Sunday, January 9, 2011


Hello, welcome, thank you so much for coming.
Where would you like to sit
By the pool in the shade
Or by the woodstove as you gaze at the snow top moutains
Where ever you, it can be yours.
This is our party.
And let's get this party started.

Hope you enjoyed that. I'll be back soon with more fun. : )
Please mix and mingle--there's no telling who'll you meet.


Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect said...

Hi Leanne, I'm here and ready to party! I'll take a seat by the pool, relax and wait for the others.



Anonymous said...

Congratulations Leanne!

I'll have a Bloody Mary and a dip in the hot tub:)

Anonymous said...

Leanne - CONGRATULATIONS! I'm tickled pink for you. Thank you for inviting me to this wonderful party. I'm in a woodstove mood so I'll sit over there, thank you.

I've brought my favorite fondue and another dipping sauce with me to share with your guests (and you don't have to use a fondue pot if you don't want to). Here's the recipe, I'll leave it over on the food table:

6 chicken breasts, boned & skinned
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Curry Sauce:
1 medium-size onion, chopped
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons mango chutney

Cut chicken in 3/4-inch pieces. Mix oil, paprika, and chili powder together; stir in chicken.

To make Curry Sauce, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in small saucepan, add onion and cook until soft. Stir in curry powder and cook 2 minutes; blend in flour.

Gradually stir in milk allowing mixture to slowly come to a boil. Continue cooking until sauce thickens. Simmer 5 minutes then add chutney, salt, and pepper to tasdte. Serve hot. Makes 6 servings.

The chicken is also really good dipped in cucumber and yogurt sauce. Here's the quick and easy recipe:

2 oz. Neufchatel cheese
2/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2/3 cut peeled, finely diced cucumber
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Beat cheese and yogurt together until smooth. Blend in cucumber, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Makes about 2 cups.


Sarah Ballance said...

Oh, the pool, the POOL! This cold weather is for the birds. (Oh, wait ... they flew south.) Pass me a stiff drink and something to nosh - I'll be here a while in the SUN. *Grin* Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Nice party. I brought alcoholic dreamsicles :) And I'm going streaking! Anyone else, we’re streaking!

Congratulations sweetie :)

Dreamsicle ingredients:

1/2 oz. Vodka

1/2 oz. Triple Sec -- or Cointreau

1/2 oz. Orange juice

1 Scoops vanilla Ice Cream

Creamsicle preparation:

1. Add all ingredients in blender and blend at high speed until smooth, about 30 seconds.

2. Serve with straw in dessert or cocktail glass.

3. Tastes just like a dreamsicle!

Maureen said...

Well, I brought a big bottle of Black Kraken Rum. Not sure I want ta share though... What will folks me wit' fer a snort a' the black stuff?

And congrats on the release!

Oooo! Fondue!

Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect said...

I'm having fun relaxing by the pool. Congratulations on the release of The Sweater Curse.

I'm in the mood for a light dessert. Here's an easy recipe. Hold on, I'm sipping my Margarita.

Fresh Berries with Dark Chocolate Syrup
For a dessert beverage option, stir the syrup into coffee or milk.

4 cups mixed fresh berries
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Syrup, warmed
Optional Garnish: fresh mint

Place 1 cup berries in each of 4 glasses; spoon each with 2 tablespoons sauce. Garnish with mint, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

SOURCE: Cooking Light Magazine

pj schnyder said...

I brought sausage pastry pinwheels. ;)

I'll be sipping single malt scotch over by the hot tub.

Here's the recipe to share - super simple:

1 pound sausage (Richard likes Bob Evans Sage Sausage)
8 ounces cream cheese
2 cans crescent rolls

In a skillet, fry the sausage over medium heat scrambling it into little pieces as it cooks.
Turn off fire, blot away any excess grease and stir in cream cheese.

Unroll dough and press out perforations to form rectangles.

(Recipe as written calls for each can to be one big rectangle,
so you end up with 24 big pinwheels from two cans of dough.
When it is just Rich and I, I tear the dough into two smaller rectangles per can,
so that I am making four little logs instead of two big ones.
I cook one and put three in the freezer for easy slice and bake weekday breakfasts.)

