Sunday, July 8, 2018

Welcome V.M. Burns!










A very warm welcome to V.M. Burns who is very busy writing. Her book, TRAVELLIN' SHOES debuts July 1st. She also writes the Dog Club Mystery series which releases in August. Be sure to check out her giveaway at the bottom!






Thank you, Krista, for inviting me to share a recipe on the Mystery Lovers Kitchen. I’m going to start my time with you by sharing a secret. Unlike the hosts of this site and most of the guests, I’m not a big cook. I really have to be in the right mood to cook. However, I do enjoy eating. I enjoy eating, a lot. So, out of necessity, I have learned to cook and when I’m in the right mood, I cook a lot. I like easy recipes with lots of flavor which relate to my culture. I love cooking the foods I enjoyed eating as a child, soul food. My newly released mystery series combines my love of food with my African American culture.
TRAVELLIN’ SHOES, is the first book in my new RJ Franklin Mystery series. This mystery series is set in St. Joseph, Indiana and is based on my hometown of South Bend. It is steeped in the spiritual traditions of the African American church and all the titles in the series are pulled from Negro Spirituals. Each book includes unique and original soul food recipes that provide a taste of the culture.

When the choir director at a local church is bludgeoned, shot, and set afire in the mayor’s neighborhood, Detective RJ Franklin is pulled in to investigate. But nothing is as it seems. Not even the victim is who he claimed to be. With very little to go on, RJ sets out to catch a killer. With a lot of help from his colorful Godmother, Mama B, his partner and a new love interest, RJ has to follow the trail and solve the murder before someone he cares about becomes the next victim.

Since the vast majority of African-Americans were first brought to the United States as slaves to work southern plantations, both cultures share many common bonds. One of those shared bonds is the superstition around black eyed peas. African Americans and Southerners believe that eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day will bring good luck. However, black eyed peas can be a delicious meal anytime of the year. Here is a cold salad which will be great for summer barbecues and picnics or anytime you want a little taste of the South without dealing with the heat of the kitchen. It’s also a perfect dish to bring to church suppers when you’re not in the mood for slaving over the stove.


BLACK EYED PEA SALAD


Ingredients:


2 15-oz cans of Black eyed peas, drained

1 large tomato, diced

1 small red pepper, cored and seeded

1 small green bell pepper, cored and seeded

½ medium red onion

1 jalapeno (seeds removed)

2 tablespoons chopped green onions

2 tablespoons chopped parsley (optional)

¼ cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar

¼ cup canola oil

½ teaspoon sugar

Salt and pepper to taste.


Instructions:






I’m not a fan of tomatoes so I didn’t include them.


1. Roast the peppers, onion, and jalapeno on a grill until soft (Optional: this recipe is equally tasty if you don’t roast the vegetables first).





2. Remove the charred outer skin and chop finely.








3. Whisk the rice wine vinegar, canola oil, sugar in a separate bowl.




4. Add salt and pepper to taste.


5. Combine chopped vegetables with the black eyed peas and toss together with the marinade.


6. Refrigerate for up to 8 hours before serving.



Enjoy as a cold salad or as a salsa with chips!











V. M. (Valerie) Burns was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She is the author of two other mystery series: The Agatha Award nominated Mystery Bookshop Mystery series and The Dog Club Mystery ebook series which will release in August 2018. Valerie currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her two poodles.









V.M. Burns is giving away a copy of TRAVELLIN’ SHOES to one person who leaves a comment. US ONLY.

Don't forget to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!


65 comments:

  1. Thanks for being with us today, Valerie! I love all kinds of legumes but have never tried black-eyed peas. However this is going on the menu this week! Perfect with some grilled chicken.

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    1. Thanks for having me Peg Cochran. I love this site. I think you're right. This makes a great summer side and should be great with grilled chicken.

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  2. Valerie, lovely to have you here. Your book looks amazing! ~ Daryl

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    1. Thanks Daryl. I appreciate the invite. I have been looking forward to hanging out here.

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  3. Who Ohio another new to me author! Thanks for the chance to get to know this author and read her book.

    soblessed0208(@)Gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for commenting Shamekka. I hope you enjoy the book and the recipes. Good Luck!

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  4. Welcome. And don't worry--I've got a couple of female leads who can't cook their way out of a paper bag, although I enjoy it when I'm in the mood. This colorful dish looks perfect for a summer meal. Now I have to go look for your books!

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    1. Thanks Sheila. I definitely have to be in the mood to cook, especially in the summer when its hot. So, this recipe works well.

