Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Chicken with thyme stir fry + book #givewaway from author @DarylWoodGerber


I’m offering a giveaway below.  A copy of PRESSING THE ISSUE plus a really pretty Medieval Coloring Book for adults to honor the event featured in the book: the Renaissance Fair.

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Jenna Hart, the protagonist in PRESSING THE ISSUE, the latest Cookbook Nook Mystery, loves easy recipes. Because I’ve been writing about her for two books straight, I’m really into “easy,” too. And I don’t have much time on my hands, lately. I’m not sure what happened. Did somebody take away an hour or two a day? Is there a time Grinch? I could really use an extra hour or two. Changing of the clocks didn’t help. Just sayin’!

One of the ways I save time is to use things that are already in my refrigerator (leftovers, etc., à la Rachel Ray) to make a meal. I had a leftover cooked chicken thigh. What to do?

Well, I bought a shallot at the store—I love shallots—and I raided the salad bar at the store again and brought home what I wanted to pair with the chicken. I’ve got to tell you, I’ve had stir fry on the brain. I’m not sure why. Maybe because I keep getting promotional ads in my email from PF Changs, which I love!

So here’s what I did.

Easy Chicken and Veggies with Thyme
(serves 1)

1/2 cup to 1 cup vegetables from the salad bar
chicken thigh, cooked, diced
1 shallot, diced
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1-2 tablespoons white wine
a pinch of salt and pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme (I had some in the vegetable drawer) * you can use dried

Set all your veggies on the cutting board, as well as the chicken.

Peel and slice the shallot, add 1 tablespoon oil to a skillet, and grill the shallots for 3-4 minutes.

Add the lemon juice, white wine, salt and pepper, and thyme.

Then toss in everything else that is sitting on the cutting board. Stir fry for 5-7 minutes.  Serve.

That’s it! Simple.

Oh…

You might also see a Parmesan crisp on my plate.  How did I make it so lacy?

Well, I sprinkled shredded 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese into a small skillet. I made sure it wasn’t a thick layer. I cooked it on high for a minute, then lowered the heat to simmer for about 4 minutes. It was brown and didn’t need flipping. I turned off the heat and let it sit for another 4 minutes. Then I lifted it with the spatula. Perfect!










GIVEAWAY

Yes, PRESSING THE ISSUE has been out for a month now, but I'm still willing to entice you with a giveaway. Will you tell a friend? I'm giving away a 1 copy of the book plus this pretty adult coloring book -- sort of keeping with the theme of  Krista's latest release. Have you seen it? You can color the cover!  Tell me: do you like to color, paint, draw, doodle? Leave your email address so I can contact you in case you win.


 
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PRESSING THE ISSUE, the 6th Cookbook Nook Mystery.

The annual Renaissance Fair serves up a helping of crafty courtiers, 
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When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free?
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A mother he thought was dead. A father he never knew.
An enemy that wants them dead.
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69 comments:

  1. I like to color and sketch; thanks for the chance, and the recipe looks great :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    1. Lisa, I doodle. I wish I could sketch. :) ~ Daryl

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  2. I love adult coloring books! Recipe looks quite similar to one I would make. moodiesmum(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Raquel, I have gotten my grandchildren into them, as well. Very good for focusing attention. ~ Daryl

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  3. I like to color, and this coloring book looks lovely. Thank you for chance to win both. Dmskrug3 at hotmail(.)com

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  4. I've always loved to color. Don't doodle too much, must never be bored. Tried painting in college. Did one that I love of a goblet, loaf of bread and grapes But that was it. Drawing - only stick figures!! LOL sue pete 12 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Sue, you're a girl after my own heart. Stick figures! LOL ~ Daryl

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  5. Lovely recipe. The browned shallots look particularly enticing.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Libby, you've probably noticed that I adore shallots. :) ~ Daryl

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  6. Indeed! I've taken countless drawing and painting courses throughout my life (mostly high school and college, but I started even before kindergarten, haha); and may I humbly mention I've won art contests in NYC and here in Ohio for my work? EMS591@aol.com

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    1. Liz, how wonderful!!! I think being an artist is such a gift. ~ Daryl

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  7. I love coloring with markers and color pencils. I do it while making cards. love2readandplay@gmail.com

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    1. Renita, a friend of mine loves to make cards. They're fun to receive. ~ Daryl

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  8. Would enjoy reading it and i love medieval art. noahcpatterson (at) gmail (dot) come

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    1. Noah, I like medieval art, as well. I often browse that area when I'm in a museum. ~ Daryl

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  9. Coloring is still so much fun at age 40 as it was at age 4. bookworm.walters@gmail.com

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  10. I like coloring from time to time, it kind of goes in spells, but I do enjoy it then. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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    1. Connie, I have to agree, it goes in spells for me, too. I need "time" to do it. :) ~ Daryl

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  11. I love to Color. I used to draw and decorate brown lunch bags for my children’s lunches...I still love to decorate Easter eggs with markers. Most of these days, l like to Color, read, and do jigsaws! Several years ago, I found adult Color books for the first time...then they literally disappeared until about three years ago...

