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Contest Update: There’s still time!

The holidays are rushing by, but there’s still time to enter my contest to win a free e-copy of McShannon’s Heart AND a critique of fifteen manuscript pages by editor of critically acclaimed novels, Patricia Thomas. Just post a favorite holiday recipe as a comment to this post. I’ll be drawing for the prizes on New Years Eve. So far I have seven entries, so your chances are good!


  1. Kevin A
    December 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm


    1/3 cup sugar
    1/3 cup olive oil
    2 tablespoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 1/4 cups Greek yogurt*
    4 eggs
    Zest of 1 orange, finely grated
    10 sheets phyllo


    2 cups sugar
    2 cups water
    1 tablespoon honey
    Zest of 1 orange

    In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water, sugar, honey and orange zest. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
    Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil a baking dish (I used an 8×11-inch). Unroll the phyllo dough and tear it into large pieces then let it sit uncovered until you are ready to use it. In a large bowl whisk the 4 eggs until just combined. Add the oil, sugar, vanilla, orange zest, yogurt and baking powder and whisk well. Add the torn phyllo and stir to combine, then pour the mixture into the baking dish.

    Bake the pita until set and golden on top, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven, score lightly into pieces with a sharp knife and then add the cooled syrup. Let cool completely before serving.

    * yogurt tip – I buy a 750g tub of Astro “Balkan Style” plain yogurt and drain it in the fridge for 24 hours prior to use – put it in a sieve over a bowl covered with saran. You’ll lose half the volume in whey but the end result is astounding!

  2. Historical Writer/Editor
    December 30, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Thanks so much for dropping by my blog, Jennie, it's nice to meet you too! I wish you the best. -Laura

  3. worddreams
    December 30, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    My favorite holiday recipe involves people–my children, my husband–and dogs, so it probably won't qualify. Great recipes so far, though. Kevin's looks scrumptious! Happy holidays, Jennie!

  4. Lorilyn
    December 31, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Hi, Jennie, I read your comment on my blog and decided to check out what kind of writer you are. I love your style. You are in Canada and I am in Florida. So cold up there….

  5. Jennie Marsland
    December 31, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Hey Lorilyn, thanks for dropping by and for the kind words. Happy New Year!