A Summer Solstice Supper and Book Buffet

MP900177959 6 21 13 Welcome!

My friends and I picked the Summer Solstice to offer you a sumptuous supper and a buffet of books to satisfy your hunger. A good meal and a great book—summer doesn’t get any better than that.

Each author is sharing a favorite dish, and the menu is chock-full of mouthwatering delights. The buffet of books offers a flavor for everyone: Romance of many genres, historical stories, and cocktails made simple. Also, the menu contains the title of one of the author’s books and a web link. I’ve listed ingredients for each dish to tantalize your taste buds.

Click on the link by the author’s name to find the directions for making the dish AND to learn more about the author and their book(s). Keep scrolling down for the eye-candy book covers and some insights about each author. I invite you to visit each author, make a new friend or two, and celebrate the summer with us.

Happy Reading!

Linda Joyce http://www.linda-joyce.com

SUMMER SOLSTICE MENU

Cocktails

Blackberry Gin and Tonic by J.K. O’Hanlon –Three Ingredient Cocktails ~ http://www.thirstyjane.com

Pomegranate Martini by Kathy L Wheeler – Quotable ~ http://kathylwheeler.com

 Appetizer

Japanese Chicken Wings by Jan Morrill –The Red Kimono ~http://theredkimono.com/

Sweet & Sour Hawaiian Meatballs by Vonnie Davis – Rain Is A Love Song ~ http://www.vintagevonnie.blogspot.com

Easy Stuffed Mushrooms by Alicia Dean – Liberty Awakened (Isle of Fangs, Book 1) ~ http://aliciadean.com/alicias-blog/

 Salad

7 Layer Salad by AJ Nuest –  She’s Got Dibs ~ http://ajbooks.blogspot.com/

Mandarin orange & Spinach salad by Barbara Barrett – And He Cooks Too ~ http://barbarabarrettbooks.com/

Entrée

Pesto Chicken by Nancy Parra – Gluten for Punishment ~ http://www.nancyjparra.blogspot.com/

Taquitos by Calisa Rhose – Risk Factors ~ http://calisarhose.com/chit-chat

Linda’s Summer Shrimp Boil by Linda Joyce – Bayou Born ~ https://lindajoycecontemplates.wordpress.com

Oven Fried Peach Chicken by Juli D. Revezzo – The Artist’s Inheritance ~ http://julidrevezzo.com/blog /

Betty’s Nutty Pork Chops by Betty Bolte – Hometown Heroines ~ http://www.bettybolte.com/blog.htm

 Dessert

Kolaches by Gina Hooten Popp – The Storm After ~ https://www.facebook.com/ginahootenpoppauthor

Chocolate-Cherry-Coconut Cupcakes by Luna Zega – Tokyo Tease ~ http://lunazega.wordpress.com/

Fruit Compote by Brenda Sparks – A Midsummer Night’s Demonhttp://www.brenda-sparks.com/blog.html

After Dinner Drinks

After Dinner Iced Coffee by Sandra Sookoo – Winging It ~ http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com/

Now for the THE BOOK BUFFET

three-ingredient-cocktail-recipes J.K. O’HanlonBlackberry Gin and Tonic
1 1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce blackberry shrub
4 ounces tonic water
Click here for directions: http://www.thirstyjane.com/

Combining her background in law with her unfailing sense of humor, J.K. O’Hanlon writes smart, sassy and sexy stories about women who balance exciting careers with their passionate desire for love. In between penning steamy sex scenes, J.K. mixes and writes about cocktails as The Thirsty Jane

Buy at www.thirstyjane.com.

QuoteFINALweb Kathy Wheeler Kathy L Wheeler: Pomegranate Martini
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
2 ounces Absolute Citron vodka or white tequila
1 ounce Cointreau liquor
Cup of ice
Splash of sparkling water (optional)
Squeeze of lemon (optional)
Click here for directions: http://kathylwheeler.com

Kathy L Wheeler is an active member of the Oklahoma Romance Writers, an avid sports fan, theater buff, and traveler. She lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with her multi-talented husband (music & law) and her bossy cat, Carly.

