Cover Reveal! (and First Tuesday Recipes for August)

I’m thrilled to share the cover of my next release, Ghouls’ Night Out, Book 4 in the Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series! A quick blurb before you scroll down to see it…

Halloween is just around the corner and the goblins are out in force in Juniper Junction. A crotchety merchant, a malicious next-door neighbor, and some ghoulish trick-or-treaters are causing hair-raising problems for Lilly Carlsen’s boyfriend, Hassan Ashraf, and things are about to get much worse.

When Hassan finds himself at the center of a police investigation following the deaths of two of his tormentors just days apart, Lilly is ready to help in any way she can to bring the real fiends to justice.

But with Lilly’s daughter having trouble adjusting to college, her mother continuing a downward spiral into dementia, and possible romantic strife on the horizon between Lilly’s brother and her best friend, Lilly’s Halloween is beginning to look especially frightful.

You can pre-order the new book here and thank you!!

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I hope you like it as much as I do.

And now for the recipes for August!

Chicken Monte Cristo

6 chicken breasts

salt and pepper

3 slices deli ham

3 slices Swiss cheese

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

1/2 c. seasoned breadcrumbs

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Flatten chicken to uniform thickness of about 1/4″ and sprinkle each breast with salt and pepper. Cut each piece of ham and cheese in half. Place one piece of ham and one piece of cheese on each chicken breast. Roll up the chicken lengthwise, tucking ends under; secure with toothpicks.

Dip chicken rolls in egg whites; dredge in breadcrumbs.

Place rolls on greased baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until juices run clear.

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Pork Pita Pockets

(with thanks to my former roommate and still-friend, Dr. Jennifer Rea Cahill 🙂 )

1 lb. boneless pork loin

4 T. olive oil

4 T. lemon juice

1 T. prepared mustard

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 t. oregano

1 c. plain yogurt (I use Greek yogurt)

1 c. peeled, chopped cucumber

1/2 t. crushed garlic

1/2 t. dill weed

Pita bread with pockets (this recipe makes at least four servings, depending on how thick you like your pita sandwiches)

red onion, chopped (garnish, optional)

 

Cut pork into thin strips and place in a glass bowl or a zip-top plastic bag.

Combine olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, minced garlic, and oregano. Pour marinade over pork. Cover (if using a bowl) and refrigerate for 1-8 hours.

Stir together yogurt, cucumber, crushed garlic, and dill weed. Cover and refrigerate.

Remove pork from marinade. Discard remaining marinade. Stir-fry pork in non-stick skillet or wok over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.

Halve pita pockets and fill with pork. Top with cucumber mixture. Garnish with red onion, if desired.

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Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

3/4 c. graham cracker crumbs

1 c. sugar, divided

2 T. packed light brown sugar

1/4 c. butter, melted

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 c. creamy peanut butter (do not use old-fashioned or freshly-ground)

1 T. vanilla

1 1/2 c. chilled whipping cream

hot fudge sauce

 

Mix graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 c. sugar, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add butter and stir until well-combined. Press mixture onto bottom and up sides of a 9″ pie plate; refrigerate.

Beat cream cheese, peanut butter, vanilla, and remaining 3/4 c. sugar in a large bowl until smooth.

In another bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form (using a chilled bowl and chilled beaters gives even better results!); gently fold whipped cream into peanut butter mixture in four additions. Spoon filling into prepared crust, mounding it in the center. Freeze until firm.

Serve wedges drizzled with warm hot fudge sauce.

Enjoy!

Do you have any recipes you’d like to share? Please let me know in the comments below or by emailing me at amymreadeauthor[at]gmail[dot]com.

Until next time,

Amy

First Tuesday Recipes for June

photo courtesy of Jill Wellington, pixabay

I know it seems like 2020 has lasted for years, but we’re actually only five full months in. Don’t ask me how that happened. I hope you’re all staying safe and being careful.

This month I’m sharing three recipes that are easy to make and generally well-received by everyone (i.e., picky eaters). If you have a recipe (or more than one) that you’d like to share, email me at amymreadeauthor[at]gmail[dot]com and I’ll be happy to include your contribution!

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Macaroni and Cheese

This one comes courtesy of my father

12 oz. elbow macaroni

6 T. butter

6 T. flour

3 c. milk

12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated

salt and pepper

breadcrumbs

Cook macaroni al dente according to package directions; drain well.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat (I use the same pan I used to make the macaroni). Add flour and whisk for a full minute. Add milk and continue to whisk sauce until slightly thickened. Add cheese and stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add cooked macaroni and stir until well coated. Pour macaroni and cheese into a greased casserole dish and sprinkle with breadcrumbs to your liking (my family prefers seasoned breadcrumbs). Bake for about 35 minutes or until nice and bubbly.

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Pizza Stromboli

1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed

2 eggs, separated

1 T. grated Parmesan cheese

1 T. olive oil

1 t. dried parsley

1 t. dried oregano

1/2 t. garlic powder

1/8 t. pepper

8 oz. pepperoni slices

2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

4 oz. mushrooms, sliced, either cooked or canned

a handful of sliced pepperoncini

1 sm. red or green pepper, diced

other fillings of your choice

1 can pizza sauce, warmed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a greased baking sheet, roll out bread dough into a 15 x 10″ rectangle.

In a small bowl, combine 2 egg yolks, Parmesan cheese, oil, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, and pepper. Brush over dough, using all of mixture.

Layer pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and other filling ingredients (everything but the pizza sauce) on dough. Roll up from one of the long sides. Pinch seam and tuck ends under loaf.

Beat egg whites with a fork. Brush egg whites onto loaf.

Bake immediately for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with pizza sauce.

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Frozen Creamy Fruit Pops

1 1/4 c. frozen raspberries

1 1/4 c. frozen strawberries

1/4 c. honey

1 T. lemon juice

dash salt

7 oz. plain Greek yogurt

2 T. buttermilk

Place first 5 ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth.

In a large bowl, combine yogurt and buttermilk; stir until well-combined. Pour fruit mixture into yogurt mixture and stir gently until mixed. Divide mixture among 10 2-oz. pop molds. Top with the pop mold bases or make your own: put a foil lid on each pop and insert craft stick into yogurt mixture until it’s poking out about 1 1/2 in. Freeze completely.

Enjoy!

Until next time,

Amy

P.S. I almost forgot! Cape Menace: A Cape May Historical Mystery is out! Thanks to everyone who preordered and if you didn’t, you can get your copy here: https://books2read.com/u/mv5ao6. You can order a paperback from Amazon, too!