Outlander on STARZ Premiere – Comic Con 2014

Outlander on STARZ Premiere – Comic Con 2014

Thousands descended on San Diego last week for Comic Con 2014, including a few hundred #Outlanders there to see the world premiere of Outlander on STARZ.

I was invited along by another big fan, Karli, who generously offered her “plus one” ticket to me. We spent the weekend with 6 other fabulous women in a house in the Hillcrest district of SD.

None of us had ever met in person, but as I’ve learned before on previous Outlander-related trips, when you travel to meet other fans of Diana Gabaldon’s epic tale of love and adventure, you’re sure to meet a group of like-minded women all up for a good time.

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Strawberry-White Balsamic Shrub (Inspired by ABOSAA)

Strawberry-White Balsamic Shrub (Inspired by ABOSAA)

“Lemon shrub, ma’am?” A wilting slave, gleaming with sweat, offered me yet another tray, and I took a glass. I was dripping with perspiration, my legs aching and my throat dried with talking. At this point, I didn’t care what was in the glass, provided it was wet. I changed my opinion instantly upon tasting it; it was lemon juice and barley water, and while it was wet, I was much more inclined to pour it down the neck of my gown than to drink it. I edged unobtrusively toward a laburnum bush, intending to pour the drink into it, but was forestalled by the appearance of Neil Forbes, who stepped out from behind it.

Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Chapter 54 – Flora MacDonald’s Barbecue)

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North African Rice Pilaf from Claire’s Apothecary Cabinet

North African Rice Pilaf from Claire’s Apothecary Cabinet

To survive in the 1700s, it was vital ye had knowledge of the local plants and herbs. Some were as deadly as they were beautiful, and only a skilled healer could use them. In Claire’s Apothecary Cabinet you’ll find 14 different plants that were used to treat everything from warts and corns to heart attacks and infection. If you learned them well, you were invaluable to your clan.

(From Claire’s Apothecary Cabinet on STARZ.com)

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Frank’s Sherry Tipple Cocktail & The Winner!

Frank’s Sherry Tipple Cocktail & The Winner!

 After a peaceful and not unpleasant sit with Mrs. Baird, I made my way upstairs, to ready myself before Frank came home. I knew his limit with sherry was two glasses, so I expected him back soon.

The wind was rising, and the very air of the bedroom was prickly with electricity. I drew the brush through my hair, making the curls snap with static and spring into knots and furious tangles.

Diana Gabaldon, Outlander (Chapter 1 – A New Beginning)

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Outlander on STARZ Premiere Party Menu: Single Malt Pairings

Outlander on STARZ Premiere Party Menu: Single Malt Pairings

Here we are, Outlanders! It’s the end of a week of STARZ premiere party menus, and I can’t help but admit to all of you that I think I’ve saved the best for last. This Single Malt Pairings Sampler Menu is close to my heart, both as a chef and whisky lover.

Outlander, and my first trip to Scotland in 2011, are responsible for my appreciation of a fine single malt.

My Englishman, as someone who can’t won’t drink wine, is responsible for my inspiration over the years to create several menus designed to pair with both beer and whisky.

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