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Capture the Spirit of the Season

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Thursday, December 5, 2013

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Christmas is a joyous time full of generous giving, goodwill toward all people, and the cheerful sights, scents, and flavors of the holiday season. What better way to experience this festive time than by creating family memories through time-honored, traditional holiday recipes made in the home with love and care? Many families have traditions of baking Christmas cookies or a special holiday sweet bread together, and it becomes a treasured part of their lives that is passed on to the next generation. In my family, we had a tradition of a large, delicious Christmas breakfast after opening presents instead of the usual Christmas dinner, and my brother and I would help our mother bake dozens of miniature loaves of her amazing egg nog bread to give to our friends and family. It’s a special memory that I have been happy to share with my own children as they grow up, and it’s something we all look forward to during the holidays.

Christmas Delights Cookbook by renowned local author Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the perfect companion for the Christmas season. Filled with over 200 delectable and creative recipes that capture the flavor of the holidays, it provides dozens of opportunities for starting, expanding, or refreshing your family’s traditions. With clear, easy-to-follow instructions, tidbits of holiday folklore, and a wide variety of delicious foods, Christmas Delights offers recipes for any occasion: large holiday parties, intimate family gatherings, fun snacks and treats for the kids, and contemporary twists on beloved traditional foods that will wow everyone. It also makes a fabulous gift for anyone who loves to cook–or simply enjoys the good food and cheer of this special time of year. But don’t wait too long to get your holiday traditions started–Christmas will be here before you know it, so purchase a copy of Christmas Delights today!

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Christmas Delights: Delicious New Traditions Your Family will Love

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Delights is not your average modern cookbook, a baker’s dozen recipes alongside full page photographs–pretty, but with little substance. No, this is your mother or grandmother’s cookbook, a weighty and serious volume with more than 200 scrumptious recipes divided into comprehensive sections that make it quick and easy to find exactly what you are looking for. The recipes are laid out in a clear and consistent manner, easy to follow and understand for even a kitchen novice. At the same time, more experienced cooks will not find themselves bored by the recipes, which offer many unique ideas and flavor combinations that are sure to tantalize the tastebuds.

Christmas Delights is packed with extras including the history of Christmas traditions around the world, the meaning of familiar Christmas symbols, even tips on how to care for your poinsettia. There are also several Christmas-themed poems by Karen Hood, and these have her usual simple yet elegant style, ensuring that this section of the book will be read and enjoyed time and time again. Further facts about Christmas are sprinkled throughout the cookbook, livening up the recipes with fun tidbits of trivia. There is also a US and Metric Measurement Chart in the back, an invaluable assistance for conversions and measuring ingredients; a glossary of cooking terms that will help even an inexperienced cook feel comfortable in the kitchen; and an alphabetized index of recipes.

Karen Jean Matsko Hood has a great deal of experience in the kitchen, and it definitely shows. I tried out several of the recipes: Ham Casserole Supreme, Artichoke Green Chile Dip, and Butternut Ball Cookies. The ham casserole made a wonderful dinner that my entire family loved, a very flavorful and unique twist on the old favorite macaroni and cheese. The dip was very quick and easy to make, and again provided an unexpected and delightful twist on the usual artichoke dip that I am familiar with. The cookies also made a big hit, and were alot of fun to make. I have looked through many of the other recipes in the book and am very excited about trying them out. There are many fun ideas that any parent or grandparent will love to make with their little ones. The Cookie Casserole in particular looks like it will be a blast for children, and every recipe I turn to sounds delicious. This is definitely a cookbook my family will enjoy not just at the holidays, but all year long.

Make your holiday one to remember forever! Purchase Christmas Delights today!

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Last Chance to Get Halloween Delights For Free!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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Karen Jean Matsko Hood’s popular cookbook Halloween Delights will be available for free on Kindle tomorrow, November 7! Grab a copy of this fabulous cookbook that has been called “a treasure trove of spooky recipes” and is packed with more than 200 creative dishes that will delight, startle, and frighten your party guests! Halloween may be past this year, but the clear, easy-to-follow recipes will continue to spark your imagination, and Hood’s versatile dishes are delicious all year long.

