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Thanksgiving Delights Offers A Bountiful Feast

Wednesday, November 9, 2016@ 10:14 AM
Author: Karen Hood

Karen Jean Matsko Hood has really outdone herself this time. With Thanksgiving Delights, the prolific cookbook author and chef has created a timeless collection of recipes that will make your Thanksgiving holiday a joy for all your guests. The sheer variety of recipes at your fingertips is staggering: there are over a dozen recipes for cooking turkey alone, as well as several other options in case you want to serve a different main course. There are enough options to create an entire feast without repeating a single item of food for many years to come.

Recipes range from the traditional to the innovative, and all are laid out with clear, easy-to-follow directions supported by a glossary of cooking terms in the back so that even budding chefs are sure to be successful. Apple cider is a classic holiday beverage, but Thanksgiving Delights doesn’t stop there: you can choose from traditional Mulled Cider, Harvest Coffee Cider, Cranberry Raspberry Cider, and more. The possibilities are as exciting as they are tempting! From appetizer to dessert, breakfast to dinner, and everything in between, Thanksgiving Delights provides a wealth of fabulous dishes that will make your holiday a smashing success.

My family tried out the Pumpkin Melt-in-Your-Mouth Biscuits, Herbed Turkey Breast, Chestnut Dressing, and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. The biscuits were a lot of fun: slightly sweet, flaky, and absolutely delicious when slathered with butter. The pumpkin was a great touch, and I will be making these again to take to the family gathering this Thanksgiving. The herbed butter on the turkey made the meat especially tender and flavorful: I usually struggle to keep my turkey from drying out, but this was one of the most moist turkeys I have ever cooked and it was a very simple recipe. The Chestnut Dressing was a perfect complement to the turkey. I didn’t know what to expect since I have never cooked with chestnuts (or made my own dressing from scratch) before, but it turned out to be a hit with everyone. The nutty taste blended well with the herbs and gave the dressing a lot of texture and body–absolutely delicious! The Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes were a tasty twist on a classic dish, and I know my family will be begging me to make them all year long. This year, we’re starting a new holiday tradition with Thanksgiving Delights–I can’t recommend it enough.


Fabulous Tips For Your Fright Night Fest!

Monday, October 10, 2016@ 12:05 PM
Author: Karen Hood

Jack o Lanterns

Halloween is just a few weeks away, and if you haven’t started getting ready for the holiday yet, it’s time to kick your party planning into overdrive! Superhero costumes continue to be popular this year with the release of Iron Man 3 in the summer and the new hit TV show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and little girls always love becoming a princess for a day, but what about fresh and creative ideas for entertaining this Halloween? Scary decorations and delicious, holiday-themed food can make or break your party—and if you do it right, spooky snacks can double as decorations!

Enter Karen Jean Matsko Hood’s fabulous cookbook Halloween Delights. Packed with over 200 recipes that will meet every imaginable Halloween theme and give partygoers delightfully tingling tastebuds, Halloween Delights is a treasure trove of spooky holiday inspiration. You can build your party around a cute Halloween theme with food like adorable witch cupcakes or a Haunted Forest Vegetable Platter; or go all out creepy with the Bleeding Heart, a tasty gelatin dessert that “bleeds” grenadine syrup; or even gross out the kids with a wide variety of disgusting but oh-so-delicious treats—the possibilities are truly endless!

Hood’s step-by-step instructions make following these recipes easy and fun, and kids will love to help out in the kitchen as their favorite holiday comes deliciously to life. Halloween Delights truly contains all of the inspiration needed to make not only this year’s party a smashing success, but all the parties for many years to come. These recipes are so creative and varied that you will be able to plan endless, marvelously ghoulish entertainment that gives your guests the shivers—and earns their praise as they bite into these mouthwatering treats.

If you’re behind in your Halloween planning this year, don’t waste your time searching through endless online recipes for just the right thing—Halloween Delights has everything you need to make a fabulous fright night fest all in one convenient cookbook! Buy it today!

Halloween Delights Cookbook

Wednesday, September 28, 2016@ 4:48 AM
Author: Karen Jean Matsko Hood

Whispering Pine Press International, Inc.
Your Northwest Book and Gift Company

For Immediate Media Release


Halloween Delights Cookbook
A Collection of Halloween Recipes
Cookbook Delights Series

For this fun and festive time of the year, author Karen Jean Matsko Hood presents a unique cookbook that is full of tasty and satisfying recipes. Inside are page after page of mouth-watering recipes that will certainly be a hit with family and friends during this special time. Written for the novice cook as well as the accomplished chef, Halloween Delights Cookbook will be appreciated by all.  The ingredients for each recipe can be found at your local market throughout the year. Halloween Delights Cookbook is sure to be a valuable addition to your kitchen library and a great gift idea for the chef on your giving list.

Please visit our websites at www.whisperingpinepressbookstore.comwww.whisperingpinepress.com, and www.halloweendelights.com. 6 x 9 inches, 328 pp., featuring a durable, full-color cover in a variety of bindings. Whispering Pine Press International, Inc., Your Northwest Book and Gift Company.

Inside You Will Find:

  • Halloween-Themed Recipes
  • Halloween Folklore
  • Halloween-Themed Poetry
  • Halloween History
  • Festival Information
  • Author’s Commentary
  • Index and Glossary
  • Tips on Preserving
  • Halloween Facts


Halloween Delights Cookbook – Paperback $19.95


LCCN: 2011923151 BISAC 1 CKB04200 BISAC 2 CKB077000 BISAC 3 CKB101000 BISAC AUD 01

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About the Author: Karen Jean Matsko Hood is an internationally published author of numerous cookbooks, children’s books, poetry, and more.  A woman of wide interests, she, her husband, sixteen children, and foster children make their home in Greenacres, Washington.  Ms. Hood is currently working to complete her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.  Websites: www.karenjeanmatskohood.com, www.karensblog.net, and www.karensbookblog.com.

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