Easy Summer Dessert Recipe From Author Chris Pavesic

This slightly more sophisticated version of a no-bake cookie is a perfect treat to make this summer. Any cookie I can hold in one hand while I hold a book in the other is already a winner. Add peanut butter and oats and it is on!

Ingredients:

12 pitted dates

1/3 cup old-fashioned oats

1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter

Materials:

Measuring cup

Measuring spoon

Food processor/chopping blade

SpatulaSmall mixing bowl

Waxed paper

Heart-shaped cookie cutter or sharp knife

Directions:

1.  Place the dates in food processor fitted with the chopping blade.  Process until the dates are very finely chopped and stick together.

 2.  With a spatula, transfer to a small mixing bowl.  Add the oats and peanut butter.  Using your hands mix well. 

3.  Divide the mixture into 4 equal amounts. 

Shape each into a ball.  Place one ball between two sheets of waxed paper.  Flatten the ball to a 3″-diameter cookie.  Repeat with each ball. 

Remove waxed paper and cut out a heart using heart-shaped cookie cutter or a knife. 

With remaining cookie dough repeat process of rolling into balls and flattening in between waxed paper. 

Serve immediately or return to waxed paper and store in an airtight plastic container.  Refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Makes 4-6 cookies depending on shape of cookie cutter.

Visit Chris Pavesic’s website for many more wonderful recipes and books!

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Scrambled Eggs With Feta and Chives Plus a Preview of a New Cookbook|Guest Post by Sloane Taylor

Some people claim breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I believe that’s true, but it doesn’t mean you have to stuff yourself with mountains of borderline healthy food. This menu is satisfying, delicious and won’t cause a coronary. For a more festive morning or brunch add Mimosas. The recipes are gauged for two people so you need to adjust the amounts if you are serving more.

Serve with Fresh Fruit Salad, Croissants or Fresh Rolls, Jam or Jelly,
Orange Juice, and Coffee, Tea, or Milk

Scrambled Eggs with Feta and Chives

4 large eggs
2 tbsp. feta cheese, crumbled
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tbsp. butter, you may need a little more
2 tbsp. fresh chives or 1 tbsp. dried

Crack eggs into a medium-sized bowl. Scramble well with a fork.

Stir in the feta and pepper.

Add butter to a medium-sized frying pan. Melt over medium heat. Pour in egg mixture and then carefully scramble. Be sure to flip the eggs so the cheese melts.

Sprinkle on the chives. Heat through and then serve.

Fresh Fruit Salad
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 pear, sliced
1 banana, peeled and sliced
Lemon juice
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
10 seedless red grapes, cut in half
Small handful blueberries
Small handful raspberries

In a glass serving bowl, combine the apple, pear, and banana. Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent the fruit from turning brown. Gently stir. Add in the remaining fruit.

Cover with plastic wrap then set in the refrigerator to chill until time to serve.

COMING SOON to a kitchen near you!

Book 2 in the Meals to Make Together series

Starry summer nights are ripe for romance and dining al fresco. Enhance the mood with Romantic Meals to dine al Fresco, candles, wine, and your favorite music. Fire up your grill and share a romantic dinner with your someone special. Then let the night take you away.

Create 45 delicious and complete meals for two that can be cooked on your grill or stove. No exotic or expensive ingredients needed. These 103 recipes use everyday products already in your kitchen cabinets. Increasing the dinners is a snap for those fun nights when friends or family join you.

Romantic Meals to dine al Fresco, Book 2 in the Meals to Make Together series, is an ideal gift for a hostess, bridal shower, anniversary, or the couple who crave a fresh flavor in their lives.

Sloane Taylor is an Award-Winning author with a second passion in her life. She is an avid cook and posts new recipes on her blog every Wednesday. The recipes are user friendly, meaning easy.

Taylor currently has seven romance novellas released by Toque & Dagger Publishing. Her first solo venture into non-fiction is a Couples Cookbook with eighty of her favorite recipes, DATE NIGHT DINNERS, Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening.

Excerpts from her books and free reads can be found on her website, blog, Amazon Author Page.

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May you enjoy all the days of your life filled with laughter and seated around a well laden table!

Cook Up Something Good

with Janis and Emma Lane.

No, they’re not sisters or even cousins. Today’s guest blogger is an author with a split personality and man can she cook! Forgive the corny author humor. We have a laugh about answering to and using different pen names. You should see us go out to lunch and confuse the servers! The recipe is better than my jokes, I promise.

Here’s Emma with the recipe. Enjoy!

Hi everyone, this recipe is only a guideline for making a delicious lunch or main dish with fresh vegetables. The list of veggies is easily amendable to whatever your grocer has in stock. No beets, please! Be sure to add nurturing bread like corn bread or crackers for a more substantial meal. Okay, I used corn Chex Mix one time, but that was an emergency. A green salad is always a welcome addition.

FRESH VEGETABLE SOUP

1 onion, diced
½ green pepper, cleaned and diced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 fat carrot, peeled and chopped
1 – 2 ears fresh corn kernels, scraped from cob
1 can diced tomato or 1 lg. fresh, chopped
1½ cups fresh green beans, strings removed and chopped
3 cups beef or chicken stock
½ pound ground chuck
1 med. potato, diced
Sprig fresh thyme or ¼ tsp. dried
Sprig of oregano or ¼ tsp. dried
Small sprig of basil or ½ tsp. dried
Sprig of parsley, flat not curly

Sauté meat and set aside.

