun seasoning. And, er, maybe the Cajun holy trinity of onions, celery, and green pepper. And, um, er, uh… Aw heck, just sneak a peek at book three when it comes out someday to see the recipe I end up concocting. It’ll be delish! I hope.
Readers, what are you taking to your next holiday party? Do you slave over homemade treats, or grab a bottle of wine on your way out the door?
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