Sunday, May 11, 2014

Welcome author Edith Maxwell with a Guest Post and Giveaway

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We're in for a treat with our guest today. Edith Maxwell is a former organic farmer, and she is sharing a wonderfully fresh and healthy recipe with us as well as a special giveaway. (See more at the end of this post.)

Edith is also sharing news about her upcoming release, 'Til Dirt Do Us Part, the second entry in her Local Foods Mystery series. 

Now take it away, Edith!
~ Cleo

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I’m delighted to be a guest again on one of my favorite blogs. I was an organic farmer about twenty years ago for a few years, and I love immersing myself in that world again as I write the Local Foods Mystery series. The second book in the series, ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part, takes place in the fall. As it opens, Farmer Cam Flaherty is hosting a farm-to-table dinner under a big tent, with chef Jake Ericsson cooking up food from from her farm and several other farms to serve to eighty guests.

I was inspired by a local farm-to-table dinner that we attended when I was writing the book. As far as I know, unlike in my story, one of the Cider Hill Farm guests didn’t end up dead the next day! The chefs at our local Phat Cats Bistro, who made the meal, even gave me the recipe for their Sweet Potato Empanadas appetizer to include in ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part.

Fall is Brussels sprouts season. They are strange-looking plants in the field, waist-high stalks with the little heads hanging on like aliens.

Jake makes this dish for Cam in the last scene in the book, which will be out May 27 from Kensington Publishing. If you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, you might change your mind after you fix this recipe. (The leaves are delicious, too, but that’s another recipe.)

Brussels Sprouts and Shallots
in White Wine Reduction
from Edith Maxwell

Serves six


4 T fruity olive oil

1 T butter

12 large shallots, trimmed and cut in half lengthwise, about 3/4 lb

2 garlic bulbs, cloves peeled and left whole, about 40 cloves

2 1/2 lbs Brussels sprouts, trimmed

2 T chopped parsley

1 cup white wine (or red, if you prefer)

1 cup chicken stock

1 T Dijon mustard

In a heavy casserole with a tight lid, heat the olive oil and butter over medium-high heat. 
Add the shallots and garlic, and saute until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the Brussels sprouts, toss to coat with the oil and cook about 5 minutes.

Add the wine to deglaze the pan. Cook 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the parsley and chicken stock, stir well and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, cover and braise just until Brussels sprouts are tender. 

Remove Brussels sprouts, add the mustard, and reduce liquid. 

Add back Brussels sprouts, toss to heat and coat with sauce. Serve warm.

To serve as a casserole, cook brown rice or couscous, spread it in an oven-proof serving dish, top with the finished  recipe, grate fresh Parmesan or Romano on top, and warm in the oven for fifteen minutes.

Author Edith Maxwell
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About Edith...

Former organic farmer Edith Maxwell writes the Local Foods Mysteries about farmer Cam Flaherty, a Locavore Club, and locally sourced murder (Kensington Publishing). 'Til Dirt Do Us Part (May, 2014) includes rescue chickens along with murder and mayhem down on the farm.

Under the pseudonym Tace Baker, Edith writes the Speaking of Mystery series (Barking Rain Press), featuring Quaker linguistics professor Lauren Rousseau in small-town Massachusetts. Bluffing is Murder releases in November, 2014. Edith holds a PhD in linguistics and is a long-time Quaker.

She also writes award-winning short crime fiction, and blogs every weekday with five other New England cozy mystery writers at A technical writer and fourth-generation Californian, she lives north of Boston with her beau, three cats, and an impressive array of garden statuary.

Edith is the mother of two adults sons, both excellent cooks, writers, and supporters of their mother's books, and one of whom is now a farmer and served as Edith's chicken consultant in 'Til Dirt Do Us Part.

(Twitter) @edithmaxwell

Congratulations to
Angie Young!

Angie is the winner of our
comment-to-win contest.
Angie will receive the first book in
 Edith's terrific Local Foods Mystery series,

And don't forget, the
second book in her series...

'Til Dirt Do Us Part,
will be out on May 27, and is

now available for pre-order.

Thanks again to Edith

 for joining us today and...

Happy Mother's