Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pine Nuts, Shrimp, and Shallots #recipe + #giveaway from @DarylWoodGerber





SPECIAL GIVEAWAY BELOW!

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I'm excited to tell you that my new stand-alone suspense DAY OF SECRETS is coming out May 5th. I am offering the e-book version at a pre-order special price of $0.99 on Amazon. That's right. 99 cents.  Here's the LINK. Why such a low price? Well, here's an interesting thing I'm learning in the self-publishing world of publishing. There are algorithms that matter on Amazon and other sites that drive sales. If a book sells quickly, then the site will promote that book more often. How else to sell something quickly than to basically give it away!  Amazon is the only one that will allow readers to pre-order.  
Now...just because my book doesn't cost much doesn't mean it isn't good.  LOL

In fact, here are a few terrific reviews:

“The frantic plot will keep readers on edge.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“…a roller coaster of a ride that had my heart palpitating.” ~ Dru’s Book Musings

“Daryl Wood Gerber has proven again to be a gifted storyteller and one to watch in this genre. An absolute must-read!” ~ Escape with Dollycas

And here is the blurb.

A mother he thought he’d lost. A father he’s never known. An enemy that wants them dead.


At the age of five, Chase Day became an orphan. For thirty-one years, after a rebellious youth, he did his best to turn his life around and build a normal life—first as a Naval officer and then as a history professor at a boutique Bay Area college. Now, all that changes when he finds his mother, whom he thought had perished in a fire, dying from a gunshot wound. In her last breath, she urges him to find and protect the father he never knew. Where has his father been? Why has he never made contact? Can Chase discover why his family is a target before an unknown enemy destroys him?

* It's set in the Bay Area. Chase is a former Naval officer and history professor at a boutique college.

Why did I write this book? Good question. I'm thinking I should do a video and explain because there is a story behind it. Would you be interested in something like that?  I'll share that when it's finished. Promise.   

For now, see the giveaway below...after you read this delicious recipe! 

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A writer has to eat, and when I'm in create mode and PR mode, I like to eat really tasty, savory dishes.  Sure, in the morning I like a wee bit of sugar and sweets, but in the evening after my mind has worked nonstop for hours, I want spices and herbs. 

So there I was at day's end on Friday craving something, and my refrigerator was almost empty. I had some veggies, a shallot, and Parmesan cheese. I hadn't gone to the store for Easter goodies yet. Uh-oh. What could I make without having to go to the store? Time to scrounge...

I found some pine nuts in my cupboard, saw the shrimp in the freezer, and wham! I knew what I would enjoy. FYI, my new go-to onion family treasure is a shallot. I love the aroma of grilled shallots. They are so delicious. They grill up quickly. They add LOTS of flavor. And one is perfect for 1-2 servings. No leftovers. No onion sitting in a baggie begging to be used throughout the next week and getting tired-looking waiting for me to use it. 

Here's my off-the-cuff pasta meal!

Enjoy.


PINE NUT, SHRIMP AND SHALLOTS
(serves 2)

1  12-oz. bag of spaghetti-style pasta
1 tablespoon butter
1 large shallot, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons white wine
2 tablespoons chicken broth
1 teaspoon bouquet garni
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ green zucchini diced
½ yellow squash diced
2-4 tablespoons pine nuts
12-16 shrimp
2 more tablespoons chicken broth
Parmesan cheese, if desired

In a large pot, cook pasta according to directions. For gluten-free, I use Bionaturæ pasta (that I order online). No wheat, no corn. It’s fabulous!

Rinse and set aside. (You will have pasta left over!)

In a large sauté pan, melt butter. Add chopped shallots. Sauté for 2-3 minutes on medium-high.

Add white wine and chicken broth, bouquet garni, salt, pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, and pine nuts.  Sauté for 3-4 minutes.

Add the shrimp and 2 more tablespoons chicken broth. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.

Set 2 plates with 1 cup of cooked pasta.

Top each with half of the shrimp mixture.

I know that many don’t believe shellfish should be served with cheese, but I happen to like Parmesan on my pasta and I really like it on my shrimp and pasta. So, you decide.

Enjoy!










I really love Parmesan cheese!