Buy at: http://www.amazon.com/Quotable-The-Bloomington-Series-ebook/dp/B009Z00FOC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371765205&sr=1-1&keywords=quotable+by+kathy+l+wheeler

The Red Kimono comp  Jan MorrillJan Morrill:  Japanese Chicken Wings
2 lbs chicken wings
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup sake
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (if desired)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 tsp grated FRESH ginger root
Click here for directions: http://theredkimono.com

Jan Morrill was born and (mostly) raised in California by her Buddhist Japanese American mother and her Southern Baptist redheaded father. Her historical fiction, THE RED KIMONO– as well as many of her short stories–reflect memories of growing up in a multicultural, multi-religious, multi-political environment. She is currently working on the sequel to THE RED KIMONO.

Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Red-Kimono-A-Novel/dp/1557289948/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364732557&sr=8-1&keywords=the+red+kimono

RainIsALoveSong _w7354_300 Vonnie DavisVonnie Davis:  Sweet N Sour Hawaiian Meatballs
1 package of frozen, pre-cooked Italian meatballs—approx. 76 per bag
1 large green and red pepper, cut into chunks
1 large onion cut into chunks
1 large can of pineapple chunks
1 bag of baby carrots
1 can of sliced chestnuts
½ C. brown sugar
2 small bottles (8-10 oz.) of Sweet and Sour Sauce
Seasonings: garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, Mrs. Dash.
Click here for directions: http://www.vintagevonnie.blogspot.com

Vonnie Davis is a Fairy God-Mother, of sorts, giving her heroes and heroines their well-deserved “happily-ever-after” ending. An award-winning author, she writes most sub-genres of romance. She lives in Virginia with her writer husband and is owned by one very critical tabby cat.

Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rain-Love-Song-Vonnie-Davis/dp/1612177654/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371668042&sr=1-2&keywords=Love+is+a+Rain+Song

 

Liberty   200 x 300Alicia Dean:  Easy Stuffed Mushrooms
1/2 pound breakfast sausage
1 8 oz package cream cheese
8 to 10 jumbo mushrooms
Garlic salt, butter
Click here for directions: http://aliciadean.com/alicias-blog/

Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She writes paranormal and romantic suspense for several different publishers and is excited to be a launch author for Amazon’s Kindle Worlds with two Vampire Diaries stories and one Gossip Girl story.

Liberty Awakened, Isle of Fangs Book 1
Buy at Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/Liberty-Awakened-Isle-Fangs-ebook/dp/B00B3N6PMA/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

ShesGotDibs_w2583_750  AJ NuestAJ Nuest: 7 Layer Salad
1 16 oz. Bottle Fat Free Italian Dressing
3 Chicken Breasts
1/2-3/4 Head Iceberg Lettuce
Dried Dill Weed
2 Bunches Scallions
1 16 oz. Package Green Peas, thawed but not cooked
4 Hard Boiled Eggs
1 16 oz. Package Bacon, fried and crumbled
1 12 oz. Package Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Botttle Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing (or favorite of choice)
Click here for directions: http://ajbooks.blogspot.com/

Award-winning author and editor, AJ Nuest, lives in a small farming community in NW Indiana with her loving husband, two beautiful children and a bevy of spoiled pets. She and the cat are currently vying for dictatorship. The cat is winning.

Buy at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Shes-Got-Dibs-ebook/dp/B00CGLZGP0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370986442&sr=8-1&keywords=She%27s+Got+Dibs

 

AndHeCooksToo_7346_750 Barbara BarrettBarbara Barrett:  Mandarin Orange and Spinach Salad
1 t. salt
1 t. celery seed
1 t. dry mustard
1 t. paprika
1 t. onion flakes
¼ c. sugar or sugar substitute
½ c. vinegar (I use either white or apple)
1 c. oil (I use canola)
1 large package spinach (2 pkgs. Baby spinach) (Other types of greens may be substituted)
½ package shredded red cabbage
½ c. sliced almonds (more to taste)
1 can mandarin oranges (larger can to taste)
½ c. sliced mushrooms (optional)
¼ c. thinly sliced onion

Click here for directions: www.barbarabarrettbooks.com

Barbara Barrett spent her professional career as a human resources analyst for Iowa state government, and that training has stayed with her in her writing of contemporary romance fiction. Her first two books, The Sleepover Clause, Crimson Romance, and And He Cooks Too, The Wild Rose Press, were published in the past year. A third, Driven to Matrimony, TWRP, should be released by late 2013.

Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/And-He-Cooks-Too-ebook/dp/B00ADZR0G4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1371675188&sr=1-1&keywords=And+He+Cooks+by+Barbara+Barrett

Adobe Photoshop PDFNancy J. Parra:  Pesto Chicken
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup prepared basil pesto, divided
4 thin slices prosciutto, or more if needed
Click here for directions: www.nancyjparra.blogspot.com

Best known for writing “…strong stubborn heroes and plucky heroines who aren’t afraid to go toe to toe with them,” (Shelley Mosley, Booklist Magazine), Nancy J. Parra has eleven books published-two made the top ten list and a total of five were given starred reviews by  ALA’s Booklist. She now brings you cozy mysteries where her protagonist not only solves a murder but finds her place in a small community.

Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Punishment-Bakers-Treat-Mystery/dp/0425252108/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371174048&sr=1-1&keywords=gluten+for+punishment+by+nancy+j.+parra

Risk Factors300dpi Calisa RhoseCalisa Rhose:  Smothered Taquitos
Package 40 ct. frozen Taquitos
1-16oz. Jar or fresh Salsa (your heat preference)
1 pound- Grated mild Cheddar/Jack cheese (or just Cheddar if preferred)
Chipped jalapeño pepper to taste (fresh or canned-and optional)
Click here for directions: http://calisarhose.com/chit-chat/

Calisa Rhose is always working on projects with her favored contemporary cowboys, first responders  and firemen, as well as, the occasional ‘other’ heroes- and their sexy female counterparts, those sassy, stubborn heroines.

Buy at Amazon: Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/Risk-Factors-ebook/dp/B00BNGXQV0/ref=la_B006ROTWH0_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369971302&sr=1-1

 

perf5.000x8.000.inddLinda Joyce: Summer Shrimp Boil for 8

Ingredients
4 quarts of water
1 12oz can of beer
2 lemons, halved, plus wedges for serving
1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning
8 cloves garlic, smashed
2 large sweet onions, quartered
6 sprigs fresh thyme
1 pound baby red potatoes
4 ears corn, cut in half
4 pounds large shrimp, unpeeled
Hot sauce, for serving (optional- Crystal is my favorite)
Cocktail sauce for dipping shrimp

Directions: Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water. Squeeze the lemon juice into the water and add the squeezed lemon halves. Add the Old Bay, garlic and onion. Tie the thyme sprigs together with kitchen twine and add to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
Add the potatoes to the pot and cook about 10 minutes- almost fork tender. Add the corn and cook 5 more minutes.
Slice each shrimp along the back through the shells. Remove the veins and rinse the shrimp. Add shrimp to pot, cover and cook until the shrimp curl -about 2 to 3 minutes.
Transfer shrimp and vegetables to a platter. (Or at my house, we put down a plastic table cover and spoon the contents of the pot (sans liquid) on the table, then everyone digs in.) Serve with lemon wedges and hot sauce or cocktail, if desired.

Linda Joyce is an award-winning writer and author. Her Louisiana roots run deep, and they’re intertwined with her Japanese heritage. She currently lives in Atlanta in an all-male household with her husband and three dogs: General Beauregard, Gentleman Jack, and Masterpiece Renoir. Linda, a member of Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers, pens (keyboards, really) romance with contemporary heroines on a journey of self-discovery.

Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Born-Fleur-Lis-ebook/dp/B00B9L1VAC/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359997756&sr=1-9&keywords=Bayou+Born

 

theartistsinheritbjdr700  Juli RevezzoJuli D. Revezzo: Oven Fried Peach Chicken
Boneless Chicken breasts,
1 can of sliced peaches with juice
salt
pepper
Click here for directions: http://julidrevezzo.com/blog/

Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set in this world–slightly askew. She recently released her debut novel, The Artist’s Inheritance.

