Showing posts with label library. Show all posts
Showing posts with label library. Show all posts

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Welcome our guest, Laurie Cass!!!

Please welcome author Laurie Cass!

Laurie Cass grew up in Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in the 80’s with a (mostly unused) Bachelor of Science degree in geology. Currently, Laurie and her husband share their house with two cats, the inestimable Eddie, and the adorably cute Sinii. When Laurie isn’t writing, she’s working at her day job, reading, yanking weeds out of her garden, or doing some variety of skiing. Laurie also writes the PTA Mystery Series under the name Laura Alden.

Take it away, Laurie/Laura:

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From Laurie:

You know how it goes. There’s a church dinner or a family get-together or an office event or a neighborhood party and you’re called upon to bring a dish to pass. There’s no getting out of it; something must be concocted. This broccoli salad is one of the two recipes I’ve sweet-talked out of a friend and it’s now a standard potluck contribution (the other is bite-sized sausage-cheese balls, in our house also known as the Moist Balls of Fun). 

Warning: if you want to have any salad for your own family the next night, 
you’d better put some aside. There is rarely any left!


Broccoli Salad

2-3 large bunches of broccoli, cut into small, bite-sized pieces (about 4 cups, chopped)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 lb. crumbled bacon
1/2 cup onion (optional - personally, I never put it in)
Add salted sunflower seeds to taste

Dressing - add just before serving
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
2 T. vinegar  

Mix broccoli, golden raisins, bacon, optional onion, and sunflower seeds. Just before serving, add the dressing about 1/4 cup at a time until you reach the desired amount of goo-iness. Be careful not to overgoo.
This version has onion!

Make-ahead tip:  cook the bacon in advance, then freeze. And don’t thaw the bacon before cutting the strips into crumbly bits; it cuts up easy-peasy when still frozen.

Bacon cooking tip:  bake the bacon. Take a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper. Place a wire rack on top of the parchment paper, lay bacon strips individually across the rack, then cook in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees until desired doneness is achieved, 20 to 30 minutes. Longer if you’re using thick-sliced bacon.

What's not to love about bacon??! 

Note from Daryl (who invited Laurie) - um, where's the recipe for the Moist Balls of Fun???!!!  :)  Thank you for joining us!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Kate Carlisle’s Weeknight Taco Casserole

Let me introduce one of my favorite all-time Kate Carlisle.

Kate is the author of the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring rare book restoration expert (and lover of all things edible) Brooklyn Wainwright. The fourth Bibliophile Mystery, Murder Under Cover, is a May 2011 release. Brooklyn’s best friend Robin returns to San Francisco from a trip to India with a new man – and an exceedingly rare copy of the Kama Sutra for Brooklyn to restore. When the new boyfriend is murdered in Robin’s bed, only Brooklyn and handsome British security expert Derek Stone stand between Robin and life in prison.

Take it away, Kate!

Every time I begin to plot the next Bibliophile Mystery, the first question I must answer is, “Which rare book will be at the center of this story?” That question is integral because the theme and the mystery itself springs from that rare book.

In MURDER UNDER COVER, the most recent installment, the book in question is the Kama Sutra.

Let me pause a moment while we all blush.

Ahem, yes. The Kama Sutra. I promise, though, that I haven’t crossed over into erotica. No love scenes are shown with blow-by-blow action, so to speak. MURDER UNDER COVER is still very much PG-rated.

With the Kama Sutra at the center of my latest book, I should share with Mystery Lovers Kitchen a recipe that has aphrodisiac qualities. Oysters, strawberries, pomegranates… but no. Instead, I’m going to share my recipe for Weeknight Taco Casserole because it’s easy, inexpensive, and delicious.

Come to think of it, it may have aphrodisiac qualities, after all. My man shows me a lot of love whenever I make this casserole! I hope you love it, too.

Weeknight Taco Casserole

1 lb hamburger

1 package taco seasoning

3 C cooked rice

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can diced green chilis

1 C shredded cheddar cheese

Brown the hamburger, drain, then add the seasoning, rice, tomatoes, and chilis. Mix well and heat until warm. Put in a casserole dish and top with cheddar cheese. Put the casserole dish in the oven at 350 until the cheese is melted. Or better yet, put it in the microwave and melt the cheese in a minute… just be sure you use a microwave safe casserole dish.

Serve with your favorite taco toppings. We like tomatoes, green onions, and avocadoes.

Have you ever tried food that was purported to be an aphrodisiac? Did you notice a difference? Or did you just giggle while gulping it down? What is the funniest/strangest thing that you’ve ever heard used as an aphrodisiac?

To read a free excerpt of MURDER UNDER COVER, go to:


Thanks, Kate, for a terrific recipe! Everybody, enjoy the day!