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  5. Welcome to the Kitchen, Valerie! Though I spent 3 years in South Bend, at Notre Dame, I don't know a lot about the history of the city beyond its role in the auto industry, so it will be fun to learn more on your pages!

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    1. Leslie, it's always nice to meet another Domer. Thanks for allowing me to hang out with you ladies today.

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  6. I'm not into a lot of beans so this recipe is not for me. You newest book Travellin' Shoes looks very interesting. I like reading about different places. I like detective mysteries. Thank you so much for the chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for commenting. Best of luck with the drawing.

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  8. Ms. Burns, I love your Mystery Bookshop mysteries, and I love black-eyed peas, so what more could I ask? Thank you for the description of your new book, the recipe, and for hugely entertaining reading! ellenrusson(at)comcast.net

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    1. Thank you so much Ellen. I'm glad you've enjoyed the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series and I hope you enjoy the RJ Franklin series too. You'll probably recognize that River Bend, Indiana in the Mystery Bookshop series is St. Joseph, Indiana in the RJ Franklin books. Best of luck in the drawing and thanks for the kind words.

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  9. Being from the south (Arkansas), I have definitely grown, picked, shelled, cooked and eaten my fair share of black eye peas. My whole family loves them. However, I've not had this recipe before which I will very soon rectify. Sounds delicious! I do love to cook, but there are times when you need something tasty, easy to fix and prepared ahead of time. This fits all those bills.

    The concept behind the RJ Franklin Mystery series sounds amazing and one I'd love to explore. Love that the titles are all going to be from spirituals. The write up for "TRAVELLIN' SHOES" has me placing this book on my TBR list.

    I would love the opportunity to read not only "TRAVELLIN' SHOES" but the whole series. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Thanks, Kay. I have, unfortunately had to pick and shell peas too. Definitely, not my favorite thing, although I do enjoy eating them. I hope you enjoy the recipe and the mysteries. Thanks for adding Travellin' Shoes to your TBR list and I wish you luck in the drawing.

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  10. Hi Valerie! Your book sounds like it will be an amazing read. I like how you are using titles of Negro Spirituals as titles for your books. I was wondering if you would be including the lyrics to the corresponding songs in each book? That would be really interesting.
    I grew up with New Years Black Eye Peas. As a child I disliked them and would count out enough to satisfy my mother. Then when I had my own children and could not get to my mom’s for New Years, I panicked. That first year we ate canned ones. It was worse than the ones from my childhood. All that year I experimented with cooking them. The next New Years, I was ready! Haha. I have loved them ever since. I guess having to eat so many that year I was learning, I acquired a taste for them. I will definitely be making your recipe. I might switch out the canned ones, though, for homemade.
    Thank you for the opportunity!
    cristinaalaska(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. What an awesome story. I remember one year deciding to skip the New Years Black eyed peas and then panicked and ran to the store and ate canned. I wasn't in love with them either back then. Swap out canned for homemade and enjoy. Good luck with the drawing.

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  11. You had me at black-eyed peas! Looking forward to reading your books, Ms. Burns.��

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    1. Awesome. I hope you enjoy the recipe and the others in the back of the book. Best of luck with the drawing.

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  12. Yum, Valerie! My mom made a version of this with four kinds of beans and I always loved it. Heading out to find your new book!

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    1. Thanks, Edith. I hope you enjoy the recipe and the my new series. I appreciate the support.

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  13. Thaks for a chance,I love to try this recipe, it sound delish,I would like this book series,sounds great

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    1. Thank you, Colissa. I'm glad you like the recipe and I hope you enjoy the series too. Good luck in the drawing.

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  14. The recipe sounds great! I have been looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for the chance to win it.
    debprice60@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Deb. I am so excited you are interested in reading my book and I hope you enjoy this new series. Best of luck in the drawing.

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  15. Love reading and enjoy finding recipes at end of story.
    judytucker1947(at)gmail(dot)cpm

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    1. I enjoy finding recipes in stories too. I hope you enjoy the ones in Travellin' Shoes.

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  16. My Grandmother used to chase me around on New Year's Day trying to get me to eat just one black-eyed pea for luck. I'm not a big fan of them by themselves, but I love combining them with favorite ingredients like cheese, onions and jalapeños. I know I will love your salad and can't wait to try it! Thanks so much for visiting Mystery Lovers' Kitchen and introducing us to your new book ~ bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. I have some favorite meals that just aren't the same without black eyed peas. I agree they are great with a lot of different things. My favorite is pork chops, black eyed peas and macaroni and cheese. Good luck in the drawing.

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