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Cooking Up a Surprise

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood — publishing quality non-fiction since 2012.

Well, actually that’s not quite true.  If you count our blogs posts — most of which are on craft of writing and business of writing — then I guess we’ve been publishing quality non-fiction since 2009. But I don’t mean blogging. I mean actual publishing . . . of ebooks!

Yes, that’s right, Ruby Readers. The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood has just released our very first ebook — a cookbook! Introducing Eat, Read, Love: Romance and Recipes from the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood!

Cute cover, huh? Special thanks to Laurie Kellogg for designing it. Editing and layout done by Amanda Brice and Kim Law.

So what is Eat, Read, Love? Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s a literary cookbook. We’ve compiled 59 recipes inspired by the pages of our books. Whereas some cookbooks pair their recipes with wine, ours are paired with excerpts. In some cases, the characters actually do eat the meal in the excerpt!

And the best part is that it’s 100% FREE. Yes, you read that right. It’s our gift to our readers, old and new.

So what dishes can you expect to see? It’s a very eclectic — and delicious — list!

Main Dishes

Allergen-Free Pad Thai (from Codename: Dancer by Amanda Brice)

Chinese Sausage and Sticky Rice in Banana Leaves (from My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin)

Pernil Al Horno (Puerto Rican Roasted Pork Shoulder) (from Avenging Angel by Anne Marie Becker)

 Jalapeño Chicken (from Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell)

Grandma Rose’s Varenyky (Ukrainian Pierogies) (from Pas De Death by Amanda Brice)

Angelo the Mobster’s Pasta Primavera (from The Good Daughter by Diana Layne)

Olivia’s Seafood Salad (from Under Fire by Rita Henuber)

Alaskan Crab Cakes (from The Doctor’s Mile High Fling by Tina Beckett)

Easy-Peasy Meatloaf (from Chase Me by Tamara Hogan)

“Hide the Peas, Please” Chicken Pot Pie (from Intrusion by Cynthia Justlin)


Cole’s Poorman Stew (from In the Presence of Evil by Autumn Jordon)

New Mexican Green Chile Stew (from First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones)

Cock-A-Leekie Stew (from Prophecy by Heather McCollum)

Almost Medieval Leek Soup (from Lady Unbound by Elise Hayes)

Henri’s Turtle Soup (from A Kiss in the Wind by Jennifer Bray-Weber)

Caruru do Pará (Brazilian Shrimp Gumbo) (from Doctor’s Guide to Dating in the Jungle by Tina Beckett)

Abram’s Game Day Chicken and Sausage Gumbo (from Under the Autumn Sky by Liz Talley)


 Abby’s Fatten-up-Mac Green Bean Casserole (from The Memory of You by Laurie Kellogg)

Millie Polk’s Squash Casserole (from Home at Last Chance by Hope Ramsay)

Bacon and Egg Fried Rice (from Taste Me by Tamara Hogan)

Sultana’s Rice (from Kismet’s Kiss by Cate Rowan)

Stasia’s Vinegret (Russian Potato, Beet, & Carrot Salad) (from Underhanded by Shoshana Brown)

Violet Easley’s Okra and Stewed Tomatoes (from Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay)

Eat These Fries (from Kiss that Frog by Cate Rowan)


Dare To Be Different Barbeque Sauce (from Snow Bound by Dani Wade)

Alex’s Killer Pasta Sauce (from His Witness to Evil by Autumn Jordon)

Annie’s Favorite Hot Sauce (from Waters Run Deep by Liz Talley)

Devil’s Dust (from Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones)


Triple Chocolate Cake (from Caught on Camera by Kim Law)

Summer’s Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (from Perfect Summer by Katie Graykowski)

Ryker’s Favorite Mint Brownies (from Her Own Best Enemy by Cynthia Justlin)

Tiramisu (from Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash by Bev Pettersen)

Profiteroles (from Party Like It’s 1899 by Amanda Brice)

Hannah’s Heavenly Cinnamon-Almond Squares (from Hypnotic Seduction by L.L. Kellogg)

Picou Dufrene’s Infamous Pecan Pralines (from The Road to Bayou Bridge by Liz Talley)

Tara’s Mother’s Southern Pecan Pralines (from Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure by Diane Kelly)

Maggie’s Amazing Pecan Pie (from A Little Bit of Deja Vu by Laurie Kellogg)

Jenny Carpenter’s Secret Pie Crust (from Last Chance Beauty Queen by Hope Ramsay)

Cream Cheese Pie (from Only Fear by Ane Marie Becker)

Nicole’s To-Die-For Apple Pie (from Seized by Darkness by Autumn Jordon)

Susanna’s Sonker (from Whisper Falls by Elizabeth Langston)

Fried Banana Nuggets (from Edge of Light by Cynthia Justlin)

Betts’ Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Place Your Betts by Katie Graykowski)

Jilian’s “Best of Earth” Cookies (from The Source of Magic by Cate Rowan)


T-Bone Carter’s Biscuits (from Welcome to Last Chance by Hope Ramsay)

Cinnamon Rolls (from Sugar Springs by Kim Law)

