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Cookie’s Savvy Tips for Vintage Shopping by Rose Pressey

Often vintage clothing can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of buying new.

Don’t be afraid to buy something just because it doesn’t have a brand label. If you love it, that’s all that matters.

Don’t be afraid to try new things. Just because the style isn’t current doesn’t mean you can’t wear it.

Practice makes perfect. The more you shop for vintage, the better you’ll get at identifying vintage.

Nothing haunts you like the things you didn’t buy. If you like something, buy it because it will probably be gone if you return to purchase it.

Examine vintage pieces in the light. You’ll want to notice if there are holes or other flaws.

Check for missing buttons or faulty zippers. Also look for stitching that may need repair. Continue reading “Cookie’s Savvy Tips for Vintage Shopping by Rose Pressey”

Lemon Ice Cream with Strawberries by Meera Lester

1 cup superfine sugar
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup whole milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
Combine the sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a large bowl.

Slowly pour the cream, milk, and salt into the lemon-sugar mixture and stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes.

Pour the lemon-cream mixture into freezable individual molds or bowls or into an ice cube tray, and then cover with foil and freeze until the ice cream is completely firm, about 3 to 5 hours, depending on the type of mold used.

Unmold the ice cream, garnish each serving with the sliced strawberries, and serve at once.

 

Continue reading “Lemon Ice Cream with Strawberries by Meera Lester”

Each week we’re giving ONE lucky reader the chance to WIN an early reader copy of THE GIRLFRIEND!

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A chilling domestic thriller, The Girlfriend brilliantly renders the relationships between a fiercely protective mother, a charming son, and the young woman who will stop at nothing to come between them.

Laura Cavendish can’t wait to meet the woman who’s won her son’s affection. Despite a successful career in television and a long, prosperous marriage, Laura’s world revolves around kind, talented Daniel. She pictures his new girlfriend, Cherry, becoming a close friend and confidante . . . one day, even a daughter-in-law.

But although Cherry is beautiful and amiable, Laura can’t warm to her. There’s something about the possessive way she touches Daniel, the little lies Laura detects. Cherry seems to resent Laura, driving a wedge between mother and son—until one day Daniel is injured in a terrible accident. Six months later, with Daniel still in a coma and facing death, Laura makes a fateful decision—and carries out an astonishing deceit.

A handsome doctor for a husband, with a trust fund and a family villa in St. Tropez—it was all supposed to be Cherry’s. Now, instead of living with Daniel in his impeccable home, she’s jobless and broke. And then Cherry discovers Laura’s stunning deception. But Cherry is too clever, too ambitious to let her get away with it. She’s already transformed herself into Daniel’s dream woman. Now she’ll become Laura’s worst nightmare.

Author Michelle Frances masterfully weaves both women’s perspectives into this gripping, artfully plotted psychological thriller, propelling the reader through one dark twist after another toward a shocking, unforgettable finale.

Praise for The Girlfriend

“One of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. I loved The Girlfriend!” –Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author

The Girlfriend is a taut psychological thriller, the evil chillingly drawn. Every character is layered and beautifully twisted. Makes me consider running background checks on any potential spouses my children bring home!” –Karen Rose, New York Times bestselling author

“A juicy thriller and utterly compulsive reading.” –Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You

“An original and chilling portrayal of twisted relationships.” –Debbie Howells, author of The Bones of You

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Googling women feel invisible instantly brings up 28,000,000 results, and Julia Berkwith is only one of those affected. That is, until an Italian vacation introduces her to stonemason Vitale DeLuca. Under his attention, Julia learns that even the deepest scars hold beauty—only perspective and perception need to change.

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Luscious Lobster Mac & Cheese by Lee Hollis

1 16-ounce box pasta shells (or your
favorite pasta)
¼ cup flour
3 cups milk
1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar
cheese
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
1 cup shredded fontina cheese
1 teaspoon each: salt, ground black
pepper, garlic powder
2 cups crushed Ritz crackers
Cook your pasta to almost al dente according to the directions on the box. Drain and set aside.

While your pasta is cooking, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan over
medium, heat.

Whisk until it begins to thicken a bit, add your cheeses, and keep stirring
until they are melted.

Remove from heat and add your salt, pepper, and garlic.

In a large bowl add your pasta, chopped lobster, and cheese sauce. Stir to combine, making sure all the pasta is evenly coated in the cheese sauce.

