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October 27, 2008



Wow there sure are some great things to eat at this party. I guess we'll all be on the Stairmaster tomorrow. But for today...Jonathan - Another margarita, please.


What yummy recipes! I'm leaving to have lunch with my grandniece but I'll be back later to party on!


Hey there everyone. I thought I would stop back by. Looks like even more great food - and some really delicious waiters!

I picked up LNOL while I was out this morning. Can't wait to start it!

Wendy Keel

Wow what a great party. I'll have to play catch up with the comments. I choose Seth as my waiter. *raising eyebrows, that accent just won me over*.

Okay let me go read to see what's going on.



Thanks for the party.

I am bring an appetizer. Bruschetta with gorgonzola cheese, prosciutto, and fresh fig. Enjoy!!!1

Julie Anne Long

Pam, P -- those beignets are just lovely—thanks so much for bringing them, and I'm delighted you could come! Your waiter will welcome you back with open arms the moment you return, if you get a chance! :) And isn't the cover beautiful?? My jaw dropped when I saw it -- and in real life, it's just as lush and glowing. Hope it leaps off the shelves into the hands of readers! :)

Susan, I love your dish -- it reminds me something we used to have at my family Christma parties years ago. It's a great dish for an Autum day (speaking of family Christmas parties and potlucks in general -- did anyone bring the green bean casserole?? :) )

Kathleen -- I'm so pleased you could pop in! :) And no, it's never too early to drink, particularl the Like No Other Lover, which packs a kick and makes you feel *splendid* all day long. LOL. I hope you snagged one from your waiter. :)

Julie P -- so pleased you could come!! :) Thanks for sharing my day, and for bringing that awesome chili dip recipe -- our waiters are even now bringing it around to all the guests so they can sample it.

Sand Y, Duran Duran has agreed to wait on playing "Hungry Like the Wolf" until you're able to be there for it! Hee!! So glad you could pop in! Hope you took a Like No Other Lover to go -- you'll be guaranteed a lovely day at work. :)

Candy! Thank you for coming -- and I'm very much in favor of just about any recipe that begins with "9 oz of cream cheese!" Those sound splendid. Did you choose a waiter? Is he seeing to your needs?? Please do have a steaming cup of your favorite beverage, or a sparkling goblet of Like No Other Lover. ;)

Laura -- thanks so much for coming -- you're a sweetheart for helping me celebrate! ANd YUM on those sweet potato puffs -- I had just, in fact, googled sweet potato recipes because I love them and they're so packed with lovely vitamins -- *even* when we shower them in cinnamon, etc. LOL. Did you choose a waiter? He'll anticipate whatever your little heart desires (from the buffet) and have it waiting for you when you return!

AnimeJune -- Lito is a doll, isn't he?? And holy cow, your milkshake sounds divine. I think chocolate and raspberries are soul mates, pretty much, don't you?? Thanks so much for coming!! :) I'm having such a fabulous time so far -- you guys are so sweet!! I love the sound of your chicken dish -- sounds easy and yummy. I'm pasting all these recipes into a word file as I type. LOL.

In about 10 minutes my magic Excel macro will choose our first winner! :) Are you girls adequately caffeinated? Does anyone feel like exercise? I can hear "Play that Funky Music, White Boy" faintly from the disco; our string quartet is playing bach; and if you're in the mood for other kinds of exercise we have croquet set up, and a mini-bowling alley, and a Romance Version of miniature golf (all London townhouses and castles and the like. Hee!)


Javier, from Santa Cruz, will be serving everyone Rumballs, the perfect treat for the holidays (and super easy to make). He especially likes to make them when he has pent-up energy.

Rum Balls

2 cups ground walnuts
1½ cups of vanilla wafer crumbs
¼ cup BACARDI Gold Rum
¼ cup honey
confectioners’ sugar
a rolling pin (Javier uses his bare hands)

Put vanilla wafers in a large ziplock. Close ALMOST all the way (air can still get out). Pound wafers until crushed by rolling them with the rolling pin.
Pour crumbs into a medium bowl.
Repeat for walnuts.
In the medium bowl, combine walnuts and wafer crumbs.
Stir in BACARDI Gold Rum and honey.
Shape into 1” balls.
Roll in confectioners’ sugar.
Store in tightly covered container.

Makes approximately 2½ dozen.

Note: This also makes an excellent cheesecake crust.

