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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: “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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The Star Wars Menu Awakens: “Yoda Pods”

“Yoda Pods” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar As promised, here are three recipes I’ve dreamt up to honor the Galaxy which is Far, Far Away. All three together would make a nice meal for three or four people, with some dessert leftover. I recently viewed the six Star Wars films for some food ideas. However, the Star Wars world (and its ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Chicken Salad Cups for Gandalf”

Middle-Earth Menu: “Chicken Salad Cups for Gandalf” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar I have a feeling you all know tons of juicy tidbits about Gandalf, so I won’t bother to mention anything about him. In The Hobbit, the “bewildered and bewuthered” Bilbo suspects that Gandalf “Seems to know as much about the inside of my larders as I do myself!” Undoubtedly. ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Dwalin’s Ham Tart”

Middle-Earth Menu: “Dwalin’s Ham Tart” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Our final dwarf wore a green hood and played the viol. Dwalin is another character who is relatively non-fleshed-out, though he apparently settled in Erebor (or the Lonely Mountain) after all was said and done. He is also Balin’s brother. Besides confusticating and bebothering Bilbo Baggins, not much else is known ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Oin’s Chicken Walnut Puffs”

Middle-Earth Menu: “Oin’s Chicken Walnut Puffs” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar In The Hobbit, Oin wears a brown hood and does not play an instrument. After the Battle of Five Armies, however, he apparently accompanied Balin to Moria. Unfortunately for Oin, he then became a victim of the dreaded Watcher in the Water. As I was typing this, I kept thinking ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Glóin’s Roast Beef Toasties”

Middle-Earth Menu: “Glóin’s Roast Beef Toasties” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Glóin is most well known for being the father of Gimli, an illustrious member of the Fellowship. He also resided in Erebor, where he became quite wealthy. Later on, he participated in the Council of Elrond. In The Hobbit, he wears a white hood and plays no instrument. Perhaps he ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Dori’s Salmon Tartlets”

“Dori’s Salmon Tartlets” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar And now we will continue with the savory dishes served at Bilbo’s grand, but down-to-earth, tea party for his dwarf friends. Dori wore a purple hood and played the flute. Perhaps he performed in a trio with Bifur and Bofur (both of whom wore yellow hoods, incidentally), who both played clarinets. Dori is ...

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Narnia Menu: “Edmund’s Downfall”

Narnia Menu: “Edmund’s Downfall” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Let’s take a break from Middle-earth and visit Narnia again. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the rather grouchy Edmund Pevensie encounters the White Witch, who offers him a hot drink. At first, you might casually assume this is some sort of hot chocolate, but C. S. Lewis specifically says ...

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