Wednesday, July 12, 2017

National Pecan Pie Day



It's National Pecan Pie Day! If I weren't on a diet, I'd make one of these myself, but I must be good on my diet.


However, if you love Pecan Pie, I've shared my mom's recipe below. Enjoy.



Pecan Pie
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter or margarine
1 C. light corn syrup
1/2 t. salt
3 eggs
1 C. chopped pecans
Cream sugar and butter; add syrup and salt. Mix well. Beat in one egg at a time. Add pecans. Pour mixture into an unbaked pie crust. Bake at 350ยบ for 1 hour, 10 minutes.

Pie Crust
1 1/2 C. sifted flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 C. shortening
4-5 T. ice cold water
Sift flour and salt together, then cut in shortening with a pastry cutter until pieces are the size of small peas. Add water one tablespoon at a time and combine with a fork. Once mixed, form the dough into a ball. Roll out on a floured surface to make crust. This makes one 9-inch pie crust.

Carol

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Kitchen Affair now on sale with recipes


My romantic suspense novel, "A Kitchen Affair" is on sale for 25% off through July 31 during Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale. Several e-book formats are available. This book includes a recipe at the end of each chapter, such as:


 

Chocolate Rum Cheesecake

For the crust:
1 1/4 c. crushed chocolate wafers
1/4 c. cocoa
2 T. sugar
1/4 c. melted butter

For the filling:
2 - 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
5 - 12 oz. packages semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1/2 t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla
1/3 c. rum 
2/3 c. sour cream

Preheat the oven to 300°f. Grease a spring form pan.
To make the crust, combine chocolate wafer crumbs, sugar, cocoa, and melted butter. Press into bottom of spring form pan and chill.

To make the filling, beat the cream cheese until it's smooth adding sugar gradually. Add in eggs one at a time and mix at low speed. Add cooled chocolate, vanilla, almond extract, rum, and sour cream. Beat at low speed until completed blended. Pour into the spring form pan and bake for 1 hour. After the hour, turn off the oven, but leave the cake in for one hour longer. Cool at room temperature and then chill for at least 24 hours before serving. 

Blurb:
With Jenny Marshall struggling to pay her tuition at culinary school, she decides to become a Personal Chef to make ends meet. Derek James, owner of the James Corporation, has a crisis. His cook quit two days before his Thanksgiving dinner party. Desperate, he hires Jenny.
The prospects of a relationship between Derek and Jenny begin to look good until Colleen Michaels, a manager at his company, sets her sights on Derek. Everyone thinks Colleen is the perfect match for Derek; everyone that is, except Derek. He's fallen for Jenny and desperately wants her in his life. However, Colleen has other plans to keep that from happening. What lengths will she go to in order to keep Derek and Jenny apart?

Use code SSW25 at checkout to get your discount. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/592197

Carol