Spread the sausage mixture over the dough.
Roll up tightly and wrap each log in plastic wrap.
If you want nice neat round pinwheels for company, refrigerate dough for 1 hour before cutting.
If you don't care if they are messy, just cut it right away with a sharp serated knife.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Remove plastic wrap and slice the roll into 1 inch slices.
Arrange the slices on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

(If you are cooking frozen logs, increase baking time to 15-17 minutes and use a really sharp knife
and some force to cut through the frozen logs.) Enjoy!

Maureen said...

I'm gonna go steal some ice and look! A bottle of Baileys!

The "Creamed Kraken"
1 parts kraken rum
2 parts Baileys Irish Cream

Leanne Dyck said...

Hi Kathleen, Laurie, Ms. Decadent, Sarah, Keira, Maureen and PJ
Thank you so much for coming to the party. How wonderful to see that you've got this party started. What mouthwatering food you've brought I can't wait to try...well everything. And drink. : )
Maureen, now, let's see. Um... How about for a sip of your rum I bring something special in my next post. Come on, just a sip. : )

Maureen said...

Define special... (((tilts head and narrows left eyelid)))

(((Clutches bottle close)))

Anonymous said...

Oh I went to the wrong door... but I am here now! Yes a party for THE SWEATER CURSE! Congratulations Leanne. I have champagne, Terra exotic vegetable chips, Deacon Vale Farm Bread & Butter pickles, Falafel Chips and Hummus dip. I hope someone brings some tunes soon. Mine are all mellow and reflective... not the party kind :)All the best Terrill

JM said...

Hey, great party. Give me some of that champagne punch you just made. It'll go great with the hot wings I brought! Be warned though, they are very spicy! I'll just plant myself by the pool with Sarah. It'll be a nice change from this crazy Kentucky cold...

Anonymous said...

Somehow I got lost on Interstate 95 Leanne, and made the wrong turn at the first light. But with a little assistance from two of your fervant fans, who happened to reading something at a Burger King I got the best directions I could ever hope to get. I'm afraid I'm unprepared, though the spirit of this film documentary (KINGS OF PASTRY) seen earlier this year is still with me:

This is a time for celebration, and I extend my very best for a super successful run! I'll definitely be looking on to the book as well.

Cheers to Leanne!

-Sam Juliano

Leanne Dyck said...

Ah, Maureen, nothing is gained if you don't loose a little. JM will definately get some--she knows how to share. Now, Maureen, see how its done. : )

Leanne Dyck said...

Terrill, tunes you want tunes you shall have. Soon I'm told a budding keyboards will entertain (or try to). There are other talented musicians in her family--prehaps they will come along too.
And if Deacon Valley Farm Bread & Butter pickles are anything like their jams, just leave the jar with me. : )

Leanne Dyck said...

Welcome Sam,
Fans? I have fans? Music to a newly published author's ears.
I've made a note to checkout that film--it does sound interesting.
Thank you for your kind words and have a wonderful time at the party.

Maureen said...

S'right, the day is advanced... I'll share me rum. Oh. Sorry! Well, there be some left! I'll go fetch me 'nother one... Uh, someone want ta be the desi...desin...driver?

Lou Allin said...

Hey, Leanne! Mayne Island is really rocking today! Let the good times roll, as they say in La Belle Province. That little dust of snow is perfect for the hot tub. It's no secret that winter's the time we BCrs love our steamy tubs. I've brought a great casserole: eggplant, tomatoes, ricotta, onions, garlic, and buckwheat groats topped off with grated cheddar.
And here's a case of Amarone. Wish I could afford this red wine every day!

Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect said...

I know it's late, but, since the celebration is still on, I wanted to share some music. Here's a clip of a concert in New Jersey last summer. I thought this bash could use a little fireworks.

Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect said...

Sorry the video does not work. I posted it on my blog in honor of tonight's celebration.

Leanne Dyck said...

Hi Lou, Thank you so much for coming. I love anything with eggplant and Amarone..well...sip, sip, sip, all I have to say.

Ah, Kathleen, that was very nice of you. I slip over to your place for a peek very soon.