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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Shredded Zucchini, easy side dish #recipe from @DarylWoodGerber



I love an easy meal. Especially when I'm doing revisions on a book and my mind is mush by dinner time.  (I'm working on the second French Bistro Mystery, Soufflé of Suspicion! So much fun!)  

I love an easy meal especially when it's really hot outside. And it's been hot in California. We are in triple digits this week! Yipes! 

I like an easy meal that doesn't require the oven to be on for hours. 

I like an easy meal that is light and doesn't make me feel as if "I ate the whole thing."  Remember that commercial?  (Alka Seltzer)

So here's my easy meal:

I've really been getting into white fish lately. I buy it frozen at Costco. Atlantic cod, Pacific cod (my favorite), Mahi-Mahi. They're all flavorful and cook easily. The Atlantic cod prefers to be baked. It's quite flaky. The other two can go on the grill because they are really firm fish.

I've always been a fan of zucchini. There are so many good vitamins in zucchini. And you can add so many sauces and such to zucchini to change up the flavors. It almost works like pasta, when you think about it. Zucchini enjoys spices, too.  I use a variety of Penzey's spices on my zucchini. Sometimes I go simple with basil or oregano.  Occasionally I'll cook it with nutmeg. Oh, yes, nutmeg. It really brings out an exotic flavor!  Try it.

And now...back to my regularly scheduled program. Revisions.  Deadlines are looming. Ack! 


Zucchini side dish 

Serves 2

2-3 zucchini, rinsed and sliced  (A mixture of yellow and green zucchini is best for color!)
2-3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon Penzey’s Parisien spice (or spice of your desire, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme or a mixture)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded

Chop the zucchini with a food chopper so it’s small chunks. The smaller the better.

In a skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add in the zucchini, the spice, the salt and pepper. Stir for 3-4 minutes, allowing the zucchini to brown.

Remove from heat and plate. Top each portion with sour cream and Parmesan cheese.

So easy!






I made this with white fish. (Atlantic Cod). I get the cod at Costco in the freezer section.

White Fish Baked

Serves 2

2 portions of fish
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Chopped olives or parsley as garnish, if desired

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

To bake, wrap the fish in foil, drizzle with oil, and add salt and pepper. Seal the foil and set the fish in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and set the white fish on the plate.  Add a tablespoon of chopped olives or parsley for garnish (and color – cod can be so bland looking).

Add the zucchini side dish.





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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Chopped Olive and Onion salad #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber


From Daryl aka Avery

I'm totally into easy recipes. Why?

5 reasons why easy recipes are cool:


  • You can go to the store and remember the ingredients.
  • You might have all the ingredients in your refrigerator or cupboards already.
  • You can share the recipe with a friend who is a newbie cook.
  • You can make the recipe in minutes.
  • You can often swap out ingredients and still come up with something tasty.

This particular recipe is great for a barbecue. Throw those ribs or hot dogs or burgers on the grill and know that your salad dish is already done.

And as I noted in the 5 reasons above, if you don't like something in the salad - say olives - toss in something else, like garbanzo beans. Don't like Parmesan? Use Cheddar or feta. Don't like capers, leave them out or throw in peppers.

No matter what, have fun!

By the way, I have some exciting news in my next newsletter (which comes out tomorrow -- always on the first of the month -- sometimes more often!)  I hope you're signed up so you can be one of the first to know.

CHOPPED OLIVE AND ONION SALAD

¼ lemon (juice)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoons capers
½ large tomato chopped
½ cucumber, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
10 black olives, chopped
2 tablespoons Parmesan, shaved – more if desired


Toss all the ingredients in a small bowl. Serve cold.  After serving, top with more Parmesan if desired.





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Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lemon Blueberry Pie #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber



From Daryl aka Avery:

This pie can't compare beauty-wise to the gorgeous pie our guest Kim Davis shared on Sunday. That was truly exceptional. All her baking is beautiful, as are her photos. But the flavor of this pie is fabulous, so "get over" my imperfect crust LOL and enjoy the flavor!

Memorial Day: I don't know about you, but on Memorial Day (which is coming up in a few days), I like to enjoy traditional fare with family and/or friends. Hot dogs and hamburgers, corn on the cob, chips and dip, fruit salad!  I like the same foods for the Fourth of July—food that makes me think All American.  After cherry pie and apple pie, the pie that makes me think American is lemon pie. 

Lemon pie also makes me think of my mother. She liked all things lemon—frozen lemon pie, lemon chiffon pie, lemon cupcakes, lemon bars, margaritas. (Okay, those are made with lime!) My mother was a hoot. She loved to throw parties. She loved having her friends around her. She loved her family. She loved to work and play golf and read. I look back now and think, wow, I had no idea I was so much like my mother. 

Memories...

Which brings me back to Memorial Day. May we honor those who have fallen!

From Wikipedia: (some of which I knew, but some of which I didn't know. How about you?)

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the US for remembering those who died while serving in the country's armed forces. (Knew that.) The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last  Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War, 1868, established as a time to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. (Did not know that.)  By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate traditions (which were celebrated on different days) merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor ALL Americans who died while in the military service.

Thank you to all those who served or are serving! I love our country. We are blessed.

Lemon Blueberry Custard Pie

1 unbaked pie crust (I made mine gluten-free)

Filling:
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour (I used gluten-free sweet rice flour)
3 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 ½ lemons)
1 tablespoon lemon zest (about 1 full lemon)
2 egg yolks
1 cup milk
2 egg whites
1 ¾ cup fresh blueberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.)

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add flour (*or gluten-free flour if necessary), lemon juice and lemon zest. 

Beat in the egg yolks, then add the milk and mix until incorporated.

In another mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. This takes about 3-4 minutes. 


Gently fold the egg whites into the lemon mixture. Pour the filling into the pie crust.

Scatter blueberries evenly over the top. You might want to push a few down. The pie will be full!

Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 45- 50 minutes or until the filling is set.

TIP: Cover the pie with foil after 30 minutes to avoid too much browning!!!

* Remove pie from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. May be served room temperature if you want to make the pie earlier in the day.












Savor the mystery!

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Friend Daryl and Avery on Facebook
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Plus check out my website.



A DEADLY ÉCLAIR, the 1st in the French Bistro Mysteries, is coming November 2017. Can Mimi clear her name before the killer turns up the heat? Click here to order.











GRILLING THE SUBJECT, the 5th Cookbook Nook Mystery, is out!
The Wild West Extravaganza has come to Crystal Cove.
Click here to order.









FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE, the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery is out!
Finally there's going to be a cheese festival in Providence!
Click to order.










GIRL ON THE RUN
a stand-alone suspense
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
Click to order




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.
Click here to order.