Happy Pi Day!

Posted March 14, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Holidays / 1 Comment

For those who haven’t heard of it, March 14th (3/14) is National Pi Day, a day set aside in honor of the number pi (which is commonly abbreviated as 3.14). It’s kind of a big day at my house. The Mister wears his pi shirt, I bake a ton of pie, and we invite a bunch of friends over to watch Waitress (a movie about pie). Tragically, this has been a really busy week for us, so I haven’t had time to make truckloads of pie. In fact, I only had time to make one super-quick pie, so I knew I had to make it count. And that’s where this little beauty comes in…

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Roasted Hens in Woodland Wine

Posted March 13, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 2 Comments

The map in the background is a print reproduction of the map in at the beginning of the book. It can be purchased at wetaNZ.com (clicking the image will take you to the site). Use of this map is in no way associated with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, New Line Productions Inc, or The Saul Zaentz Company

I must confess, I’ve never been a huge fan of elves. Elegance and refinement aren’t really my thing (for more information, see last week’s post on the awesomeness of dwarves). However, I have profound respect for the elves’ ability to throw a party. While trekking through Mirkwood Forest, Bilbo and the dwarves stumble upon an elvish feast complete with music, dancing, and (of course) buckets of food.

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Beorn’s Nut Bread and Fruited Honey

Posted March 6, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 5 Comments

Personally, I’ve always felt like dwarves from fantasy books don’t get enough press. They’re fearless, rowdy, and unabashedly hairy. What’s not to love? But when it comes to culinary appreciation, you can’t beat a hobbit. I mean, we’re talking about a race of people who schedule their entire day around six meals. Talk about folks after my own heart! Thus, it is with great excitement that I introduce The Hobbit as our new Book of the Month!

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New Month, New Book!

Posted March 1, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Hints / 2 Comments

Well, folks, it’s the end of February, which means it’s time to bid adieu to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. As much as I loved cooking up Witch Hat Calzones and Cyclone Cookies, I’m super excited for March. I’ve got a great new Book of the Month in store for you! It’s got everything a great story needs: grand adventure, dozens of loveable characters, and lots of food! Of course, this made the menu a blast to plan. Join us next week for the first installment!

Can’t wait ’til next week? Here’s a hint… 😉

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Cyclone Cookies

Posted February 27, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 11 Comments

I love me a good cookie, and I’ve had my eye on these spirally angels from The Curvy Carrot for quite some time. To me, they look just like the cyclone that picked up Dorothy, and the sprinkles around the edges add a little extra fun. The best part? They’re black, white, AND Technicolor…not to mention wickedly delicious. What a great way to wrap up this month’s menu!

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Sweet ‘n Spicy Flying Monkey Wings

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

I recently realized I’ve been inadvertently taking a picnic/backyard bbq approach to this Wonderful Wizard of Oz menu. Maybe it’s Dorothy’s wicker basket…or this dreary February weather making me wish for summer…or simply my ever-present desire to have a barbeque.

Heck, let’s be honest. It’s most likely the last of the three. 😉

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Witch Hat Calzones with Melted Witch Pesto

Posted February 13, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 6 Comments

I made a different version of these witch hat calzones for a Halloween party once, and they were a big hit! My favorite pesto recipe adds a little Technicolor flair, plus a fun flavor element, making these calzones the perfect entrée for this month’s menu. The recipe is remarkably kid-friendly, so if you have any little budding chefs in the household, I’d definitely enlist their help with this one!

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Cracked China Deviled Eggs

Posted February 6, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 5 Comments

The Mister and I recently moved to a new apartment, so we’ve spent the past few weeks sprucing it up and adding personal touches (lightsaber candlesticks here, a Hobbit map wall hanging there, etc.). Needless to say, “no place like home” has definitely been on my mind. It didn’t take long for me to decide that The Wonderful Wizard of Oz would be the perfect candidate for February’s book of the month! As a special shout-out to the film, all the recipes for this book will be in either black and white or Technicolor!

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The Queen of Hearts’ Painted Rose Cupcakes

Posted January 23, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 4 Comments

Time for the most important part of the meal: dessert! Cupcakes are the perfect teatime dessert, and the best thing about these are their versatility. Any cake flavor will do! I opted for sour cherry cupcakes, taking my cue from the Queen of Hearts’ tarts. Since actual sour cherries are out of season at the moment, I soaked some dark sweet cherries in a mix of lemon juice, cherry juice, and a bit of sugar. After soaking the cherries, I drizzled the leftover juice on top of the white rose cupcakes, making for perfect “painted roses”!

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