Showing posts with label Holly Jacobs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holly Jacobs. Show all posts

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Holly's Bean Dip!

Here’s a confession, I really
suck at passing down recipes.
I’m a rather intuitive cook.
I just...well, guestimate.
And while that works well for
me, it’s hard to pass guestimated
recipes on to the kids when I
have to say things like,
“Take a handful of this,
then a smidge of that...”

I make my older kids crazy when they call
asking for the recipe for a family favorite. LOL
So, I went through my recipe box and discovered
that I had an actual recipe for one of our family
favorites! It’s an easy bean dip.
I’m all about easy and
nutritious...this recipe is both.

Holly’s Bean Dip

1 can kidney beans
½ tsp garlic salt
1 tsp vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper
½-1 cheddar cheese

Use the mixer or a Cuisinart to mix
the first four ingredients. Mix by hand
with grated cheese, then microwave
until warm.
Serve with tortilla chips. Or, broil
some pita bread until browned
and try that. Or even crackers.

It’s fast and easy to make, so it’s
perfect for surprise guests.
I made it this afternoon in order
to take a few pictures, and
realized it’s not a pretty dip.
But I put it down on the coffee
table with some chips...and it’s gone.
So, while it’s not pretty,
it’s really, really good!
Oh, and for the people like me who
enjoy messing with recipes,
this one begs to be messed with. I’ve
done it with black beans instead of kidney
beans. You could switch up the cheese.
Try a few spices. Oh, and how about
doing black beans, cheese
and a bit of salsa? That might be what
I try next!
I know some cooks are nervous about
straying from a recipe. But to be honest,
I’ve never met a recipe I don’t want to
fiddle with!
Let me know if any of you tweak
this one and how it turned out!

About Holly:

I've been in love with books, with words, ever since I can remember.
I read JRR Tolkien's Hobbit in third grade. How much I understood,
I don't know, but I fell in love with Middle Earth and visited often.
Heinlein, Lewis and Bach all soon joined him on my list of must read
authors. Trixie Belden, The Black Stallion, Little House on the
Prairie . . . the list goes on and on. It was rare not to find me with a
book in hand!
From that love of reading I seemed to naturally progress to
writing. I've toyed with a little of everything, but I must confess,
though I "found" romance a little later in life, I fell head over heels
for the genre. When I began writing, it seemed like the right place
for me to be.
Why? Because it's a genre about people, about relationships. I can
add in the sci fi, the fantasy, the suspense, the mystery. I can add
in any plot, but it all boils down to the people and that is why I fell
for it. Watching two characters overcome the odds, overcome
themselves . . . what could be more satisfying?

Thanks for joining us, Holly!
I live in AZ, so I am absolutely giving
your bean dip a whirl! Jenn

For more about Holly, check out her

Contest Time!

sprinkleIt’s March and we’re celebrating cupcakes! Our own Jenn McKinlay’s Sprinkle with Murder is now out in bookstores near you! If you’d like to win cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop, send us an e-mail at or leave a comment with your idea of the wackiest cupcake ingredients you can think of.

Anchovies seem to be the zaniest so far! Eeep!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Welcome Holly Jacobs!

Please say howdy to my friend and our
Sunday guest
blogger, Holly Jacobs!
Holly has been a long
time pal of mine,
starting when we both wrote
for Harlequin
Duets. She's an absolute delight
as a person
and a writer, so I'm just tickled to
have her
here with us!

Hi, I'm Holly Jacobs. I don't write mysteries.
Okay, so I did once write a comedic romance

that might count. It was sort of a Weekend at

Bernie's story. A dead body that kept moving

around. However, my dead body died happy and

stayed frozen the whole time (Bernie would

have smelled). The book's title was

Found and Lost. Me, I wanted to call it

Can't Find NoBODY. I thought it was a perfect

title for a dead body mystery/romance!


Okay, the rest of my bio? Wife, mother,

dog-owner (okay the dogs wouldn't agree

with that...Ethel Merman and Ella Fitzgerald

are pretty sure they own me.) and writer...that

about sums up who I am. I'm also someone who

really enjoys cooking and baking. Nothing fancy.

Just good old home cooking sort of meals.

When my friend Jenn asked me to participate in

this blog I wanted to think of something unusual,

but easy. Something that was great for a quick

holiday treat. And I hit on Wheaties Bread. Yes,

I mean Wheaties as in the breakfast cereal. We've

made it for years, and have adapted it from the

original recipe that a friend gave me. It's quick

to throw together, and it's lovely when holiday

company stops in for coffee.

Here goes:

Wheaties Bread

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (or White Wheat)

1 Cup Sugar

2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

3/4 tsp Salt

2 tsp Cinnamon (I tend to use a bit

more...we like it spicy)

Mix the dry ingredients, then add:

2 Cups Wheaties cereal

1 Cup Milk

1 Egg, slightly beaten

1/4 Cup Oil


Use cooking spray to coat a bread pan.
Rather than dust it with flour, I dust it with
sugar (or a sugar/cinnamon mixture).
Pour the mixture in. (I tend to sprinkle
a fine layer of sugar on top as well.)
Bake at 350 for 60 Minutes.

This is a great sweet bread to serve warm to guests
during the busy holiday season. And this year's

holiday season is really busy here. In addition

to family gatherings, I have two releases!!

ISBN #978-0-373-71601-2
Harlequin SuperRomance, 11/09

Life happens…and then life really happens!
Teacher Eli Cartwright has it all figured out—
the career, the reliable boyfriend and the
next few dependable decades. But life has
quite a sense of humor, it seems, since her
perfectly ordered existence has been
completely upended. Because now Eli is
counseling pregnant teens—with an
unplanned pregnancy of her own! So Eli
is single, terrified… and exuberant. And
her colleague, Zac Keller, has never
been more attracted to her. But can he
convince Eli that life sometimes offers more
than one unexpected gift at a time?
9 Months Later: It’s not what they’re


ISBN 978-0-8034-9984-3
Avalon Books, 12/09

For years, Nana Vancy Bashalde Salo
believed that she’d cursed her own family
to bad weddings. Now that the curse is
broken, she’s bored. Her best friends, the
Silver Bells,’convince her to try her hand
at match- making. And Nana has just the
people in mind, Salo Construction’s new
office manager, Eve Allen, and
her neighbor, TC Potter.

Hope you enjoy the bread...and that you
have a great holiday season! Thanks for
letting me visit!

Thanks for popping in, Holly! I am positively in love
with the dog on your cover for EVERYTHING BUT
A CHRISTMAS EVE and can't wait to read both of
your new titles. - Jenn

And tomorrow, we'll be returning to the Mystery Lover's Kitchen's Iron Chef week
featuring PUMPKIN! Stay tuned to see how you can win a prize by suggesting
our next mystery ingredient!