Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Stir Fry Chicken, #recipe + book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl aka Avery:

Spoiler alert: Book giveaway below!!

I like going out for Chinese food. My favorite place to go, where I'm assured they have gluten-free options, is PF Chang's. If you get the chance, don't miss their flourless chocolate cake.

In the meantime, if you like to eat in and you want to try something fun, try this stir-fry recipe.

Stir-fry food doesn't have to be difficult. I've been making this version of the recipe for years. It's my son's favorite. He makes it now for his wife. It's packed with healthy veggies and lean chicken. You can switch out the veggie selections for those you like. You can switch out the chicken to pork or even beef.  It's great for a cold night. Easy for a busy day.

By the way, last week Cleo offered a healthy way to make white rice with half the calories, and I am determined to try it, but I must admit I made this recipe before Cleo shared her tip.

If you missed that post, follow this link: CLEO COYLE'S HALF THE CALORIES RICE.


And if you want to try a great flourless chocolate cake, try this one that has earned raves from a lot of my fans and definitely my family!  DARYL'S FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE






STIR FRY CHICKEN with VEGETABLES

REGULAR OR GLUTEN-FREE * (see ingredient note)

Ingredients:

(Serves 4)

1 pound skinned chicken breasts, cubed
1/2 cup flour or gluten-free flour, if you need to eat gluten-free (I use tapioca starch)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce/tamari, if needed)
1 tablespoon mustard
water, as needed
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup broccoli, chopped uncooked (or boiled for 2 minutes and rinsed) * see below
1/2 cup cauliflower, chopped uncooked (or boiled for 2 minutes and rinsed) * see below
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup snow peas, uncooked
1/2 cup green onions, chopped

1 cup rice

Directions:

Cook rice according to directions. Set aside.

Meanwhile, chop the chicken and set aside. In a sealable plastic bag, put the flour or *gluten-free flour (I use tapioca starch; you can use cornstarch, potato flour or other), salt, ground pepper. Add the chicken and shake until coated.



In a wok (or very deep frying pan), put the oil, soy sauce (*use GF soy sauce if necessary), mustard. Stir. Heat to sizzling. Add the coated chicken.  Reduce heat and stir-fry the chicken for about 5-10 minutes until cooked through. Add water, a few tablespoons at a time, as necessary, to keep the chicken loose enough to move around the pot. This will enhance the overall sauce.



Add the onion and stir until tender, about 3 minutes.

Cut up the vegetables. If desired, cook the broccoli and cauliflower in a saucepan, in an inch of boiling water, covered for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse.




Add the broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and snow peas. Cook about 5-7 minutes, until the celery is cooked but still crisp.


Serve over hot rice with extra soy sauce *or gluten-free soy sauce.



Note: you can switch out any or all of the veggies to those you prefer. Just remember that the harder the vegetable, the longer it takes to cook. For example, mushrooms-quick; broccoli-longer.

And if you decide to use pork, keep the mustard; but if you use beef, you might want to lose the mustard in the recipe.


 And now for that 
GIVEAWAY

PS  I'm have scheduled a giveaway of the first Cookbook Nook Mystery, FINAL SENTENCE, on Goodreads, and I'm also offering two copies here. Today!!

Why? Two reasons. It's the book we're going to read in my new Facebook group called Delicious Mysteries, so someone in the group might need a copy. AND it's almost Mother's Day, and I figure every mother needs a good book to go with her coffee cake.

So leave a message and tell me if you're a mother, if you have a mother, if you know a mother. And do you like to read? Remember to leave your email so I can reach you if you win!

PS  This is the first in the Cookbook Nook series. The 4th, FUDGING THE BOOKS, is coming out in August and available for pre-order!!!

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98 comments:

  1. I am jot ba mother, but I know a lot of mothers. I also love to read! I was finishing my grilled cheese sandwich as I was reading this. Sometimes you just need one, like your mother made! It was yummy! Thanks for the chance!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  2. I have a wonderful mother, and I absolutely like to read. I also love stir-fry recipes - so versatile and delicious. EMS591@aol.com

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    1. That's the word: versatile! So true.

      Daryl /Avery

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    2. LizNo, I decided to give away 3 copies after all, so you are also one of today's winners. I'll contact you by email. Congrats!

