Month: November 2014

Katniss Cakes

Posted November 26, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in The Hunger Games (Nov. 2014) / 2 Comments

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 When I first decided to make a Hunger Games menu, I knew I wanted to go all-out on dessert. Cupcakes immediately came to mind, but I wanted more than just Hunger Games decorations. I wanted each cupcake to exemplify a key story element. After tossing around dozens of ideas, I created three kinds of cupcakes…

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Thanksgiving Throwback

Posted November 24, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Holidays, Pop Culture Corner / 0 Comments

As a holiday based entirely around food, Thanksgiving holds a special place in my heart. Yet as much as I love it, deciding what to cook can be a little intimidating. If you have a potluck-style dinner like my family, pretty much every relative has their “thing” that they make every year. Finding something traditional and festive that someone else isn’t already making can be a challenge. However, a great way to circumvent this problem is to make a dish that uses iconic Thanksgiving flavors in a new way. I’m making Deeper ‘n Ever Turnip ‘n Tater ‘n Beetroot Pie for Thanksgiving this year, since it’s one of my favorite AWR recipes (and TOTALLY tastes like stuffing). In fact, after looking through the archives, I realized we have loads of Thanksgiving-appropriate recipes…

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The Mellark Family Cheese Buns

Posted November 20, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 4 Comments

Buns are a great side dish to accompany a hearty stew, like our Lamb Stew with Dried Plums from last week. Plus, bread in general plays a huge role in The Hunger Games, so it wouldn’t be right to have a Hunger Games menu without it. It was hard to choose between all the great bread recipes featured in the books, but I finally settled on these cheese buns for two reasons:

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The Capitol’s Lamb Stew with Dried Plums

Posted November 13, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in The Hunger Games (Nov. 2014) / 14 Comments


In The Hunger Games, the Capitol offers some great dishes—chicken with creamy orange sauce, fluffy dinner rolls, and even pumpkin soup. These all sound delicious, but I knew the best entree for our menu would be lamb stew with dried plums, since it’s Katniss’ favorite Capitol dish…and Cesar Flickerman’s too!

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Prim’s Basil and Goat Cheese Bites

Posted November 6, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in The Hunger Games (Nov. 2014) / 4 Comments


So excited for our new Book of the Month: The Hunger Games! I’ve loved both the books and the movies, and since Mockingjay Part 1 is coming out later this month, it seemed like the perfect time for a Hunger Games menu. Luckily, the books feature so many recipes, any difficulty in developing a menu comes from the sheer number of options.

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November Book of the Month Hint

Posted November 4, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Hints / 2 Comments

Happy November! I hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween. We had SNOW on Friday, which I was super excited about, because I’m a weirdo who derives an unhealthy amount of enjoyment from cold weather (Need proof? The Mister once seriously proposed that we move to Alaska…and I thought it was a great idea).

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