Erika Chase writes the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries for Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series, A Killer Read, was nominated for an Agatha Best First Novel award. The second book, Read and Buried came out late last year and Cover Story, #3 in the series, hit the shelves this month. Book Fair and Foul is due next year. In a parallel life Erika Chase is also known as Linda Wiken. A former mystery bookstore owner, she is also a short story writer and a member of The Ladies' Killing Circle. She has been short-listed for an Arthur Ellis Award, Best Short Story, from Crime Writers of Canada. She loves choral singing and catering to her two Siamese cats.
Take it away, Erika!
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What I enjoy most about summer cooking is the BBQ part. I practically live with this object of my obsession whenever the sun is shining, sometimes in the rain, too. And by my calendar, there are still plenty of good barbecuing days left.
So, when I got this invitation to do a guest blog for Mystery Lovers Kitchen – and thanks so much for thinking of me!! – I decided to go Southern and do chicken. Now, this is a recipe I’ve tweaked to suit my eating tastes and if there’s something that works as a better ingredient for you, then go for it. I think this would be a tasty menu choice for a book club dinner on Molly’s patio. On my patio, too.
It’s nice and simple – prerequisite #1, so enjoy!
GRILLED CHICKEN WITH FRESH PLUM SALSA
2 c. chopped ripe plums (about 2 or 3 depending on size)
1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp. chopped red onion
2 tsp. fresh lime juice
½ tsp. sea salt, divided
1 Tbsp liquid honey
½ tsp. ground cumin
4 chicken breasts
Stir together plums, jalapeño pepper, basil, red onion, lime juice, and ¼ tsp. sea salt in a medium bowl.
Stir together honey, cumin and remaining ¼ tsp salt in a small bowl. Rub chicken with mixture.
Grill chicken on a pre-heated BBQ until done, turning over partway through. (My chicken breasts were average size and I grilled for 8 min. each side)
Serve with the plum mixture. Garnish with a slice of lime, if desired.
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Here's a tidbit about the latest in the Ashton Corner Book Club mysteries:COVER STORY
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