Sunday, July 2, 2017

Please welcome guest Denise Swanson & #Giveaway

I'm thrilled to welcome our guest Denise Swanson to Mystery Lovers Kitchen!  Denise and I share a "book birthday" on Tuesday, July 4.  Don't miss the latest in her Devereaux's Dime Store Series!

Lions and Tigers and Murder Oh My, the sixth book in my Devereaux’s Dime Store series debuts July 4 and to celebrate, I'm giving away a signed copy. Just leave a comment below to enter.
In this book, Dev is both trying to solve a kidnapping that turns into a murder and figure out which guy she really loves. Since a wedding might be on the horizon, I decided to help Dev eat a little healthier. With that in mind, I’m sharing my Turkey Sausage Ragù Over Polenta recipe. This recipe has a reasonable number of calories, is tasty, and doesn’t make you feel as if you’re leaving the table hungry. Just add a salad and you have a hearty, healthy dinner.

Turkey Sausage Ragù over Polenta

1 tablespoon olive oil
I lb. hot Italian turkey sausage (remove casing)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups coarsely chopped yellow onion
10 oz. shredded carrot
3 garlic cloves, chopped
3 1/2 cups water, divided
1 (15-oz.) can unsalted tomato sauce
2/3 cup quick-cooking polenta
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add sausage; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in pepper. Remove sausage mixture to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Remove pan from heat (do not wipe out pan).

Add onion, carrot, and garlic to pan, return pan to medium-high and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Add sausage mixture, 1/2 cup water, and tomato sauce to pan; cook 1 minute.

Bring remaining 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Whisk in polenta. Reduce heat; cook 3 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently with a whisk or spoon. Stir in cheese. Serve polenta with ragù. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
New York Times Bestselling author Denise Swanson lives in rural IL and writes the Scumble River and Devereaux’s Dime store mysteries, as well as the Change of Heart and Delicious Love romances. She loves to cook, especially now that her own personal hero has retired and become her sous-chef.  
Denise is currently working on the first book in her new Chef-to-Go mystery series and Dangerously Delicious, the second in her Delicious Love romance series. 
To help celebrate the publication of Lions and Tigers and Murder Oh My, Denise will send a copy of the book to one of the people who comments on this post. US only, please. Her post office in rural Illinois has difficulty handling non-US mail. Her last attempt to mail something to Australia ended up in Austria. 


  1. Welcome, Denise! Thank you for sharing the wonderful recipe and information about the fabulous book!

  2. Such a cute title, the dish looks great; thanks for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  3. Your idea of eating healthy looks very good. suefoster109 at gmail dot com.

  4. Waving at Denise! Why is it I always forget that polenta exists when cooking a meal? It's so easy to make. This sounds like a tasty dish.

  5. Looks yummy! Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. Looks really good!!! Thank you for the chance to win. pgenest57 at aol dot com

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  8. Looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe and chance to win.

  9. I would love to read Lions and Tigers and Murder Oh My. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    The Turkey Sausage Ragù over Polenta recipe sounds not only good for you but delicious. I will have to give it a try on the family.

  10. Great recipe! Can't wait to read the new book, thanks for the opportunity. ���� you rock.

  11. Please enter me.
    Wendy Clark clarksrfun at gmail dot com

  12. Happy Book Birthday, Denise! And welcome back to the Kitchen. What a great dinner recipe, thank you for sharing it with us. Your new Devereaux’s Dime Store mystery sounds wonderful--love the title, cover, and storyline. Have a delicious weekend and fabulous release week! ~ Cleo

  13. Love polenta. Never had a ragu over it so will habe to try it. Thank you for the chance.

  14. The turkey sausage Raghu looks yummy. Happy Sunday and thanks for a chance to win! kristilewis dot lrc at gmail dot com

  15. I don't know that I have ever eaten polenta. Your recipe sounds terrific. I might have to change that. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  16. Love this series!!! Can't wait to try this recipe!!!

  17. I love this series! Thanks for a great recipe & giveaway! doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  18. What a super cover. It reminds me of all the stuffed animals I had as a child---no dolls, just lots of stuffed animals.

  19. I've been changing up all my old recipes to make them more healthy for years. This turkey one looks great and I'll have to see about getting some turkey sausage to try it with. I'd also love winning a copy of the new Dime Store book. I love the series.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. Very tempting looking recipe.
    And the book title is great!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  21. Both the book & the dish look great! turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. This recipe looks delicious and quick. I love this series, and I am excited to see who Dev chooses. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  23. Thank you for the recipe and the giveaway!

  24. Love the cover and title of the book. This is a new series to me and I look forward to reading the series. Happy 4th of July and happy release day.

  25. I don't care for polenta but the sauce sounds good.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  26. Thank you for the recipe and the book giveaway! I like the title and the book cover. Can't wait to read it. crossxjo @hotmail. com

  27. Looks great :) love your books!!!

  28. Really looking forward to the book. Unfortunately for me, polenta sends my blood sugar count way up, can't eat it.