Monday, November 28, 2016

The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret - It's Personal!




Perhaps while constructing The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret, I may have ventured past this simple entrance on an evening and with artistic licence paused to scribe, "Inside the great hall, an enormous, dazzling teardrop chandelier hung down loosely, fragilely comprised of several others in miniature, giving the effect of a tiered wedding cake, iced with faded grandeur, even though newly installed. Just beyond, a winding, carpeted staircase bordered with stiff rods angled up to the floors above..."

Discover what else hovers over the stairs in my thrilling new novel! Signed and personalized copies available on these links (hardcover or paperback) at your request from my personal collection on ebay. Or look up The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret with seller name phalseysherwood and under notes include any personal inscription you'd like. Thank you!

My Secret is also available on amazon, bn.com and wherever books are sold. Go to peterhalseysherwood.net for more info. #murderydelicious


Friday, October 28, 2016

A Bloody Good Interview with Writer's Bone



I dropped by WritersBone.com to talk about my new fiendishly funny foody novel, The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret! Click here to listen in to the podcast where we also discuss the perilous plunge into writing itself and my favorites list of novels I've read this year. Also go to PeterHalseySherwood.net and #murderydelicious for more info. Available on Amazon.com, BN.com, iTunes and Google Play. Thanks as always to the kindly folks at Writer's Bone!

The Chalmers brothers have returned in the devastating finale of the Murdery Delicious trilogy—a little older, perhaps wiser, and undoubtedly more terrified. As The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret unfolds, a breezy summer getaway at their newly restored ancestral home quickly becomes a crawl through the gnarled branches of the Chalmers’ family tree. Reality itself is questioned even as fear takes root, center stage. Along the Chalmers’ journey, readers have followed them through literary genres such as the penny dreadful and the classic whodunnit. Now, the brothers, their wives and children find themselves subjected to perils only found in a decidedly ghastly ghost story. Who can uncover the buried secret of Blood Stone Manor? What lurks behind the drapes? The only certainty is that some houses are never meant to be left behind as much as some inhabitants pray to leave them. Do peer past the gate, won’t you? 




Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Betty, Please ... Chicken Tetrazzini!



I first heard of Chicken Tetrazzini in the late 70's while I was in fits watching the hilarious Laverne & Shirley episode where they attempted to open a diner called 'Dead Lazlo's Place.' The clip is below but even before youtube I always remembered Laverne stuffing a whole chicken in a pot of boiling water in an attempt to make the dish. Now, shield your eyes from the SPOILER ALERT: Hopes for the diner didn't pan out and by the end Shirley (responding to Laverne's sweaty calls of 'Betty, please' and 'Pick Up, Betty' as you may remember) suffered a total collapse and ran out shrieking at the grabbing hands and demands of the unruly customers and a burned mess of 'hash blacks.'



Somehow over the years however,  the dish lingered in memory ... then I happened to be poring through a grand, gilded-in-bronze edition of A Treasury of Great Recipes by Vincent Price (yes, that one--the celluloid ghoul of legend who also provided the cackle at the end of 'Thriller'). I discovered in its glorious pages a recipe for Emince of Chicken Tetrazzini au Gratin that he and his wife enjoyed at Sardi's. It may surprise you to learn that the Prices were international epicures and the cookbook reflects their culinary journeys, laboriously detailed with menus from some of the world's most historied chefs. But oh boy, was this glogging Tetrazzini loaded with fat on top of fat (ie. adding heavy cream to an already rich veloute sauce and then sour cream). No, no--although it may have been created for the opera star Luisa Tetrazzini ("when calories didn't count"), I have no plans of padding my bellows to thunder through a tempestuous Wagnerian epic. I enlisted the help of another, less frantic Betty instead, that old gal Betty Crocker came through. Armed with a cooked rotisserie chicken and low-fat cream soups (subbing for the veloute sauce), I easily prepared her much trimmed-down version of Chicken Tetrazzini, great for any night of the week and quick to go as well. So ... pick up, Betty!


The link is here. So, my suggestions? Just shred that aforementioned rotisserie chicken, and for the suggested soups, use one can each of low sodium/fat Campbell's cream of chicken and cream of mushroom with a can of 2% milk and 1/3 reduced fat sour cream. Pre-sliced baby bellas fit the bill for the mushrooms.

And in case you'd like to watch the entire Laverne & Shirley clip, in its hilarity, click here!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret - An Olde Family Receipt


Image result for dispatching crayfish

Dispatch the crayfish! Here's a dastardly recipe ripped from the pages of my new novel, The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret! Serve it to someone you wish to torture or seduce. 

An Olde Family Receipt
(Inspires the amorous eater)
Cut a suggestive, skinned eel into short pieces and rub them with truffles of a secretive nature and a thick layer of lard. Wrap in brittle, buttered pages pulled from a recently discovered dusty box of receipts. Bake in them in an unbearably hot oven for a grueling quarter of an hour, or less, depending upon your threshold for discomfort. Serve on a potent bed of crayfish tails which have suffered a good stewing in the driest white wine that has been administered with laborious lashes of cayenne. 

Go to peterhalseysherwood.net #murderydelicious for more info. In the meantime, a morsel about the book (available on Amazon, BN.com and wherever you may find yourself):

The Chalmers brothers have returned in the devastating finale of the Murdery Delicious trilogy—a little older, perhaps wiser, and undoubtedly more terrified. As The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret unfolds, a breezy summer getaway at their newly restored ancestral home quickly becomes a crawl through the gnarled branches of the Chalmers’ family tree. Reality itself is questioned even as fear takes root, center stage. Along the Chalmers’ journey, readers have followed them through literary genres such as the penny dreadful and the classic whodunnit. Now, the brothers, their wives and children find themselves subjected to perils only found in a decidedly ghastly ghost story. Who can uncover the buried secret of Blood Stone Manor? What lurks behind the drapes? The only certainty is that some houses are never meant to be left behind as much as some inhabitants pray to leave them. Do peer past the gate, won’t you? 


Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret - A Blind-Man's Bluff Cocktail



As you tear through the haunting pages of my new ghost story, The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret, I thought it might be of interest to some readers to discover where I found inspiration during the writing of it. For example, one evening I entered Tipsy Parson in my neighborhood--a chapter ensued, one particularly gripping chapter, where our heroes, the Chalmers brothers, come across a particularly peculiar parson who is not quite what he seems. There are other recipes in the novel that precede each chapter and dispense hidden bits of information, scattered hereabouts and thereabouts. Can you spot the clues...before it's too late? Too late for what, you ask? Read on! peterhalseysherwood.net

Blind-Man's Bluff
(Serves a tipsy parson)

Ingredients
1 ounce Bourbon
1 ounce of the darkest rum
¼ ounce simple minded syrup
1 ounce falernum bitters
1 orange peel, twisted and cast out
1 woodsy clove, cracked

Execution
Stir and strain the mixture over one big rock. Utilize the twist and discard. Place the cracked cloves on an ice cube and enjoy the welcome blindness.

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Thanks to Holly Mathis Interiors for the pic! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Recipes of Our Mothers - Tess Labas' Angel Food Cake


I'm not exactly sure why I thought of Angel Food Cake the other day--but there it was, in fond traces of childhood memory, my dear Nana and the spongy clouds she harnessed in her kitchen. Perhaps a beneficent angel bent down to airily whisper with a breath of vanilla...a gentle reminder that it had been years since I had eaten this cake, a subtle prodding to get baking! My old pal's mother stepped in to share her recipe. Delicious thanks to Tess Labas!

Such perfection on its own or draped with a fruity coulis, topped with fresh berries--and what an entrance! The appearance of Angel Food Cake at your table is sure to be a delighted surprise that will elicit more than a few reminiscences as well. Further reveries that involve other shuffling angels' feet, I leave to you. Do enjoy!


Chris writes:

Here's my Mom's recipe!

ANGEL FOOD CAKE
A whole dozen of egg whites or about 2 cups (or pre-packaged egg whites)
1/4 tsp salt
1.5 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 tsp almond extract (Whole Foods has a good one)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1.25 cups of sugar
1 cup cake flour (I switched to King Arthur's from Gold Medal)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Beat the egg whites until foamy, then add the salt and cream of tartar, then beat until soft peaks form.
Then add the almond and vanilla and then gradually add the sugar and then beat until stiff.
Sift the flour over the egg whites and gently fold it in.
Bake in an ungreased tube pan (10") for 50 mins to an hour (toothpick meter). Invert the pan on a rack and let it COMPLETELY cool before removing, 90 mins.

Mom said that her pan has small metal attachments on the outside for inverting the pan that prevent the cake from sticking to the plate/rack; otherwise, invert and hang the pan on a bottle. She also tells me one of my aunts used to do that with a fluted pan, until she got the Angel Food Cake pan.

I can just smell this baking in our kitchen with afternoon sunlight pouring through the window...

Heavenly.

Thanks to Chris and Mrs. Labas for sharing with me here on Evenings With Peter!

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret - A Recipe for a Pepper-Riddled Filet


Now that the shocking finale of my fiendish murder series has hit the shelves, I would like you to consider the following recipe found among the fiendishly funny foody pages of The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret! There are sure to be more ghastly concoctions presented here over the upcoming weeks ... although I would not suggest trying any of them at home. A bit about the book:

As The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret unfolds, a breezy summer getaway at the Chalmers family’s newly restored ancestral home quickly becomes a crawl through the gnarled branches of the family tree. Reality is questioned, even as fear takes root center stage. They find themselves subjected to perils only found in a decidedly ghastly ghost story. Who can uncover the buried secret of Blood Stone Manor? What lurks behind the drapes? The only certainty is that some houses are never meant to be left behind as much as some inhabitants pray to leave them. Do peer past the gate, won’t you?

A Recipe for a Pepper-Riddled Filet
(Serves two)
Ingredients
3 tablespoons rook black peppercorns
2 (8-ounce) filets of a butchered beast, roughly cut 1 1/2-inches thick
2 tablespoons herbed butter, softened by an unwanted touch
1 tablespoon vegetative oil
1/3 cup swilled Cognac
1 dented can beef broth, pulled from a musty larder
½ cup harmful heavy cream, expired
Shattered rock salt, to taste

Execution
Enmesh the peppercorns in a filthy rag previously used for wiping up blood. Crush with the heft of a large, murderous skillet. Shake what’s become of the peppercorns onto a chipped plate, and roll the filets around the plate to sufficiently cloak the raw devils. Consider the salt.
As the butter and oil slowly succumb to the perils of the skillet, at a temperature of medium-high, hurl the filets with purpose to brown them … only the briefest of minutes per side … leaning toward rare doneness until they leak crimson tears. Stash these somewhere, allowing them to ruminate under a plot of foil.

Splatter Cognac into the screaming hot pan, procure an elongated kitchen match, and pinching it with your forefinger and thumb, set something on fire, preferably your sauce. The blaze will die out quite on its own without any further prodding from you. Add the broth and shame it into reduction by half, relegate the cream to a similar fate with a stir here and there, until thick and curdled. Drown the steaks with the sauce and looking back, consider the salt again. 


The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret is now available on amazon.com. For more info on my books please go to peterhalseysherwood.net #murderydelicious