Archive | March, 2010

Wednesday Meatloaf

31 Mar
What’s better than a little meat loaf?
NOTHING!
Especially when it’s not your typical meatloaf…
I like to cook with turkey as much as I can get away with (my husband LOVES beef).
SO I went to my favorite chef for answers, and she never fails to deliver something good!

Giada’s Pancetta and Turkey Meatloaf

Ingredients
1/2 cup plain dried bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons whole milk
1/2 cup grated Romano
1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat
10 ounces sliced pancetta, about 10 slices
Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, parsley, eggs, milk, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Add the turkey and gently stir to combine, being careful not to overwork the meat.
On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, lay out the pancetta, overlapping the slices, into a large rectangle shape. In the middle of the rectangle, place the turkey mixture, shaping into a loaf. Using the parchment paper, wrap the pancetta up and around the turkey loaf to cover completely. Squeeze the parchment-covered loaf with your hands to secure the pancetta and solidify the shape of the loaf. While still covered in parchment, bake the loaf until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Giada makes sandwiches out of it, but I like it just the way it is with a little Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. Why ruin it with Mayonaise and bread? Heck no!
I love the way it looks, too. The Panchetta makes a cool latticed pattern across the top, definately a good way to impress guests with somethin’ saucy!

Tedious Tuesday: Cat Surgery, New Books, and Final Edits…

30 Mar

Yes, today is the day I get to pick up my now toothless cat from the vet.

I tried to find a pick of a toothless cat to get an idea of what this little guy is going to look like. This above pic was the best I could find, and I’ll admit, I did chuckle.

I used to call Chandler ‘Count Catula’ because his front teeth were so BIG.

Now I will be calling him ‘Gum Ball.’

He’ll have to eat the pate canned food from now on, not like that’s such a bummer for him. He loves that stuff! But boy, does it make him gassy, ha ha.

 

New Books

I’m very excited to finally own a copy of Shiver. I’ve ben looking for this book in a store nearby for a while. I know I could have just ordered it, but I’m weird like that.

I still haven’t finished Beautiful Creatures (it’s been over a month now) but I swear I will. I got hung up doing the final edits of Knight Angels and then reading my friends Annette and Brenda’s books.

I know it’s probably old news at this point, but I’m still so excited!!

Final Edits

My final edits are taking longer than I originally antisipated, luckily the deadline is later than I thought! I’m reviewing my copy at the moment, adding and subtracting to be sure there’s enough suspense. I love suspense!

I think you are all going to pleasantly surprised by this book. If you were a big fan of Feather, just you wait. This is Feather times four…

Ahhhh!!! I can’t hardly wait for the Review Copies to get to the reviewers. I just have to know what others think!

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26 Mar


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Is That…Snow?

26 Mar

Yes, it is.

I may live on the edge of nowhere.

But that doesn’t make it any less exciting.

Then they say it’ll be back up into the sixties this weekend?

I don’t know about this….

I suppose I’ve lived here long enough to realize that this sort of thing happens, but want a little bit of insider trading?? I bet you anything Wheat Commodities are about to drop. I know for a fact it’s already sprouted out here on the Palouse…

Snow and Sprouted Wheat don’t mix…

Time to ‘short’ the market. (though I already am…)

Then again, maybe I’m being dramatic 🙂

Guess I’ll go back to editing…

Look Who’s Getting a Makeover!

24 Mar

Hello!

So, for a while now there has been something itching me when it comes to the Parallel book cover and title. I don’t, or didn’t, think it portrayed the right feel pertaining to what the book was all about. It seemed too ‘sci-fi’ which it’s not. Above all, it’s another love story just like the Feather Book Series

Here was the old cover…

It was cute, I get that, but do you agree? It tells you NOTHING!!!!

LOL

Now, though, things have really begun to change! Parallel is taking on a newer, more gentle feel. Lovey-Dovey you may say…

Here it is:

Wacky Wednesday: Fan-Made Trailers!

24 Mar

I was pleasantly suprised by a fanmade trailer that came my way on Monday, and a second Tuesday! I’ve never had a fan make me a book trailer before, and I was tickled pink! I think she did a better job than me as far as explaining the book with images – smart girl!! Here they are, so check them out!

So fun 🙂

Teaser Tuesday: Talking Characters, Literally…

23 Mar

So, I decided to go ahead and talk Feather Book Series characters today. Why not throw in a few fun pics of what I see as Elle, Edgar, Sam, and Margriete, shall we?

 

Estella

 

Estella, Estella… What a sad little soul, ha ha.

And yes, Julianne Hough is the closest thing I can think of!! This is fun (or is it funny?)

 

 

Edgar

Poor dark Edgar…

 

And yes, James McAvoy (I just love him!)

 

 
 
 
Sam

 
Yep, Sam. Cool, calm and collected, Sam…

 

No one better than Brian Greenberg

 
 
 

Margriete


 

The Best Friend…

Emmanuelle Chriqui