Wednesday Special Spotlight Fall Garden Planting

C.D. Hersh

Wednesday Special Spotlight

Shines On

The green thumb of Janis Lanebringing us her gardening tips.

PLANTINGFORFALL

Some plants will perform admirably in the summer but must be stored for winter. Dahlias are a great example. Although fairly expensive, they are certainly worth investing for their gorgeous blossoms, but the fat tubers must be dug and brought inside (cellar) for the winter. There are several ways to care for them, but important is to keep them relatively dry in storage. Perhaps wrapped in newspaper and tucked safety inside a paper bag and stored on an upper shelf away from the damp floor.

After digging, the large tuber may be separated for an abundance of new plants in the next year. Each piece should contain at least three ‘eyes.” Remove as much soil as possible before storing.

Plant out in the spring when all danger of frost has left…

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Wednesday Special Spotlight Gardening Tips

C.D. Hersh

Wednesday Special Spotlight

Shines On

The green thumbed Emma Lanebringing us tips from her garden.

Gardens grow of their own volition. You labor with the lay out and lovingly place the plants. By the third year, your garden has selected what it will and will not accept. But it’s gorgeous, healthy and you wouldn’t change a single thing. (Okay, maybe you’ll move that fragrant dianthus in front of that balloon flower which is taller.) Some of it is your fault because you couldn’t resist that church sale and your neighbor shared several perennials. Status normal. Allow your garden nostalgia. You show it off by saying, “I got that one for next to nothing on sale, Susan Smith gave me that one when she moved to Florida, I miss her so! My mother-in-law finally broke down and shared that rose. Would you believe how she can make cuttings and root…

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Friday Feature a Delicious Dinner

C.D. Hersh

Friday Features’

Guest talks about

Salmon, caramelized onions, and sweet potatoes

by

Lizzie T. Leaf

I’ve used sesame chicken sauce often on poultry and one day I decided to give it a try on fresh salmon. End result was yummy. I hope you think so, too.

Photo Courtesy of Robson Melo Pixabay

SALMON
1 lb. salmon filet with bottom skin
1 small onion, sliced thin
½ to ¾ cup of sesame chicken sauce

Be sure to check for pin bones on the fish. If you find some use tweezers for best results.

Place salmon in a plastic bag with sliced onions. Pour sauce over and massage to work sauce over the salmon and onions.

Marinade in refrigerator at least 2-3 hours (or night before if you work). Occasionally turn so sauce contacts all of the fish. If you refrigerated the night before then turn the bag in the morning before…

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Special Feature–Recipe Review Date Night Dinners by Sloane Taylor

C.D. Hersh

Recipe Review

Date Night Dinners—Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening: Cookbook for Two

by Sloane Taylor

Left to right: Mock Chicken Legs, Parsley Potatoes, Truly Yummy Brussel Sprouts

Sloane Taylor asked us to try some of the recipes in her new Date Night Dinners—Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening: Cookbook for Two, and Catherine decided to do an entire meal—over achiever that she is. For the salad she chose WARM ENDIVE AND PINE NUTS. The remainder of the meal (pictured above) was MOCK CHICKEN LEGS, PARSLEY POTATOES, and TRULY YUMMY BRUSSEL SPROUTS. We made some modifications to a couple of the recipes based on what we could find in our grocery, and the finished meal still tasted great.

We have to admit that Catherine wasn’t very adventurous in her choices as we love chicken, beef and pork, potatoes, and Brussel sprouts, but we have never…

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Friday Features Emma Lane’s Navy Bean Soup

C.D. Hersh

Friday Features’

Guest talks about

Navy Bean Soup

by

Emma Lane

In the Navy they never eat a Bean Soup as good as the one Regency Romance and Cozy Mystery author Emma Lane prepares. Emma brings us a delicious and easy recipe for a hearty soup sure to keep you warm. The kitchen is all yours, Emma!

Navy Bean Soup

2 strips bacon
1 med, onion, chopped
3 cups water
1 med. white potato, peeled and cubed
1 can navy or great northern beans, drained
1 clove fresh garlic, chopped fine (optional)

Sauté’ onion and bacon until onion is pearly-colored and bacon is crisp. Crumble bacon and add both to pot.

Stir in water, beans, potato, and garlic.

Simmer for at least an hour. Stir occasionally. Do not add more water before serving.

Top the serving with a spoonful of grated cheese or a dollop of sour cream.

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Friday Features dinner with Sloan Taylor

C.D. Hersh

Friday Features’

Guest talks about

A Quick dinner – Not hours in the kitchen!

by

Sloane Taylor

Here’s a quick dinner that looks and tastes like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen. Add a salad and your meal is complete.

CHICKEN MARSALA

4 medium chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
¼ tsp. thyme
8 ozs. baby Porto Bella mushrooms, halved if large
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 tbsp. butter
½ cup chicken stock
½ cup Marsala wine
½ cup heavy cream at room temperature
Rice or pasta
Parsley

Rinse chicken and pat dry. Sprinkle thyme evenly over breasts.

Melt half the oil and butter in a 12-inch skillet set on medium heat. When the foam subsides add mushrooms and garlic. Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Spoon vegetables into a bowl and set aside.

Use the same skillet and melt remaining oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add chicken. Sauté…

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Catherine Castle’s Christmas Reads: A Regency Christmas Collection II by Emma Lane

Catherine Castle

a-ragency-christmas-collection2Today’s Christmas Read is an excerpt from Emma Lane’s A Regency Christmas Collection II, due out later this month. The first book in this collection series, A Regency Christmas Collection is currently available on Amazon. Here’s a quick blurb from each of the A Regency Christmas Collection II novellas, and an excerpt from A Vicount’s Second Chance.

A Viscount’s Second Chance — Whereas cold winds blow a hefty dose of karma to unite two star-crossed lovers.

The Duke’s Christmas Kissing Ball — Whereas a patient duke finally makes his move before a Yuletide celebration. He makes good use of the Kissing Ball.

An Earl’s Christmas Miracle –Whereas a snowy accident opens the eyes of a lonely lord to love.

The Skating Party — Whereas a duke is startled to face competition before he finally realizes how much he has to lose.

A Vicount’s Second Chance

By Emma Lane

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Theme Gardening

Theme gardens can be fun for adventurous gardeners who want to shake things up with Colorful annuals. Their raison d’etre, reason for living, is to bloom and make seeds. To keep them full of their bright and beautiful blooms, frequent culling of the old blooms is the secret. Paying attention to color combinations will enhance bedding petunias such as blue and yellow; red, white and blue; primary colors-red, yellow and blue; all pastels.

Read more abut theme gardening in my recent guest post about Theme Gardening – Set the Theme, Set the Mood – at fellow author Sloane Taylor’s blog!

 

Friday Features Emma Janis Lane Tutored by a Duke

C.D. Hersh

Friday Feature

Is

Emma Janis Lane

Author of

Tutored by Duke

Thanks for letting me visit, Catherine and Donald. I always enjoy hanging out around this lovely web site. When I conceived the story of Elisabeth and the duke, I imagined how funny it would be for an ingenue demanding a male childhood friend teach her how to kiss. She assumed it was a simple technique while her poor male friend would rather kiss his puppy than his friend. From there it was but a chuckle more to imagine an eavesdropper at the other end of the room–the duke! The more serious question asked and finally answered in the story was ‘Could trust broken ever be regained?’ Here then is Elisabeth and her incognito duke in a Regency romantic romp. Hope you have as much fun reading as I did writing about these characters. Emma Janis Lane.

Blurb:

The…

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