Summer Solstice. The sound of those two words brings to mind a gathering. A celebration. I imagine myself mingling with friends on an outdoor deck that overlooks the ocean. In pink light cast by the sunset of the year’s longest day, a gentle breeze blows. I hold a pomegranate martini in my hand and catch the scent of Japanese Chicken Wings on the grill. Like music, a steady hum of conversation and laughter, accompanied by the rhythm of waves crashing ashore, serenades me.
And the menu? All kinds of delectable delights! Thanks to author Linda Joyce for the invitation to this virtual party to celebrate the Summer Solstice! She invited several authors to be “chefs,” and my mouth has watered as I’ve watched the menu grow with recipes.
Visit Linda’s blog for the ingredients for each recipe, as well as other tantalizing tidbits, (my tidbit appears below the menu) such as book covers and tasty morsels about each author whose name appears on the menu below. Her blog also has links to each author’s blog or website where you can find additional details about the author and her book AND the full recipe. Here’s Linda Joyce’s blog link: http://lindajoycecontemplates.wordpress.com/
Blackberry Gin and Tonic by J.K. O’Hanlon –Three Ingredient Cocktails ~ www.thirstyjane.com
Pomegranate Martini by Kathy L Wheeler – Quotable ~ http://kathylwheeler.com
Japanese Chicken Wings by Jan Morrill –The Red Kimono ~ www.TheRedKimono.com
Sweet & Sour Hawaiian Meatballs by Vonnie Davis – Rain Is A Love Song ~ http://www.vintagevonnie.blogspot.com
Easy Stuffed Mushrooms by Alicia Dean – Liberty Awakened (Isle of Fangs, Book 1) ~http://aliciadean.com/alicias-blog/
7 Layer Salad by AJ Nuest – She’s Got Dibs ~ http://ajbooks.blogspot.com/
Mandarin Orange & Spinach Salad by Barbara Barrett – And He Cooks Too ~www.barbarabarrettbooks.com
Pesto Chicken by Nancy Parra – Gluten for Punishment ~ www.nancyjparra.blogspot.com
Taquitos by Calisa Rhose – Risk Factors ~ http://calisarhose.com/chit-chat/
Linda’s Summer Shrimp Boil by Linda Joyce – Bayou Born ~ http://lindajoycecontemplates.wordpress.com/
Oven Fried Peach Chicken Juli D. Revezzo – The Artist’s Inheritance ~ http://julidrevezzo.com/blog/
Betty’s Nutty Pork Chops by Betty Bolte – Hometown Heroines ~ www.bettybolte.com/blog.htm
Kolaches by Gina Hooten Popp – The Storm After ~ https://www.facebook.com/ginahootenpoppauthor
Chocolate-Cherry-Coconut Cupcakes by Luna Zega – Tokyo Tease ~ www.lunazega.wordpress.com
Fruit Compote by Brenda Sparks – A Midsummer Night’s Demon ~http://www.brenda-sparks.com/blog.html
After Dinner Drinks
After Dinner Iced Coffee by Sandra Sookoo – Winging It ~ http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com/
2 lbs chicken wings (I used thighs)
1/2 cup sake (Yes, sake!!)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (if desired)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 tsp grated FRESH ginger root
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- Cut each chicken wing into 3 parts, separating at the joints. (Don’t use wing tips. They can be frozen and used for broth later.)
- Mix remaining ingredients in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Add chicken wing pieces and toss to coat. Place the Ziploc in a bowl (to prevent leakage) and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, turning occasionally. This can also be done in advance, up to 24 hours before.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Place chicken in a 9×13 pan and pour marinade over chicken.
- Cook uncovered for 1 ½ hours, turning occasionally.
- Serve warm or cold.
I chose Japanese Chicken Wings because I thought it was something Sachiko Kimura would like to eat on the Summer Solstice. Sachi is a nine-year old Japanese American in my historical fiction, The Red Kimono. Following is a brief synopsis:
In 1941, racial tensions are rising in the California community where nine-year-old Sachiko Kimura and her seventeen-year-old brother Nobu live with their family. When Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, anger erupts, and one afternoon, Sachi and Nobu witness three teenage boys taunting and beating their father in the park. Sachi especially remembers Terrence Harris, the boy with dark skin and hazel eyes, and Nobu cannot believe the boys capable of such violence toward his father are actually his friends.
What Sachiko and Nobu don’t know is that the morning of the beating, Terrence’s family received a telegram with news that Terrence’s father was killed at Pearl Harbor. Desperate to escape his pain, Terrence flees his home and runs into two high school friends who convince him to find a Japanese man to take revenge. They do not know until later that the man they attacked is Sachi’s and Nobu’s father.
In the months that follow, Terrence is convicted of his crime. Sachi and Nobu are sent to an internment camp in Arkansas. While spending years behind bars and barbed wire, each of these three young people experience events that will change their lives forever. One will learn acceptance. One will see a path to forgiveness. And one will remain imprisoned by resentment.
I hope you enjoy the delectable delights on the menu. If, after reading the “tidbit” above, you’d like to “taste” more of The Red Kimono: