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October 27, 2008


Emilie P

So happy to be at the party with all of you!!! I'm bringing my olive pecan spread but of course we'll just stick it in the fridge for now, if you don't mind. It is a bit early for olives, at least for me. All that is in it is 8oz of cream cheese, a 1/2 cup of mayo, 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans and 5oz jar of olives mixed together. Yummy, I'm loving apple coconut muffins! Thanks for sharing!


Oh my, such fun and food! I loved Perils and look forward to reading LNOL. My hot Southern born waiter (and part-time Nascar driver) Earl helped me whip up a little old recipe borrowed from Paula Deen.

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes
Prep Time:30 min Cook Time:50 min
6 to 8 servings

1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well. Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey.
Serve with fresh whipped cream.
Variations: For a Pineapple Gooey Cake: Instead of the pumpkin, add a drained 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple to the cream cheese filling. Proceed as directed above.
For a Banana Gooey Cake: Prepare cream cheese filling as directed, beating in 2 ripe bananas instead of the pumpkin. Proceed as directed above.
For a Peanut Butter Gooey Cake: Use a chocolate cake mix. Add 1 cup creamy peanut butter to the cream cheese filling instead of the pumpkin. Proceed as directed above.

Best eaten off waiter's abs (wink)



Wow! That Fancy Chicken Caserole is fantastic. I copied down the recipe for a party I have next week.

Meanwhile, anybody up for some disco dancing?

Michele C

Good morning,

Congrats on the release of your new book. Today my cyber waiter is Drew. He sounds handsome!
We are bringing some old fashioned comfort food to the party. Sweet and sour meatballs.

Amber Packard

Hey everyone,

My cyber waiter for the day is Drew is currently in the kitchen fixing breakfast Strawberry pancakes Yummy!....

Congrats Julie on the new book and the awesome reviews. Can't wait to read it.

I brought chocolate mint muffins
Hope everyone to enjoys them.

Amy Fendley

I guess I posted on the wrong page! Silly Silly me. I am also at work and will check in when I can. I have never been here before, so I apologize for my rudeness if I stand gawking at all the wonders in the room!


I am bringing warm baked brie with raspberry jam...yum!

thanks for the blog party and congrats on your new book Julie.

Melissa Garcia

I love a good party, especially if there is good food, good friends and cute waiters!

In honor of the book, I will bring a traditional English trifle, full of rich creamy custard and sweet sherry.


For the madeira cake
3oz butter, at room temperature
3oz caster sugar
2 medium eggs
4.5 oz self-rising flour
3 tbsp heavy cream
½ lemon, finely grated zest only
For the topping
10 fl oz heavy cream
1.25 pints double cream
6 large egg yolks
1 rounded tbsp cornflour
4 tbsp caster sugar
4 tbsp raspberry jam
6 tbsp sweet sherry

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 1 lb loaf tin, line the base with greaseproof paper and grease the paper.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating the mixture well between each one and adding a tablespoon of the flour with the last egg to prevent the mixture curdling.
3. Sift over the flour and gently fold it in, with enough milk that the batter is heavy and stiff. Fold in the lemon zest.
4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, level the top and bake for 30-45 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
5. Cool in the tin for ten minutes then turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
6. For the custard, bring the milk and 10fl oz of the cream to the boil in a non-stick pan. Beat the egg yolks, cornflour and sugar together in a bowl, then gradually whisk in the hot milk and cream.
7. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, for about ten minutes, until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. DO NOT let it boil
8. Transfer the custard to a bowl and leave to cool.
9. Cut the cake into slices half an inch thick and arrange a single layer over the base of the bowl. Spread the layer with two tablespoons of raspberry jam and lay another layer of cake on top (you might not need to use all the cake).
10. Spread the second layer with another two tablespoons of raspberry jam and sprinkle over the sherry.
11. Pour the custard over the cake, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least three hours.
12. Whip the remaining cream into soft peaks. Uncover the trifle, spoon over the cream and return it to the fridge until you are ready to serve.

Emilie P

Oh, I forgot to mention that my waiter is Kevin. I'm a huge football fan so he is really after my heart! I'll take another latte Kevin!

Michelle S.

Thanks for the invitation to this fabulous party, and huge congratulations for "Like No Other Lover!" I can only imagine how excited you must be, and it is all so well-earned.

It's a rainy, windy day in Massachusetts (it makes me want to hum tiddley-pom, tiddley-pom), so I'm bringing chai tea lattes and snickerdoodles for everyone. Since the holidays are just about upon us, I strongly recommend adding snickerdoodles to your holiday baking list. Here is my favorite recipe for them:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

3 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla.
Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt.
Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon.
Roll balls of dough in mixture.
Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard.
Remove immediately from baking sheets.

