Saturday, August 20, 2011

Obama a fan of Louisiana Mysteries ?? " The Bayou Trilogy " on his vacation reading list !

The New York Times this morning ran an article entitled "Obama Summer Reading List Leans Toward Fiction " HERE and it talked about what books President Obama had taken with him on his vacation and I found his choice of  " The Bayou Trilogy " an interesting choice and wondered if he loves Louisiana based mysteries,  if he might be a fan of True Blood ? Or maybe Michelle is?  Ha!

Starred Review. Collected in a single volume for the first time, Woodrell's three stellar novels featuring Det. Rene Shade, an ex-boxer turned cop, provide entrée into the Louisiana swamp town of Saint Bruno, a place where "tempers went on the prowl and relief was driving a hard bargain." Woodrell (Winter's Bone) injects Shade's life and various cases with both humor and brutal violence. In Bright Lights (1986), the investigation into a city councilman's murder mushrooms into a corruption scandal, with Shade feeling pressure from above for a quick—and predetermined—result. Muscle for the Wing (1988) finds Shade up against a gang of ex-cons, hell-bent on wrestling control of Saint Bruno's less-than-legal action. Shade and his two brothers—bar owner Tip and district attorney Francois—are reunited with their long-absent paterfamilias, John X., in The Ones You Do (1992), in which John X. returns to Saint Bruno with a 10-year-old daughter and a killer on his trail. There's poetry in Woodrell's mayhem, each novel—and scene—full of gritty and memorable Cajun details.

True Blood Recipe of the week: Big Patty's 7 Layer Jello Pie

Let's flash back to Season 1 and Sookie & Sam's trip to the Big Patty's pie shop. The waitress,  Harley gave us a hilarious list of pies ...
Have a cool slice of this ...

Big Patty's 7 Layer Jello Pie

This is a fun, easy to make snack that everyone in the family will love.
To make, you will need:Four 6oz packages of Jello (I prefer red, green, yellow, and orange)13x9x2 pan or pyrex dish For white layers in between the colored layers:

2 packages of plain gelatin
Four 1/2 cup of cold water (one 1/2 cup for each pack of Jello)
2 cups of sour cream
2 cups of milk
4 cups hot water (one cup for each pack of Jello)
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla

To Make:
1) Dissolve your first color jello into 1 cup of boiling water, add 1/2 cup cold water, then pour into your dish.
2) Dissolve both envelopes of unflavored gelatin into a 1/2 cup of boiling water.
3) In a large saucepan brink milk to boil.
4) Remove pan of milk from heat and add sugar, mixing until dissolved.
5) Add the dissolved unflavored gelatin into the milk and sugar mix.
6) In a mixer, mix with sour cream and vanilla. Mix until even, then set aside to let cool.
7) Once the first layer is set, pour 1 1/2 cups of the white layer over the first layer of Jello.
8) Once the white layer sets and becomes sticky to touch, repeat step one with another layer of Jello.
9) Repeat steps 1 and 7 until you finish the fourth layer of Jello. Place into fridge and let chill for 2 hours.
10) Slice the Jello into 2 x 1 inch bars and enjoy!

** in other recipes you can also do this with 4 different flavors of jello too...

List of pies from Big Patty’s Pie shop
Recipe Index here

Fried Apple Pie
Frozen Hawaiian Pie
Chocolate Pecan Praline Pie
Chess Pie
7 Layer Jell-O Pie
Peanut Butter Pie
Spunky Hollow Honey Pineapple Pie
Texas Special Sawdust Pie

Loving True Blood Blog and Talk Blood Radio show/ podcast raffle and fundraiser

This is the last few weeks of the raffle - I will announce some winners on the big 2 hour finale after Ep 12 !
I have lots and lots of great prizes! I have one week available for a sponsor!

Please buy a $20 raffle ticket (each ) and help us pay the costs of running the blog and producing the radio show this year. I have created a very sensible budget for this year and am raising the money through Talk Blood episode sponsorships and the raffle. It is the only way I can keep this all going, we ain't there yet so please help...

Your chances of receiving a prize are astoundingly good and we have wonderful items like:  autographed Sookie books by Charlaine Harris, True Blood collectors grab bags, an original signed Andy Swist ( Yes, as in the True Blood paper dolls ) wonderful portrait of Eric & Sookie, True Blood collectors poster ( one of a kind !) more books, and various other gift certificates and other goodies from some of our sponsors!

But best of all you know you helped keep your favorite True Blood Blog or radio show going for another year!

Thanks, Dallas

Also if you have a prize you'd like to donate email me

You can also sponsor an episode $50 , you can promote your business etc on the show and on the blog. Email me for more info.

I have a few episodes open I'd love to help you promote your business.

EW drops a Bill and Sookie scene hint

 Did we always have so many people screening TB episodes so late in the season ? what's upi with this ? I know everyone gets screener dvds of the first 3 eps but why do so many folks know whats the scenes will be in Ep9 ?

Any good Bill/Sookie scenes coming up? ~ Chris
All I can say is that you will like the scene near the beginning of Sunday’s episode very very much. Like, VERY much. And to bookend your joy, there’s a moment at the end where Sookie makes a grand gesture of — what some could say — are lingering feelings. Others might just say girl likes drama!

iCatcher! a podcast catcher app

Want something for you iPhone / iPad to help keep track of your podcasts ? The first one you'll want to set up will be your Talk Blood app. :-)

The first podcast catcher that is supported on the iPad!
★★★Macworld AppGuide gave it 4.5 out of 5 mice!★★★

+ Keep track of all of your podcast subscriptions
+ Download over WiFi, 3G or Edge and in the background (on supported devices)
+ Set schedules for when each one typically comes out
+ Search in all views to find that podcast or episode you are looking for.
+ Play audio in the background on supported iOS devices
+ Custom playlists that allow you to select podcasts and/or keywords to view your downloaded episodes.
+ Custom playlists now allow you to exclude podcasts.
+ All device orientations supported with configurable option in the settings.
+ Universal App, works on all of your iOS 4.0+ devices
+ Full retina display support
+ While in a playlist you can see the total time remaining and watch it count down while a podcast is playing.
+ You can unsubscribe to podcasts and still have them on your device. Use that for those less than stellar podcasts!
+ Now with full VoiceOver support
+ Support for Password Protected feeds
+ Support for continuous playback within custom playlists (on by default).

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