Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Salmon and grilled vegetables #recipe + book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

From daryl:

I am sad to say as of April 1, we bid adieu to our lovely Ellie Alexander as a regular on the blog. As you all know, this can be a very stressful time for all, but with young ones in the family and homeschooling and book deadlines, it can just be too much.  To send Ellie out with a bang, I'm offering a book giveaway today to lure you to leave a comment and wish her well on her new journey.   Don't miss her upcoming release, coming June 30...

Book giveway below!

We will be adding a new member to the family in April. Keep your eyes peeled. 


In other news, I have a new book coming out in 4 weeks.
The 9th in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries.
This is the cover reveal day!  Yay!  


And for libraries, it's available on SMASHWORDS

You can read more about it on my website, and get into the
world of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries,
watch the book trailer, and more HERE

What's it about?

The denizens of Crystal Cove are salivating over the upcoming Food Bowl Week, when local chefs offer some of their best and most imaginative creations in bite-size portions all over town. Bookstore proprietor Jenna Hart is hungry to sample as many of the delicacies as she can, but when she stumbles onto the dead body of a local food reporter and learns that her best friend’s husband is the primary suspect, she’ll have to summon the appetite for a side dish of sleuthing to prove his innocence.

Jenna knows the ambitious and aggressive reporter, who was strangled at a fitness center with her shredded restaurant reviews scattered around her, left behind a long list of potential suspects. As she begins piecing together the scant clues, she uncovers illicit ties between the victim and a local newspaper owner, a spurned would-be lover, and a host of disgruntled restaurant owners not a bit torn up by the critical reporter’s demise. And with a solution so close she can almost taste it, Jenna turns up the heat on the culprit, realizing too late that she’s the next course on the murderer’s menu . . .


But now, let's talk about for food for you!

How are you doing during this stressful time? Reading? Baking? Walking more than you used to?

Are you trying to figure out what to make using whatever you have in the freezer? I like to keep fish in the freezer at all time so I can eat "healthy" once in a while.

I had a number of vegetables in the refrigerator and thought a quickie meal would be perfect for dinner. EASY and FLAVOR are the name of the game when I'm feeling stressed. How about you?

Don't get me wrong. During the day, I'm eating plenty of sugary things that are bad for me, but at night, I really try to treat my body right!

Enjoy this simple but elegant meal.

Salmon and a variety of vegetables

(for 2)

2 portions salmon, skin off
1 tablespoon olive oil

For vegetables

1 turnip, peeled and diced
1 roma tomato, diced
1 zucchini, sliced thin
10-20 snow peas, chopped
1 tablespoon Italian parsley, diced
1 tablespoon chives, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
salt and pepper to taste
white wine, if desired

Cook salmon as desired. I like to brush with olive oil and broil in a hot oven, 3-4 minutes a side.

Prepare vegetables and herbs.

In a saucepan, melt the olive oil and butter.  When it’s sizzling, stir in the vegetables. Reduce heat to simmer. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Remove pan from heat and toss in the herbs and seasonings. Set on plate and top with salmon. If desired, add a tablespoon of white wine to the olive oil and butter.

Book Giveaway
to wish Ellie Alexander goodbye!
Leave a comment to Ellie and leave your address in case you win.
I'm giving to one commenter winner's choice of the first 8 books in 
the Cookbook Nook Mysteries
paperback or ebook.

Don't forget to pre-order the 9th book in the  
Cookbook Nook Mystery series,  
in trade paperback and e-book.

You can read all about it and order it on various sites on 
my website, HERE


Also, don't forget to order the first book in my new  
Fairy Garden Mystery series, 
coming June 2020 
in trade paperback and e-book.

You can read all about it and order it on various sites 
on my website HERE
Plus I've posted a few of my fairy gardens.

And here is my latest suspense...

Order FAN MAIL, the second in series, trade paperback and e-book: HERE

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  1. Firstly I love your salmon dish since salmon is my favorite fish and a staple in our home. I prepare it with roasted veggies and kale. I eat fish at least 3 times a week and because it is so easy to prepare and healthy everyone enjoys this meal. Now with the big changes I take care of my 6 and 8 year old grandsons daily from 8-5. Busy and a rare time for us to be together doing many activities out in the backyard and inside. Reading is my salvation before bed. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Traveler, I bet you're busy with both of the grandsons there. Find time for yourself. ~ Daryl

  2. Never read any of your books so I’d be happy to win the first book in the series thanks
    Angelcake12 at optonline dot net

  3. Thank you for this wonderful dish and for sharing the recipe. This site will miss you. But it is also understandable that certain things must come first and it seems like you have made a tough but the right decision. Blessings to you and your family, may you all find a new normal. It is important that you make time for yourself so you can keep giving to others. Blessings. quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

    1. Thanks, Lori! I never imagined myself homeschooling, so this is going to be a new adventure. It’s all about figuring out a new balance of writing and family time for a while.

