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Liv Rancourt: Smoked Salmon Pasta Recipe

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.

Enjoy!


 

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.

Lol!

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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Kimberly Dean: Strawberry Dream Pie + Dreaming Bear Giveaway

It’s all about dreams this week. The weather is getting warmer and I’m dreaming of a cool fruit dessert that doesn’t keep me in the kitchen all day. Kimberly Dean brought over just the thing – a super-simple, refreshing strawberry pie. Make sure you scroll down to check out the dreamy blurb from her new novel, Dream Man and enter her giveaway for an adorable dreaming bear decoration.

 

Kimberly Dean's Strawberry Dream Pie

Easy Strawberry Pie!

Kimberly

I’m all about keeping things simple.  I don’t have enough time or patience to make anything fancy, especially when it comes to food.  It’s usually gone so quickly, it just doesn’t make sense.  The funny thing is, people don’t often notice the difference.  They just know what they like!

The following recipe has been a big hit for me, and it’s easy to make.  It’s a refreshing dessert that looks so pretty, I even made it for Easter Sunday dinner.  Now my family is dreaming about it.  😉

Strawberry Dream Pie Recipe

8-oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. strawberry preserves
1 ½ c. whipped topping, thawed
9-in. ready-made graham cracker crust
½ c. sliced fresh strawberries (for pie)
1 c. fresh strawberries (for topping)
2 t. white sugar
2 t. grenadine syrup

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Valentina’s Brownies with Chilies Recipe

Four days until the release of A Taste of You, and I brought you a tasty treat – Valentina’s brownie recipe!

Brownies with Chilies

Brownies with Chilies

“Did your mama help you make these?”

“Well, I started with one of her recipes,” Valentina admitted, “but I changed it. And she suggested the chocolate, but she let me make a bunch of batches one day so I could try different kinds and taste them all at once. We labeled everything and made notes.”

“What chocolate did you use?”

 “Bittersweet. I kept the wrapper so I can remember the name when we go to the store.”

 “And the peppers?”

 “Serrano. I made some with chipotle, too. Jalapeño was too hot if it wasn’t chopped really fine, and I like the little pieces of pepper.”

 “Your mother let you dice the peppers?”

“I can’t use the sharp knives unless she is with me. She has to stand with me and watch, not just be in the kitchen. Is it any good, Uncle Garrett?”

Valentina puts chopped chilies in her brownie – which is something I love. You can add chilies to almost any brownie recipe. In addition to the little kick of heat, they really enhance the chocolate flavor.  I have two go-to brownie recipes. This recipe makes a rich, fudgie brownie. Like Valentina, I usually put serrano peppers in mine and I like bittersweet chocolate.

BROWNIES with CHILIES RECIPE

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