I don’t know if I’ve really touched base on this, but my husband and I really thoroughly enjoy music. Wesley even bought me a blue tooth speaker for the kitchen the one year for Christmas. There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to some of my favorite tunes and doing one of the things I love most, baking. Of course, I play it while cleaning up my messes, making dinner, and pretty much any other time I’m in the vicinity of the kitchen.
I bet you’re wondering what my love for music has to do with fried Oreos, a review, and a giveaway. Well, I’m getting to it. The book I reviewed is called Recipes and Road Stories.
A little back story
Hannah and Caroline Melby recently released their book Recipes and Road Stories, a collection of stories and recipes from their years traveling together as musicians.
By the time Hannah was in the 11th grade and Caroline was in the 7th grade, the Melby sisters were touring the country in bluegrass bands, with Hannah on fiddle and Caroline on mandolin. Today the sisters are the front persons of a very popular Nashville-based country music touring band named HanaLena.
The sisters, who grew up in Starkville, Mississippi, performed from an early age—Hannah is now 28, Caroline is 24—evolving from bluegrass to progressive country as they perfected their songwriting and performance skills out on the road. In 2008 they won the “Best New Act in Country Music” competition at the Colgate Showdown in the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville—and took home a check for a cool $100,000 presented by country music star LeAnn Rimes.
Do they ever have some great stories to tell about coming of age on the concert trail! Recipes and Road Stories blends touching and rollicking road stories with an assortment of tasty recipes, and then tops everything off with plenty of exciting photographs. Also contributing recipes are friends they made on the road, including Rhonda Vincent, a 5-time Grammy nominee who has been called the “Queen of Bluegrass,” and Claire Lynch, who is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Association.
Recipes and Road Stories: From Life on the Road with Sisters Hannah and Caroline Melby of the duo HanaLena was published by Sartoris Literary Group in September 2014 and is available for sale on Amazon.
I think the book was a fun insight into the lives of young and upcoming musicians. It was an easy read and full of fun adventures. I love that they were able to pick up such wonderful recipes along the way. I’ve probably said this before, but I’m Peter the Repeater, so I’ll say it again. Some of the best memories are with food and being able to relive those memories through the food is a wonderful gift.
This is an overall great book of recipes and short stories of these ladies lives. Well worth the read!
I had the opportunity to try out the fried Oreos recipe and share it with my readers. I’ve always been a fan of fried Oreos. The sweet, funnel cake exterior and soft, chocolaty cookie inside. It’s the bomb.com.
- 1 + ½ cups milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¾ cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 (18 oz.) package of original Oreos (30 cookies)
- 8 cups vegetable oil for frying
- In a heavy bottomed saucepan, add in the vegetable oil. The book didn't state a temperature to heat the oil to, but I heated mine to 375 degrees.
- In a separate bowl, add in the milk, eggs, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until the batter is smooth.
- Dip 5-6 oreos at a time and place in the hot oil. Let it fry for about 1 minute or until golden brown. Flip to the other side and let it fry for another minute or until golden brown. Try to maintain a constant temperature in the oil. If it's too cold, the Oreos will become greasy and super soggy. Adding more Oreos will drop the oil's temperature also.
If you would like a chance at this giveaway, here it is!
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You must be over the age of 18 or have your parents permission. The giveaway will end December 21st at 12:00 am. I will contact the person via e-mail and update the post after they respond. Good luck!
I was provided with a kindle copy of Recipes and Road Stories to read through and review. All opinions are entirely my own and I was not monetarily compensated.