Summer Cocktail Sunday: Party! Sangria Recipe, Finale Live-Tweet, and Recap of True Blood S6E09

It’s a sad, sad day. The last Summer Cocktail Sunday post! So let’s go out with a bang! I have some awesome things for you to check out today.

  1. Recap of last week’s episode.
  2. A recipe for Sangria from Olivia Dupin’s newest book!
  3. I am going to live-tweet the Season Finale tonight and you can follow along right here on SPOON!
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So without further ado, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and do some bad things.

Do you need a tissue for your issue, ’cause these Spoilers are kinda rough!

After Eric sucked Warlow almost dry, Sookie tried to revitalize him while Bill just thinks he can grab and go. When Sookie starts to feed Warlow, Bill gets a little excited and Sookie has to blast him with her light to push him out of the Sort-Of-Fairy-Dimension. Bill begins to follow Eric’s trail of destruction in the hopes that what Sookie said (“Eric has more of Warlow’s blood than Warlow does.”) is enough to save his progeny. Sookie explains to Warlow that she will keep her promise of becoming his vampire wife/daughter(?). Is it me or should we still not trust Warlow? I’m with Sookie on this one, why can’t he just ask her on a date or go to a movie?

Terry’s funeral. Oh my, oh my, oh my. I’m just gonna dive in so’s I don’t just crumble. Letty Mae! I’ve missed you. Still as awkward as ever, huh? What I love about the start of this scene, and actually the show often does this pretty well (I mean for soap opera about vampires), is the realism. Yes, Sookie pops into existence, but when she goes to sit, she asks about Hoyt, makes light chit chat with Jane Bodehouse, and we see this small town come together like any small town would. It kind of throws me back to season one when they gathered in the town hall to hear the Civil War exploits of Vampire Bill. It’s about humanity. It’s about people sharing their stories with each other. Even if those people are a telepath/fairy, a werewolf, a shifter, black, white, male, female. During the times that matter, we can all come together, and love. That’s the end of my long-winded speech, because Alcide shows up looking better than ever and Jane and Maxine start to drool.

Reverend Daniels begins the service and sets the tone. The stories of this very large and dysfunctional family begin. We flash back with Andy to when Terry returned from war and his antics, though silly, are still very real for many people. It seems that Terry is hiding from his life, but Andy tries to connect with a fundamental thing that unites all men: Beer.

Returning with the Raging Bitch IPA (love it!), Sam and Andy come to offer Terry a job. They go fishing together, because beer and fishing is a lot less pressure than talking. When he catches a catfish, we get a glimpse into Terry’s profound guilt and self-consciousness. Terry has learned a huge life lesson during his duty: Every life matters.

Lafayette, looking’ fan-freakin’-tastic, relays his tale with flair. Terry is having a hard time at connecting and focusing. Exuding his unique brand of love, Lafayette helps Terry through a minuscule task (baby steps) of making fries. Can we talk about the fry dance?

As a palette cleanser between good stories, we hear Portia’s story. No one really cares. But now, it’s Arlene’s turn and she’s thinking she’s not ready. So Sookie takes the bullet and comes out about her telepathy. This flashback is adorable. Arlene and Sookie acting really young, the weird flirty waitress, and Terry acting so amazingly adorable. Yup. I cried. Thanks Sookie. (grumblemakinmecrygrumble)

Arlene’s up to bat. In her story, she is freaking out about Mikey and not being a good mom. Terry steps in and becomes the strong support she needs. (“He was my ROCK!”) He transcends his past life and becomes a person that can be loving, trustworthy, helpful, and supportive.

In sharp, sharp contrast to what is happening at the funeral, Eric has a great snarl going on and is showing no mercy to any and all of the humans at Vamp Camp. Eric is dealing with his grief in a very different way than the citizens of Bon Temp as hear tears a bloody hole through the building. Dr. Overlark got the worst of it, I believe, as Eric’s propensity to tear body parts from people never ceases to amuse me. Bill’s finds Overlark and stomps his head like a bug. The gore continues! I love it! Eric releases the male vampires, but stumbles upon a young vampire who is waiting for his maker. He is dying of HepV and Eric feels the pang of heartache again.

As Bill searches for Eric, he walks through this house of horror. It reminds me of a haunted house and now i am absolutely ready for fall, pumpkins, and Halloween. After releasing the female vamps, Eric stumbles upon Jason (Violet left him?) and Jason automatically helps him. Eric decides to heal him, leaving us all to wonder about the very hot dreams that will come. They both head off to find their friends and Sarah Newlin emerges from a pile of dead bodies to go be her crazy righteous self.