SPECIAL GIVEAWAY TO CELEBRATE THE UPCOMING MAY 5TH RELEASE OF 
DAY OF SECRETS


LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR EMAIL AND YOU'LL BE ENTERED TO WIN A TRADE PAPERBACK
ADVANCED READER COPY OF DAY OF SECRETS (or e-reader copy if you prefer) BUT HERE'S THE CATCH. I'D LIKE YOU TO READ IT AND OFFER A FAIR REVIEW OF IT ON EITHER GOODREADS OR AMAZON OR BOTH 
BY MAY 5TH.  CAN YOU DO THAT? 
DON'T KNOW HOW TO REVIEW? NEVER DONE ONE? NEVER FEAR. I HAVE A TUTORIAL ON HOW TO POST ONE ON MY WEBSITE! 

HERE'S THAT LINK: TUTORIAL - scroll down the page until you see it!

Savor the mystery!

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COMING SOON...


DAY OF SECRETS
my new stand-alone suspense
A mother he thought was dead. A father he never knew. 
An enemy that wants them dead.
Here's the link for the e-book 
pre-order special price of $0.99
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26 comments:

  1. I would be honored , to set aside my housework..and read your book and give you a review!

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    1. I forgot my e-mail!!!

      the3beersus at yahoo dot com

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  2. Yummy sounding shrimp and pasta recipe, Daryl! Congratulations on the upcoming release of Day of Secrets!! I enjoyed reading Girl on the Run, as well as your cozy mysteries. I do both Goodreads and Amazon reviews. grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Grace. Lovely to hear from you. Glad you enjoyed Girl on the Run, too. :) ~ Daryl

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  3. It would be my pleasure. libbydodd at comcast dot net

    The recipe is a great example of riffing off your kitchen. What do I have? What can that become. Nice job.
    A question--you say "scallion", but the picture looks like a shallot. A single scallion wouldn't offer much taste and you'd have the rest of the bunch to deal with.

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    1. Libby, you are always catching me out! Argh. Yes, shallots. I have to admit the other day I was looking at a Brussel sprout and couldn't remember the name of it! I knew it started with a B. Came to me in 60 seconds, but I think my mind is on overload. Going now to change scallion to shallot. Argh.! ~ Daryl

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    2. I have to also admit that as I was thinking about this I blanked on "shallot"! I went to Wikipedia and searched "onions"!
      I knew it started with an S, but the rest was missing.

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  4. Sometimes the best recipes are made with whatever is in the kitchen.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  5. I love Daryl Wood Gerber's cozy mystery series but I've never read her one falling in this other genre. When I cook I like pulling anything I have on hand, especially those who may soon be on their way out, to make a dish. Sometimes those are the best tasting dishes. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Robin, if you like an occasional suspense story, you'll like this. There's no bad language and no overt sex. Some violence but not grizzly. ~ Daryl

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  6. I'd love to read your book. That recipe may get tried for dinner tonight since I have some shrimp in the freezer.

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    1. Enjoy! Libby pointed out that I got my onions wrong. Whoops! They're shallots. I've changed the post to reflect the mistake, just in case you printed it before the change. LOL ~ Daryl

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  7. I really liked Girl on the Run so how could I miss out on Day of Secrets? I read on a Nook so I'll have to download it on my laptop to read since I don't have a Kindle. I generally go with books, then Nook. That recipe looks delicious! But all I have are leftover shrimp!
    patdupuy@yahoo.com

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    1. Pat, I heard Nook was going away. I'm going to post the book on B&N in the hopes that it'll still be viable there. But I've found when I read an e-book, I can download almost any format on a Kindle app. Quite amazing. ~ Daryl

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  8. This recipe has my taste buds in a dither and luckily I have all the ingredients on hand - hooray! Thanks for the inspiration. Love you books and keeping my fingers crossed that I'll win or that it will show up soon at my library.

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    1. Oh, Susan, hooray for having a well-stocked kitchen! Thanks for your compliment! :) ~ Daryl

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  9. The book looks like a great read. Am looking forward to it. Like the recipe as well. I remember as a Kid 'picking' pine nuts. They were plentiful where we lived. Never did put them in anything. Just ate them as is. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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    1. Della, you can pick pine nuts? I'm not even sure where they come from, honestly! Are they really from pines? Love the flavor - mild - and the texture. ~ Daryl

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  10. "Day of Secrets" sounds like an interesting read. Would enjoy reading. Recipe looks amazing.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Diane. Glad you enjoyed the recipe, too. So easy! ~ Daryl

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    2. Dianne, you won. I'll contact you via email. ~ Daryl

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  11. I would be happy to free your book and to give comments on it
    suewilcox@comcast.net

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  12. Hi! I would love to win and read this book! I always leave reviews! I really enjoy cozy mysteries!! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. By random number selector, Dianne C won this giveaway. Thanks to all for your comments. More to come. ~ Daryl

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