From Daryl aka Avery:
I just got back from attending the Left Coast Crime conference in Monterey. I grew up in the Northern California area, and I often visited Carmel, a darling shopping and art destination right next door to Monterey, but I remembered Monterey not being up to snuff. Well, let me correct that opinion. Not only does it have a fabulous aquarium, but the town has changed. It's pretty. A shopping mecca. The wharf is kitschy fun. The sea otters that abound are playful and loud! Bark-bark! And the history of Monterey is incredible, because of its expansive bay. I've shared a number of photos of the area on my Facebook page. CLICK HERE to view more.
|Me with Mary Jane Maffini (Victoria Abbott) |
and Jenn McKinlay (former MLK'er)
I often find I run on adrenaline at a conference. Go, go, go. Smile, laugh, have fun! It's wonderful to connect with readers. It's also fun to touch base with so many good friends. We talk family, writing, and the biz. It's a wonderful refresher that inspires me to get back to the computer and create.
But then I get home, and I'm exhausted! So for a week, I want easy food. Easy, easy.
|The three of us the next day,|
As you've probably notice, I've been posting EASY recipes more often. My protagonist in the Cookbook Nook series isn't a cook...yet. She's trying to learn, but recipes with either too many ingredients or too many steps unnerves her. She's getting better. She's challenged herself with a few recipes and they've turned out successfully. I know some real people who also request easy recipes. My stepdaughter, who has a bit of fear in the kitchen, took to this recipe in a second!
But don't think easy means bland. This is really really tasty! And you can prepare it all a day ahead and plop it into the slow cooker first thing in the morning, set the timer, and leave the house for 8-10 hours. How cool is that?? Serve with a crisp salad.
Hey, notice the new title in the grouping below??? Stirring the Plot, coming October 2014!