Recipes

Unusual Times

The world as we knew it is over--at least temporarily. We've all been dealing with Covid-19 in various ways in these unusual times. I've been trying to keep on writing and researching, but get easily distracted with the news, changes in lifestyle, and helping others.   When I wasn't feeling creative I chose to bring some laughter into my world by creating some funny notebooks on Amazon and even created some funny narrative cat videos. My cat Hobbs Monahan actually made the local paper because of it!  I also started sharing some retro cookie recipes on my Instagram page. I think that's out of my system, but who knows.   I'm back at work on my next book, Historic Foods of America: Recipes from Hotels and Restaurants. It's pretty much together, but I'm finalizing recipes and the format. Next up is finding the best publisher, which might require an agent. I've never used one before, but it might be time. [...]

By |2020-05-15T16:01:35-04:00May 15th, 2020|Recipes, Writer's Life|0 Comments

Epic Fail on the Buns

Instead of having a light and airy gluten free burger bun for my shrimp patties,  I ended up with a product that looked like a wheat flat bread. I followed the recipe, but it still didn't work. I consider that an epic fail as you can see by the pre-bake photo. They were an okay option for the shrimp patties, but not what I expected. I made the panisses again and they were just as delicious as the first time. At least something worked. Oh yes, the shrimp patties were pretty tasty, too. Here's the recipe: Shrimp Patties 1 cup gluten free Panko bread crumbs 1 ¼ lb shrimp 2 tbsp mayo ¼ tsp. pepper ⅛ tsp salt ⅛ tsp Old Bay 1 tbsp. parsley, chopped Place bread crumbs into a food processor and pulse them a few times to make them smaller pieces. Next, add 1 cup shrimp, mayo, pepper, salt, and Old Bay into a food processor. Pulse about six times until minced. Add the remaining shrimp [...]

By |2019-03-31T18:24:39-04:00March 31st, 2019|Recipes, Writer's Life|0 Comments

The Quest for Burger Buns

Let me start by saying my buns didn't look like this on the inside. I was headed to one of my favorite burger places in Raleigh, Burger-Fi. But I knew I couldn't have a traditional bun and was facing lettuce as a substitute. Now I don't know who thinks that lettuce could ever replace a bun on a burger. Nope. Facing burger hell I tried to create a GF bun to take to the restaurant. I found what looked to be a decent recipe. Photo looks good right? Since I don't want to use Xanthan or Guar, which are both bad for you, I found a cool GF product by Pamela's called Not Xanthan Not Guar (NXNG). It's made of potato starch and psyllium husk. It's also low in carbs. I didn't pay attention to the label and did a 1 for 1 sub. I should have reduced the NXNG. The recipe seemed to wet, but I continued on [...]

By |2019-03-29T16:18:14-04:00March 29th, 2019|Recipes, Writer's Life|0 Comments

Fake Fries

This author's Gluten-Free quest continued this weekend, but I wasn't on the computer. One of the recipes I downloaded last week was for something called Panisse. They are what I call fake fries and are super popular in Provence, France and Italy. Panisses are made with chickpea flour, water, salt, and oil. The batter reminds me of polenta and the process like making eclairs. You chill the batter and then dump it our which then makes it look like tofu. I know, I've sold you on these already, right? Stay with me, they were freaking amazing and gluten free. This is the recipe I used. I dusted mine with salt. You can try a sweet version by dusting with  sugar, cinnamon, and or cocoa powder. If making a sweet version, I would add a teaspoon of sugar to the batter and use grape seed or coconut instead of olive. Panisses 1 cup chickpea flour ½ tsp fine sea salt 2 cups water (divided) 2 tsp olive oil (plus more [...]

By |2019-03-25T12:34:25-04:00March 25th, 2019|Recipes, Writer's Life|0 Comments

A New Food Journey

For the last four weeks I've been Gluten-Free (GF). Why? I have a problem called EOE and certain foods get stuck in my esophagus. So the allergist and other doctors suggested I try gluten free to see if I have a sensitivity. I have no food allergies so it's not Celiac. It's been really tough for this foodie since, well, it's kinda my job. Did I mention my favorite food groups are bread, pasta, and baked goods? I made a rookie mistake in the beginning and went out and bought all kinds of gluten free products. Little did I know these carry some massive carbohydrates! They promptly went back to the store. I know people with Celiac have to use these, but I have another dilemma. My husband is a lung cancer survivor and I have no desire to change our low glycemic load diet. For those who don't know, cancer loves sugar so our goal is to keep [...]

By |2019-03-25T12:41:03-04:00March 22nd, 2019|Recipes, Writer's Life|2 Comments

St. Valentine’s Day

In honor of St. Valentine's Day I thought I would share some fun history on how it was celebrated on the frontier.   Today Valentine’s Day is primarily considered a romantic couples holiday, but in the 1800s both private and public celebrations were held. Churches, lodges, hotels, and private individuals held St. Valentine’s Day parties. Hostesses decorated with red and pink cupids and hearts with arrows gracing the walls and windows. Whether together or apart, pioneers on the Western frontier carried on the tradition of celebrating St. Valentine’s Day in ways not dissimilar to today’s celebrations.   To honor St. Valentine’s Day, the young and old alike sent cards to family members, secret loves, sweethearts, and even teachers. This day of love was also a day when people would take time to send letters to friends letting them know they were thinking of them. Men worried about sending the proper card or gift and girls dreamed of receiving a [...]

By |2018-02-14T13:04:34-05:00February 14th, 2018|Recipes, Writer's Life|0 Comments

Picking up a Story I Started in 2008

It's odd being an author in the respect that you never know when and where your next book idea will come from. I often find my stories while I'm researching another.   Back in 2008 I was working on a book about Victorian women in the Wild West and came across an 1886 book by a woman only known as E.M.H. That book has led me on a journey to tell her story about coming to America as a rich English socialite. Ethel grabbed my attention back then, but then other books were pushed to the front of the deadline pile.   Truth be told, I was offered contracts for other books, where I had none with Ethel. However, I believe things happen when they are supposed to, and now it's Ethel's time. I still have no contract for her yet, but I've evolved as a writer since I first began in 1997, and think it's the right time for [...]

By |2018-02-05T14:10:40-05:00February 5th, 2018|Recipes|0 Comments