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Recipe Box: Chili Con Carne (with a sweet little secret)

I’ve been making chili for years with a secret ingredient: a touch of chocolate. I was initially inspired to make it this way after seeing the movie Chocolat many years ago–you know, when Vianne adds a pinch of hot chili pepper to her hot chocolate recipe? There’s something about the combination of chocolate and chili that just…works. So, here’s my recipe. … Read the rest

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Book Club Kit: A Beautiful Heist

I just sent the final copyedits for my latest book back to my editor, so I find myself with a little breathing room again. What to do? Ooh, I know… I’ve been wanting to create a book club kit for A BEAUTIFUL HEIST for a while. But I thought–why not go beyond merely providing discussion questions? Let’s take this up a notch.… Read the rest

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Recipe Box: Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Sweet & Sour Meatballs We’re into full-on winter now, so it’s time for some serious comfort food, am I right? Here’s one of my family’s favorite meals: sweet and sour meatballs. This recipe originally came from a 1995 Milk Calendar. Do you remember those? Yep, I was a university student when I first tried this recipe out, and I have been making it ever since.… Read the rest

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Recipe Box: Fish Tacos

We took a trip to Southern California this summer (which was absolutely awesome, by the way–here’s what we did), and while we were there, I enjoyed the yummiest thing: fish tacos. Now, I’ve had fish tacos before, but not like this. In SoCal, it’s a local specialty and they have perfected it. So when I came home I wanted to recreate this culinary experience.… Read the rest

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100 Things I Love

I’ve seen a few people do this on their blogs, and I decided it was time to try it myself. In completely random order, here are 100 things I love: Good coffee Paris Yoga Going to the movies Getting up early when the house is dark and quiet Wine Train travel The soundtrack to Out Of Africa Dark chocolate with sea salt Nail polish Pinterest The sound of spoken Italian Sangria Running A man in a well-cut suit The airport Being a mom Writing Egg cups Bookstores High heeled shoes James Bond The rain New York City A warm fireplace on a cold night Olives Spending half an hour finding the exact right word Having the exact right word come to me like a bolt from the sky The smell of freshly cut grass Dresses Travel The head massage while my hairdresser is shampooing my hair The English countryside Cream tea Going to the ballet The fall The color pink Five star hotels European history Indiana Jones Vineyards Downton Abbey Goodreads The smell of lavender Popcorn People who wink, and not in a creepy way Boots Raspberries African safaris The sound of the ocean Gelato Sunset with a glass of wine Sunrise with a cup of coffee Martinis NFL on Sundays Good thin crust pizza Dancing Parisian croissants Dry humor Songza Christmas Open air markets A clean kitchen Twitter London Paper Lipgloss TV/radio announcers with rich, gravelly voices Eating in restaurants The feel of freshly washed sheets Bubble baths Singing in the car Caffe affogato (hot espresso poured over vanilla gelato) Thunderstorms Sushi The sound of my kids laughing A heartfelt compliment Grocery shopping The word quintessence The moment of departure on an adventure The feeling of returning home Cheese Writing in a coffee shop for hours Tuscany Reading a great first line in a book Umbrellas Shakespeare French fries Van Halen The BBC Making lists Dressing up Music from the 80s Tulips Handmade Mother’s Day gifts Brunch Libraries Caprese salad (ripe tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil, balsamic) The movie Moulin Rouge Chasing dreams… Read the rest

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Recipe Box: Strawberry Salad

I think most of us would agree, summer is the best time for a big bowl of fresh salad. Here’s one of my favorites. It’s my mother-in-law’s recipe, actually (although I made a few modifications…shhh, don’t tell her!) I added baby spinach in addition to the romaine (for even more iron and antioxidants) and substituted Greek yogurt for the sour cream in her original recipe.… Read the rest

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Recipe Box: Maple Glazed Salmon

The heroine of my first book is a very busy gal–she mostly survives on takeout sushi and Thai food–but when she does have a little time to make something for herself, she needs it fast, tasty, and healthy. After all, scaling buildings and jumping from trains takes an AWFUL lot of energy. The story is mostly set in Seattle, and here in the Pacific Northwest salmon reigns supreme.… Read the rest

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Mojito, anyone? {Recipes Included}

With 29 days to go before book launch, I think it’s time for a cocktail, don’t you? In the opening scene of A Beautiful Heist my main character, Cat Montgomery, is at a swanky gala on a yacht. But she’s not there for fun–she’s hard at work. Specifically, there’s a very particular diamond ring on board, locked away in a safe on the lower level.… Read the rest

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Recipe Box: Prosciutto & Melon

I went to a potluck lunch the other day, and the theme of the lunch was…Italia! Something I love, to be sure. However, this particular day I had absolutely zero time to whip up anything complicated, so what I brought was about as simple as it gets. Also as tasty as it gets. Prosciutto-wrapped melon is a very popular primi piatti (appetizer) in Italy, and the delish factor comes from the saltiness of the prosciutto paired with the juicy sweetness of the melon.… Read the rest

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Healthalicious: My Recent Health Posts, March Edition

Here’s what I’ve been blogging about in the past few weeks on my other blogs: Kid Not Sleeping? This May Be The Reason Learn about the nutritional deficiency that could be at the root of all those hair-pulling bedtime battles. How To Lose Weight Through Portion Control Staying slim is tough, especially when there’s so much fabulous food out there. Here are 7 tricks to help you become a portion-control pro.… Read the rest

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