Sunday, June 14, 2020

Kate Lansing's Mango Chutney Grilled Shrimp -- #recipe #giveaway

LESLIE BUDEWITZ:  It's always a treat to introduce you, dear readers, to a debut author, and Kate Lansing and her main character, Parker Valentine, are both truly delightful. I met Kate through another author, who knew we share a love for living and writing in the mountain west, and for wine! I read an advance copy of Killer Chardonnay. What fun it is to see my quote on the front cover -- a first for me! I think you'll enjoy Kate and Parker and the book as much as I did.

(Well, my quote doesn't show on the thumbnail. I said: "Parker Valentine...will steal your heart and pair it with a smooth mystery in this sparkling debut. A wine rack full of suspects won’t stop the determined sleuth and vintner from bottling up a killer and saving her dream. Killer Chardonnay has legs!")

KATE LANSING:  Thanks so much for inviting me to be a guest on Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen! I’m absolutely thrilled to be here.

Admittedly, in early drafts of my debut cozy mystery, Killer Chardonnay, I didn’t know I would be including recipes and suggested wine pairings. Thus, while writing it, I came up with the most mouth-watering dishes I could imagine, regardless of how complicated they might be to, you know, actually cook.

Fast forward to when my brilliant editor floats the fabulous idea to include recipes. Only, this means recreating some of the food and wine pairings I’d fantasized about. But having always loved cooking, I gladly took on the challenge!

The dish that gave me the most trouble was the Mango Chutney Grilled Shrimp, of which my family graciously tasted many renditions. There was so much finesse in balancing flavors—the acidity and sweetness—and chopping the mango fine enough to deliciously coat each jumbo shrimp. After my fourth attempt, my toddler daughter requested seconds, and I knew I had a winner.

So today, I’m excited to share with you my recipe for Mango Chutney Grilled Shrimp, which I suggest pairing with a crisp sauvignon blanc.

Dear readers, do you dream up a dish before devising a recipe, or is it the other way around? Talk to us in the comments for a chance to win a signed copy of Killer Chardonnay!

Mango Chutney Grilled Shrimp
(Serves 4-6)

2 T olive oil
¼ tsp crushed red pepper
1.5 pounds jumbo shrimp (24 count), deveined in shell, raw
2 cups finely chopped mangoes (2)
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion (1)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 T ginger root, grated
¼ cup white wine vinegar
½ cup orange juice

Sauté onions and crushed red pepper in olive oil for 2-3 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Stir in the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute. Add the mangoes, orange juice, and white wine vinegar. Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool to room temperature.



Butterfly the shrimp by cutting along the back, from head to tail, almost slicing through lengthwise, but leaving the shell on. This will keep the shrimp tender on the grill, and increases surface area for the marinade to work its magic.



Preheat grill to medium heat.

Add half of the mango chutney to the shrimp, making sure to get some of the marinade in every nook and cranny. Let sit for 20 minutes.


 Grill the shrimp 2 minutes per side. To serve, top the grilled shrimp with the remaining mango chutney and enjoy!


Readers, talk to Kate in the comments for a chance to win a signed copy of Killer Chardonnay. Be sure to leave your email address. (US mailing addresses only; winner will be announced Wednesday, June 17.) 

Kate Lansing is an award-winning short story author. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, daughter, and a chair-napping tabby cat named Maple. Killer Chardonnay is her first novel. Visit her website, or join her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

About Killer Chardonnay: A young winery owner won't let one sour grape ruin the bunch in the first installment of this exciting cozy mystery series.

Parker Valentine has always dreamed of opening her own winery in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. But she gets more than she bargained for when a food and wine critic unexpectedly shows up at Vino Valentine on opening day. A negative review could be fatal for her business, and not only does he seem to hate her chardonnay, he also collapses and dies shortly after drinking it.

Although Parker hoped that the attendees would put a cork in it, soon her winery is at the center of a social media firestorm. With #killerchardonnay trending online, Parker's business is in danger of closing, and she has no choice but to investigate the murder herself.


To restore her reputation, catch a killer, and keep her struggling business open, Parker needs only one thing: some good proof.


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102 comments:

  1. I am not creative enough to come up with my own recipes. Maybe that is why I enjoy cozy food murder mysteries. Recipes are included 😬

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    1. Totally understand, Jenn! I always appreciate the recipes at the back of culinary cozies, too, definitely a perk :-)

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  2. I am mostly a recipe follower, but my husband is a creative cook. Lucky me!
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. This recipe sounds delicious! I like to follow recipes. Thanks for the chance!
    Jess
    maceoindo (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Thank you, Jess!! It's now one of my family's favorite meals :-) Best of luck with the giveaway!

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  4. Hubby and I both love to cook and spending time in the kitchen together. We are some what of a mesh of all of it. We love to enjoy a meal out and then see if we can duplicate it. It's fun to take a recipe that we find interesting and tweak it to our tastes. Then it's also fun to take a main ingredient and see if we can come up with a way of serving it that really hits the spot for both of us.

