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The Dagger of Aita: Retribution

Happy Labor Day Weekend Peeps!

To celebrate it and the fact that my youngest heads back to school this week, I am having a FREEBIE special on book one of my Dagger of Aita series! YES! That’s right! This weekend you can download a kindle copy of my book for FREE!

So, are you ready for a read that will transport you to a world where the Alimentatori and Cambiare walk amongst humans? Don’t know what the Aliments and Cambiare are? Then perhaps you should find out and download the book now!  🙂

How about Steaks?

garlicsteak

As a last hurrah of the summer BBQ season, how about a delish Garlic Marinated Steak?

What you’ll need for 4 steaks:

  • 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp and 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
  • 2 pinches Cayenne Pepper
  • 4 Rib-eye Steaks

In a bowl, combine all wet and dry ingredients. Mix very well.

Next, place steaks in shallow glass dish. Pour marinade over steaks. Flip steaks, making sure to get marinade on both sides. Rub into steaks. Cover and place in refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. Grill as desired. Discard leftover marinade.

Tasty Carmelitas!

Carmelitas

Oh don’t these look tasty!

Carmelitas

  • 32 caramel squares, unwrapped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Combine caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until completely smooth; set aside. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda. Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of an 8×8″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel. Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.
*A stint in the fridge will help them cool off if you’re pinched for time. They shouldn’t be served cold, but all of that molten caramel takes a long time to cool down. They should be stored and served at room temperature.
**If you want to use homemade or store-bought caramel sauce in place of the caramel/cream mixture, use 1 1/4 cups of sauce.
***To make a 9×13″ version, simply double the amounts.

Triple Dipped Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

You know what I’m in the mood for?? Fried chicken!

What you’ll need:

First Bowl ~

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning

Second Bowl ~

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 egg yolks (beaten)
  • 1 1/2 cups beer or water (may need to add a bit more beer or water if mixture is too thick)

1 quart canola oil

chicken pieces of your choice

Heat oil to 350 degrees for frying. Moisten each piece of chicken with a bit of water before beginning. Then dip each in first bowl (dry mixture). Shake off excess. Dip in second bowl (wet mixture).  Dip one more time in first bowl (dry mixture).

Place chicken in hot oil. Be careful as oil with be HOT!

Fry for 15 – 18 minutes or until well golden brown. Remember, smaller pieces will not take as long to cook and larger pieces may take longer! When done, remove from oil and drain on paper towels before serving.

Enjoy!

To speak or not to speak…

So this week I had someone pestering me, as apparently he feels it is his turn in the limelight.  Dante, the head of a Cambiare “Glaring” decided he would like to have a word with all of you. Unfortunately, I’m sorry Dante. I cannot allow you to have free reign and do as you will no matter how much you beg for a chance to speak.

Why, you might ask, won’t I let Dante address you? Well instead I’ve decided to let you, the reader, in on a little secret.

I am an organic  writer. I don’t use an outline. I don’t know the exacts of where my story is going or even how it’s going to get there. I sit down, slip on the persona and let go. My characters tell their stories and I am merely the one who types it in. It is my lot in life to be their conduit but as such, I also know that there are certain characters I cannot trust, who will take a mile if I give them an inch. Dante is a glorious character but his history, his life, is integral to the telling of Jace’s story. Allowing him his moment  to shine will surely give away far too much about what is to come. So, though he has much to tell you, he will keep his silence and remain a mystery. As time marches on you will have the opportunity to fully explore who he is and what makes him tick. But for now, suffice it to say, Dante is dark, dangerous and larger than life. He is a hero, a villain, and the one person you’d want on your side during a fight to the death. He loves hard, plays hard, and has a confidence that sets most people back on their heels.

Are you woman enough to be his lover? Are you man enough to be his friend?

Only time will tell…