Sunday, August 16, 2015

Welcome guest author Paige Shelton! Veggie recipe + Book Giveaway




Please welcome delicious author, Paige Shelton! 

Paige recently moved to Arizona where she’s trying to balance all the cool stuff (the scenery, the people, the pools) with the not-so-cool stuff (the summer temperatures.) For more information, check out her website: www.paigeshelton.com

Take it away, Paige!
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It’s great to be on one of favorite sites today. Thanks, Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen for letting me stop by. Hello, readers – always good to see you.

I’m here to talk about leeks. Other than potato leek soup, what in the world are you supposed to do with these onion-like flavored and uber-healthy vegetables?

That was my quandary when I titled my newest cooking school mystery “If Onions Could Spring Leeks.” Between you and me, I included other vegetables in the story so I wouldn’t have to come up with a bunch of leek recipes. The challenge of leek-only was too daunting, and, really, who wants a bunch of recipes highlighting leeks? Between you and me again – actually, now that I’ve become so well acquainted with them and really like them, I could use a bunch of leek recipes, but, alas, I only have one that I consider extra tasty.

In fact, it has turned out to be one of my favorite dishes and something I’ve already made for many dinners. It fills you up and is pretty healthy – a rare combination. It’s also super simple and my family likes it too.

I can’t take credit for the original recipe. I found it online and didn’t do much to it except add one thing from Costco.

It’s called: Sautéed Carrots and Leeks, and Costco Chicken 




Ingredients:
2 leeks, almost finely chopped (original recipe said ‘finely’ chopped, but I’m too impatient for ‘finely.’)
2 carrots, almost finely chopped
1/3 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter (I use salted)
1 tablespoon white sugar
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 Costco chicken (any baked chicken will do). Free it from its bones and tear it to pieces. 








Directions:
Combine everything except the chicken in a skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer and stir every now and then until liquid evaporates and leeks and carrots are lightly browned, about 15 minutes or so. Add the chicken and stir until chicken is warmed through – minute or so. Serve.


If you don’t add the chicken, it makes a great vegetable side dish. If you add the chicken, it’s a one-skillet, healthy, and filling meal.



Easy as that. Hope you enjoy it as much as I and my family do.

Thanks for letting me stop by today!

GIVEAWAY



Paige has generously offered to give away a copy of IF ONIONS COULD SPRING LEEKS to one lucky reader today. Leave a comment [by clicking the word comments, and include your email, cryptically if you need to!]

And tell Paige what your favorite veggie dish is! 

146 comments:

  1. Welcome, Paige! Love this colorful, nourishing recipe; and the book sounds absolutely fabulous! EMS591@aol.com

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    1. forgot my email address: anamcara1965 at gmail dot com

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    2. Hi, Tea, Thyme and Cozies - thank you!

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  3. I am not a leek fan but I love Broccoli just about any way. Cooked or raw.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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    1. Hi, Bookwomen - I love broccoli too. Mostly cooked though. :)

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  4. My favorite veggie dish is fried okra. Love the crispy cornmeal flavor and the crunch that it adds to make it so delicious.
    Jhdwayne@peoplepc.com

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    1. Hi, Deana - I can't believe I've never had fried okra. I must take care of that someday soon.

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  5. I love leeks! My favorite local restaurant serves a mouth-watering leek soup that really takes the chill off a cold, winter day. Thanks for the recipe! I'm in with this book, too! kat8762@aol.com

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    1. Hi, Kathleen - the thought of a good leek soup makes me wish for winter. Yum.

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    2. Behind cooler temperatures, soft sweaters, and the smell of fireplaces wafting in the chilly air, savory soups is what I love about fall and winter. I should add bundled up reading a great "cozy" mystery.... Looking forward to your! kat8762@aol.com

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  6. Awesome Giveaway!!! I love a loaded iceberg wedge salad! It's a filling meal nite just a starter!
    b.alexander9212@gmail

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    1. Hi, Brandi - Me too - with blue cheese dressing, tomatoes, and bacon pieces. So good.

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  7. I just LOVE punny titles!!! 'If Onions Could Spring Leaks', is quite clever! I put this title in my to read list! My favorite main course veggie dishes are bean burritos and vegetable lasagne.
    Great giveaway!
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  8. Love the title! Thank you for the recipe and giveaway. I have added this book to my TBR list.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I like to make roasted brussel sprouts with walnuts and feta.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  10. grilled asparagus with lemon butter. stclairck@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, Caryn - that's my husband's favorite too. He could eat it every day.

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  11. Love the recipes in your books and of course the stories.
    gloriawalshver@yahoo.com

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  12. It's on my TBR pile! I love leeks--they're milder than onions, and there's something about slicing them into rings that's kind of fun.

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  13. I love almost any sala. Although I've never found a pasta salad that was better than average. I've read all the other books in this series. suefoster109@ netzero.net

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    1. Hi, Sue - thanks! We just moved to AZ from UT. I found a great pasta salad at a Salt Lake City restaurant that I'm sure I'll never be able to match. I miss it.

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  14. I like leeks too, but up until now only had 1 recipe. It is delicious: cock-a-leeky soup!
    I don't really have a favorite vegetable dish-do salt potatoes in the summer count?

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  15. Favourite Veggie......hmmm....SO many to choose from. I would have to say ...Brussels sprout! Oven roasted with bacon....so delectible :)

    mommy_to_zoe@hotmail.com

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