Right now every single title novel I’ve written and published has its own page with tabs leading to features about the book, but what many readers never noticed were the recipes.
For instance, Whiskey Island, which takes place in an Irish “saloon” in Cleveland, Ohio, has “Rosaleen’s Irish Stew.” There’s also “Megan’s Soda Bread.”
And here’s what I say about them:
Megan Donaghue, heroine of both Whiskey Island and The Parting Glass, carefully protects the secret recipes handed down to her by her father. Only one member of the Donaghue clan in each generation is allowed to possess them. Lena Donaghue, the founder of the Whiskey Island Saloon, believed that if the food she had so lovingly prepared was served only at the saloon, the family would continue to gather there throughout the decades to eat and celebrate their unique heritage.
I love creating these recipes, and I plan to continue. But to make it easier for you to find them, my new site has a category on the menu bar at the top entitled “Extras.” And the drop down menu under Extras will have a recipe category with all my recipes included in a new and easy to print format.
This weekend, as I prepared two dishes I found in other places on the Internet, I thought how much fun it would be to include links to recipes I’ve found and loved.
If you try new recipes from the Internet you’ve probably discovered, as I have, that certain sites feature dishes you almost always seem to like. Once Upon a Chef is one of mine. I’ve made these three dishes many times and they always get great reviews from my guests.
- Grilled Thai Curry Chicken Skewers is beyond delicious. No matter how much I make, it disappears by the end of the evening. Everything takes time to assemble and there are lots of ingredients. The skewers are served with an amazing coconut sauce, and we always have left over. I’ve used it on a simple tofu and vegetable stir fry, drizzling the sauce over the veggies and grilled tofu at the end. Truly remarkable, and a good enough reason to make the skewers even if they weren’t fabulous as they are.
- Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing is another winner. I use packaged slaw mix, and sometimes even shredded carrots from the veggie aisle. Fresh shelled edamame is expensive, prohibitively so, I think, but you can buy it in the frozen food section, quickly cook it in the microwave and use it right away. The dressing shares many ingredients with the skewers above as well as the next ones, so you can make them together before you put your ingredients away. This is a great potluck dish, but be sure you let people know there’s peanut butter in the dressing.
- Grilled Honey, Lime and Sriracha Chicken Skewers are as good as the Thai Curry ones, and simpler because there’s marinade, but no sauce. This recipe calls for boneless thighs and they really do make a moister chicken skewer. I’ve used them for the Thai Curry skewers, too, with good results.
Simply Recipes is another site I bookmark and visit frequently. This week I saved the following recipes. If you make them first, let me know how you liked them. Potato Cheddar Guinness Soup (Megan of the Whiskey Island Saloon would like this one.) Also Guacamole Deviled Eggs, and Chocolate Guinness Cake. (Notice a theme here?)
And speaking of Guacamole, I love Pioneer Woman’s recipes and most particularly love, love, love her simple and scrumptious Chicken Tortilla Soup.
So many recipes I could share and might on my new recipe page. What recipes do you love from the Internet? Want to comment with links? We’d love to see them.