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Peking Duck Spring Rolls from Janice Y.K. Lee

The Expatriates is set in contemporary Hong Kong and is about three very different women living in the American expat community, but I think it is mostly about the bonds of women and motherhood.  Expats in Hong Kong can live a rarefied life of cocktails and dinner parties.  In my novel, Hilary Starling has a dinner […]

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Jordan Family Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

A potluck in Southeast Alaska serves as a virtual taste-test of salmon dips (this one is a family recipe supplied by my friend). It’s quick, versatile — and if you’re not Tara Marconi, the main character in The Alaskan Laundry, and didn’t grow up in a bakery in South Philadelphia, you don’t have to teach yourself […]

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Mamma’s Pimento Cheese Recipe from Author Susan M. Boyer

Pimento Cheese is a Southern staple from way back. When I was a child, we made sandwiches with it, and if we were getting fancy, we might grill the sandwich in a pan with butter. My mouth waters like one of Pavlov’s dogs at the thought of a grilled pimento cheese sandwich with tomato soup. […]

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Seven Layer Greek Dip Recipe from J.J. Keeler

In I Hardly Ever Wash My Hands: The Other Side of OCD, I am the main character – and therefore not a cook. However, like the Seven Layer Greek Dip, the anxiety disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) also has many layers. What you see on the surface is not always what is truly going on underneath. […]

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Jewish Chopped Chicken Liver Paté Recipe from Deborah Henry

The two women who become grandmothers to Adrian and Johanna Ellis in The Whipping Club have different tastes. Ben Ellis’s Jewish mother, Beva — or Bubbe as she is nicknamed — makes a chopped chicken liver to die for. Delish, Ben agrees, though his wife Marian’s mother, Ma McKeever would disagree. One scene illustrates the […]

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