Food In Fiction: Underway Recipes

One of my favorite things is recipes in fiction novels. I’ve featured quite a few of them here. 

So when I began to write my own fiction, I wanted to include my recipes. Run Aground (Book 1 in the TJ Wilde Trilogy – for sale here) featured Smashed Potatoes and Lemon Piccata Chicken

My newest book, Underway (Book 2 in the TJ Wilde Trilogy) features two recipes.  Tahini Walnut Rolls (recipe here) and Sausage and Grapes below.

Underway is on sale now, here. You can read Chapters 1 and 2 here.

From 2015:

…I decided to experiment with flavors I would have never thought of on my own. Facebook and blog friend Michael F, shared a recipe on Facebook from Italy, in Italian no less, and the photo intrigued me. I let google translate the recipe (which was a hoot) and went about putting my touches into it.

It was so unusual, my most reliable recipe testers politely declined my dinner invite. Totally understandable. But I will tell you I was pleasantly surprised how well this turned out. If you like pork and apples, this has a similar flavor palate. It was also quick and easy to prepare. I’m glad I decided to experiment.

All right, if you’re up for something new and different, here you go, tonight’s featured recipe.

Sausage and Grapes

  • 8 links Italian sausage (I used spicy, but you could use any style sausage you favor)
  • 1/2 sweet onion, finely diced
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 cup green seedless grapes, washed, dried and halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, washed, dried and halved lengthwise
  • salt and pepper to taste (I used none, didn’t need it)
  • angel hair pasta
  • freshly grated Parmesan

skillet

Slice sausage links into four pieces each, add to skillet and fry on medium high for about 10 minutes. Add onion and fennel seeds, cook another 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent. Add grapes, stir until well mixed, cover and let simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes while pasta cooks.

Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain well.

You can toss with the sausage mixture, or serve separately. Serve with Parmesan.

The pasta was my addition. When I asked Michael what would be a good side, he suggested eggplant or roasted potatoes. Roasted zucchini spears would probably work well, too.


Underway: A TJ Wilde Mystery


 

Holiday Gift Idea: Run Aground in Paperback and Kindle

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 Available in Kindle for immediate delivery, or free with Kindle Prime

Two-day option available for Paperback here  (Because some people like the feel of the book in their hands. Including my mom. 😁)

If you can’t see the free preview above,  click here for chapters 1 and 2 here.

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A Sexy, Witty, Murderous Adventure

My life was not going as I had imagined. But I had a plan:

FIRST, in between being chased by Scary Dudes and frequently dodging bullets, I was determined to solve the murder of mysterious lawman, Mike Fraser. He died in my arms after involving me in a criminal investigation, so this was personal.

NEXT, I was going to get my Soon-To-Be-Ex to sign our divorce papers (a divorce he had insisted on, by the way). Then I would be free to take full advantage of the well-muscled U.S. Marshal that was now guarding my body, day and night.

FINALLY, I was going to find my dream job as far away from Peoria, IL and as close to an ocean as I could possibly get. It was a simple plan.

All I had to do was live long enough to implement it.

And I was definitely not going to fall in love with the sexy U.S. Marshal sitting at my kitchen table. Even if every cell in my body was saying he was too good to let go.

For TJ Wilde, it was difficult to tell who was more dangerous, the men trying to kill her or the man she was falling in love with…

RUN AGROUND is a wild ride through a small town. Corrupt cops, illegal gambling, lascivious morticians, contract killers and one sexy U.S. Marshal keep TJ Wilde on her toes while she tries to solve a murder. She’s also on the hunt for the jerks who keep ransacking her apartment. All while she tries to ignore the hunky man with the potential to mend her broken heart…or shatter it irrevocably.

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Run Aground in paperback or Kindle.

Annie DeMoranville Instagram Short Stories #4: A Little Coffee

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At the end of a crappy day, I needed a warm lift.
I set my little espresso machine to go and went to shed my work clothes for my comfy on-the-couch-clothes.
When I returned, there was no doubt who understood me, who knew what I needed to brighten my dreary day.
Not a bouquet of flowers. Not a cheery card.
No, it was a cup so pretty, I almost couldn’t drink it.

But of course, I did.