When Eric and Jason stumble upon the therapist, he reveals that he slept with Pam (Oh no he di’n’t!) and Eric decides to give Pam the pleasure of killing him. On their odd little odyssey, they hear Ginger’s scream and add her to the group. Meanwhile, Bill arrives at a realization: He had it in him all along! Bill has had Warlow’s blood and therefore, his blood will hopefully be enough to save them. And as Sarah Newlin climbs the stairway to heaven to cast light down upon the demons, as the gate opens, Bill-The-Savior has fed his progeny, and they survive. Unfortunately, Steve is the runt of the litter and can’t make it to Bill nurturing blood. He tries to escape, but is met with Eric who hold him in the sun and with his last dying breath, looks at Sarah and screams “I love you Jason Stackhouse!” The Vamps are high, dancing around in the sunlight, leaving Bill to die. Jason runs off to fight his villain, Sarah.

And just when we think that it’s over, Big John steps forward. He sings “Life Matters” and everyone dissolves into tears. Cause, REALLY? We cross this highly emotional tribute to life, with Jason/Sarah clash and Jason has to ask himself if all lives really do matter? He lets Sarah escape.

In the final bits of the episode, the vamps destroy the TruBlood, but not before a truck arrives in California, where the news of HepV hasn’t yet reached. Lillith’s minions try to pull Bill into oblivion, and Jessica remembers that they left him behind and goes back to help. Eric faces the room where Nora was infected and rage engulfs him. James and Jessica try to feed Bill to help him. A 21-gun salute fires for Terry and we all cry again. I am glad to see Terry getting his due and the show taking time to go through the motions so that we can say good bye to our friend. Bill emerges into the sunlight and we praise Lillith. Turning to look for Eric, Pam realizes that he is about to fly away, leaving her again.

Spoilers over, but is it really the end?

Now let’s get on with the party!

Here’s a delicious recipe for Sangria, which means BLOOD, from Olivia Dupin’snewest book, Gluten-Free Entertaining. It seemed fitting : )
Red Sangria
•Soy-free •Dairy-free •Nut-free

Choose a fairly inexpensive dry red wine for this recipe. This recipe is for one pitcher,
but for a party of six, I usually make at least three pitchers!

¼ cup (50 g) sugar
¼ cup (60 ml) hot water
1 bottle (750 ml) red wine, such as Rioja or cabernet
¼ cup (60 ml) brandy
¼ cup (60 ml) Triple Sec
½ cup (120 ml) orange juice
1 green apple, cored and cut into ½-inch (1.3 cm) cubes
1 orange, sliced into rounds, then quartered
Ice as needed

Place the sugar in a pitcher and add the hot water. Stir until dissolved.

Add the wine, brandy, Triple Sec, orange juice, apple, and orange.

Let sit for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend. Before serving, top the pitcher off with ice and serve with a wooden spoon in the pitcher to help portion some of the fruit into each glass while pouring.

Yield: 6 servings

Chef’s Tip
In the summertime, I replace the apple and orange with about 1½ cups (215 g) blackberries, raspberries, or sliced strawberries for a fresh, seasonal variation.

Cheers, all!

And now, to leave Summer Cocktail Sunday on a great note, join me (@absyntheaddict) here on Sunday for a live-tweeting event and the last Summer Cocktail Sunday. #SCSTrueBlood


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About the book coming this fall:

If you’re gluten-free, you know that parties and other gatherings can be a food conundrum. What can you prepare for your guests that everyone can enjoy, gluten-free or not? And what can you bring to parties that will please a crowd, and bring praise instead of pause?

Take the fear away and fill your plate with sensational (and safe!) eats with Gluten-Free Entertaining. Author Olivia Dupin will teach you how to entertain with ease, whether you’re hosting a brunch, going to a holiday bash, or just having a casual couple’s dinner at home. And with fourteen separate menus and more than 100 party-pleasing dishes, you’ll find something for every taste and occasion.

From Deep-Dish Ham, Artichoke and Brie Quiche to Sesame Chicken Bites and Chocolate Chip Almond Torte, all of these recipes are delicious, first and foremost, and coincidentally gluten-free, so you can make them for your own get-together, or bring them along to any gathering.
Entertain with ease with Gluten-Free Entertaining!