Showing posts with label Larceny and Lace. Show all posts
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Guest Blogger: Author Annette Blair - Gluten Free Turkey Chili

Please welcome our guest blogger: nationally bestselling author Annette Blair! Annette's new mystery, LARCENY AND LACE, premiered at #6 on Barnes & Noble’s mass market mystery list (#50 on the list that included all genres), and #15 on Bookscan’s Mystery list! Congrats to Annette on her fantastic showing out of the gate for this second title in her new Vintage Magic Mystery series. ~Cleo Coyle

And now, here's Annette...

Anyone who knows me is probably laughing because I’m daring to post here at Mystery Lovers Kitchen. When we were building our place, a co-worker asked if I was having a sunroom put in where the kitchen should be. Another said, “Why don’t you get one of those cardboard stove samples for that spot and save some money?”

Okay, so the nearby deli named a sandwich after us. Now don’t get me wrong, I was a domestic diva once. I kept a garden. I pickled things! I made tomato sauce from home grown tomatoes, cooked for umpteen guests on holidays. I baked and decorated wedding cakes and made my children’s clothes. I was a bodacious super mom.

But one day, they went to college and I became a prep school Development Director. I raised millions of dollars, traveled the country, and worked sixty hour weeks. No time to cook. When I wasn’t raising money, I was writing. No wonder local restaurants gave us Christmas presents.

I became a full time writer six years ago, but the domestic goddess never returned. My sister cleans my house. My son does the real cooking while I stay in my “cave” writing a buffet of stories. Besides single title paranormal romantic comedies for Berkley Sensations, I now write cozy Vintage Magic Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. I have to admit that when I was offered this series, my agent wondered if I had the knowledge of sewing and vintage fashions necessary to pull it off, but I surprised her with my secret past.

Madeira Cutler, my heroine, is a fashionista, a New York dress designer who, in A VEILED DECEPTION, came home to Mystic, Connecticut to plan her sister’s wedding. Then the jezebel trying to steal the groom was murdered. To save her sister, the prime suspect, Madeira turned sleuth and never looked back.

She stayed in Mystic and owns a vintage dress shop, now, in an old morgue cum funeral chapel carriage house, a copy of one that exists—my husband and I rented it for years. Like Maddie, we found caskets and such, though we never found a ghost like Dante Underhill, a former undertaker, who can’t seem to leave Mad’s building.

From her late mother, a psychic witch, our sleuth inherited at least one mystic gift, maybe more. Madeira can read vintage clothes. She sees snippets of things that happened when people were wearing the clothes, events that can help her solve crimes, or turn her in wrong directions. Maddie also has a problem: Detective Lytton Werner. In third grade, he mocked her fashion sense, so she called him Little Wiener, shouted it, actually, in a full cafeteria. The name stuck. This is the man she has to contend with, cajole, scam, and psych out . . . whatever it takes a tricky, trendy sleuth, who knows more than she should, to get her point across and the perps in jail.

In LARCENY AND LACE, Werner “detains” Madeira at the police station, until her alibi is confirmed. She talks him into letting her spend her incarceration in his office eating Mexican take out (hey, they say we should write what we know), while she throws a lot of "what ifs" at him regarding the case. It’s one of several turning points in their relationship.

In honor of Maddie and the Wiener’s Mexican truce, aided by two six packs of Dos Equis, I’m sharing a wonderful recipe for gluten free Chili that my son developed. Frankly, it’s the best Chili I’ve ever tasted.

Gluten Free Turkey Chili
Makes approximately 15 servings

2 lbs of ground turkey
1 ginormous chopped onion
3 cloves of garlic, diced
½ cup chili powder
1 ¼ tablespoon ground cumin
3 16 oz cans of stewed tomatoes
1 ¼ cup catsup
½ cup of brown sugar
½ cup of molasses
½ cup Worcestershire sauce
1 ¼ tablespoon dry mustard
2 26 oz cans kidney beans
2 26 oz cans pinto beans

1. In a large kettle or Dutch oven, cook the ground turkey over medium heat with the onion, garlic, chili powder, and cumin.

2. When the meat is cooked and the onion is transparent, stir in the stewed tomatoes, molasses, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and mustard. Bring to a boil then simmer on low for half an hour, stirring occasionally.

3. Drain off half the liquid from the canned beans before adding them to the sauce. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Simmer longer according to taste and consistency.

4. Serve in soup bowls and top with shredded cheddar cheese. Goes well with a bowl of gluten free nachos, with or without your choice of dips. Enjoy.

If you'd like to learn more about Annette Blair and the many wonderful books she's written, visit her Web site by clicking here.

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