Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year - Top 8 of '08

Top 8 of '08

I had some difficulty coming up with a good list, largely because I like all kinds of things (dachshunds, murder mysteries, Audi SL6's, hickory-smoked barbecue…), but not necessarily eight of any of them. On the other hand, I do like to eat. And cook.

So here's a list of my favorite eight recipes. As time allows over the next couple of weeks, I'll actually post said recipes, but for now—I spent eight hours today driving to and from Indio, CA, to pick up my new dachshund puppy (name still up for grabs, though it might be Homer), and am consequently about to head for bed.









Happy New Year!



  1. They all sound good! Can't wait for the recipes!

    Congrats on the new family edition! I'm wanting a new Pembroke Welsh Corgi, as a friend for Harleigh, and, given the Corgi propensity to eat everything that doesn't eat them first, I shall name it Hoover...

  2. dear Diana
    Happy new year to you and your family.
    God always protects you and your family and never makes you miss his love.
    love from Italy Mariella

  3. I make your machaca recipe quite often and my kids love it.

    Happy New Year and congrats on the new puppy. I love the name Homer, btw.

  4. I am eagerly anticiapting the recipes! Many Blessings to you and your family (and newest addition) this new year!

  5. Happy New Year Diana!!!! Many blessings to you and your family in 2009!!! Mmm... many of those things sound yummy! Thanks in advance for sharing your recipes!! Awww! A new wienie dog!!! My DH had one when he was growing up. Homer sounds like a cute name!

  6. Happy New Year!!

    Congrats on the new puppy. We miss our Doxie. Boris was with us for a long time. We don't have the heart to replace him just yet.

    We've had
    Boris, Bruno, Hexa (the name fit her I swear, it was prophetic), Jakob. I really wanted to get Boris a GalPal and name her Natasha. Then get cats and name them Rocky and Bullwinkle.

    The DH wasn't down for it.

    So we're gonna work on getting a new DH. [grin]


  7. Oh, yummy, I can't wait for the recipes. If you like brownies I've got an AWESOME recipe for mint brownies!! And a very happy New Year to you and welcome to the lil puppy, I think Homer is a great name.

  8. Oh, Diana:

    I knew I liked you! So, what kind of curry do you eat/make? Indian? Japanese? Thai? My little family is curry-crazed, eating any kind in any form.

    Enjoy your new family member. Being married to a landscape architect doesn't allow for us to own a dog. Tom collects cycads, many being prized specimens and protected by CITES. A dog would invite a heart attack if it looked sideways at or lifted its leg in the direction of one.

    Happy New Year.


  9. Dear Merrymags--

    Well, see, you have one yard for the cycads and one for the dog. All you need is a bigger place. [g]

  10. Homer is an excellent name for a Dachsund. :D

    I had your machaca recipe at one time; can't wait to see if I remembered it right!

  11. Oh, I'm soooo hungry! As for the puppy, I love Homer, but how about the Graf? (she asked not so innocently).


  12. Dear Bedelia--

    I'd love to have a dachshund named Von Namtzen [g], but I think the rest of my family might have reservations.

  13. Dear Diana,

    I have put the list in my blog, with the link here for follow-up receipes. Thanks so much for playing along!


    Pee Ess

    Simply cannot WAIT to see a picture of he-who-will-possibly-be-known-as-Homer. Hopefully he will be up on your blog soon...

  14. Diana, you will love your doxie. My family and I have all had them - Schatzi, Princess, Buffy, Heidi, Chloe and Gretchen. They are wonderful little friends. Can't wait for the new book! Have a wonderful New Year! Happy writing!!!

  15. GUACAMOLE! haven't had good guac iin ages. hubbie's allergic to avocados, so we don't have it much 'round here.

  16. Happy New Year to you and yours!
    And a warm welcome to the newest canine family member, who will be warming your feet as you write... :-)

  17. Oh I can't wait to here what name you pick! Homer is a very cute name though.
    Can't wait for the recipes...

  18. Homer, the Dachshund?

    How about Badgerdeath, the Destroyer?

    You'll understand better when it starts teething.

  19. What color is your weenie dog? My family had a white one once...looked like cookies and cream ice cream and named Pippin for his runt-like state. Is yours red, black, dappled, or piebald?
    Hannah S.

  20. Dear Diana,

    I wish you and your family a happy new year!
    Are there any proceedings concerning the movie? Because noe spring is coming closer and closer and I am getting more curious every day ;))

  21. Happy New Year Diana, sounds like you are starting it off right with a new puppy in your life!
    I made your enchiladas during the holidays and they were a big hit with my family, I think I may have a new tradition.

  22. I would love to see a photo of the new puppy - I just picked up my dachsund, Dobby, from the "dog spa" (aka: kennel) where he spent the last week while we went on vacation. He is very happy to be home and is making sure no one moved his toys.

