Yiayia’s Kouzina (The House Guests)
The House Guests makes its debut at your favorite bookstore in just four weeks. I’ll be giving you hints about it for the rest of this month. And today’s hints are, of course, about food! The House Guests is set in Tarpon Springs, Florida, which is home to a higher percentage of Greek Americans than…Read More
The Color of Light Meets Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart
I’ve been busy this week looking for Christmas cookie recipes. No, I’m not baking yet. But I am cooking up something for my newsletter readers, something very special for my December edition. As I did the research for that surprise, I found cookie after cookie recipe I wanted to try. While I was researching, this recipe leapt…Read More
When All Else Fails? Tacos!
If all goes as expected, just about the time you’re opening this blog I should be walking into my summer cottage in Chautauqua, NY, to get ready for the upcoming season. I’m sure I’ll be tired from a long trip, and I’m not sure my internet will be on. Today just happens to be Cinco…Read More
Happy Thanksgiving from My Family to Yours
Statler Rum Rolls from Good Housekeeping Cookbook (published in 1942) Thanksgiving is so tied to food in the U.S. that when I think of the holiday, I can almost taste the traditional foods I enjoyed as a child. On my Facebook Page I mentioned that I would be making these for my own Thanksgiving dinner…Read More
Emilie’s New Website: And There Will Be Recipes!
Last Tuesday I told you I was busily creating and revising content for my new website. I forgot to tell you about one innovation I think we’ll all enjoy. Recipes. 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…Read More
Somewhere Between Luck and Trust: Lucas Ramsey’s Pasta e Fagioli with Shrimp
Lucas Ramsey, a major character in Somewhere Between Luck and Trust, is a gourmet cook and the author of a mystery series featuring Zenzo, a police detective whose cooking rivals Lucas’s own. Lucas invites Georgia to share a simple meal, pasta e fagioli with shrimp, which he has devised and hopes to use in a…Read More
Bake Me a Novel: Homemade Bread and the Writing Process
It’s not unusual to find me in the kitchen baking something or other. There I was again yesterday, preparing to make bread while I considered what to write about for my next blog. Bread baking is a weekly ritual in my house, and I often use the time to think about my next writing project.…Read More
Have I Told You Lately How Much I Love My Crockpot(s)?
I’m embarrassed to say this, but in addition to being a cookbook hoarder I am also a Crockpot addict. That’s right. I can’t imagine a better use for the floor of my new pantry than for my bevy of slow cookers, right below the long, long row of cookbooks. Have I told you about my…Read More
CHUsday: Slow Food, Fast Food or Something in Between?
T’is the CHUsday before Christmas, and I don’t have to peek in your windows to see how fast you’re running. Whether it’s Hanukkah or Christmas, Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice you’ll celebrate this week, you’re rushing and wrapping and decorating to chase away winter’s shadows. This is the time of year for fast food, for drive-in…Read More
CHUsday and Christmas Fruit Cake
So how do you feel about fruit cake? I see a collective screwing of faces out there. But honestly this fruitcake, packed with chocolate chips, cherries, dates and walnuts is hard to beat. Did you get that? CHOCOLATE chips in fruitcake? Yum! I learned to make this recipe in the 1970s, and I’ve made it every…Read More