Last week I went to the Malice Domestic mystery conference and the Festival of Mystery in Oakmont, PA. That meant traveling. Traveling seems to equal fried food.
Why is it you can't get a decent meal on the road? I swear, if I see another burger and fries any time soon, I'm going to have hysterics.
The big treat of the Malice Conference is the publisher-sponsored dinner at a very fancy restaurant. The food is impeccable, but it's terribly rich. We waddled away from the table. The one time I actually got to eat healthy was breakfast at the hotel. I ordered the world's worst oatmeal. Adding raisins, milk, and even brown sugar didn't improve it. One of my table mates ordered a continental breakfast which came with a HUGE bowl of granola. It was only sprinkling the oatmeal with the granola that made it edible. Consequently, I was glad to get home and eat real food. (Dorothy was right. "There's no place like home!")
Speaking of real food, I came home with a few bags of author swag from the conference. What's that got to do with food? The Cozy Chicks are giving away their leftover swag (which is in my possession) to anyone who writes a review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble for their cookbook, The Cozy Chicks Kitchen. (Each packet includes bookmarks from all the Cozy Chicks, plus a bonus recipe and adorable teapot cookie cutter.) To get your swag, you must email the Chicks at cozychicks(at)gmail(dot)com and tell them where the review is posted. Don't forget to include your snail mail address.
Since I've got author swag left over, too, I figured -- why not ask for the same thing. Put up a review for my Victoria Square cookbook, Recipes To Die For, and email me at LLB(at)LLBartlett(dot)com and tell me where you posted the review and include your snail mail address.
These cookbooks are filled with wonderful recipes -- the majority of which do not include food being immersed in cooking oil. If you haven't tried them, maybe now you will.