It’s No April Fool: Our New Book of the Month Hint Is Here!

Posted April 1, 2015 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Hints / 1 Comment

Hey there, Wonderlanders! After such a crazy March, here’s hoping the snow is finally behind us. Luckily, our new book of the month is just the sort to get you thinking happy thoughts. Can you guess what it is? Here’s your photo hint:

peter pan night sky
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In other news, I’ve been invited to join the Association of Food Bloggers! My membership is still being processed, but soon you should be able to access my site through their blog directory. You can check them out here. 🙂

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Arctic Trail Bourbon Baked Beans

Posted March 19, 2015 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in White Fang (March 2015) / 2 Comments


In White Fang, beans are a popular companion to fresh salmon. Although it’s easy enough to buy a can of baked beans and call it a day, I decided to make them from scratch. After all, anyone hiking through the Alaskan wilderness would probably want something heartier than just plain beans. This recipe by The Cozy Apron stood out to me because:

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Simple Seared Salmon

Posted March 12, 2015 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in White Fang (March 2015) / 2 Comments

Naturally, a book that’s written mostly from a wolf’s point of view isn’t going to have much human-friendly meat in it, but salmon is a notable exception. In White Fang, both wolves and humans regularly feast on fresh Alaskan salmon. And since it’s a dish that can be prepared on the trail, it’s a perfect entree for our menu.

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Coffee Muffins with Maple Butter for the Arctic Trail

Posted March 5, 2015 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in White Fang (March 2015) / 5 Comments

 I love Jack London books SO much. He writes about gritty arctic survival with all the power and heart of someone who truly loves and understands the wilderness. I was desperate to include either White Fang or Call of the Wild as a Book of the Month this year, and since White Fang is longer, it made the cut!

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Oh My, March!

Posted March 3, 2015 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Hints / 0 Comments

February was such a busy month! Between trips downstate, the start of Lent, and crazy weather, March managed to sneak up on me. I was editing pictures for my first March recipe when I realized I hadn’t posted the new Book of the Month hint yet. For shame!

Fear no more, for your photo hint is finally here. And judging from the view outside my window right now, it couldn’t be more seasonally appropriate. 😉

Snow Shoes Upright In Snow
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Romeo’s Sighs and Juliet’s Kisses: Italian Sandwich Cookies

Posted February 26, 2015 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Romeo and Juliet (Feb. 2015) / 4 Comments


When I first decided to do a Romeo and Juliet menu, I was a little worried about finding a suitable dessert. Anything blatantly romantic seemed too cliche, so I was determined to steer clear of anything heart-shaped. I was so excited when I stumbled across these little Italian sandwich cookies!

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Star-Crossed Focaccia with Green Onion Parmesan Butter

Posted February 19, 2015 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Romeo and Juliet (Feb. 2015) / 0 Comments


Considering Romeo and Juliet is based in Renaissance Italy, I wanted to include at least one menu item that the characters would have likely eaten in that time period. Though focaccia has seen a rise in popularity in recent years, the current form of the dish first became popular in Romeo and Juliet’s day. I love this particular recipe because the dough doesn’t need to rise, and it’s got great herbed flavor and fun texture. The star shape, of course, is a tip of the hat to Verona’s famous star-crossed lovers.

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10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Avid Readers

Posted February 13, 2015 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Holidays, Pop Culture Corner / 5 Comments

I’ve always closely associated Valentine’s Day with books. Last week, I did a guest post for Real Life at Home explaining why. So if you’re stumped as to what to get your special reader this Valentine’s Day, you’ve come to the right place. I’m always keeping tabs on the latest literary gifts! Here are my Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Avid Readers, sure to please the bibliophile in your life:

 

  1. This awesome scarf
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    Photo via Uncommon Goods

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