Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lucie Simone makes holiday cooking easy...and she has a book to give away!

**Giveaway is now closed**

Lucie Simone is a single girl living, working and dating in Hollywood. She likes to write about her fantasies and even some of her nightmares (especially date-related ones) to amuse her readers. Her degree is in journalism and television production and she has worked in entertainment and advertising. She loves all her girl and guy friends. Her stories tell the most about who she really is: "A nice girl who sometimes likes to be naughty." She sure has Santa checking his list twice! Lucky for us, she is nice enough to not only share a really easy and yummy sounding recipe, but also TWO paperback copies of her latest novel, "Hollywood Ending" for readers in the US.

You can learn more about Lucie, who is as sweet as her recipe in our opinion, by visiting her at her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Check out her short holiday story, "Who Needs Mistletoe?," at the Chick Lit Bee.

Synopsis for "Hollywood Ending":
Hollywood Ending is a romantic comedy about life in Hollywood for the not-so-rich-and-famous. Trina Stewart is desperate to find a proper Hollywood job and finally quit teaching ESL, but after ten years in Tinsel Town, things are looking grim. That is, until she sets her sights on sexy new neighbor, Matiu Wulf, a New Zealander of Maori origin who is only in Los Angeles to get some scene design experience to beef up his resume, and then he's headed back home to Auckland. He manages to thwart Trina's advances, but when she falls under the spell of a toothy-grinned thespian, he's desperate to win back her heart. But when Hollywood gets in the way, these two soon discover that life in Tinsel Town isn't all red carpets, after parties and celebrity gossip. In fact, Hollywood can be a downright bitch!

My Favorite Holiday Recipe
By Lucie Simone

I love to entertain at the holidays and make yummy goodies for my close friends and family. But what I love most is when those delicious recipes are easy! This one is incredibly decadent and ridiculously simple. And another reason I love it? My dad made it for our Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations every year when I was a kid. Please allow me to introduce you to my dad’s Cherry Dump Cake. Trust me, it tastes a lot better than it sounds!

Cherry Dump Cake
2 21 oz cans of cherry pie filling
1 box of white cake mix
1 1/2 sticks of melted butter
1 cup chopped pecans

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat the bottom of a 9x13 pan with 1/4 of the cake mix. Dump both cans of cherries on top & spread evenly, careful not to break the cherries. Pour the remaining cake mix evenly on top of the cherries. Drizzle the melted butter over the cake mix & top with the chopped pecans. Bake for 45 minutes & voila! Allow it to cool for about 15 minutes. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make it even more decadent.


How to win "Hollywood Ending":
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Bonus entries (can be listed all in one post):
1. Please tell us: What is your favorite food-related memory from the winter holidays?
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US only. Giveaway ends December 27th at midnight EST.


Marthalynn said...

One of my favorite memories is when I first discovered the magic that is Peppermint Schnaps and Hot Cocoa. It's still one of the best things I drink all winter.

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Jordan said...

Cookie exchanges are my favorite - they always remind me of the holidays!

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Stephanie said...

My family didn't really do anything different or spectacular at Christmas with food...the traditional ham and mashed potatoes. But there were always cut out cookies! :)

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Paula said...

I'd forgotten about the Cherry Dump Cake until I read your blog spot. Your Dad was/is an amazing cook! Thanks Lucie for the trip down memory lane.

Kritters Ramblings said...

I love to start the winter season with a good pot of chili to eat off for a whole week! It is a great mix of my boyfriend's recipe and mine, it is the ultimate compromise!

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Stephanie said...

One of my favorite memories is making sweet potato pie with my mom.

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Erica said...

Hot chocolate with chocolate whipped vodka -- yum!

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

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Patricia said...

I have a question about the cherry dump cake. Do you prepare the cake mix or use the dry cake mix.

I have make similar recipe with can peaches and dry cake mix.

Jeryl M. said...

I would like to read this bool.

Jeryl M. said...

My food memory I have from the winter holidays is that I have never liked potato latkes, but I used to love chocolate Hannukah gelt.

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I am a subscriber.

Lucie Simone said...

For Patricia, use the dry cake mix. It becomes cake-y while it's cooking. So yummy!

Kristen said...

Baking Christmas cookies with my mom. :)

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Nancye said...

WIN: "Hollywood Ending" by Lucie Simone
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Nancye said...

This sounds like an interestng book. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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Nancye said...

My favorite food memory from the winter was from when I was really little. Every year on Thanksgiving my mom would make homemade pies. When she rolled the dough she would let us use the extra dough. We would put a little bit of butter, and some cinammon and sugar on it and then bake it. YUMMY!! We would eat it right from the oven. I can still remember how delicious thia was!

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Krystal Lynn said...

I have a big Mexican family so every year until my Grandma passed away, we'd go to her house for the big three end of year celebrations, Thanksgiving we'd have the turkey and everything. On Christmas eve, we made lots of tamales and then on New Years eve, we'd have homemade menudo. I loved it.

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