  23. A friend of mine has a dauchsund named Eli Manning, she calls him by his full name not just Eli. My red dauchsund is appropriately named Ruby and she's the red headed baby girl I've always wanted. I know you'll enjoy your new edition, dauchsunds are one of the greatest breeds ever. Little bodies, big huge personalities. If my friend could name her dog Eli Manning, I think Von Namtzen would be fine, just harder to say. Homer rolls off the tongue a bit easier though. Can't wait for the recipes. Tried the fruit stuffed turkey this Christmas and it did turn out delicious. Thanks!

  24. Yummm...Machaca! I ate plenty of that growing up. I am Mexican-American. My parents are from Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico which prides itself in its Machaca. Can't wait for the recipe.

  25. I'm intreigued by the 'drunk chicken'! Looking forward to seeing what's in it.

    Have you ever thought of doing an Outlander cookbook? :)

  26. Dear Ms. Gabaldon,

    I'm a new fan of your Outlander series. I'm currently reading the second book, Dragonfly in Amber, and I am very much in love with Jamie Fraser!! My name is Shara by the way and I'm 19. My holidays were mainly spent devouring your books, and I'm sorry school has started again because I have less time to read for pleasure. But I will read all 6 novels, including An Echo in the Bone and probably even the graphic novel (I admit it's an addiction). I have been recommending your works to other people (including my mom) because they don't know what they're missing!! Please keep writing, and Happy New Year.


  27. Congrats on the new baby! My son has a dog whose Mom was a Dachshund, and the only thing that resembles her are his blue eyes, which look ODD since Daddy was a Hairless Chinese Crested!

    My own baby is a Tiny poodle named Girnigoe, so I tend to like the hard-to-pronounce names that make people invariably say, "Huh?" when you tell them her name.

    Good luck in the new year!

    :) Terri

  28. Dear Shara--

    Thank you! [smile] Don't worry--I'll keep writing!

  29. Dear Terri--

    You had--or saw--a blue-eyed dachshund? [boggling]

  30. LOL, yes, have you never seen one with blue eyes? I could be wrong, but I believe that most are dapple (kind of spotted) and they are purebred. My son's dog has the blue eyes from his mom who was a dapple dachshund.

    :) Terri

  31. Happy New Year, Diana and family!

    Two more books in the series and it would be my top 8 of 08. :) So, it's top 6 of 08 because that's when I discovered them.

    Enjoy your puppy!

  32. Dear Diana,

    I am always looking for yummy treats to take to the 'non-cooking' folks around me at work and fudge is always a favourite. I looked up your holiday recipe on your site but have one question. What size pans do you use to cool the fudge in? Looks like a big batch so I was wondering if you would need a couple of 9X13 or 8X8 pans?


    PS ... I have a similar fudge recipe that calls for chips and this holiday season I used Hersey Mint Chocolate Chips - talk about a crowd pleaser! If you like mint that is!

  33. Dachsunds with blue eyes are usually double dapples and usually have genetic problems with their hearing and/or other issues. It isn't really considered a good breeding standard according to our veterinarian. My neighbor had a beautiful double dapple that she rescued, she was white and tan and had bright blue eyes and was deaf, the only problem was that the neighbor let her breed with her tan dachsund and all the babies died within a few days from birth defects- it was very sad. Her vet told her she should have never let her breed.

  34. happy new year, diana!

    we had a doxie once, named gator, yes he chewed everything =)

    best of luck with the new addition and i think the name homer is cute for a doxie =)

  35. Hi Diana
    there is a question that i always do me and to which only you can answer:what end has made the letter that Frank Randall wrote to the reverend Wakefield in which he explained the grave of Jamie to the St. Kilda? will Roger ever read the letter to Claire?
    Excuse my poor english!!

  36. Yes, it's true, dachshunds can have blue eyes. I've got a silver dapple named Byron, he has some blue specks in one of his irises. The eyes sometimes end up dappled like the rest of them.
    This is my first post ever here, and I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your books Diana (I know everyone says that [g]). I've read them so many times that I usually don't even read them from beginning to end anymore. I just pick one up, open it at random, and start there. They're like old friends... I just keep coming back to them. Thanks again.

  37. Happy Birthday Diana, have a wonderful day.
    Janelle :)

  38. Sounds wonderful - can't wait for the recipes! And happy New Year and happy birthday to you! :)

  39. I have a rather food-oriented literary question for you: How would you describe the flavor of curry to a person who has never tasted it before? I'm not a big curry fan myself, but I know that a great majority of the world eats it and although I have tried it several times, I'm at a loss as to how to describe the flavor. Thanks!

  40. Hi everyone - this is about the blue-eyed dachshunds. My parents bred their red with a black and tan dapple that had half a blue eye - very strange to look at (the bottom half was blue and the top half was brown). Out of one litter, one of the pups had a completely blue eye. Of course, that's the dog my sister-in-law fell in love with, and her name is Chloe. The blue eyes are a trait in dapples, and aren't genetically desirable. The next litter had no blue-eyed pups, but one was long haried (both parents are short haired). I lept her and her name is Gretchen. Sorry for rambling, but I love these dogs!!

    I just read your enchilada recipe and it sounds really good. I live in Texas, so I can get some pretty good Mexican food, but I haven't tried making enchiladas yet. I have managed tamales, and that was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. It's a process! lol