Sunday, July 7, 2019

Welcome guest author Laurie Cass - pesto #recipe + book #giveaway



Laurie Cass joins us to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. Laurie has been our guest so often on MLK, we feel like she's one of us!

Today she's offering her own book giveaway below!! (We'll resume our Mystery Lovers' Kitchen "10th Anniversary Party" tomorrow, July 8th.) Because today is our guest post Sunday, we are pleased to host Laurie.

Laurie grew up in Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in the 80’s with a (mostly unused) Bachelor of Science degree in geology. She and her husband live on a lake in northwest lower Michigan. When Laurie isn’t writing, she’s working at her day job, reading, yanking weeds out of her garden, or doing some variety of skiing.

Take it away, Laurie! 

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The following recipe was a part of a wedding present from a good friend of my mother’s. It came with a tablecloth, two wine glasses, and a bottle of wine. I don’t remember what kind of wine, and I’m not actually sure which wine glasses they were, but we liked the pesto recipe so much it has become a staple in our recipe rotation.
And almost every spring since our wedding (lo, those many years ago), we’ve also put a couple of basil plants in the ground. Yes, the recipe mentions freezing, but there’s nothing like going outside to pick basil and twenty minutes later ladling pesto on top of your pasta. Yum!
(FYI: this is also extremely tasty on bread, and sprinkled with a little more Parmesan cheese. Add a thin slice of fresh tomato between and you’re pretty close to the perfect appetizer.)

Pesto
Process in food processor:
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic
2 Tbsp. nuts (pine or walnut)
1/4 tsp. salt
Add and continue to process:
1 cup fresh basil, firmly packed
Use with 10-16 ounces cooked pasta and some butter. Add more Parmesan cheese on top if desired.
Can be frozen. Add more cheese and oil and process when thawed. Heat briefly in microwave.

 
 
Booking the Crook
Released July 2, 2019

Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, cruise around lovely Chilson, Michigan delivering happiness and good reads in their bookmobile. But the feisty librarian is worried that the bookmobile's future could be uncertain when a new library board chair arrives and doesn't seem too friendly to her pet project.

Still, she has to put her personal worries aside when she and Eddie are out on their regular route and one of their favorite customers doesn’t turn up to collect her books. Minnie, at Eddie’s prodding, checks on the woman and finds her lying dead in her snow-covered driveway. Now it’s up to Minnie and her friends--feline and otherwise--to find the perpetrator and give them their due.

GIVEAWAY

I’ll be giving away a copy of the latest release in the Bookmobile Cat Series, Booking the Crook.

Tell me what is the best (or worst) present you've ever received? 

Leave your name and email (it can be cryptic) so I can contact you if you win.
 


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Mystery Lovers' Kitchen 10th Anniversary Party
will resume tomorrow July 8th. See you then!


Today, we welcome you to leave a comment
below for our guest author Laurie Cass 
and
enter her book giveaway!




87 comments:

  1. The worst present I ever received was a fake plastic pearl necklace that he claimed was real. I don't even wear jewelry. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. The best present I ever received was the birth of my daughter. She is 24 now, but she was such a blessing after my husband and I had a stillborn son 4 years earlier. I consider her an awesome gift from above! bentleyboy22@comcast.net bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Aw, Jamie, what a beautiful present indeed. ~ Daryl

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  3. When I graduated from college and rented my first apartment, my parents gave me my first set of dishware. Every time someone went to the grocery store, a new piece of stoneware was collected. I love that they were thinking of me each time. I still use them.

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    1. That is an awesome gift! When my husband and I were first married, my parents would come over when we were gone and fill our fridge! Such love!

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  5. Sounds fun... thank you for doing this.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  6. Best was my daughter who was born 6 days after my birthday. A nice belated birthday present. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  7. My very first Barbie for Christmas when I was 5 years old.

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    1. I remember getting my first Barbie too. I was so thrilled!

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  8. When I was a little girl, our parents got us a Basset Hound puppy. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. Best was probably a book. We always got at least a couple books for every birthday and Christmas. Or the Digimon game we all got as kids. 20 years later I still mess around with it from time to time.
    kozo8989@hotmail.com

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  11. A story written and illustrated by my niece.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  12. A set of about 50 or more VHS tapes (yes, that long ago) of my favorite movies made by my husband while he was serving a remote AF tour. This was before digital copies, DVRs, DVDs, etc. so he had to rent and record them all to tape for me. Cary Grant, classic horror like the Wolfman, I watched them so much I just about wore them out.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. What a great present - your husband sounds like a wonderful guy!

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  13. The best present I ever got was my little Chihuahua mix rescue that my husband found on my last birthday. I thought I had hit my maximum number of pets in the house so this sweet fella was the best surprise! ibmandums(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. The worst gift I ever received was a diet. My husband thought he was doing something nice because I said I wanted to drop a few pounds

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    1. Oh, dear. Sometimes the gap between men and women is a deep chasm, isn't it?

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  15. I have mixed feelings about this as I simply adore the gifts I receive. I'm very grateful about what I receive as a gift. Doesn't matter what it is.
    bearsgal(dot)sweet1964(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. I remember the year I got my "fancy" bike for Christmas. My dad asked me to get the newspaper off the front porch and I told him, we didn't get a paper on Christmas and he told me again to get the paper. He used "the tone" so to prove I was right, I opened the door and there was the fanciest bike a 10 year old had ever seen! It was fuschia with a white with fuschia stripe banana seat, a white wicker basket with flowers and the U shaped handlebar. I named it Flamingo! That was in the late 60's but still remember that morning. I don't know who was more excited, me or my parents! MarshaMysteryreader(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hah! What a great memory :)

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  17. The worst gift I ever received was a huge tin barrel of Peanut Brittle. I hate Peanut Brittle... lizzdmc[at]gmail[dot]com.

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    1. But perhaps perfect for re-gifting? :)

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  18. My best gift was my engagement ring that was given to me at Christmas! I love(d) it! smurphee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. One Christmas, I got a set of sewing cards. After that, it seemed every gift I got was another set. It wasn't planned and it was so hard to be enthusiastic after getting a lifetime sup