    The recipe for Mango Chutney Grilled Shrimp sounds yummy and I'm thinking we will be trying it real soon.

    Always love reading on of your books. Can't wait for the opportunity to read "Killer Chardonnay" which is definitely on my TBR list.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy! Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. That is so sweet, Kay! My hubs and I enjoy cooking together, too, and experiment with recipes in similar ways <3 Hope you enjoy the recipe, and best of luck with the giveaway!

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  5. Hi Kate.
    I "met" you online earlier at another mystery blog last month.
    Congratulations on the release of Killer Chardonnay.

    As I said there, I love visiting Boulder CO and love food/wine, so this sounds like the start of a yummy series. I also have a box of Ataulfo mangoes at home, so this shrimp mango recipe may be attempted this week.

    I already have a copy of Killer Chardonnay (arrived last week) so please do NOT enter me in the giveaway.

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    1. It's nice to "see" you again, Grace! And thanks so much for your kind words about my book. I really hope you enjoy both the recipe and Killer Chardonnay! Cheers :-)

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  6. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win the book. It sounds like a great new series!! Contact info on website.

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  7. This sounds fun, I've heard good things about this book. I've had ideas for a few simple recipes but nothing like this. I mainly follow another's recipe and I love trying out ones I find in mystery books.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, Alicia! I bet your simple recipes are delicious, and I'm with you on trying ones from mystery books ;-)

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  8. I follow the recipe the first time and might change things up the next time.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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    1. Same here! I'm a huge fan of Ina Garten (who isn't?!) and one of her tips is to try a recipe as intended before making tweaks, which I try to do. Pantry-willing, of course :-)

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  9. I am not a creative or super experienced cook, so coming up with my own recipe is not something I’m good at. Congratulations on the new book...it sounds fun! Thanks for the chance. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, Chris!! Coming up with recipes is definitely a challenge--the hardest part for me was to remember to actually write down quantities of ingredients as I went, lol. Best of luck with the giveaway!

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  10. I follow the recipe since I am a novice cook. Congratulations on your captivating cozy. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you!! Maybe as you gain experience in the kitchen, you'll slowly start experimenting--that's how it started for me :-)

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  11. I do follow a recipe but sometimes change things up a bit when I find a better way to do something.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Totally! I do the same thing, Rita. It's especially fun when a recipe morphs over time into an entirely different dish :-)

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  12. I follow the recipe but I might become more creative when I am familiar with a new flavor which could improve or add to it. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Love that! I tend to do this if there's an ingredient or flavor I'm super into, like earlier this year I was on a big radish kick and kept trying to incorporate them into recipes :-)

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  13. Sometimes I look at the ingredients I have and then try to find a recipe that incorporates them! It's fun. Today thinking about black beans and the last of my frozen tomatoes from last season.

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    1. That is so fun, Liz!! I call those Chopped meals, after the Food Network show. Working backwards like that has been especially helpful over the last few months...I hope you come up with something delicious to do with your black beans and tomatoes!

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  14. I follow the recipe unless it contains ingredients I don't like, then I substitute! Killer Chardonnay sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance!
    valleyreader (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thank you, Darcy! I hear ya on substituting ingredients I don't care for (raisins, anyone?!).

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  15. Great fun to have you visit with us, Kate! Like many of the readers here, I often make a recipe as written the first time, then play -- but with experience, of course, I've learned what substitutions I might make right off the bat that will make something easier or tastier for us. Or work with what's on hand -- definitely an issue these last few months! This one will be a big hit in my house, I'm sure!

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    1. Like you Leslie, I am comfortable with tweaking most recipes from the beginning. Substitute one ingredient here/there, working with what is at home. The only exception is baking...I tend to more faithfully follow those recipes.

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    2. Ah, yes -- when chemistry is required, so is caution!

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    3. Thanks so much for inviting me to be a guest, Leslie, and for your generous blurb, which I'm honored to have on the cover of Killer Chardonnay!

      Agreed, there are definitely instances when I'm okay substituting/tweaking a recipe on the first try, usually when cheese is involved since my husband *gasp* doesn't do cheese, so I'll often try to make at least a portion without :-) And yes, the last few months have definitely led to some very...creative meals, ha!

      Grace, fabulous point!! Baking really is a horse of a different color!

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  17. We are wine drinkers in our house. I have a small wine rack which holds a dozen bottle of asst. wines. Reds, Whites, Sparking etc. I'd love to add your book to my home library to start my collection of wine stories.

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    1. Your wine rack sounds fabulous, Nora, and full of a wonderful assortment. And thank you! A collection of wine stories is such a fun idea!

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    2. It would be a good one, along with mysteries by Nadine Netman and Ellen Crosby. Reply with your email address for a chance to win!

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    3. So glad you mentioned Nadine, Leslie! Her sommelier series is fantastic and would definitely make a great addition!

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