Thursday, April 16, 2009

Join us for a Spicy Summer Vacation!

It's no surprise that a Cinnamon Girl like me would have spice-loving friends. My last post about my penchant for sniffing and tasting cinnamon got some wonderful comments full of sizzle and passion for the spicy life. Just reading them made my mouth water.

Marina St. Clare suggested we organize a Spicy Sunday Blog Tour this summer, a laid-back affair, rather like a Sunday barbecue, where each week a host chooses a favorite spice or herb to celebrate in any way she or he chooses. It's a great idea and I'm definitely signing up. Again in honor of summer, that lovely season of no school and no rules, I'd favor a cooperative approach. Beyond setting up a schedule (a Memorial Day start?), we all do as we feel and have fun. What d'ya think?

So far some of our spiciest writer friends have let slip their special relationship with certain flavors. Craig Sorensen has a thing for peppercorns. Emerald loves poppy seeds. I'm keen on nutmeg. Kirsten Monroe might need to give us more insight into her cinnamon buns? And Jeremy Edwards, always thinking outside the box, suggested we include herbs, which, given that this is a summertime party makes perfect sense. In the past, I've resolved conflicts where two people want the same theme by staging a butterscotch pudding wrestling match, winner take all. But in the international spirit of spice, what the hell, if more than one person wants to celebrate the same spice or herb, why not?

So, thanks again, Marina (who's just confessed an affair with basil) for giving us the spark to light the fire! Anyone reading this, please let us know if you'd like to participate, 'cause it's summertime and the livin' is easy....

10 comments:

Isabel Kerr said...

This sounds wonderful Donna and Marina! I'd love to join the party if I may. Herbs and spices are some of my favorite real and fantasy subjects.

Erobintica said...

I'd love to join in too - hmmm - not sure what spice or herb though - they're all so wonderful when do I have to figure that out by?

Donna said...

SO glad you guys are up for it! You've got a month or two to decide, Robin. Just let the thoughts simmer....

Marina said...

Mmmmm, yes, Basil and I go way back!

I'm psyched - a sensual, spicy summer feast! Thanks, Donna, for getting things rolling! This is going to be great fun!

Craig Sorensen said...

Sorry I took your peppercorns, Isabel. ;-)

I'm ready, Donna!

Emerald said...

I thought of you when this idea came up, Isabel, given your peppery permeation of Sommer's HDH a while back. ;)

I was on Penzey's website last night (it was after the store had already closed), and just reading about their various peppercorns made me so hungry that I seriously had to go to the kitchen to find something to eat, lol.

I love this idea, and I love the laid-back organization of it. I'm really looking forward to what everyone has to say about these beautiful nuances of flavor!

Donna said...

I'm looking forward to this, too--and the recipes. Yum!

Isabel Kerr said...

Aw, thanks for thinking of me Craig and Emerald!! I think there's probably plenty of pepper to go around.
; )

I'm already fantasizing about these wonderfully exotic scents and flavors Donna! or maybe it's that I'm always fantasizing about them, hmmm....

Kirsten Monroe said...

Sorry to be late -- was out climbing around in sagebrush and sniffing juniper bushes in the backcountry of eastern Oregon & Idaho. Herbs and spices definitely get me juiced. Great idea & I'd love to wax poetic about my cinnamon buns!!!

Ryan said...

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