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    1. Renee, they really have made a comeback, and like I mentioned in the giveaway, Krista's new book is all about this art. ~ Daryl

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  12. My eldest daughter is an artist. She even works in Watermelon (carved for party displays). I'd give her the coloring book. The results would be good enough to frame and hang. I'd also kill to win Pressing the Issue, but you didn't hear that from me. LOL
    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Nora, wow. She carves watermelon? That's a talent! ~ Daryl

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  13. And I forgot the address: LaFonRC@aol.com

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  14. I enjoy coloring or painting with watercolors. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Doward, my son did some watercolors as a boy where he learned to dash the painting with salt. It gave the artwork such lovely texture. ~ Daryl

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  15. Yes, I do a lot of art and have done quite a few coloring books in addition to painting and sketching. I love Zentangle too!!. Would love a medievil book as that is one type that I never had.
    Congratulations on your release and wishing you the best of everything.
    Thank you so much for the chance.
    Sincerely,
    Cynthia B

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    1. Sorry that I forgot to include my email address.

      ceblain (AT) tmlponline (DOT) net

      Cynthia📘

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    2. Cynthia, I am now goggling Zentangle. Never heard of it. ~ Daryl

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  16. I like to color I got the idea from my friend at first I thought oh goodness i did that as a teacher but now I see how fun it can be. I also love reading your books and would love to read your latest in print. peggy clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

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    1. Peggy, it really is fun and relaxing. ~ Daryl

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  17. I loved coloring when I was a kid. I'm afraid I'd rather read than color now! But my granddaughter enjoys it. The recipe looks good but it is the parmesan crisp that gets me excited. I've tried making them before but they don't really crisp, at least not in the oven. I never thought of cooking them on a skillet.
    patdupuy@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh, Pat, glad to give you a new tip for the crisps. I love them. ~ Daryl

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  18. I need to take the time to color. My husband got me this wonderful set of 48 colors that I had on my wish list. I need to de-stress big time. I love your recipe but I would tweak it some by using zucchini and summer squash and snow peas. Thank you for this wonderful chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Paula, that's the beauty of this easy recipe. You can add anything you like. I think the shallots are what make it shine. ;) ~ Daryl

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  19. I used to draw all the time but haven't done that in a really long time, kinda hurts just to write so I save my hands for that and my sewing lol barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Tari, I have the same problem. My right thumb has arthritis and coloring can really take its toll, so I do it in small spurts. ~ Daryl

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  20. I love to paint, color and cook but I also do a lot of paper crafts. PS--I love renaissance festivals. We have one here each summer for 7 weekends! lsum1258 (at) aol (dot) com.

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    1. LuAnn, how lovely. 7 weekends is a long time. The one in Los Angeles is about 4 weeks, I think. ~ Daryl

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  21. I haven’t looted since my niece was little but it’d be fun
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Sandy, me-thinks spellcheck fixed one of your words. LOL I'm glad you haven't "looted." LOL ~ Daryl

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  22. I love to color and I am more likely to cook,with an easy recipe!
    Bleakney750@yahoo.com

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    1. Karen, as you know, I LOVE to cook. Just made a delicious caramel cheesecake cookie bar. Yum! ~ Daryl

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  23. I like to color with my grandkids. Thank you for the recipe and giveaway! crossxjo (at)hotmail dot com

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    1. Crossxjo - it is a great way to spend quiet time with them. ~ Daryl

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  24. I like to color for relaxation. I also bake for relaxation. Thanks for the yummy recipe and the chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  25. Yes,I love to color and I love your books. Your new one looks really good.

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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    1. Faith, thanks. I hope you're enjoying reading Fudging the Books. One of my favorites! ~ Daryl

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  26. I like to color, but I don't have any artistic talents. I don't paint or draw, etc. Would love to read "Pressing the Issue", like the Renaissance Fair storyline.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Dianne, thanks. I had such a fun time researching this book. ~ Daryl

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  27. Love stir fry! I like to doodle.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Taurus, I adore stir fry. So easy using whatever is around. ~ Daryl

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  28. I really have no artistic talent, but I love to color. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Chris, I don't have any either. Ha! ~ Daryl

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  29. I love coloring & doodling....I love the richness of colors in medieval tapestries...love your books ...such a neat contest!
    cmeier2001@live.com.

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    1. Speed Bump - I'm glad you like the contest. Finding these coloring books was a coup. ~ Daryl

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  30. I can't even draw a decent stick figure. My DIL, on the other hand, is a wonderful artist and can draw, paint, sketch, color or anything else you may want that needs artistic talent.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Linda, obviously she didn't get your "genes" through marriage. LOL ~ Daryl (I bet you can draw a stick figure.)

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  31. I like to color and doddle. I can't draw. Love your books.
    im2early4u(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Leslie, you're the winner of this giveaway. I'll contact you via email. Congrats! ~ Daryl

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  32. I do like to color. I can't draw at all. Thankfully, my husband is an artist so he represents in the artistic area. Thanks for the chance to win the book and the lovely coloring book! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Autumn, how lucky to have an artist somewhere in the family. ~ Daryl

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  33. I love to color, paint and draw! I decided, after attending Paint Nite a couple of times, that we could do the same thing at home. We do a silly version of it by painting paper plates while enjoying our favorite beverage. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway and for your amazing imagination! konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Marci, that sounds like such a fun activity. May I add that to one of my future books? So clever! ~ Daryl (PS must attend a paint night. Included one in As Gouda as Dead (6th Cheese Shop Mystery) because i'd seen it advertised while driving in a NY cab.) Did a pottery paint night one time. Does that count? ~ Daryl

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  34. I am not at all artistic, but I love the uwe of volors.
    browninggloria at hotmail

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