#annieshortstories

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So Here’s Why I’ve Been So Scarce

I’ve been working on this:

I just finished my novel Run Aground, it’s the first book in a trilogy. I was up against a tight deadline and had to focus. It is official tomorrow – but you’re special, so you get the sneak peek tonight.

You can read chapter one (chapter two will be available this weekend) at AnnieDeMoranville:

www.AnnieDeMoranville.com

I bet you’re wondering what I’m doing standing in the dark with my ear pressed against this door. Fair question. I’m afraid the answers are more complicated than I have time for right now, considering I’m running for my life at this precise moment. But, I’ll give you the highlights.  Continue reading

Available on Amazon in ebook this week. And next week, the paperback!

You can follow my author page (or even friend “her”) at www.facebook.com/AnnieDeMoranville and of course Twitter, @AnnDeMoranville

Hope you’ll make it one of your summer beach reads. ❤

And not totally unrelated – there are two recipes in the book from this website! See, I can make anything about cooking. – TaMara



Paris In The Fall: Day 1

I’ve been having difficulty putting Paris into words, which is why the delay in my promised posts. I think I just feel that everything that can be said about the City of Lights has already been said. But I’ll give it a shot.

Paris was beautiful and I enjoyed every moment of it. The people were friendly, kind and welcoming. Fall was in full force as we walked….everywhere. We mastered the Metro and wound our way through the tree line streets to museums, gardens, cafes and the cemetery.

The Eiffel Tower was directly outside the hotel window creating a pretty sweet nightlight with hourly sparkles.

I found many things as I walked through quiet museums and busy neighborhoods, but what I did not find was my heart. There was beauty, art and history, all things I love. But I was really surprised that as much as I loved it, it was not the zing to my heart that I expected.

Maybe a girl can only have one city steal her heart, and mine was stolen by Boston long, long ago. Still, every day in Paris was a lovely adventure.

There’s more and I’ll share in the days to come…especially the cemetery…



cross-posted at Annie DeMoranville Writes

Project Updates

Some updates for you. I don’t do a lot of personal blogging here, but in order to catch you up, I need fill you in, because other projects are making it difficult for me to do any food blogging.

First up, the cookbook. What’s 4 Dinner Solutions: Spring Edition is all put together and at MacIan Publishing, with someone who is familiar to anyone who reads the blog regularly, see: Kirk makes an announcement.

Unfortunately, there’s been a bit of delay, but we will keep you informed of the status as it’s known. See: Kirk takes a tumble. You can leave well-wishes in his comments there, I’m sure he’d appreciate it.

When I started talking with Kirk, well over a year ago, about publishing a cookbook based on the menu service that morphed into this blog, it felt too big and time consuming to pursue. When he decided to start a micro-publishing company, it seemed like fate was saying, “time to actually finish up the cookbook” I’d started two years ago. His first recommendation was to split what was a huge book into four seasons, since it was written in a seasonal format originally. That one suggestion made the whole project possible in my mind. As soon as it’s ready, I’ll do an entire post on its contents and what makes it unique.

That’s brings us up to the project I had to put on hold in order to get everything ready for the cookbook (it is actually one of two projects I’m working on, but the second is still in chrysalis form, not ready for sunlight).  This one is fiction, and I’m having a dickens of a time refocusing my attention to it, so I had some insane idea that I’d put the first chapter online and somehow that would help me get my groove back.

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I’ve been writing since, well forever.  I used to write my Gram long, newsy letters when I was a kid and lived half a country away from her. Friends got long, humorous ‘diaries’ describing my many adventures as I traveled crossed-country as a young adult. I’ve played with scripts, written a ton of marketing materials for various business and email, facebook and twitter opened up an entire new avenue of short, quick opportunities for humor.

But this is my first time putting a novel together. An idea that rolled around in my head for about a year before I wrote the first chapter. I’m well into it now but, like I said, a little stuck. I’m putting the first chapter online and I hope it gives me a new burst of energy to continue. I’m also going to use the blog to post photos, bon mots, music and ideas I’m playing with for character development.  Kind of like a living, breathing vision board for the book. Mostly for my own personal vision…but…

…I’m hoping you’ll take a look at the first chapter. It’s not for everyone. It falls in the category of books I enjoy, a bit of murder, a bit of mystery with a sassy, strong female lead, and a touch of romance.

Here’s where to start if you’re interested:  Run Aground (in progress)

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