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
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
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.
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