She is the marketing director at Entangled Publishing, is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox and two romantic suspense novels to be released in 2012.
And now, Misa ~
I wanted to be a chef, once upon a time. My dad said, “Go to college for two years, and then we’ll talk about the culinary institute.” So I did. And when two years were up, I went to my dad and he said, “You’re half way there, why don’t you just finish.”
So I did. And I’m so glad because I think living a writing life is a lot more condusive to having a family and maintaining my sanity than the life of a chef would have been. Plus I can still fit in my clothes, which is a good thing and might not have been the case had I’d gone into culinary arts since I also greatly enjoy baking.
But the perk of not cooking for a living is that I get to cook now and thoroughly enjoy it. One of my new all time favorites, ever since I was invited to attend The California Strawberry Commission’s fabulous blogger event in Dallas last summer.
One of the things on their menu was Mahi Mahi tacos (straight from the California strawberry cookbook).
Can I just say... these tacos are an absolute favorite for me now. Ever since that night in Dallas, I’m in love with Mahi Mahi tacos.
• The Fish.
• The Chipotle Avocado Sour Cream.
• The Strawberry Salsa.
First, the fish. It’s seasoned with cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Chili, if you want. Then you grill it. Muy facil.
Next, Chipotle Avocado Sour Cream. This just entails our cream, chopped up avocado, and a teaspoon of chipotle chili in adobo sauce (comes in a can in the International/Mexican food section of your market). Mash it all together and there you have it. Delicioso.
The Strawberry salsa is made up of chopped red onion, strawberries, mango, papaya (I use frozen mango and papaya), and cilantro. It's a sweet salsa, and my absolute favorite thing. Extra cilantro on my portion.
Serve on soft corn tortillas and ENJOY! I implore you, try this dish. Everyone who ever has it absolutely loves it! When I need inspiration for my writing, I don’t turn to chips or cookies or cereal (okay, well, sometimes I do). I make Mahi Mahi tacos with strawberry salsa, and oh my gosh, I’m sure my books are better because of it.
Don't miss Melissa's latest book, A Fitting End.
Former Manhattan fashion designer Harlow Jane Cassidy has a gift for creating beautiful dresses. But when Harlow becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, she’ll more than her sewing skills to unravel the mystery…
Business is booming at Harlow’s custom dressmaking boutique, Buttons & Bows, even with the presence of her great-grandmother’s ghost hanging around the shop. But thanks to the fast approaching Margaret Moffette Lea Pageant and Ball, Harlow has her work cut out for her when Mrs. Zinnia James hires her to make her granddaughter’s pageant gown.
With the debutant ball getting the whole town of Bliss, Texas into a tizzy, Harlow knows her dress has to be perfect. But when a local golf pro is found stabbed to death with dressmaking shears, the new deputy thinks Harlow and Mrs. James conspired to commit the crime. Now Harlow has to finish the dress on time and clear her name before the next outfit she designs is a prison jumpsuit…