Pour stock into a large pot. Add onions and celery. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.

Add carrots, corn, tomatoes, potato, and herbs. Return soup to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Add meat. Simmer 10 minutes more.

Veggies will be somewhat crisp. Cook longer if desired. As it sits the flavor will increase. But cool and refrigerate if it’s going to be longer than a few hours before serving.
Optional Veggies: okra, green peas, yellow squash, small can chick peas
Optional herbs/spices: pinch of chili pepper, tiny clove of garlic, sprig of cilantro.

Tip: if you use fresh herbs tie together with kitchen string and remove before serving.

Here’s a peek at my Cozy Mystery, Murder in the Neighborhood, a novel which introduces you to Detective Kevin Fowler and the intriguing murders which infect this small town Americana. The series follows the detective, colleagues, friends, and lovers through a whirlwind of events, good and bad, over the next three novels.

A killer is attacking respectable citizens in picturesque Hubbard, NY, and leaving corpses on their front steps in the middle of the day. Detective Fowler isn’t certain who causes him to lose the most sleep, a certain sexy reporter with bouncing curls and sparkling black eyes, or the elusive psychopath creating panic in his small-town community. Together, the detective and the reporter race to find the monster in their midst and return the town to the desirable place where people come to raise their families in peace and contentment. Can they sort through their differences to find romance even as they search for a determined stalker with murder on his mind? The clock ticks down on a man in a rage with a deadly mission.

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Janis Lane is the pen-name for gifted author Emma Lane who writes cozy mysteries as Janis, Regency as Emma, and spice as Sunny Lane.

She lives in Western New York where winter is snowy, spring arrives with rave reviews, summer days are long and velvet, and fall leaves are riotous in color. At long last she enjoys the perfect bow window for her desk where she is treated to a year-round panoramic view of nature. Her computer opens up a fourth fascinating window to the world. Her patient husband is always available to help with a plot twist and encourage Emma to never quit. Her day job is working with flowers at Herbtique and Plant Nursery, the nursery she and her son own.

Look for information about writing and plants on Emma’s new website. Leave a comment or a gardening question and put a smile on Emma’s face.

Stay connected to Emma on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to check out the things that make Emma smile on Pinterest.

Apple Pancakes With Guest Author Chris Pavesic (Revelation Chronicles)

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Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t always feature the most delicious dishes. People are rushed and will grab just about any type of convenience food on their way out the door.
These Apple Pancakes take only a few minutes, are healthy, and I hope you will agree are worth the wait!
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 small McIntosh apples, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Vegetable Oil or Butter
  • Honey (optional)
Materials:
  • Measuring cups
  • Medium bowl
  • Spoon
  • Frying Pan or Griddle
  • Spatula
Directions:
1.  Mix flour, milk, and eggs until batter is smooth.  Fold in apples and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.  To cook–heat a lightly oiled frying pan (or griddle). Place a heaping tablespoon of batter in the frying pan. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
Top with honey if desired.

After you enjoy your breakfast, why not read a good book?

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Chris Pavesic continues the amazing story of Cami Malifux with Book 2 of the Revelation Chronicles.

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Escape from a world of darkness into a magical realm of limitless adventure.

In Starter Zone Cami kept herself and her younger sister Alby alive in a post-apocalyptic world, facing starvation, violence, and death on a daily basis. Caught by the military and forcefully inscribed, Cami manages to scam the system and they enter the Realms, a Virtual Reality world, as privileged Players rather than slaves. They experience a world of safety, plenty, and magical adventure.

In the Traveler’s Zone magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as Cami continues her epic quest to navigate the Realms and build a better life for her family. But an intrusion from her old life threatens everything she has gained and imperils the entire virtual world.

Time to play the game.

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Thank you for making pancakes in our virtual kitchen today, Chris!

Author Chris Pavesic’s (Traveler’s Zone) Classic Minestrone Soup

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Classic Minestrone

 

As the weather starts to turn colder, my family starts looking for more hot soups and stews to fight off the chill.

This traditional soup recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
1 large onion, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 russet potato, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
6 sprigs fresh thyme (optional)
1 teaspoon dried savory
1 cup ditalini pasta
1 (15.5 oz can) white beans, rinsed well
2 cups baby spinach or 1 package frozen spinach thawed
Materials:
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Knife
Cutting board
Dutch oven/Large stock pot
Large sauce pot for cooking pasta

Directions:
1. The night before put frozen spinach in the fridge to thaw, if using.

2. Heat the oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until very tender, 8-10 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

3. Add the carrots, celery, potato, thyme (if using) and 8 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions.

5. Discard the fresh thyme. Stir the spinach, beans, and savory into the soup and cook until the spinach and beans are heated through, about 3 minutes. Then add pasta and heat for about 3 minutes. Serve with additional olive oil to taste.
Looking for a good book? Check out my review of Starter Zone. 

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Thanks for the time we spent together today and please share your thoughts on this soup in the comments. I’d love to hear what you think.

 

Gina

 

Lover’s Soup Recipe + a No Yesterdays Excerpt With Brittany & Carter

I’ve been enthusiastically sharing about cooking Sloane Taylor’s recipes from Date Night Dinners, and now I’ve been invited to cook in her virtual kitchen! Journey with me over to Sloane’s blog to see what I made over there. 

As always, thank you for the time we spend together!

Gina

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