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Sweet celebration: creating Leela’s four-layer coconut cake from Karen Spears Zacharias’s MOTHER OF RAIN

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Life was anything but a party for Maizee Hurd in Karen Spears Zacharias’s novel, Mother of Rain (Mercer Univ. Press, 2013). From the voices urging her to do unspeakable things, to the loss of her loving husband at Normandy, it seemed as if poor Maizee was doomed to a life of heartache the moment she found her mother lying dead in the garden behind her childhood home. For this reason, it was her son, Rain’s, first birthday cake that I knew I wanted to try to recreate as I worked my way through Maizee’s tragic story. The cake, and the party his community organized to celebrate his young life, unfortunately seemed to symbolize the end of what had been a relatively…

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Silky Chicken Liver Pâté for Sleeping Beauty

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Although inspired by the popular Sleeping Beauty tale, the heroine in Elizabeth Blackwell’s While Beauty Slept is not Princess Rose but Elise, her guardian. Though she may, in fact, have royal blood, the extravagant life of ladies of the court is only attained by Elise after an arduous existence as a peasant. Food for Elise in her former life has been scarce, therefore, mealtimes for staff of the castle in which she obtains a position as Queen Lenore’s personal assistant are to the young maid as awe-inspiring as the tapestries that hang in the great hall, or the luxurious fabrics that adorn the queen’s bedchamber. The bounty she enjoys within the fortress walls, the sights and smells I imagined as…

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