    2. Ellie, I think there are lots of moms who didn't consider homeschooling. One of my favorite jouranlists is finding it quite a challenge! ~ Daryl

  4. I love Ellie Alexander's books and videos,she will be missed. I'm living with my son and his family right now. His wife is a nurse and they have two girls,a 4 year old and a 10 month old so we are pretty busy. I understand the reading as salvation comment.

    1. Thanks, Kathy! I’ll still be sharing on my social, just scaling back a bit as we figure out this new normal. Much love to your son and his family. Health care workers are my heros!

  5. I have read books by everyone in the "kitchen" and loved them all especially yours Wish Elle the best!

  6. My husband grills delicious salmon with vegetables once a week, one of my favorite meals. Sauteed spinach on the side is perfection. I am looking forward to your Sprinkling book!
    Sorry to lose EA here, but I bet you guys have a great new author to add.

  7. What a yummy recipe! Salmon is my favorite fish, so will definitely make this. All the best in the world to Ellie - I'm a Pacific northwest gal too, so I will certainly be reading the new release! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Cheers to the PNW! Wishing you all my best, Autumn!

    2. Autumn, you're the winner of this giveaway. I'll be in touch. ~ Daryl

  8. Fantastic cover for the new book and as always a timely, yummy recipe from you, Daryl. And Ellie, we will sure miss you but it's always good to set priorities and know how to balance. I don't know how authors do it anyway and have "real" lives - I'm retired and can barely keep up with reading and some reviews :-). Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Yeah, it’s a good opportunity for time at home that I wasn’t expecting, so I’m embracing that.

  9. Love your books, Daryl, and I am looking forward to reading Shredding The Evidence. The salmon and veg recipe sounds easy and healthy to me.

    And I am sorry that MLK is losing Ellie. I read all her different series and her recipes and videos are a lot of fun.
    Grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks, Grace. We love our steady readers and truly thank you for embracing all of us. ~ Daryl

  10. Thank you for the opportunity.
    lindalou64(at) live(dot)com
    Good luck, Ellie!!

  11. Elle best wishes during this trying time. So many changes for all of us.
    Daryl, we try to have salmon once a week here. When the fish counter was open they would season it and place in a baking bag. So yummy. Now that they've closed those, we grab packaged. meg85242 (@) gmail (dot) com Thank you!

    1. Yes, Meg, it's all a shift right now how we're all doing things. Be safe. ~ Daryl

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  13. Be safe, be healthy, be happy.

  14. Best of luck to you Ellie Alexander. I have already started the Sloan Krause series and look forward to reading the Bakeshop series as well. longbarb11(at)aol(dot)com

    1. Barb, you will love them. The Bakeshop is one of my favorites! ~ Daryl

  15. I’m actually baking salmon with garlic and herb butter seasoning for dinner today! These vegetables look delicious so I may have to do this too. Thank you for doing this. Best of luck Elle. We will miss you! Stay safe and healthy!!

  16. A healthy and yummy supper which is a real favorite of ours. Vegetables every night with either salmon, tilapia or a light fish is my mainstay. Thanks for your wonderful recipes. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Thanks, Petite. Glad to hear how healthy you eat, too. ~ Daryl

  17. Ellie, good luck to you. Stay safe and healthy. Looking forward to your new book and more great recipes.

  18. Good bye Ellie. And good luck in the future. Love reading your books. Daryl, your books are the grreatest.

  19. Love the cover of your new book, Daryl! Ellie, best of luck to you! Thanks foe the fun times. Katherinestamps at msn dot com

  20. Good luck Ellie! Hopefully things will get back to normal soon. Until then, take care!
    txcop01 at Yahoo dot com

  21. Thanks for the lovely words, everyone. I’m wishing you all good health and good spirits!

  22. Ellie, Good luck in figuring out a new norm. Look forward to your future books