Every December, my mom would bake Bon Bons and Rum Balls, two unique specialty cookies that I think of as hers alone. Being a perfectionist, she made sure that each of these shaped cookies was identical in size--something I'm too slapdash to do (which was probably why she tended to make these while I was at school). She always used real butter--never margarine. To keep them fresh, she packed the cookies away between layers of waxed paper… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 15, 2008 at 8:30am —
Today is one of my favorite people--my aunt/godmother Micheline Pucci's--birthday. So it seems fitting to celebrate it with one of my favorite recipes--and a cake, at that. In fact, for her birthday this year I sent her one of my famous rum cakes, which she is probably enjoying right about now. So if you happen to be in my hometown today, and you run into Aunt Mick, be sure to wish her a happy birthday!…
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 14, 2008 at 9:30am —
Today is the feast day of Saint Lucy, celebrated in Scandanavian households in an elaborate ritual that involves a girl chosen to portray the saint, wearing a wreath of candles on her head. (Helpful hint: if you plan to celebrate AND prepare the recipes below, you might want to hold off on indulging in the glogg until after the candles are extinguished.) :-)
This blog is in honor of my… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 13, 2008 at 9:30am —
Twenty-two years ago today, on December 12, 1988, I was in my early twenties and had been working at Backer Spielvogel Bates, one of Manhattan’s biggest advertising agencies, for a few months. That was the tail end of the industry’s boom era: bottomless expense accounts, martini lunches, lavish parties, perks galore. The agency had gone all out for the annual holiday party, renting out an entire nightclub for an… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 12, 2008 at 4:00am —
I was asked to guest blog this week over at bookreporter.com about a special book I had given or received as a Christmas gift. I thought I'd share it here as well: Continue
Christmas was, in my small-town childhood, everything it's supposed to be. It was all about tradition: family, friends, Santa, church, parties, lights and decorations, sledding and skating, giving and receiving gifts, baking cookies, volunteering our time and giving to…
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 4, 2008 at 3:30pm —
It was a week ago that I wrote to tell you that our stove had broken on the night before our out-of-town guests were to start arriving for Thanksgiving. Mark and I went stove shopping Tuesday, sticking to our vow to always shop locally owned businesses when possible. We didn’t regret it. At Atlantic Appliance of Bedford Hills (shameless plug), when asked what we were looking for, we told the salesman “Anything you can deliver tomorrow!” and he… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 2, 2008 at 5:30pm —
Cooking TG dinner here for 28 people.
Houseguests arrive today.
Stove broke last night.
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 25, 2008 at 6:48am —
I just dropped in and nearly fell out of my chair when I saw how many people have joined overnight! Welcome to my home on the web! I'd love it if the newbies (and anyone else, even if you've been here awhile) would chime in below and tell me how you heard about the site!
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 18, 2008 at 4:20pm —
If you didn't read my blog post a few days ago about my niece and nephew Hannah and Leo, the entry is still featured here below. And now, by clicking the link in the box to the left, beneath the Breast Cancer Awareness banner, you can see for yourself what amazing children they are. They were featured this morning in a WGRZ television news segment about the incredible gift they've given to women with breast cancer, and about how my mom inspired them. Both my sister and my dad were also… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 17, 2008 at 5:00pm —
My good friend Michelle Buonfiglio over at Lifetime TV's website has invited me to guest blog today. Come see us at http://www.mylifetime.com/lifestyle/entertainment/romance-buy-the-book/blog
.I'd love it if you'd comment on my blog question, as I'll be popping in and out all day to discuss those "guilty pleasures"! To comment, just quickly… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 17, 2008 at 6:30am —
I’m bursting with pride. Can I brag a little?
Every summer for the past few years, my young niece and nephew, Hannah and Leo, have gathered a group of cousins, friends, and neighborhood kids to put on a little talent show in their backyard. They sell tickets and give the proceeds to charity: Making Strides with Breast Cancer, in memory of my mom. The event has snowballed–the crowd gets bigger every year, the contributions far exceed the ticket… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 13, 2008 at 7:35am —
I have, in the course of my adult life, engaged in various types and degrees of exercise to keep both my weight and my stress level in check.
Back in the eighties, I did aerobics with Jane Fonda on the VCR, trying not to grapevine through walls or cha-cha into furniture in various tiny apartments I inhabited. When I moved to New York City, I fell in love with walking. Not just out of necessity, but for fun. In the nineties when I was… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 12, 2008 at 5:00am —
Yesterday, someone asked me how I balance an author’s sedentary lifestyle with personal health and fitness. The answer: as resourcefully as possible. After all, I fully intend to live to a ripe old age, so–aside from drinking vast amounts of coffee every day–I tend to stick to healthy habits to offset the fact that I spend at least10-12 hours a day sitting at my desk.
Some of those habits are easier to maintain than others.
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 10, 2008 at 8:00am —
Many of you know that our family is on a mission to visit all 50 states as part of my ongoing book tour, and this year, we passed the halfway point. As parents, Mark and I seek not just to entertain our children with these trips, but to widen their horizons and educate them. Yesterday, we glimpsed our legacy in action, and it was gratifying indeed.
Visiting different parts of the country–eating regional food, participating in local customs,… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 5, 2008 at 9:00am —
I'm sitting here trying to work on a scene in my new novel, but am feeling distracted having woken to the glaring absence of Tim Russert on NBC and the ironic news that Barack Obama has just lost his beloved grandmother. This election day, so filled with hope and the winds of change, feels unexpectedly bittersweet.
Instead of writing, I've found myself mostly staring out the… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 4, 2008 at 8:30am —
You can’t avoid it. Wherever you go, there they are: Obama and McCain, Biden and Palin, consuming the airwaves, the headlines, mailboxes, conversation, even the parade of Halloween costumes last night.
A friend theorized, the other day, that we tend to absorb and grow up to reflect our parents’ political views. That’s possibly quite true in most cases, but not in my own. My parents encouraged independent thinking, and I embraced it. Thus, I was born into one political party–my dad… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 1, 2008 at 3:12pm —
Here it is, at last! The cover for my May thriller, along with the stepback art (inside cover). What do you… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on October 27, 2008 at 4:00am —
And we are living happily ever after. :-)
Happy Anniversary, Mark.
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on October 26, 2008 at 3:00pm —
October usually brings media interest in the paranormal novels I've written, and this year is no exception. I just taped a segment for News 12 Westchester that will air on Halloween. The anchor, Matt Sampson, is a friend of mine and he wanted to know all about my novels set in Lily Dale (the upstate New York spiritualist community): both the adult thriller IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, and the young adult series LILY DALE, which includes the titles… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on October 24, 2008 at 5:00am —
While I was researching my upcoming thriller DEAD BEFORE DARK, I drew on knowledge I had gleaned having already read volumes upon volumes on the topic of criminal profiling–I’d been interested in it since I took a sociology class in Deviant Behavior way back in college. But for this book, reading about the FBI wasn’t enough. I needed to talk to someone who could tell me exactly what it was like to be an agent, on a day to day basis.
Luckily, an author pal put me in touch with a… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on October 22, 2008 at 4:30am —