      Daryl / Avery

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  3. The dish looks yummy! Thank you for the recipe.
    I have a mother, and I know several mothers (I work with 7). I like to read, and I have been wanting the Final Sentence! Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Is that a tablespoon of mustard powder or prepared yellow, brown, or Dijon mustard? I had my Mama, whom I miss. Read? Of course I love to get lost inside books, libraries, and bookstores! sssusieq@hotmail.com

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    1. Mustard, prepared. I use Dijon (Grey Poupon), but I'm sure you could use another.

      Daryl /Avery

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  5. Yes, I have a mother and know many mothers :) I do like to read, when I get a chance to.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  6. I am a mother, my own mother has passed away, I know many, many mothers & I love to read! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY Daryl & all other mothers!! I saved the stir-fry recipe, it sounds very easy & yummy! Thanks for sharing!
    Robin in NC rw620 at aol dot com

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    1. My mom is gone, too. Miss her a ton! Hugs.

      Daryl /Avery

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  7. Well, I miss my mother but I know many others.... Recipe looks great!
    afarage (at) earthlink . net

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  8. First of all I'm going to say that this stir fry recipe looks awesome! I've been looking for a good one, and I think I found it. I am not a mother (yet) But I do have a mother, it's thanks to her that I started reading in the first place. I'm soooo happy that you are giving away Final Sentence because I've been wanting to read that for a really long time. I've read all of the cheese shop mysteries so far and I love them! Thanks for the give away!
    magicgirl2357 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi, Abby, so glad you like the recipe. Cool. And wishing you luck if you decide to go the mother route. It is fun. An adventure. Challenging. :)

      Daryl /Avery

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  9. I forgot to add that I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE to read!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. This recipe looks really good! Next week, when my husband is not here, I am going to make it for myself. And Cleo's rice recipe to go with it. I did try Cleo's rice, only with a brown rice mix, and that was very good! I definitely recommend it. And I am a mother and I have my dear mother and hope to for many years yet, my daughters and daughters-in-law are mothers. And I love to read, which I am pretty sure I got from my mother. Thanks for the chance to win! Happy Mothers Day, everyone!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. Aw, Elaine, congrats on all the good vibes in your family. :)

      Daryl /Avery

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  11. I'm a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. And oh, yes, I love to read. And that stir-fry looks delicious! Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  12. I am a mother and I have a mother!

    I am not going to leave my email as I don't want to be spammed.

    Would love to win and will check your posts on FB.

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    1. Hi, PoCoKat. I haven't gotten spammed in a long long time and I leave cryptic emails in lots of places. With lots of and, plus, spaces. I'm a mystery writer and can usually figure out the most cryptic email, FYI. :)

      Daryl / Avery

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  13. Yes, I am a mother with a daughter who is a mother of a daughter. My mother turned 88 years young this year and I love her, my daughter, and my granddaughter all very much. We are all voracious readers. I love your books but don't have this one so am keeping crossed - thanks for the chance to win it . My email is jody.714@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Joanne. 88 years young. Good for your mom! Love that!!

      Daryl /Avery

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  14. Nicely done! The only thing missing is a touch of red (pepper, perhaps?). I heard years ago that Chinese food needs a touch of red color in it.
    I have The Final Sentence, thanks to your generosity.

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    1. Libby, I'm sure some people would love red pepper. I'm allergic to that, too. :) Sigh. Would add great color.

      Daryl / Avery

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  15. Hmm mm looks good...I don't have final sentence yet and I would like to have a copy!! rachaelabrams317@gmail.com

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  16. Wonderful recipe. I am a mother and a grandmother.I miss my mother. Thanks for this great post. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Petite! :) Great to see you here. I miss my mom, too. ;) She's got her eye on me, though. Bet your mom does, too.

      Daryl / Avery

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  17. Great recipe, and lots of possibilities to play with it, which is what I do... I'm a mother, most of my friends are mothers... I miss my mom, because of her I am the bookworm that I am. When she was young she took a speed reading course, and as long as I can remember she would read at least one book a day... I can't match that! Thanks so much for the giveaway, I'd love to join in the fb discussion!
    eclecticitee(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Wow, a book a day. That speed reading thing is remarkable. I tried taking one in high school, and I kept reading every word. I just couldn't skim no matter how hard I try. And if I did, I had to go back and reread. Argh! :)

      Daryl / Avery

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  18. Our stir fry recipes are often combinations of leftovers. The problem is that is something is really delicious, we never remember exactly how we made it! I'm a mother and I get to work everyday with one of my children. The others work at my husband's business! cheers@marjimmanor.com

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    1. LOL, Margo. Ain't that the truth. Writing down recipes can be burdensome.