P.S. They last a long time and get better with age.

Amy Fendley

Thank you for inviting me to such a lovely party. I don't think I have ever been to one nicer. I think I will indulge in some of the sweets first. I don't have a waiter, is there one that you could suggest?

Janet R.

Hi everyone!
I thought that I would bring some Halloween cupcakes to the party. I'm not much of a baker so they are store bought.


Afternoon everyone! Glad to see the party is well under way. Here's my dish

1 box Rice a Roni Spanish Rice
1 can diced tomatoes
1 Can Canned chicken (like the tuna only chicken)
1 can red kidney beans

Prepare Rice a Roni per instructions on box
Add Chicken and Kidney beans and tomatoes.
Cook until rice is soft and chicken is hot.

Julie Anne Long

OK, chick peas, our first winner, as chosen by the random Excel macro -- of FOUR books, this set by Eloisa James, Kayla Perrin, Sara Bennett and moi -- is Shari C!!! Yaaaay, Shari!!! Take a bow!! (I'll post winners at the very top of my blog post in bright blue as we give away prizes!!) Shari, send me a note with your address -- Julie@JulieAnneLong.com -- and we'll make sure those books get to you, stat!

Kathy K

Julie!! I wasn't on the computer yesterday but I'm here now...for a bit ~ then I'll be gone...for a bit ~ but back as soon as I can!

And OH MY! For those of you that haven't had the absolute PLEASURE of reading LIKE NO OTHER LOVER ~ yet ~ let me say that you definitely, definitely do want to get it ASAP.

Julie dear, I finally sat down to read my copy yesterday and I've not laughed, nor cried, so much in awhile... especially reading the same book!

And may I say... "Shooting party?"
I nearly pee...uh, killed myself laughing over it. I could hear silence descend upon the members of the house as I exploded in gales, yes GALES, of laughter.
Thank heavens they all missed the tears!

And I'll be back to check on Samuel... you remember Samuel don't you? Tall, dark, gorgeous with those *speaking* eyes?


And a mulititude of congratulations on the release of the outstanding and amazing LIKE NO OTHER LOVER.
You did very, VERY good Julie ~ but then you always do.



Oh my, I just figured out how to use the cyberwaiter selector... it appears that Earl just snuck in and impersonated a waiter.... I guess I'll keep him, as he is doing a great job of fanning me here on this comfy sofa. He also volunteered to get me some of that yummy trifle, and of course the chicken, and the mac and cheese. He says he loves women with good appetites..... definitely a keeper!

Amber Packard

I again everyone...

Thought I would share a punch recipe with you all

It can be adapted to a strictly adults only party recipe .....

Green Party Punch

1 pkg lemon-lime kool-aide (flavor optional)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 large can of pineapple juice, chilled
2 cups hot watter
1 quart gingerale
2 cups cold water

Dissolve kool-aide and sugar in hot water.

Cool and add lemonade,pineapple juice and cold water.

Refrigerate till ready to serve and add gingerale


Hello Julia! Thanks for inviting me to the lovely party :-)

JAVIER - I would love a Martini please thank you ;)

I brought along with me Banana Nut Cheesecake enjoy :-)

Banana Nut Cheesecake

1 cup chocolate wafer crumbs
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup mashed banana
2 large eggs
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2 tablespoons water

1. Combine chocolate wafer crumbs and 1/4 cup melted butter; press onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and mashed banana; mixing at with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in chopped walnuts and pour over the crust.

3. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 40 minutes. Loosen the cake from the rim; cool before removing from the pan. Melt together chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon butter, and water over low heat, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over the cheesecake. Chill.

Makes 12 servings.



My waiter, Jonathan, is yummier than anything I've eaten thus far! This is the party of the century. I love fall and it is turning crisp and cool here although Jonathan is definitely heating things up! I have a delicious Applesauce cake recipe to add to the mix. Enjoy :>)


3/4 cup Boiling Water
3/4 teaspoon Each: Cinnamon, Cloves, Allspice
1 cup Raisins
2 1/4 cups Applesauce
3/4 cup Butter
3 1/4 cups Flour
2 1/4 cups Dark Brown Sugar
1 cup Walnuts
1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Baking Soda
3 Eggs

Mix boiling water with raisins; set aside. Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add salt, eggs and spices, mixing well.

