Showing posts with label Citrus Salsa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Citrus Salsa. Show all posts

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Zesty Citrus Salsa #bookclub week #bookgiveaway #LWiken

The first series I wrote was as Erika Chase and it features the sleuthing of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, a mystery book club. It has seven members, all mystery savvy when it comes to solving crimes between the pages and in the town. And, at the end of each book is a reading list from each members with suggestions of titles and authors you might like to try.

My new series, written by the real me, is also about a club, the Culinary Capers, a dinner club although it’s also a cookbook club since the members agree on a cookbook for each month’s meal and choose their recipes out of it.

I seem to be drawn to clubs. Book clubs in particular. I belong to a very gregarious group of readers with a varied list of books for consumption each year, along with a spa weekend and a pool party – books are discussed at all these events! As the owner of a mystery bookstore in a past life, I often would visit book clubs and share new authors with them. As a writer, I’m delighted to keep meeting with book clubs but now the focus is on my books. 

One thing every book club I know, fictional and real, has in common besides the reading, of course, is food. My real book club calls for wine and chocolate to be served at every meeting. For the Ashton Corners gang, it's cheese straws. And the Culinary Capers club, well they enjoy a full course meal!

Here’s an easy recipe that's a favorite stand-by because it goes so well with so many food groups. I'm talking about Citrus Salsa and I pair it with crackers, tortillas, French loaf, pita...see what I mean? Nothing like salsa and pita when you're talking plots.

You'll find some more sharing going on at the end of this recipe.

Citrus Salsa
1 pink grapefruit
1 medium sized navel orange 
2 limes
a pinch of Himalayan salt
1 tsp. finely chopped cilantro
¼ c. salsa verde -- found on the shelves of most grocery stores or make your own

(Note: you can have fun and switch up the colors by using plain grapefruit and a blood orange)

Start with the citrus fruits. Cut them into segments, disposing of the white pithy parts.  Using a large bowl so you catch any escaping juice, remove the segments from the membranes, cut them into bite-sized portions, and add to the bowl. Squeeze what remains to get even more of the juice. 

Add the Himalayan salt, cilanto and salsa verde, stirring until totally mixed. 

Refrigerate until needed. Then dish out, add a variety of carbs, and enjoy!

To continue the sharing, I’m having a draw for the first book of each series  --  A Killer Read by Erika Chase, and Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken. Because, it’s always good to start at the beginning of a series. Just leave a comment about your favorite book club, real or fictional.

The first in the Dinner Club Mysteries is now available at your favorite bookstore and on-line, as a paperback and as an e-book. Recipes included!

Writing as Erika Chase -- the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series are available on-line or at your favorite bookstore.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Welcome Erika Chase!

A very warm welcome to our good friend, Erika Chase. Erika writes the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries. LAW AND AUTHOR will be released soon. If you haven't tried her delightful series yet, be sure to leave a comment with your email address to enter Erika's giveway!

I’m so excited about Law and Author, the fifth book in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries which is coming out next month, that I had to share the yummy barbecue my characters share in the second chapter. Okay, it’s not totally the same. I didn’t find fresh Bass so I bought some Perch instead. I’ve never tried it but thought, why not now.  

And since my fictional book club, the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society shares these taste treats, what better way to highlight the dishes then with my own writing group, The Ladies Killing Circle at our annual writing retreat at Joan Boswell’s fab summer place at Lake of Bays in the Muskokas in Ontario.  

For the record, we weren’t all present but joining in the wining and dining were Mary Jane Maffini (aka Victoria Abbott), Joan Boswell with her furry friends, Lacy, Barlow and Nina, plus Barbara Fradkin and the frisky Kenzie and Eva. Five dogs, four peeps. Hmmmm.

The fish was pretty basic BBQ using olive oil, black pepper and a pinch of salt. Grill three to four minutes each side.

What makes this special is the Citrus Salsa that’s served with it and that’s the recipe I’m sharing today. I made the salsa verde from scratch but couldn’t find any tomatillas, so substituted green pepper.  I also used Himalayan salt, something I’ve become attached to lately. 

It’s a refreshing treat with a bit of zip, for a hot day. Enjoy!

Citrus Salsa
1 pink grapefruit
1 orange  (a medium size navel works best)
2 limes
pinch salt
1 tsp. chopped cilantro
¼ c. salsa verde

Segment the citrus fruit – remove white pith, then hold fruit over medium bowl, removing the fruit from the membrane. Squeeze remaining segments to get all the juice. Stir in Himalayan salt, cilanto and salsa verde. Serve this beside or under the fish.

Erika Chase writes the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries for Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime.  The first book in the series, A Killer Read, was nominated for an Agatha Best First Novel award. And the fifth book, Law and Author, hits the shelves on Sept. 1, 2015.

In a parallel life Erika Chase is also known as Linda Wiken. A former mystery bookstore owner, she is also a short story writer and a member of The Ladies' Killing Circle. She has been short-listed for an Arthur Ellis Award, Best Short Story, from Crime Writers of Canada. The big news is that next year, she has a new cozy mystery series – the Culinary Cookbook Mysteries coming out. It’s about a cookbook supper club but that’s all I’m telling for now!

Visit her at
on Facebook at her Author page
and @Erika_chase on Twitter

To win a copy of Law and Author, leave a comment with an email address.