In May my new book “Out of a Texas Night” was released. I was so excited, and didn’t think things could get any better, but they have!
I’m so thrilled to tell you all that the first book in the Kasota Spring series The Troubled Texan is on BookBub in the Romantic Suspense category today for a fantastic price of 99 cents. Below is a link, so you can go directly to the website and purchase your copy from your favorite book provider. If you haven’t checked BookBub out, please do so because they provide daily releases for special pricing, including free books, in almost every genera.
In my May blog, I gave you an insight into how this particular series came about. One of the things I mentioned is that in all three of the Kasota Springs stories I always use a family recipe for one of my characters, particularly Lola Ruth Hicks, who is the cook and the cement that holds the Jacks Bluff Ranch together. I then give the complete recipe, plus a little bit of my family history behind it at the back of the book.
In cleaning out some of my family “stuff”, I found a bicentennial cookbook from the town I lived in when I was born. The Methodist Cooks Celebrate covers from 1784 to 1984. I was amazed and enthralled with the book, especially the gems from way-back-yonder; so, I decided to share some interesting ones that are still applicable almost a century and a half later.
She guessed the pepper; the soup was too hot,
She guessed the water, it dried in the pot.
She guessed the salt and what do you think?
For the rest of the day we did nothing but drink.
She guessed the sugar, the sauce was to sweet,
And by her guessing, she spoiled the meat.
What of the moral, ‘tis easy to see,
A good cook measures most carefully.
- There is no indigestion worse than that of trying to eat your own words.
- Those who think it permissible to tell ‘white lies’ soon go ‘colorblind’.
Advice to the Housewife
Well mix and bake the dainty cake,And beat the frosting light;
The sweetest plan to please a man is through his appetite.
A Couple of Cooking Tips:
- To remedy greasy gravy, add a small amount of baking soda.
- Keep tomatoes in storage with stems pointed downward and they will retain their freshness longer.
- If you wrap each egg in aluminum foil before boiling it, the shell won’t crack when it’s boiling.
- Before measuring honey or syrup, oil the cup with cooking oil and rinse in hot water.
- Tight screws: Loosen a screw by putting a couple of drops of peroxide on it and letting it soak in.
- Buttons: Coat the center of buttons with clear nail polish and they’ll stay on longer.
- Stubborn locks: Dip key into machine oil or graphite to loosen up a lock.
This is probably my favorite:
Let none escape, but try them all,
To boil or fry or bake.
We’ll warrant they are just as good
As Mother used to make!
Do you love old cookbooks? If so, do you use many of the recipes?
To two lucky winners who leave a comment, I will give away an eBook of Out of a Texas Night.