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Kim McMahill: The Flavors of Mexico + Giveaway

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:

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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Maggie Le Page: Life’s Uncertain. Eat Dessert First

Maggie Le Page is here today. With ice cream. And chocolate. And a motto after my own heart.

Oh, and a giveaway! Make sure to comment below to enter and don’t forget to check out her latest book, The Trouble with Dying. I’m told it has nothing to do with ice cream and chocolate, but I plan to enjoy it, nonetheless.


Maggie:

I live in New Zealand—y’know, that cute little country people think is part of Australia; where Kiwis, jandals, and rugby fanatics abound. And ice cream.

Oh, the ice cream. Creamy, delicious, one-scoop-is-never-enough, ice cream.

Summer ended here last week. I know it because my fingers and toes are suddenly cold. And suddenly we were all pining for hot chocolates instead of beer, roast dinners instead of barbecues, heat pump instead of air conditioner, puddings instead of ice cream.

Okay, maybe not the last one. Where there’s a Le Page there’s always a tub of ice cream. Summer, winter, rain or shine, you won’t go short of a bowl (or tub) of ice cream in our house—and if you do, it’s an all-out emergency.

Because when winter sets in, we add a special ‘extra’ to our bowls of ice cream: my grandma’s hot chocolate sauce. {swoons}

Grandma Maggie, after whom I was named, passed away a few years ago but her hot chocolate sauce lives on (as do the hips that come with said sauce). It’s so easy to whip up, uses everyday ingredients, and is ready to serve in less than two minutes. It suits my chaotic life perfectly.

Grandma Maggie was forever telling me, “In your mouth for a moment; on your hips for a lifetime.”

And I always responded with, “Life’s uncertain. Eat dessert first.”

Because, actually, life is uncertain. That’s what my latest release, The Trouble With Dying, is all about. And that’s what Grandma Maggie’s Hot Chocolate Sauce is all about, too. So keep reading, because today I’m giving you the opportunity to taste both!

BOOK GIVEAWAY! Maggie is giving away five free digital copies of her latest release, The Trouble With Dying, to five lucky commenters. To be in to win, answer this question:

Do you have a family recipe that’s been passed down the generations? What is it? Dare you to share!

Maggie's Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Maggie says sorry. She’s not a great photographer. That’s why she sticks to writing.

Recipe: Maggie’s Hot Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients

This is for two people – double/triple/quadruple for more people (or serious piggy factor LOL)

½ Tablespoon butter

½ Tablespoon sugar

½ Tablespoon Golden Syrup*

½ Tablespoon water

½ Dessertspoon cocoa

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Jessica Cale: Chocolate Macarons with Bailey’s Cream (gluten free)

Macarons are all the rage these days. I’ve found them popping up everywhere, even in the wilds of central Texas. Lucky, lucky us, we’ve got Jessica Cale with us today to share a recipe. And…Oh. My. Goodness. Look at them! Mouth-watering. These are a must-try for my next special occasion!

Make sure to scroll down and check out Jessica’s fantastic new historical romance, Tyburn. Also, I’ve got a rafflecopter give-away for a $25 Amazon Gift Card going on through March 10.


 

Jessica Cales Chocolate Macarons with Bailey’s Cream

Jessica Cale’s Chocolate Macarons

Jessica:

I love macarons. These gorgeous little French cookies are light, delicious, and you can make them in any color or flavor you can imagine. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’m sharing the recipes for my favorite flavors and one of those is Chocolate & Bailey’s. I made these this weekend with my friend Jen in mind. Hot chocolate with Bailey’s in it was always our go-to drink in University and these indulgent macarons have the same taste with fewer calories (unless you eat them all. Not gonna lie, it could happen). Word of warning? They do take a little bit longer to make than hot chocolate…

Making macarons can be a little tricky at first, so before you start, I would really recommend looking up some tutorials so you know what everything is supposed to look along the way. Food Nouveau has one here that is incredibly helpful with extensive tips and a great troubleshooting guide. The Cupcake Project has another one with some great pictures here.

Chocolate Macarons with Bailey’s Cream Recipe

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