Showing posts with label Krista Davis Street Crew. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Krista Davis Street Crew. Show all posts

Monday, December 2, 2013

Oma's Hungarian Goulash

Victoria Abbott, Cleo Coyle and I have books coming out tomorrow! That's always an exciting day for writers. It's an odd mixture of apprehension and pride, kind of like sending children to their first day of school. You hope they do well, you hope they have everything they need, but they're in someone else's hands now, and you can't really control what will happen next.

So today I'm posting a recipe from MURDER, SHE BARKED. Holly Miller's grandmother, whom she calls Oma, German for grandma, runs the family inn. Oma is American now, but she stills speaks with an accent and imparts her European tastes on the Sugar Maple Inn. They serve breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea at the inn, as well as light dishes by room service. Holly used to visit her grandmother during summer vacations as a child, and one of her favorite meals was Oma's goulash.

Goulash is somewhat similar to stew. It originated in Hungary and always contains paprika. Like a lot of old recipes, the other contents vary depending on what was available in the region where it was being cooked. It can be made with pork or beef, or both. Some people add bell peppers or wine, but the goulash I grew up on was pretty basic.

This should be served over potatoes, but egg noodles can also sop up the delicious sauce.

Oma's Hungarian Goulash

1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 pounds cubed stew beef or pork (do not use lean meat like a tenderloin)
2 cups chopped onions
2 teaspoons marjoram
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 cup water or stock
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
4 medium potatoes, cubed (optional)

Heat the oil in a deep pot. Brown the meat and remove. Saute the onions in the same pot, Add the marjoram, garlic, paprika, water, carrots, and meat. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours over low heat until the meat is tender.

If you wish to add potatoes, you may cook them in the goulash for the last 1/2 hour. Or, so they won't soak up too much of the sauce, you can cook them in another pot and add them to the goulash for the last five minutes.

The MURDER, SHE BARKED street crew continues to grow! To see all the cuties, hop on over to Pinterest.  And leave a comment here today if you would like to enter to win a bandana for your dog or cat!

The Maffini Princesses, Daisy & Lily
Elizabeth Spann Craig's Chloe

Kathy Kaminski's Harley

Peg Cochran's Reg

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Murder, She Barked Street Crew – Woof!

Buttercup, Queenie and Baron

Our mom is driving us nuts because she has a new book coming out one month from today. Oh sure, she still cooks our meals and walks with us, but she's spending way too much time at that annoying box on her desk. Of course, we're a little bit excited, too, because some of us are in the book! The character of Trixie is modeled after Buttercup. Gingersnap, the canine ambassador for the Sugar Maple Inn is based on Queenie. And our feline sister, Little Miss Sunshine (aka Sunny) led mom to the idea of the very nosy kitten, Twinkletoes. Trixie and Twinkletoes even made the cover. (Queenie is a little bit miffed about that.)

Some of mom's author friends have been talking about street crews. Sounds good to us. We like to get out and walk along the sidewalks. It's one of our favorite things to do. Mom tells us that street crews started in the 1990s as a grassroots method of promoting rappers. We know that's not true. Dogs and cats have been street crews for hundreds of years!

Today, street crews are fans who spread the word about books. Some of them even have signs on their cars to advertise books. So we've decided to be mom's street crew. And it has nothing to do with her threat that there will be no more treats if we don't help her get the word out. Besides, the whole idea of no treats makes us laugh hysterically. We don't tell mom, of course, but we know her better than that. No treats! Sure, like that will ever happen! Whahahahahahawoof!

So here's the deal. To celebrate the launch of mom's new series, we and our cat siblings are looking for dogs and cats to join our street crew. We're giving away Murder, She Barked bandanas to dogs and cats all month long at One lucky dog or cat who leaves a comment here today (it’s okay if their people leave comments for them) will win one, too! Photos of winners (hopefully wearing their new Murder, She Barked bandanas) will be posted on mom's website and on a Pinterest board so your dogs and cats can share with their friends.

Twinkletoes tells us that we have to post a recipe, too. She recommends this one because it smelled so tasty, even though she didn't get any herself. She is very partial to fish. If it had taken longer to prepare, she might have managed to sneak a bite, but mom whipped it up in no time at all. We heard mom say something about it being healthier because it wasn't fried?

Quick & Easy Catfish Nuggets

1 pound catfish

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 teaspoons Chesapeake Bay Spice

1 12/ cups Panko breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 400. Rinse catfish, dry with a paper towel, slice into nugget size pieces and toss into a large bowl. Pour the olive oil over the pieces. Using a large spoon, turn the pieces gently several times to coat with oil. Add the bay spice one teaspoon at a time, turning the fish each time to spread the spice around and cover the pieces. Add the Panko breadcrumbs and turn with the spoon until everything has a dusting of breadcrumbs. It won't be a thick coating.

Spread a sheet of parchment paper over a baking sheet or pan. Add the fish in a single layer, making sure they they aren't touching. Bake at 400 for 18 - 20 minutes.

Woof! Don't forget to leave a comment!