      Daryl / Avery

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  19. This recipe looks delectable. Being a mother and a reader too. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I'm a mother of two boys, ages 8 and 13. My own mother is AWESOME, and she, my sisters, and I have a "family book club" whenever we're all able to get together. Thanks for offering this giveaway! mychildsclosetbiz at yahoo dot com

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    1. Oh, nice. A family book club. What fun is that! Hmmm, food for thought in an upcoming book. I like it!

      Daryl / Avery

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  21. I am a mother of three grown children. My mom always had us reading something I instilled in my children.

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    1. Aren't you thankful to your mom for that. I remember when my mother gave me her set of Nancy Drew (I had the mumps for a week) and she said, "Read, you'll like." (Or something to that effect.) And I read the entire set that week! Hooked.

      Daryl / Avery

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  22. I have a mother and know many mothers. I LOVE to read and would love to win a copy so I can participate in the book discussion! Cindysnyder83@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, Cindy, so nice to see you here! We love our readers. :)

      Daryl / Avery

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    2. Cindy, you're one of the winners, by random selection! Congrats. I'll contact you by email to get more details.

      Savor the mystery! ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  23. Hmm yes mother but hesitant to say 2 as there are times I can count my hubby sooo mother of three! Hold on, 2 goldens retrievers who are 2 yrs old so mother to 5! I'm a twin whose sister has a son and daughter as well and also a hubby who can count as a child (what man isn't 😉). My twin and I swap our books all the time so should I be fortunate enough to a receive a copy it will move on to her, but me first! I adore chinese food and if I could figure out how they make their spare ribs I'd be a happy camper.

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    1. Oooh, I will try those next, making Chinese spare ribs. I make great dry rub ribs. Such a big family for you. :) I totally understand.

      Daryl / Avery

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  24. My mother died 40 years ago. I became a stepmother to 4 children almost 38 years ago. I gave birth to my son and daughter 33 and 30 years ago, respective. I have 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. I have been an avid reader all of my life. After retiring from teaching after 32 years, I have enjoyed being able to indulge in that past time.
    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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    1. Wow, BJ, what a grand life. Filled with memories (some bittersweet) and love and books. Lucky you.

      Daryl / Avery

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  25. I am a mother and a mother-in-law. I had a wonderful mother who passed away four years ago. I am a reader of whatever I can find to read including cereal boxes.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  26. This looks really delicious, Daryl/Avery, and thank you for the shout out on the rice!

    ~ Cleo

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    1. You bet, Cleo. We all learn so much from each other, don't we?

      Daryl / Avery

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  27. I am a mother and both my mother and I love to read. This recipe sounds good. Thank you for the chance to win. griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Wonderful to share stories with your mom. I remember my mom and I reading a book at the same time and chatting about the author's use of the word: ululate (to yell). Why not just say yell! LOL

      Daryl / Avery

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  28. I am a mother; have a mother; and know of lots of mothers. Not many are mystery readers; as I have been the last year and have found your facebook page and now added your blog. Thanks for making the book available; if I'm not lucky to win; guess I will have to go to library. I've read amish mystery; but, want to get into some of these titles for cooking mysteries. gvcv_4paws@mediacombb.net

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    1. Carolyn, good for you to branch out!!

      Daryl / Avery

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    2. Carolyn, you're one of the winners, by random selection! Congrats. I'll contact you by email to get more details.

      Savor the mystery! ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  29. Thanks, as always, for the giveaway! I'd love a copy!

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  30. Thank you for a chance. Unfortunately I can not have children. My mother is still alive and I have introduced her to cozies.

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    1. Janel, so sorry for your situation. Hopefully you have found many others to love in your life. I'm thrilled you intro'd your mother to cozies. What fun.

      Daryl / Avery

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  31. I'm a mother, I love to read and now I'm positively ravenous! So, can you mail food with my book if I'm lucky enough to win! Thank you for the great post and contest!
    woodrumbetty@gmail.com

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  32. I'm not a mother but cook with my 70+y/o mother every week and just adore culinary mysteries especially ones with good tasting recipes

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    1. How sweet to cook with your mom every week. Lovely!

      Daryl / Avery

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  33. Oops forgot email dycampbell1492@gmail.com

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  34. I am the mother of 2 beautiful daughters, ages 12 and almost 10, and I love to read! I lost my beautiful mom 10 months ago. She loved to read too.
    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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    1. Julie, so sorry for your loss. Enjoy those girls!!