Judy Cox

Hi everyone. Some great food!! I am bringing my coffee cup. I cannot function this early in the morning without it. And I am running late, but still drinking my coffee. I enjoy the flavored ones, Hazelnut, I have plenty for everyone.
Congrats on the great reviews, new book is great!!

Sandy Y

Oh my, these recipes sound great! I seriously think I'm going to be cooking the Fancy Chicken and the Sweet Potato Puffs this weekend!

My family's favorite party appetizer is quick and simple. They're called Sausage Pinwheels. All you need is a lb of sausage and a package of refrigerated crescent rolls. Roll out the crescent rolls. Break up the sausage and lay it on top of the crescent rolls. Roll up the long way and cut into pieces. They should look like pinwheels. Place on a cookie sheet and bake according to the directions for the crescent rolls.


All these recipes look so delicious, I'll have to try like ALL of them . . . when I can get to my computer at home I'll stop back in with a great Home-made vegetable soup recipe for cold winter days. . .like we're currently getting in Louisiana. . .oh well, while Seth is busy, I'll use Sasha's eyes to warm me up. . .I do love violets.

Rachel Jessup

Congratulations on the awesome reviews!! And what a great idea to celebrate with a cyber-party. :)

Oh, gracious. Stephan -does- give the most amazing foot massages! While I'm sprawled, boneless, on the most plush sofa I've ever encountered, I hope you'll all enjoy the chocolate chip drop scones I brought:


4 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/2 bag chocolate chips (or to your preference)
2 lg eggs
2 C buttermilk (or sour milk; see below*)

Heat the griddle first.

Sift or whisk flour, soda, salt, and sugar; stir in chocolate chips.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the egg and buttermilk, and mix everything quickly and lightly. Don't overmix!

Butter or spray the hot griddle to prevent sticking, then pour batter onto griddle, about 1/3 C per pancake. (The batter is much thicker than a usual pancake-- and these will be more filling, too.) Supposedly, you should only flip them once, but I usually end up doing so a couple of times. :)

*SOUR MILK: If you don't keep buttermilk on hand (I almost never have any!), sour milk will work as a substitute. For one cup of sour milk, pour 1 Tbsp white vinegar into a measuring cup, then add whole milk until the liquid makes 1 C. Let sit for five minutes before using.

This is one of my family's favorite recipes, and really doesn't require much more than patience. :) These amounts feed four of us, occasionally with one or two left over. (They don't last long in the fridge, though!)

Well, I'm back to my near-magic foot rub and the mimosa Stephan managed to produce without taking a break from the massage (speaking of magic)... Cheers!!

sara hurt

Hello. Ethan is my waiter woooooohooooooo. Im having Chicken and Dumplings today, with some fresh cornbread. yum yum.

Rita A

wow this looks fun. I love my sexy waiter. I thought I would bring freshly made chocolate brownies with lots of walnuts and frosting. A woman can never have too much chocolate.

Tamara B.

Good morning everyone! Just love parties. All of these recipes are really making me very hungry. Congratulations Julie Anne Long for another fantastic book! Now gotta dig up my own recipe to post here, be back in a few.


Hey Julie!!! Congrats on everything!! This blog party is sooo much fun!!!! Glad I got the invite. :)

Congrats Congrats Congrats!


Julie Anne Long

Holy Cow! Good morning girls!! This place is already hopping! :) Thanks so much for coming to my party to help me celebrate LNOL's release. :) Are the waiters seeing to your needs? Are you enjoying the string quartet? I should tell you that the waiters are very nearly psychic, too, so they can all but *anticipate* your needs before you voice them. :)

JSL! Did you enjoy your pre-party nap on the sofa?? Hee! Reminds me of spending the night at concerts! Is your waiter seeing to your needs? We have hot tea (of every imaginable variety) and coffee (of every imaginable variety and incarnation, from plain to the most complicated latte you can dream up), and hot chocolate, and any other beverage your little heart desires, and of course, cyber snacks have no calories, so please do nosh to your heart's content.

Kathy! So glad you could make it! You and I are sharing Seth - isn't he dreamy? And so accommodating! Can't wait to hear what you think of LIKE NO OTHER LOVER! :)

PJ! Thanks for coming - Jean-Richard is just a love, isn't he? You're a woman after my own heart -- all that chocolate! Bless you. LOL. I can't wait to see your cheese recipe!! And thanks so much again for the wonderful review of LNOL -- I couldn't ask for a nicer review. :) You know how to warm a girl's heart!

Hey Maureen!! So glad you could come! Isn't it nice to waited on by a hot local boy?? Hee! Too bad about the rain -- but here inside the Pleasure Dome it's spring. LOL.

