Mary has generously offered to send a copy of her book to one winner today. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered in the drawing! Good luck!
In addition to everything else she does, Mary adopted the 389th Renegades, stationed in Iraq. Here's Mary with her wonderful story!
The soldiers in the photo are Lt. Colonel Lisa Schieferstein and Command Sergeant Major Eric Cooke. I wrote a piece for PW on my experiences called "Books on the Battlefield." http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/columns-and-blogs/soapbox/article/44576-books-and-the-battlefield.html
What kind of goodies would you send to 90 hungry American soldiers stationed at a remote desert outpost in Iraq? This was the problem I faced last summer, when I “adopted” the 389th Renegades, headed by Lt. Colonel Lisa Schieferstein, the garrison commander. There were 3 requirements; the goodies had to withstand extreme heat, had to travel well and had to be delicious. I had already sent 200 pounds of home-made brownies over the summer (which were a hit!) but now I wanted to add something new.
I turned to Martha Cheves, cookbook author extraordinaire, for advice. She gave me a recipe for Baked Cereal Squares from marthaskitchenkorner.blogspot.com and it was a big hit! I made trays and trays of it during the summer months, packed them into empty two gallon pretzel jars and the troops loved it.
BAKED CEREAL SQUARES
1 (16 oz.) pkg. cereal squares (rice, oats, corn, wheat)
2 cups whole pecans
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine cereal and pecans in 9 x 13 baking dish. In a 2 cup microwavable bowl, mix corn syrup, brown sugar and butter. Microwave on high 1 1/2 minutes. Stir. Microwave on high for 1 minute more or until mixture is boiling. Stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour over cereal & nuts. Stir until evenly coated. Bake 1 hr. tossing every 20 minutes. Cool.
Makes about 2 qts.
It turns out the “Renegades” loved mysteries, so I sent plenty of paperback mysteries, including copies of DEAD AIR and REEL MURDER, from my Talk Radio Mysteries. The Renegades are all safely back home, now, and I mentioned them in the acknowledgment page of STAY TUNED FOR MURDER, my January 4th release. Hope you enjoy this wonderful snack!
Mary Kennedy is a licensed psychologist in private practice on the east coast and the author of The Talk Radio Mysteries from Penguin.