(Above pic is a sneak preview of today's celebratory recipe! Killer Chocolate Cheesecake. Scroll to the end to get a taste.)
I can't believe we've been at this 5 years. If you read Krista's post on Monday, you know how we all started. Krista, Julie, Cleo, Elizabeth, and I became a team. Then we grew. I had no idea when I started writing mysteries that I would have to cook. Luckily, I did! Because if I didn't, I wouldn't have been a part of this amazing blog!
In honor of our anniversary, we're throwing two contests!
We're giving away a book every day from today until July 25th. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here and tell us with whom you shared the news of our contests or our anniversary. Help us celebrate by spreading the word! Did you tell your neighbor? Did you email your sister? Did you post on Facebook? Did you tweet? TODAY??? Be sure to leave a comment each day because there will be twelve drawings. Leave a comment before midnight because after midnight, the next drawing starts!
REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS so we can contact you if you won!
Today: I'm giving away Inherit the Word (or your choice of a Cookbook Nook or Cheese Shop mystery!) We'll talk.
Take it away, Annie aka Wendy Lyn Watson:
I'm writing a series for NAL about a woman who runs a pet boutique in northern Minnesota. The first, PAWS FOR MURDER, came out in January, and the second, GROOMED FOR MURDER, will be out in September. I'm frantically writing the third right now. The Pet Boutique Mysteries are written under the pen name Annie Knox. I've also signed a contract for another series, written as Wendy Lyn Watson, called the Book Magic Mysteries. I don't want to share much more at this point--surprises!--but I'm very excited about it. Beyond writing, I continue to teach, advise, and cook.
What's your favorite post for MLK?
This recipe for portobello "street tacos": http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com/2012/04/portobello-street-tacos.html .
It was one of the more involved recipes I posted, but the meal it created was fantastic. The reason I'm so tied to it, though, is that I legitimately came up with the whole recipe. It wasn't built off of someone else's recipe or dredged up from a childhood memory. Kitchen to table, this was my baby. It made me realize that I don't need a cookbook to cook, and I've been more adventurous in the kitchen ever since. I make some truly retched food, but every now and then there's a gem.
What did you like most about being a part of MLK?
First, the need and then the desire to try something new every week. When I write, I find I need some other creative outlet to keep the must whispering her sweet nothings in my ear. Before MLK, I would undertake these massive craft projects that would consume and sometimes frustrate me. Now, I make dinner. I thank you all for that gift. And my husband does, too.Thanks, Wendy! Wishing you tons of success!
KILLER CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE!