Kim McMahill: The Flavors of Mexico + Giveaway

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I love fresh tomatoes and with the mild summer we’ve had a bumper crop this year. Kim McMahill is here today helping us put those tomatoes to use with a yummy Green Chili Stew recipe. Make sure to scroll down and check out her novel, Marked in Mexico. If you comment on this post, you’ll be entered to win a copy of the book. 


Kim's garden-fresh tomatoesI’m thrilled to be here today on Foodie Friday to share one of my favorite recipes, and the timing couldn’t be better. Not only do I love food, but I love to garden and eat seasonally. My other passions are travel, especially south of the border, and writing adventure novels (see blurb below). Mix this all together and you get green chili stew.

For some reason I can grow tomatoes like crazy and I’ve had good luck with Big Jim Chili peppers, both are essential ingredients in this recipe and many Mexican dishes. I don’t really have room in my garden for onions and potatoes, but those are cheap and almost always in my vegetable bin. Throw in some cubed pork and garlic, and that’s all you need to make this simple hot and spicy New Mexican dish.

Green Chili Stew Recipe

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Squash Casserole Recipe

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I haven’t complained  about the amount of squash coming out of my garden. That would be silly. Fresh, almost-free, organic veg is great! But we’ve had a LOT of squash. I’ve been getting all kinds of creative with the zucchini, but for the yellow squash this is one of my favorite recipes and we almost never get tired of it. Warning: This is a Southern-style recipe (and what I mean by that is that we take something superficially healthy–squash!–and do our bests to load it up with tasty stuff that isn’t so healthy).

Healthy or not, this recipe is easy and tasty. Here goes!

Squash Casserole

Here’s mine – I forgot to add the breadcrumbs on top this time. Still tasty!

Squash Casserole Recipe:


  • 3 lbs yellow squash (more or less)
  • 6 Tb butter
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tb sugar (for the “healthy” version, use brown sugar)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

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Liv Rancourt: Smoked Salmon Pasta Recipe

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My friend Liv’s here today and she brought studs salmon.  Okay, so Liv obviously knows me because she brought both.  Below you will find a recipe with salmon, pasta, wine, and cheese. You can not possibly go wrong with this. Below that are the studs (still in my wheelhouse), in this case King Studs (construction reference goes right over my head as I zoom in on stud). Liv’s kindly included a tasty excerpt from her new release, King Stud. And if you make it all the way to the bottom of the page you can also enter for a $20 Amazon gift card.



Author Liv RancourtLIV:

Thanks so much for having me as a guest, Irene! I’m excited to have the chance to talk about food, because other than eating, I don’t know a whole lot about it, and there’s nothing I like better than having a platform to display my ignorance.

Oh, and I babble when I’m nervous.


Since my favorite recipe usually involves knowing which take-out to order, I had to give some thought to what to feature in this post. I live in Seattle, which prides itself as a foodie town, so my first decision was to choose a recipe with a Northwest vibe.

Then, as I do with most important decisions, I called the husband.

He suggested I try a variation of chef Nick Stellino’s smoked salmon pasta, which totally worked for me. (Jump HERE if you want to see an actual recipe with, like, measurements and stuff.) Back in the late ‘80s, my roommate worked the lunch shift as a waitress at a restaurant called The 1904, and they made an amazing smoked salmon pasta. Sometimes she’d bring me home an order, or sometimes I’d meet her toward the end of her shift and have a bowl. A little white wine, some crusty bread, and the smoky, savory, salty goodness and I was DONE. Too good.

So, without further ado or delay or procrastination, here’s my take on smoked salmon pasta.

Smoked Salmon Pasta Recipe

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Infamous (Again) + $20 Amazon GC Giveaway

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Amazon has bought up the digital rights to Infamous and they will be re-releasing it on July 28.

If you are keeping track, this is my third version of this eye-catching hot pink cover. Yes, we are still rocking those killer shoes!

And if you are a new reader and missed Infamous the first time around – it’s my flirty little fantasy about a Hollywood socialite that falls for a totally (maybe not totally) boring soccer dad who lives in the ‘burbs with his teenage daughter.

Here’s the updated cover, the blurb, and yes – of course I’m celebrating the release with a giveaway!

Infamous - Contemporary Romance by Irene Preston

Socialite Meets Soccer Dad


Four years ago it was pure Hollywood – the windswept beach, the whirlwind romance, the runaway marriage. Unfortunately, the ride into the sunset didn’t survive the publication of the bride’s tell-all book two months after she said ”I do.”


Reclusive venture capitalist Morgan Riley isn’t interested in fame. He prefers a quiet life in the suburbs. For his daughter’s sake, he agrees to give his notorious wife another chance to be part of their family. Even though she’s back at home and fulfilling all his late-night fantasies, he can’t help wonder if she misses her high-profile lifestyle and famous friends.

Everyone knows Jessica Sinclair. She’s that girl on the cover of all the tabloids. As a Hollywood insider, Jessica has spent her life partying with A-list celebrities, shopping on Rodeo Drive, and living through scandal after scandal. When her estranged husband offers her a second chance at an ‘All-American’ lifestyle, she can’t pass up her shot at real happiness. Back in suburbia, Jessica spends her nights in sexy role-play hoping Morgan will overlook her deficiencies as a homemaker. She spends her days attending P.T.A. meetings, burning cookies, and asking herself, ”What would June Cleaver do?” More to the point, what will Morgan do when Jessica winds up back in the tabloids – with his teenage daughter right next to her?

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Roberta Roberti: Minty Peach Salsa Recipe

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I’m from the south where, yes! Mint! and Peaches! Check out this yummy recipe that combines them both for a refreshing salsa.  Also, there’s rum  – but Roberta had me at mint and peaches.  If you enjoy this dish, make sure you check out Roberta Roberti’s cookbook, Vegetarian Italian


Minty Peach SalsaIf you’ve ever planted a little mint in your garden, you probably started out with one lovely little plant and ended up with a mint farm. You know what I’m talking about. Mint is one of those herbs that proliferate wildly, all their own with very little work on your part.

My mint comes up year after year, and so lushly that I don’t know what to do with it all. There are only so many mojitos one can make (although, I’m sure some would argue that point with me), and you can’t put too much mint in any one dish because it easily can become overpowering.

So, one summer, it was nearing the end of the season, by which time my mint was completely out of control, and I was looking for a way to use it up, as well as make the most of the remaining summer fruits. I came up with this salsa. Continue reading


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