Sunday, November 29, 2015

Welcome Laura DiSilverio!


It's our pleasure to welcome Laura DiSilverio back to Mystery Lovers Kitchen. Laura writes the Book Club Mysteries. THE READAHOLICS AND THE POIROT PUZZLE is the second book in the series.

Don't miss Laura's fun giveaways! Not only is she giving away a book but also an adorable Readaholic T-shirt. Leave a comment to enter and don't forget to leave your email address so she can contact you!


As a child, I despised eggplant, but as I've aged (ahem, matured), I've grown to love it. Not only is it tasty and hearty enough to be a main dish, it's good for you, being low in sodium, cholesterol and calories, high in fiber, and containing Vitamin K, B6, thiamine and manganese. My two favorite dishes are a creole eggplant that I adapted from a Joy of Cooking recipe many eons ago, and eggplant parmesan which I added to my repertoire last month. (I have no idea why it took me so long to try making a dish I've always enjoyed at Italian restaurants.)


Eggplant Creole

So, here's my version of the eggplant creole. You'll need the following ingredients:

Small to medium eggplant, peeled or not (your preference--I leave the peel on for more fiber), chopped (The Martha Stewarts in the crowd may want to save the eggplant shell to use as the "baking and serving dish" for the eggplant creole--I usually just bake it in the saucepan I use to mix it together.)
2 Tbs olive oil
4-6 strips of bacon, cooked, and chopped
1/2 c minced onion
1/4 c chopped green pepper
1 (14.5 oz or thereabouts) can diced tomatoes
1/4 diced celery
1/2 c canned or fresh mushrooms, sautéed with butter, garlic and wine (optional)
1/3 c bread crumbs (I use Italian seasoned, but you can use plain or with other seasonings)
1/2-2/3 c shredded cheese

Sauté the onion and bacon in the olive oil in an oven-proof pan until the onion is translucent. Add the eggplant and everything except the tomatoes and sauté for approx 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer until the eggplant is tender (I usually let it cook for 30 minutes or so). Toss in the bread crumbs and stir until thickened. Add mushrooms. Top with cheese of your choice (I use cheddar but mozzarella is good, too), mixed with more bread crumbs.  Pop into a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese has browned. I serve it over rice. Yum!


The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle, the second in the Book Club series, comes out Dec 8th. (Pre-order now!) Amy-Faye has organized the grand opening event for her brother Derek's brewpub, but the party fizzles when a body turns up. Turns out someone tossed Derek's business partner Gordon off the roof and the police think Derek did it. The Readaholics scramble to find the real murderer, investigating Gordon's ex-wives and unhappy family members, scorned women and former employees nursing a grudge. Since they're reading Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the idea of a conspiracy can't help but pop into their heads (especially Maud's, their resident conspiracy theorist). Amy-Faye wants to solve this case quickly since it's going to put a real strain on her budding relationship with Detective Lindell Hart if he arrests her brother . . .

Laura DiSilverio is the national bestselling author of 15 mystery and suspense novels, and a retired Air Force intelligence officer. Her first standalone suspense novel, The Reckoning Stones, debuted in September and was a Library Journal Pick of the Month (starred review). Her  Book Club Mystery series kicked off in April 2015 and the second in that series, The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle, is out Dec 8. A Past President of Sisters in Crime, she pens articles for Writer’s Digest, and teaches writing in various fora. She plots murders and parents teens in Colorado, trying to keep the two tasks separate.

www.lauradisilverio.com
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111 comments:

  1. Now I'm hungry for eggplant!!! I had some yummy baba ganoosh at a new restaurant just 1 block from my house. I have to go back after reading this. sssusieq@hotmail.com

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  2. The eggplant recipe sounds yummy. The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle sounds great as well. Thanks for the giveaway. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  3. The eggplant dish sounds good. Thank you for the recipe and giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I've always loved eggplant parm but now I'll have to try the creole. Eggplant and bacon?!? Could it get any better? Love the shirt, too :) whoopseedaisee@gmail.com

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  5. How does one properly use an eggplant? Do I keep the seeds or only use the seedless part? Book #1 in this series was very enjoyable! I admit I fall under the category of a "readaholic". Thank you for the giveaway!
    ejbs3s@yahoo.com

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    1. You use the whole eggplant, Jody. You don't even need to peel it, unless you want to. I leave the peel on for the extra fiber. Thanks for liking the Readaholics!

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  6. I've never heard of eggplant creole but it sounds good.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  7. This looks yummy-something new for me to try! And the book is one I want to read too!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  8. In 70+ years I've never had eggplant anything! Maybe it's time to try. Do love your books.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Never too late to try something new, Karen. :-) If you try eggplant, let me know what you think. :-)

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  9. I've learned to LOVE eggplant--I even grew some of my own the the garden this year. Thanks for the drawing.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  10. Thanks for the recipe. Trying to get the entire family (me included) to eat a little healthier. This sounds delicious.

    This is such a good series - and who wouldn't want that t-shirt?? Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. We use it as a main dish, but you can also use it as a side dish, if you want to start eating healthier more gradually. :-)

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  11. Sounds like a fun series! Thanks!
    pattymarsh31@gmail.com

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  12. I love eggplant. Thanks for the Creole recipe.

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  13. "Hi, my name is Kathleen, and I'm a Readaholic!" kat8762@aol.com

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  14. I used to eat eggplant, and I don't know why I got away from eating it. I need to get back to this great food. Maybe your recipe will help me do that.

    I have The Reckoning Stones on deck for a December read, Laura. Your Readaholics series is on my winter series reading list. I try to catch up on a few series in January and February, and I've wanted to read yours for quite a while now.

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  16. Definitely a book I'm putting on my list to read, the next time I'm at Barnes & Nobles. Eggplant....not fond of it unless peeled and sliced, dipped in beaten egg and flour and fried. But I know, that is NOT the healthy way to eat it. dbahn@iw.net

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  17. Eggplant pares an is the only way I've eaten eggplant, but the creole looks good. dellilla9@yahoo.com

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  18. Eggplant pares an is the only way I've eaten eggplant, but the creole looks good. dellilla9@yahoo.com

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  19. I love eggplant baked with tomato sauce and cheese. Loved the first book.
    my e-mail is tiggernelsie@yahoo.com

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  20. Thank you for a new recipe for eggplant. I shall have to give that a try. Your new book in the series looks like a good read for over the holidays.

    mommy_to_zoe@hotmail.com

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  21. Thanks for sharing the eggplant recipe. I haven't tried your series yet but it sounds great and I have added it to my list of bseries to check out. -Diane. Dianeherr@ cox.net

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  22. The book and the recipe both sound wonderful.
    Theresa N
    weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. I'm looking forward to reading it. MultiBookwoman@gmail.com

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  24. Definitely a readaholic. .:-) krnwdw@gmail.com

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  25. Definitely a readaholic. .:-) krnwdw@gmail.com

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  26. Sharon Baker. slpetera@yahoo.comNovember 29, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    I read contantly. Carry book always. Read in checkout lines.during commercials and everywhere I have a minute. Love the books and the recipes.

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    1. You sound like the poster child for a Readaholics, Sharon! :-)

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  27. Me, a readaholic? You bet! I am definitely looking forward to reading this - and the shirt is perfect! Love it! Thanks for the giveaway! book__wyrm@sbcglobal.net

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