Pour into a greased 13×9 baking dish. Continue reading “Luscious Lobster Mac & Cheese by Lee Hollis”

Nell’s Wine, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Meatloaf by Sally Goldenbaum

3 cups sliced yellow onions
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat leafed parsley
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup canned chicken stock or broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
21/2 pounds ground chuck
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs (Nell likes to use Panko crumbs)
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup ketchup
½ cup milk
1¼ red wine (Nell always uses wine she likes to drink, not cooking wine)
6 ounces thin sliced bacon
Good quality olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Continue reading “Nell’s Wine, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Meatloaf by Sally Goldenbaum”

Celebrate Gay Pride with these Fabulous Books!

“A passionate, alive, and original novel about love, race, and jazz in 1920s Harlem and Paris—a moving story of traveling far to find oneself.” —David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife

In a lyrical, captivating debut set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance and glittering Jazz Age Paris, Joe Okonkwo creates an evocative story of emotional and artistic awakening.

On a sweltering summer night in 1925, beauties in beaded dresses mingle with hepcats in dapper suits on the streets of Harlem. The air is thick with reefer smoke, and jazz pours out of speakeasy doorways. Ben Charles and his devoted wife, Angeline, are among the locals crammed into a basement club to hear jazz and drink bootleg liquor. For aspiring poet Ben, the swirling, heady rhythms are a revelation. So is Baby Back Johnston, an ambitious trumpet player who flashes a devilish grin and blasts jazz dynamite from his horn. Ben finds himself drawn to the trumpeter—and to Paris where Baby Back says everything is happening.

ON TOUR:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 7pm
JOE OKONKWO IN CONVERSATION DAVID EBERSHOFF,  AUTHOR OF THE DANISH GIRL
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY

Thursday, July 7, 2016 @ 7pm
READING: JOE OKONKWO & KIA CORTHRON
KGB Bar
85 East 4th Street
New York, NY

Saturday, August 6
READING & SIGNING
OutWrite Festival, LGBT book festival
Washington, D.C.

 

Lambda Finalist Award Nominee

“At the heart of this capacious and suspenseful novel is the bond between two very different brothers, but its larger context is the Italian-American family: its values, loyalties and responsibilities. Tom Mendicino writes with honesty and compassion, and the reader can’t help but root for his endearing characters.” –Christopher Castellani, author of All This Talk of Love

Charlie Beresford and Kevin “KC” Conroy came of age in Tom Mendicino’s KC, At Bat and Travelin’ Man. Now they’re struggling with the realities of adulthood, in this powerfully honest story of unlikely friendship and enduring love.

At twenty-two, Charlie Beresford has a Dartmouth degree, an entry-level radio job, and a hunch that he’s already made one of the biggest mistakes of his life. It’s no wonder his old high-school crush, KC Conroy, is wary when they encounter each other again. Five years ago, Charlie callously discarded him after they shared an intense adolescent affair.

 

Lambda Finalist Award Nominee

Spanning the 1930s to the present day, James Driggers’ evocative Southern Gothic collection introduces the intriguing inhabitants of Morris, South Carolina–a small town where a mix of rich, poor, and in-between co-exist, grappling with desire, ambition, hope, and loneliness. . .

Amid a landscaped dotted with farms, trailers, and genteel homes, there lives a talented baker who desperately needs to win a cooking contest but must team up with a down-on-her-heels society matron to do it. . .the Bramble sisters, whose husbands tend to be short-lived and wealthy, but whose latest prospect arrives with complications. . .a widow who becomes dangerously obsessed with a snake-charming televangelist. . .and a lonely florist who will do anything for the sake of a ruthless local mechanic. Continue reading “Celebrate Gay Pride with these Fabulous Books!”

Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens by Maya Corrigan

4 tablespoon orange marmalade
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon balsamic
vinegar
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 Cornish hens approximately 1.5
pounds each
Vegetable cooking spray
[Orange slices, optional]
For this recipe, use marmalade made with sugar. It can be the low-sugar type, but not marmalade made with corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. If you have larger hens, increase
the baking time.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the marmalade, the vinegar, and the thyme in a microwavable cup.

Microwave the mixture for 1 minute at half power.  Continue reading “Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens by Maya Corrigan”

Bestselling author John Gilstrap

 

A rescue gone wrong. A deadly double cross. A desperate race to freedom. Freelance operative Jonathan Grave faces his fiercest challenge yet in bestselling author John Gilstrap’s explosive new thriller . . .

The mission is simple. Drop into the Mexican jungle, infiltrate a drug cartel’s compound, and extract a DEA agent who’s been kidnapped and tortured. But when Jonathan Grave and his partner Boxers retrieve the hostage and return to the exfil point, all hell breaks loose. They’re ambushed by the cartel. Abandoned by their chopper. Attacked on all sides with no means of escape, no contacts, and no allies. Their only hope of survival lies inside the walls of a remote orphanage where innocent children have been targeted for death. Continue reading “Bestselling author John Gilstrap”

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