Buy at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Artists-Inheritance-Antique-Magic-ebook/dp/B008XL82IU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1345040600&sr=1-1

Hometown Heroines Betty BolteBetty Bolte: Betty’s Nutty Pork Chops
4 Boneless Pork Chops
½ cup pecan halves, finely ground
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ Tablespoon Garlic Powder
½ Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
1 egg
¼ cup milk
Click here for directions: www.bettybolte.com/blog.htm

Betty Bolte: I have always loved the way words empower people, the play of language and intent work together to convey meaning in so many ways. I’ve written and revised Hometown Heroines for young adults, to show today’s youth how their peers from the 1800s excelled and ultimately are remembered with landmarks across our country. I’m also writing romantic historical and supernatural stories and hope to see them published and available soon.

Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hometown-Heroines-Stories-Adventure-ebook/dp/B009P4C6DQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355152529&sr=8-2&keywords=betty+bolte

TheStormAfter_BookCover_thumbGina Hooten Popp:  Kolaches (Czech Pastry)
2 ½ cups warm milk
1 ½ (.24 ounce) packages active dry yeast
½ cup sugar (white)
½ cup shortening
1 tablespoon salt
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
6 ½ cups flour (all-purpose)
½ cup fruit preserves (can be filled with a variety of fillings)
Click here for directions: https://www.facebook.com/ginahootenpoppauthor

A native Texan, Gina Hooten Popp was born in Greenville and now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. In addition to writing fiction professionally, Gina has a background writing advertising for some of the world’s leading brands. Her first novel, The Storm After has been recognized as a finalist in both the Linda Howard Award of Excellence Unpublished Writers Contest and the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest.

Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Storm-After-Gina-Hooten-Popp/dp/148193581X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371153548&sr=8-1&keywords=the+storm+after

perf5.000x8.000.inddLuna Zega:  Cherry Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes:
White chocolate chips
Butter
Heavy Whipping Cream
Coconut Extract
Cherry Pie Filling
Buttermilk
Eggs
Flour
Sugar
Cocoa
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Salt
Mounds bars
Chocolate Chips
Shortening
Maraschino Cherries
Powdered Sugar
Click here for directions: http://lunazega.wordpress.com/

Luna Zega has always been an avid reader and that love naturally led to writing her own tales of woe, romance and sultry summer nights. Over the years, the world in her head has developed into a fascinating place populated with kilt-clad Scottish warriors, lonely and brokenhearted soldiers in need of a little TLC, smoldering Samurai, luscious Latinos and wild, unbridled cowboys. It’s easy to know when Luna has escaped to her little world to play; the grin on her face tells all.

Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tokyo-Tease-ebook/dp/B00BSH8WU4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371156801&sr=8-1&keywords=luna+zega

AMidsummerNightsDemonMEDIUM_w7338_300 (3)  Brenda SparksBrenda Sparks:  Faery Fruit Compote
½ cup water
2 tablespoons of Marigold petals
½ cup of sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 ½ cups each of orange, lime, and tangerine slices
2 cups blueberries
Click here for directions: http://www.brenda-sparks.com/blog.html

Born in Virginia, Brenda Sparks now resides in the Sunshine State with her loving husband and son. Balancing her professional commitment to the local school district with her writing is challenging at times, but writing suspenseful paranormal romances is a passion that won’t be denied. Her idea of a perfect day is one spent in front of a computer with a hot cup of coffee, her fingers flying over the keys to send her characters off on their latest adventure.

Buy at Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B5NWFM2/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00B5NWFM2&linkCode=as2&tag=wwwbrendaspar-20

wingingit_original_blond  Sandra SookooSandra Sookoo:  After Dinner Iced Coffee
1/4 – 1/2 cup coffee grounds (depending on how strong you like your coffee)
2 cups cold water
1 can of sweetened, condensed milk
1/2 and 1/2
Pure vanilla extract
Ice
Click here for directions: http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com/

Sandra Sookoo is a writer of romantic fiction. Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi, and paranormal romances in full-length books as well as shorts and novellas. No matter if the heat level is spicy or sweet, she loves to blend genres and oftentimes will add humor to the mix.

Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Winging-It-ebook/dp/B005H8PC3K/ref=sr_1_44?ie=UTF8&qid=1370784284&sr=8-44&keywords=sandra+sookoo

From ALL of us, thank you for joining our moveable feast. Please let us hear how you like the recipes and your favorite lines from our books.