Stir in applesauce, flour and walnuts. Add baking soda to the raisin mixture. Combine spice mixture and raisin mixture.

Pour into oiled 9-inch spring form pans, and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. If desired, frost with a thin powdered sugar milk frosting.

Patricia Cochran

Hello, Julie,

Thanks for the invitation to partake of the
festivities. I'm setting my sights on the former running back, Kevin, as my cyber friend! There's something about those ex-football players! I brought along a
batch of a really great beef stew and the recipe! Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1" cubes
5 cups cut-up fresh vegetables
1 package beef stew seasoning
1 1/3 cups water

1. Place beef and veggies in slow cooker.
2. Mix seasoning and water until blended.
Pour over beef and veggies; toss to coat
well. Cover.
3. Cook 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
Stir before serving. For best results, do
not remove cover during cooking.

Enjoy, Julie! Will be back later, perhaps
with another recipe!

Pat Cochran


Congratulations Shari C YaY! Nice prize win enjoy & happy reading :)


Julie Anne Long

Becky -- so delighted you could come to the party!! Thanks for the congrats, and for bringing and posting the recipe for that DECADENT casserole!! (many men, I've discovered, can be pleased with ground beef. LOL.) THanks for bringing it and sharing it!! (see, that's our word of the day: Decadent. LOL.) Kevin really is quite a sweetheart, too, isn't he?

Ah, yes, Kasey -- Desmond is the consummate gentleman, AND he can make any woman feel like the center of the universe, and his voice is as mellifluous as...Alan Rickman's. (Hee! I love Alan Rickman). Don't feel guilty about lingering with him on the sofas -- it's our day -- ALL of our days -- to do *whatever* we please, and it's his pleasure to please you! All day long!! I'm a huge fan of spanikopita, so I'm delighted you posted the recipe. Thank you so much for bringing it and sharing it and for helping me celebrate my release day -- I'm hoping the lovely red book leaps off the shelves into reader's hands. :)

Ashli, thanks so much for coming to the party!! Is your waiter seeing to your needs? Do you have the beverage of your choice yet? The pumpkin cappucinos are divine, and word at the party is that the Like No Other Lover drink is out of this world. :) Thanks for posting the fabulous holiday recipe. "Rich" is another word for today. Along with decadent. LOL.

Sue A! So happy to have you here! Did you choose your waiter?? Thanks for bringing the yummy pie! :) And no one is *ever* late for the party -- this shindig is going on all day, so everyone with various schedules (and living in various time zones) has a chance to play, and you'll be welcomed with open arms (and by the hot waiter you chose) the moment you arrive! I'll be here all day, mingling, dancing, being hand-fed by SEth. :)

Kathy K

Oh, and congratulations to Shari C. ~ so nice to leave with such a beautiful prize!


I thought everyone might like a hot drink on a cool day. Jonathan will be happy to serve y'all! I know it's early in the morning, but this is a party after all.

Here's my Red Rudolph recipe -

1/2 oz Orange Curacao liqueur
1/2 oz cinnamon schnapps
3/4 oz vodka
6 oz cranberry juice

Heat and pour into an irish coffee cup. Top with whipped cream, garnish with a tall cinnamon stick, and serve.

I prefer to garnish mine with a tall dark and handsome man - Jonathan fits the bill!


Doesn't everyone just LOVE this cyber-party -- you can have everything (Yes, Sasha, another LNOL, please, love.) and not gain anything. . .EVEN if you have allergies! This is just divine. I am having way too much fun for this little Southern Belle. . .I absolutely must go get that book this afternoon. I'll need some laughter when this party is over! (oh, a drink! Thank you, dear.)

Emilia P

I will bring my 2 favorite recipes to the party, apple tarts and banana bread. But both are old family recipes passed down from my Grandma to me, so alas, I can not share them with you. They make the perfect appetizer or light dessert.

I'm very happy to be at this party, but I must leave. I have a doctor's appointment. My first ultrasound, so DD will have a picture of her little brother or sister. =0)


Hi Julie, Congrats on the release of LIKE NO OTHER LOVER,it sounds really good. Also it's great news with the reviews coming in, you must be on cloud nine or even 10 like the review from Romance Reviews Today!

Shari C

Have returned from my earlier visit with my homemade chocolate cluster candy...yummy! It is so simple to make and only 4 ingredients. Hope everyone enjoys them whle I go taste some of all the other 'goodies' that are here.

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