A Week in the Mountains

by wjw on May 17, 2008

Only the highlights, now.

Sunday dinner, by Walter:

Royal roast leg of lamb with saffron and raisin sauce (shahi raan).
Chicken smothered in aromatic herbs and almonds (badaami murgh)
Chickpeas in ginger sauce (safaid channi)
Spinach cooked clarified butter with ginger and spices (saag)
Hot curried watermelon
Saffron pilaf
Dessert: mangoes caramelized in butter, brown sugar, and brandy, with cream.


“The Curandero,” by Daniel Abraham.
“His Heart’s Desire,” by S.C. Butler

Dinner by Maureen:

Rustic roast pork loin with garlic and ginger
Crispy roasted potatoes
Roasted carrots, onions, and apples
Dessert: apple bread pudding with cream


“The Naturalist” (screenplay), by Maureen McHugh

Dinner by Catherynne Valente

Linguini and shrimp in a goat cheese sauce with roasted poblano peppers and cilantro.
Sweet Greek salad of fresh tomatoes, onions, zucchini, cilantro, and fresh pineapple in balsamic dressing.
Baguettes with cilantro pesto
Dessert: mangoes and pumpkin seeds in dulce de leche


“The River Bank,” by Kristin Livdahl
Untitled Edge series story, by Melinda Snodgrass

Dinner by Walter

Poached shrimp in remoulade sauce
Chef Francoise’s black roux gumbo with chicken and sausage
Dessert: bananas Foster flamed in brandy.


Untitled Jack Vance tribute story, by Walter
Untitled story by Ian Tregillis

Dinner by Melinda:

Coq au vin
White rice
Vegetarian pot pie
Dessert: hot fudge sundaes.


Breakfast French toast with cinnamon and Triple Sec

“World Fantasy” by Alan DeNiro
“Game of Chance” by Carrie Vaughn

Dinner by Maureen:
Whipped brie on toasted baguettes drizzled with a balsamic reduction.
Hell’s Kitchen Chili
Roasted green beans
Dessert: hot fudge sundaes redux


Excerpt from “The Spindle of Necessity” by Catherynne Valente

Dinner: at a restaurant.

Rebecca S. May 17, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Very nice reading as I sit here gnawing my protein bar. Grr. No, it sounds delicious, all of it. Most especially “Jack Vance tribute story, by Walter.” I hope that’s something we’ll all be able to read someday.

tcastleb May 18, 2008 at 2:46 am

See, this is why I should just drive to Worldcon and stop at your place on the way so you can feed me . . . pasta out of a box sadly pales in comparison to REAL cooking. -drools-

RJS May 19, 2008 at 11:02 am

Excuse while I beat out the fire my burning envy appears to have started in the office….

Perhaps a collaborative cookbook project is in order? With short stories?

dubjay May 19, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Indeed, it was a fine weekend, one worthy of jealousy.

The Jack Vance tribute story will indeed see print, in a Dying Earth tribute anthology edited by Gardner Dozois and George RR Martin.

Rebecca S. May 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Yay to the above.

Melinda Snodgrass May 27, 2008 at 7:42 pm

This was my first experience at a writer’s workshop, and I _loved_ it. I’m looking across the span of months until Rio Hondo returns, and feeling depressed. I may head up to Taos this summer so I can explore more of the hiking trails.

I’ve even begun to enjoy writing short stories. Speaking of which I better get back to the rewrite — excellent notes courtesy of the brilliant writers at Rio Hondo.

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