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Middle-earth Menu: “Button Pickles”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Oh look! Pippin has found some wild forest mushrooms. Pippin (and I) know Frodo would appreciate a few mushrooms pickled up in an herby brine. Well, it might be a good idea to harvest fresh mushrooms such as these from a Middle-earth forest, but this is probably not the best thing to do in this world. I would ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Drogo’s Favorite Chicken”

  By Astrid Tuttle Winegar This is named for Frodo’s father, Drogo Baggins. He and his wife, Miss Primula Brandybuck, are the subject of some gossip early in The Lord of the Rings, where a few hobbits are trading stories at The Ivy Bush about Frodo’s background and how he eventually came to live with Bilbo. Apparently, Drogo’s father-in-law kept ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Frodo’s Favorite Mushrooms” 

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar I’m pretty sure Frodo Baggins, like all hobbits, loves a broad spectrum of foods and drinks. However, he does admit a weakness for mushrooms. My original cookbook gathered 11 mushroom-centric recipes in one chapter entitled “Frodo’s Favorites.” But for Legendarium, I’ll break this up with a couple of Narnia recipes. After Frodo, Sam, and Pippin leave ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Bullroarer Took’s Pickled Cauliflower”

I am naming this for Bilbo’s legendary ancestor who was apparently so big (for a hobbit) he could actually ride a horse. Bullroarer Took was known for attacking some goblins during a particular battle and “knocked their king Golfimbul’s head clean off with a wooden club. It sailed a hundred yards through the air and went down a rabbit-hole, and ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Roasted Asparagus with Mustard Sauce”

  By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Hobbits probably grow asparagus all over the Shire and pluck them right out of the ground as a crunchy, healthy snack! Be sure to get lovely, thick asparagus stalks for this roasted recipe; skip the sauce and change your oil flavor for variety. Please follow this link to my blog for the Savory Seasoning recipe! ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Sweet & Savory Pork Roast”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar This Sweet & Savory Pork Roast recipe is the main entrée for the birthday party. I plan a detour to Narnia next, then I’ll continue with three side dishes. I’ll finish our Hobbitish celebration with a fantastical cake, of course! I love the combination of pork and apples and I hope you will, too. Pairing various ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Good Harvest Pumpkin Soup”

This party is such a large event, you’d need various courses to keep the dining momentum going. Today, I offer you a zesty vegetarian first course with enough curry flavor to knock your hobbity socks off. I’ll move to dinner items and complete the party with a cake. Now, if you happen to hate pumpkin, an excellent variation is to ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Blancmange Puffs”

This birthday party is a huge event to celebrate Bilbo’s and Frodo’s birthdays—they are 111 and 33, respectively. To be authentic to the book, you would hold this party on September 22. I’m not sure Tolkien tells us exactly how many people actually end up attending this event (hundreds, no doubt), but at the “special family dinner-party” twelve dozen, or ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Springle-ring Punch”

Well, we are back to Middle-earth (and occasionally Narnia) now, after a busy vacation. Nothing makes you pine for home more than being on a long trip, especially one that spans the universe. The second half of my original cookbook was all about events in The Lord of the Rings, so I’ll continue there with more hobbit dishes, as well ...

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Lord of the Rings: The Mythology Explained

From the creators, CGP Grey, comes these videos that may help the “non-Scholar” in understanding the vast world that JRR Tolkien created. Let us know what you think? The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained The One Ring Explained

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