Today we’re welcoming mystery author Deborah Sharp to the Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen! Deborah writes the Mace Bauer mysteries—and each book is filled to the brim with Southern flavor and humor. Thanks for dropping in, Deb!
My husband thinks I've lost touch with reality, just because I'm a bit wrapped up in the matrimonial theme of my latest mystery, MAMA GETS HITCHED,
''You do know Mama is a fictional character, right?''
''What's your point?'' I snapped at him, as I tied tulle to ''Mama's'' bridal veil, which I wore for the book's launch party last week. (See photo of me in our backyard, practicing keeping my head from flopping over under the weight of so much nuptial foppery).
I've made favors, written vows, even had a wedding cookie custom-made with ''Best Wishes, Mama and Sal.'' All for a woman who doesn't exist and a wedding that never really happened.
So, when Elizabeth extended an invitation to join the talented foodie-authors at Mystery Lovers Kitchen, I knew immediately what I'd do. I'd fake it. Fact is, my husband and I have no children, and he travels some 200 days of the year as a TV reporter. I spend a lot of time alone, and I'm not even close to being the kind of cook the gals at the Kitchen are. If I contributed a REAL recipe for what I eat at home, it'd be tortilla chips heated in the toaster oven with onions, jalapenos, and melted cheddar cheese. In my defense, I always remove the chips from the metal tray and plate them before eating.
Weddings, though, are all about food. I actually gave a lot of thought to what Mama would serve when she ties the sacred knot of matrimony for the fifth time. For the launch party, I even replicated the punch served at Mama's bridal shower, from one of my favorite scenes from the book. I'm happy to report that no fistfights broke out at my book party. Unlike at Mama's shower, no high-heeled guests ended up rolling around on the floor in spilled punch and cake icing.
One guy at the signing did point out that Mama's Nuptial Nectar had a peculiar yellowish tinge. ''I learned in the Army not to drink any punch of that particular color,'' he announced to the audience.
See? I told you I'm not the person people usually beg for recipes. Truly, the punch was delicious. But if you decide to try it, you may want to increase the ratio of bright red cranberry juice.
Mama's Nuptial Nectar Punch
2-liter bottle of ginger ale
1 liter lemon-lime soda
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 large can pineapple juice
1 cup cranberry juice
2 cups rum (or more, depending on the crowd)
1 each, lemon and lime, thinly sliced
1 small jar maraschino cherries
Pour soda and juices into large punch bowl
Decorate with sliced citrus and cherries
Avoid inviting guests who may start a fight, knock over the cake, and shatter your grandma's punch bowl
Deborah Sharp writes the funny, southern-flavored Mace Bauer Mysteries. The third book in the series, MAMA GETS HITCHED, came out July 1 from Midnight Ink. Deborah, a former USA Today reporter, is married to NBC TV correspondent Kerry Sanders. They live in Deb's hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, where she spends entirely too much time in restaurants, avoiding her kitchen.
You can catch up with her on the web: http://www.DeborahSharp.com