Cheryl S! Yay! So glad you could come! Thanks for sharing my LNOL Release Day! Did you choose a waiter? :) He'll keep a big velvet seat warm for you while you're at work. LOL. I'd love to see your recipes! Man, we have some good ones so far!! I can't wait to see what everyone posts!

OK, I'm going to post this and and then post another in a second, chicklets! :) So delighted to see the place so lively when I'm just asking Seth (thank you, Seth) for my third cup of tea. Hee!


Devin just handed me my Like No Other Lover drink. It tastes fabulous. :)

Oh, and I brought my brownies too. I gave them to Devin to put on the buffet, so enjoy them!



sorry, didn't realize i had to put down the recipe!!! i think it's something like...

one box of hershey brownie mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of water

Mix well together

Pour in 9x9 pan

Bake at 325 degrees farenheit for 50 minutes

Eat and enjoy!!!!!


Good morning. What a wonderful party and celebration. I would love to bring home made bruschetta which is prepared by a gourmet chef. Along with that would be the capuccino.

Julie Anne Long

Hello, my lovelies, again! Jennifer G! Thanks so much for coming -- and for bringing something that will get us thinking about lunch! YUM! LOL. (They are LOVELY. Thank you, Seth -- that's a marvelous, marvelous chocolate -- is this one of the ones that PJ brought? Oh, it's divine.)

Kimmy! I'm delighted to see you could make it! Is your cyber waiter seeing to your needs? We'll still be here when you get home from work, so please do pop in then to crash on one of the big velvet sofas and indulge in a foot massage from one of our hot, tireless waiters. :) Thanks for the kind words about my books! I'm so thrilled you enjoy them so much! And that's a really interesting question -- must-have characteristics? Well, *they* must be smart. :) But there are all kinds of ways in which people can be smart -- from academic confidence to street smarts -- and there are all kinds of ways smart people can be vulnerable and foolish about other things -- so it's fun to play with that characteristic. :) Also -- we *must* want the hero. :) No matter what his personality, something about him must be unutterably compelling. And...well, I plot a little, and wing it a LOT.:) I absolutely get led by my characters through the stories. It's almost -- this sounds funny -- like channeling! I have to let the character take over, and pretty soon the plot and dialogue begins to all but suggest itself as I write. I hope you come back after work, toots!

Susan, thanks for coming!! I just sent Jonathan your way -- he's bringing a sparkling LNOL drink over to you, along with a big smile, and, if requested, a hug. :) What accommodating waiters we have! Hee!

Shari, I'm so delighted you could make it! You're such a sweetheart to share launch day with me and thanks for the congratulations, and I'm having a wonderful time so far, girls! Are your waiters attending to your needs? I have no doubt. :) Talk about a skilled workforce! :) I'm glad you discovered the pumpkin cappucinos -- those are my *favorite!* I truly hope you all enjoy LNOL, too. I'd love to know what you think of the story!

Darcy, thank you for coming -- so pleased to have you! And isn't Ethan to die for, and such a sweetie?? :) Speaking of to-die-for -- those chocolate dipped strawberries!! Mmmmmmm. Decadent! That's our word for the day, I think -- decadent. Hee!

Wow, PJ -- those apple coconutty muffins sound like they'll ROCK. I know I'm going to come away from this party with a whole slew of new recipes. :) Of course, we'll all have an opportunity to try them here today! :) The aroma is *divine.*


WOW! The party is all ready in full swing. All the dishes are positively yummy. Well, I couldn't decide on one waiter so I've got 3. LOL

No potluck is complete without some delish mac & cheese. So here's my dish to pass.


Start to finish: 45 minutes.


1 pound elbow macaroni pasta

1 cup whole milk

Two 12-ounce cans evaporated milk

3 eggs

2 sticks butter, cut into small pieces

1/2 pound colby cheese, shredded

1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

1/2 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

1 pound Velveeta cheese, cut into small chunks

Salt, to taste

1 tablespoon white pepper

1 tablespoon sugar

1 cup shredded American or mild Cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer the pasta to a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the whole milk, evaporated milk and eggs. Mix with a fork until thoroughly combined.

Add the butter and colby, Monterey Jack, sharp Cheddar and Velveeta cheeses to the pasta.

Pour the milk and egg mixture over the pasta. Season with salt, pepper and sugar and toss. Sprinkle the top of the pasta with the remaining cup of American or Cheddar cheese.

Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned.

Serves 10.


I am so glad all these cyber foods have no calories. . .it's sure beating the hot pocket I brought for lunch at work. . .I would much rather have some of Kim's Mac and Cheese. . .I so have to try that one since it's near lunch time for me. Oh my Sasha is lovely with his hands -- that spot has been killing me for weeks. . .and this carpet is divine. . .I don't think I've made it to a chair, the floor is too wonderful.

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