Greetings all!

Those who've read Fortune's Fool may have noticed Jinna Pride's habit of giving her dishes some pretty punny names.

From The Man in the High Cassoulet to The Chosen Wonton, Jinna's got her teeth into the idea (yes, yes I do consider the characters to be entities with free will—oddly takes a lot of pressure off of the writing). That said, Jinna's got new mom brain and I'm a bit overwhelmed with the day job and the stack of projects, so I'm opening the floor to suggestions for recipe names that have some sort of literary twist. They can be a take on titles, or on famous tropes, such as: The Bun Who Got Away; Gyro's Journey; You're Going to Meet a Tall, Dark, Ranger cookies and, someday; the Meat Cute Pie.

Also seeking recipes for those who enjoy the kitchen! I tend to focus on things that are easy to put together, and certainy economical (we live in the times we live in).

Recipes and titles that make it into any of the stories will be credited to the contributor in both the posted chapters and the published books.

There's no rush, but, we are currently writing The Crew Who Came in From the Cold, which features a Chana Masala that could use a title.

Longer term will see us adding recipes to Fortune's Architects, Fortune & Glory, and, eventually, Beguiling Fortune.

Meanwhile, I hope you all enjoy the following, which is a long time favorite of our household.

Recipe courtesy of (


• 3 cups sugar

• 1 cup vegetable oil

• 4 eggs

• 2/3 cup water

• 1 15oz can pumpkin puree

• 2 teaspoons ground ginger

• 1 teaspoon ground allspice

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1 teaspoon ground cloves

• 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

• 2 teaspoons baking soda

• 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 

• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) Lightly grease two 9X5 inch loaf pans.

2 In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, oil, and eggs; beat until smooth. Add water and beat until well blended. Stir in pumpkin, ginger, allspice, and cinnamon.

3 In medium bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, and baking powder. Add try ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just until all ingredients are mixed. Divide batter between prepared pans.

4 Bake in preheated oven until toothpick (or piece of dried spaghetti) comes out clean, about 1 hour. 

Slice and enjoy with a cup of tea!