With a wide variety of recipes ranging from cute to frightful–and all of them delicious, Halloween Delights is garnering rave reviews. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any Halloween planning, an absolute must-have for the holiday season—and it’s got enough recipes to inspire you for many years to come. But don’t wait long to check it out–tomorrow is the last day it’s being offered for free! So don’t click here to pick up your free copy of this frightfully fantastic cookbook!

Karen Jean Matsko Hood is a prolific author and experienced chef living in the beautiful Inland Northwest. Her Cookbook Delights series is renowned for versatile, easy-to-follow recipes that delight the tastebuds again and again.

Follow Karen on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on upcoming cookbooks, poetry anthologies, fiction, and more!

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Get Halloween Delights Free Today!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

HalloweenDlitesKaren Jean Matsko Hood's popular cookbook Halloween Delights is available for free on Kindle today! Grab a copy of this fabulous cookbook that has been called "a treasure trove of spooky recipes" and is packed with more than 200 creative dishes that will delight, startle, and frighten your party guests! This is the perfect opportunity to stir up some devilish fun for this year’s fright night festival, as the clear, easy-to-follow recipes will spark your imagination and give you all the tools you need to turn an ordinary Halloween party into a spooktacular carnival of chills and thrills.

With a wide variety of recipes ranging from cute to frightful to disgusting but delicious, Halloween Delights will help you find tastebud-tingling foods to fit any party theme. Kids will love helping their parents make these fun and creepy snacks almost as much as they will love devouring them on Halloween. Halloween Delights is the perfect accompaniment to any Halloween planning, an absolute must-have for this holiday—and it’s got enough recipes to inspire you for many years to come. So click here to pick up your free copy of this frightfully fantastic cookbook today!

Karen Jean Matsko Hood is a prolific author and experienced chef living in the beautiful Inland Northwest. Her Cookbook Delights series is renowned for versatile, easy-to-follow recipes that delight the tastebuds again and again.

Follow Karen on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on upcoming cookbooks, poetry anthologies, fiction, and more!

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Fabulous Tips For Your Fright Night Fest!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Thursday, October 10, 2013

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Halloween is just a few weeks away, and if you haven’t started getting ready for the holiday yet, it’s time to kick your party planning into overdrive! Superhero costumes continue to be popular this year with the release of Iron Man 3 in the summer and the new hit TV show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and little girls always love becoming a princess for a day, but what about fresh and creative ideas for entertaining this Halloween? Scary decorations and delicious, holiday-themed food can make or break your party—and if you do it right, spooky snacks can double as decorations!

Enter Karen Jean Matsko Hood’s fabulous cookbook Halloween Delights. Packed with over 200 recipes that will meet every imaginable Halloween theme and give partygoers delightfully tingling tastebuds, Halloween Delights is a treasure trove of spooky holiday inspiration. You can build your party around a cute Halloween theme with food like adorable witch cupcakes or a Haunted Forest Vegetable Platter; or go all out creepy with the Bleeding Heart, a tasty gelatin dessert that “bleeds” grenadine syrup; or even gross out the kids with a wide variety of disgusting but oh-so-delicious treats—the possibilities are truly endless!

Hood’s step-by-step instructions make following these recipes easy and fun, and kids will love to help out in the kitchen as their favorite holiday comes deliciously to life. Halloween Delights truly contains all of the inspiration needed to make not only this year’s party a smashing success, but all the parties for many years to come. These recipes are so creative and varied that you will be able to plan endless, marvelously ghoulish entertainment that gives your guests the shivers—and earns their praise as they bite into these mouthwatering treats.

If you’re behind in your Halloween planning this year, don’t waste your time searching through endless online recipes for just the right thing—Halloween Delights has everything you need to make a fabulous fright night fest all in one convenient cookbook! Buy it today!

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