      Daryl / Avery

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  35. I've got to try that recipe. I love stir-fry but have never tried to cook it. My mother passed away many many years ago---but I'm a mother to 2 dogs and 2 cats and I love to read your books.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. A paws mom. Love it! This is an easy recipe. Hope you will try it.

      Daryl / Avery

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  36. I am a mother, and I had a great mother who has been gone way too long. She didn't like to cook very much, so I learned on my own when I got married. I have always like recipes like your stir fry one, that you can tweak to what you might already have on hand. Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Holden, that is the fun of cooking. Tweaking. Making things work. Enjoy.
      Daryl / Avery

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  37. I am a mom who went with her daughter to China on a scientific field expedition, and learned stir fry the original way (no sauces!!). Also taugh ter her to read by reading Agatha Christie to her ad bedtime.

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    1. Wow, you are a terrifically adventuresome mom! Good for you. And reading Agatha Christie out loud to your daughter? Fun!

      Daryl / Avery

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  38. I have my mom who I love very much. Zeta@iwon.com

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  39. I am the mom to 3, now young adult children, placed in our arms by extremely loving birth mothers soon after our children were born. I'm also "mom" to 4 superbly trained service dogs. I love to read as do my children and granddaughter. I wish my mom was still living, but memories keep her close to our hearts. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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    1. Bless you and your service dogs!! Oh and your kids too, lol

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  40. I am a furmom and I have the most awesome mom ever. I always said as a tiny child, I can not have children because I could never be as amazing as my mom was and is. Plus hate to admit it but I like furry kids better(pawed ones that is). I would love to win the book too. kayt18 at comcast.net

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  41. I believe that I am still a mom even though my only daughter passed away at 10 with a brain tumor. I still have my mom she is 78 this year and has helped me through the tough times. This recipe looks so delicious I am going to have to make it this weekend. Hopefully it will come out looking as good as yours. I love to spend my time reading books it helps to relax me. Thanks for the great recipes and great books that you write :) darholley1 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Darlene, I'm so sorry for your loss. What a tragedy. Your mom sounds like a treasure!

      Daryl / Avery

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  42. Would love this book. Love new mystery series, especially the 1st ones so that I can read them in order. I am a mom of 2 and a mamaw of 1. My sweet mommy is no longer with me but is my guardian angel. She instilled in me a love of reading and a love of books. My entire house is filled with books and now I am passing on that love of books to my grandson. I would love to win this book to enjoy with my morning coffee and to take part in the book discussion in May. maxtonsmamaw@gmail.com

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  43. Hi. I am a mother and have a mother and my grandmother just turned 98. We all love to read. Any paper and/hard cover books I get I pass on to them to read. I would love to be entered to win a copy for all of us. Thanks for having the giveaway. busymother@gmail.com

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    1. PS.. I am so making this dish tomorrow night. I am going to the store today to get the rest of what I need. Looks Delish!

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    2. 98! Wow, wow! How much fun! Good genes.

      Daryl / Avery

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  44. I am a mother of 4, a grandmother of 12 and a great grandmother of 3! I love my family the most....but reading is my second favorite love! I love your books. Hope I win!! betty6931@fuse.net

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    1. Great grandmother of 3. Wow! Family first, always. Then reading. Good priorities. :)

      Daryl / Avery

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  45. I love your books and love to read foodie cozies! I am a mother of 3 and have 2 wonderful grandchildren. ringo_94@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! So good to hear from you. ;)

      Daryl / Avery

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  46. I Stir Fry at least 3-4 times a Week:) Great Recipe!! FYI J.K.Adams The Amazing Beautiful Kitchen&More Store,Had a few of your Books!! Dorset,VT... Thanks For The Giveaway☀️

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    1. Hi, Susan, thanks for the mention about the store! Lovely! I'll have to check it out. Got your EM, too.

      Daryl / Avery

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  47. Oops My EM VTCozy@Yahoo.com MomSusan & Uma to my Adorable almost 4yr old Grandson... Best to You Daryl/Avery, Susan

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  48. I am a mother. Unfortunately, my own mother is no longer with me.
    I'd love to read this book!!!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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    1. Carolsue, I'm so sorry for your loss. My mother has also passed on. I know your sorrow. Wishing you all my best,

      Daryl / Avery

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