Happy Summer!

Linda Joyce

http://www.linda-joyce.com

About Linda Joyce

Writing is a curious journey. You don't pick it, it picks you. See my website at www.Linda-Joyce.com to learn more about me.
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19 Responses to A Summer Solstice Supper and Book Buffet

  1. Linda Joyce says:

    There is nothing easier on a summer day than a Shrimp Boil. At my house, we cover the patio table with brown paper, then scoop out the ingredients on to the table, and everyone digs in. Yum!

    Linda Joyce: Summer Shrimp Boil for 8

    Ingredients
    4 quarts of water
    1 12oz can of beer
    2 lemons, halved, plus wedges for serving
    1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning
    8 cloves garlic, smashed
    2 large sweet onions, quartered
    6 sprigs fresh thyme
    1 pound baby red potatoes
    4 ears corn, cut in half
    4 pounds large shrimp, unpeeled
    Hot sauce, for serving (optional- Crystal is my favorite)
    Cocktail sauce for dipping shrimp

    Directions: Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water. Squeeze the lemon juice into the water and add the squeezed lemon halves. Add the Old Bay, garlic and onion. Tie the thyme sprigs together with kitchen twine and add to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
    Add the potatoes to the pot and cook about 10 minutes- almost fork tender. Add the corn and cook 5 more minutes.
    Slice each shrimp along the back through the shells. Remove the veins and rinse the shrimp. Add shrimp to pot, cover and cook until the shrimp curl -about 2 to 3 minutes.
    Transfer shrimp and vegetables to a platter. (Or at my house, we put down a plastic table cover and spoon the contents of the pot (sans liquid) on the table, then everyone digs in.) Serve with lemon wedges and hot sauce or cocktail, if desired.

  2. Alicia Dean says:

    Sounds delicious. And your blog looks awesome. So much food and so many books, so little time. Thanks for sharing and inviting us to join you!

  3. Jan Morrill says:

    This was a HUGE amount of work for you to put this virtual party together, Linda. Thanks so much. It’s been fun, and I can’t wait to try these recipes and, of course, read more of the books!

    • Linda Joyce says:

      Jan,

      It was fun. (I think I may have figured out the wordpress loading issues). Today is the longest day if the year, I’m happy all of us could celebrate and share with everyone.

      Smiles,

      Linda

  4. reneeregent says:

    What a great idea! I am so hungry now….

  5. bookpeeps says:

    A delicious post! A great way to introduce these authors to us via their (and your) books and reciipes. Your shrimp boil recipe has been added to my menu for July 4th festivities.

    • Linda Joyce says:

      Bookpeeps,

      I’m heading for the beach for 4th of July and I’m making this menu for my guests. Let me know how you like the shrimp boil.

      Smiles,

      Linda Joyce

  6. What a beautiful and mouth-watering way to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Thanks again, Linda, for putting this all together. My AC isn’t working at the moment, so we’re not doing much in the kitchen. But once it’s fixed, I plan to try out several of these great dishes.

    Barbara Barrett

  7. Calisa Rhose says:

    I’m collecting ALL these recipes and what books I don’t already have are going on my TBB list! Thanks got the great fun, Linda! 🙂

  8. Thank you, Linda, for putting this wonderful tour together. The recipes look delicious. I can’t wait to try them. All your hard work was worth the effort, this was great. 😀

    • Linda Joyce says:

      Brenda,

      I hope our friends and readers will give us some feedback on the recipes when they try them. In my world, bonding happens over a meal, and I want to share with everyone. 🙂

      Smiles,

      Linda

  9. lunazega says:

    Oh, how I wish I wasn’t allergic to shrimp! God, I miss seafood!! This is a wonderful blog and a great idea, Linda. Thanks for all your hard work. I can’t wait to try all these recipes and read these books.

    • Linda Joyce says:

      Luna,

      Are you allergic to all shellfish? If not, the boil works for mud bugs, crab and lobster.

      I’ll be making your cupcakes for a 4th of July. 🙂

      Smiles,

      Linda

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