Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs For Busy People

Last week my publisher sent back my manuscript to be edited. That means the big day, that would be publication day (sometime in July) is getting closer. It also means I’ve spent a lot of time staring at my laptop and not meal planning. So, hard boiled eggs came to my rescue several times this […]

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Help Name My New Series

I recently found out from my publisher that my first culinary mystery will be published in July! That means it’s time to nail down all kinds of things, like cover art and the series name. I’ve come up with several series names and I’m having a difficult time deciding on which one I like the […]

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Food Goes With Writing Like . . .

  Food goes with writing like butter goes with toast. Or something like that. At least in my world. Lately I’ve been working on a lot of stories and I seem to have developed specific food preferences for each one. I certainly didn’t intend to do this, but after working on three writing projects in […]

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Freezer Cooking Ahead

The last three months have convinced me it’s time to try freezer cooking, preparing a stash of frozen meals that just need to be thawed and reheated or cooked. I tend to keep my freezer well stocked with meat and vegetables, but that isn’t quite the same. Basically, right now my freezer is full of […]

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Hearty Waffles For Cold Days

It has been the winter of broken records. Snowfall totals, lowest temperatures and wind chills. I suspect the schools here may be heading for a record number of snow days in a school year, too. Although most of the days have been declared “inclement weather” days as it’s been dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills […]

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Kraken Is Yummy: A Review of Sorts

No, I don’t mean the sea monster. Although I would imagine the seafaring Kraken would taste rather like squid and I do adore good fried calamari. I’m talking about The Kraken spiced black rum. A darker, more sinister looking cousin to Captain Morgan’s spiced rum. Considering ye olde Captain is a pirate . . . […]

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Book Review: Pie It Forward

Can there be any better job for a foodie than one that involves reading cookbooks as research? I am currently writing the first book in The Baking Queen culinary mystery series, which will be published in 2014 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. That book centers around a pie baking contest, so of course, I’ll need to […]

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Breakfast Quest

My preferred breakfast is coffee with brown sugar and a splash of 2% milk. Nothing else. I’m not sure why, but I just don’t crave a big meal in the morning. It’s not that I don’t like breakfast foods, it’s just that I usually serve things like waffles or biscuits and sausage sandwiches for dinner. […]

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Slow Cooker White Bean & Ham Soup

It is comfort food season here in Michigan. The trees have lost their brilliant, autumn plumage and now stand as gray skeletons in yards and wood lots. Cold wind has been eating through light jackets and sweatshirts, prompting an outbreak of winter coats among people who have to venture outside. At times it has been […]

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Guest Post at Life’s A Stage Weblog

I am guest posting at the Life’s A Stage Weblog today. Stop by and get a two for one deal. You can read a review of The Queen of Bad Decisions as well as my guest post which includes a recipe for simple rice pudding. Warm, rice pudding is one of my ultimate comfort foods. […]

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