Sausage Gravy & Biscuits (from Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore by Lindsey Brookes)

Lucy’s Rum Cake “Stud Muffins” (from The Ghost Shrink, The Accidental Gigolo, & The Poltergeist Accountant by Vivi Andrews)

Sam’s Keep-Dani-Healthy Greek Omelet (from The Great Bedroom War by Laurie Kellogg)        

Huevos Rancheros (from Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones) 

Lucky’s Lucky Charms (from Getting Lucky by Katie Graykowski)


Dani’s Mango Madness Smoothie with Raspberry Swirl (from Pointe of No Return by Amanda Brice)

Homemade Skinny Latte (from Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte by Diane Kelly)

Parish Cocoa (from Ghosts of Boyfriends Past by Vivi Andrews)

Captain Drake’s Rum Drinks (from The Siren’s Song by Jennifer Bray-Weber)

Cookie’s Mucho Magnifico Margaritas (from Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones)

Bonnie Pratt’s Easy-Peasy Peach Sangria (from Death, Taxes, and Peach Sangria by Diane Kelly)


Sample Menu from 1890s Dinner Party (from The Vanishing Thief by Kate Parker)

16th Century Herbal Remedies (from Captured Heart by Heather McCollum)

 Hungry yet? I know I’m starved just reading the list!

You can grab your own copy from Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, or download a PDF copy right here from this website! (It isn’t at Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Sony, or Diesel yet, but we expect it to be soon.)

Be sure to spread the word, and happy cooking!

(By the way, by downloading a copy, you’re actually doing us a big favor, by helping get our numbers up, which increases our exposure. So if you’ve ever been entertained or informed by our blog, this is a great way to thank us!)

Easy Holiday Appetizer Challenge!

I’m in a serious recipe rut. 

I have a couple of never-fail, very easy appetizer and side dish recipes that I invariably trot out when we’re invited to holiday parties or gatherings, but really. I’m starting to bore myself.    

And that’s where you come in!  Dig through your recipe boxes, pull out those vintage church cookbooks, or recall from memory an old family favorite.  Post the recipe here, in Comments. 

The commenter who posts my favorite appetizer or side dish recipe by  11:59 p.m. Sunday night Dec. 11  will win an autographed copy of my debut urban fantasy romance, conveniently and coincidentally called TASTE ME.  As an added bonus, by the end of the weekend we’ll have amassed a faboo set of recipes for anyone who finds themselves in a similar bind, or who wants to try something new. 

Factors I’ll consider when selecting my favorite: 

  • Fussy quotient: LOW. It’s gotta be easy, peasy lemon squeezy
  • Ingredient count: six or fewer 
  • Easy cleanup! I loathe doing dishes

I’ll post the name of the winner in Comments Monday morning Dec. 12. 

Making no claim that the following recipes are the least bit healthy, here are four of my favorites:  

Tammy’s Artichoke Dip

1 can artichokes

1 c. shredded parmesan cheese

1 c. Miracle Whip

1 c. sour cream

1 tsp. minced garlic

Optional: real bacon bits to taste (dangerous!)

Instructions: Drain artichokes, squeezing out all that nasty can juice. Coarsely chop artichokes, place in a medium-sized bowl. Add all other ingredients. Stir until mixed. Heat in crockpot, microwave or oven until bubbly.  Serve with crackers or bread. 

Kari’s Nacho Dip

1 lb. hamburger

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 jar of salsa

1 small block Mexican Velveeta cheese

Instructions: In large pan on stovetop, brown hamburger. Drain. Add soup, salsa, and Velveeta. Stir until Velveeta is melted and all ingredients blend. Voila! Serve with tortilla chips.  

I realize that the cream o’ chicken soup seems like a really random ingredient (“One of these things is not like the other…”) but trust me – you’ll love it. 

Parmesan Cheese Crisps

8 oz. shredded parmesan cheese (ONE INGREDIENT! ONE!!)

Instructions: heat a non-stick skillet to medium-high heat. Spoon 1 tbsp. of cheese into skillet. Let it melt, browning slightly, approx. 2 minutes. No need to turn. Using spatula or similar tool, scoop crisps out of the pan onto a cooling rack. Repeat until all chesese is crisped.

I know! You can thank me later. 😉

Sheila’s Cheesy Potatoes

2 lb. bag of frozen cubed hash browns, thawed

2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

1 stick melted butter

1 pint heavy whipping cream

Instructions: Spread thawed hash browns in a 9 x 13 pan. Cover with mozzarella cheese, mix until cheese is evenly distributed with hash browns. Pour melted butter and whipping cream over the  potato/cheese mixture. Bake uncovered in 350′ oven for one hour or until brown and bubbly.

Whether you post a recipe or not, I’d love to hear about your family’s favorite holiday dishes!   

Ready? The Easy Holiday Appetizer Challenge…starts…now! 


Tamara Hogan’s debut urban fantasy romance, TASTE ME, was released earlier this year by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Look for Underbelly Chronicles Book Two, CHASE ME, in June 2012!

 “Utterly stimulating…sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll the paranormal way.” — Dark Diva Reviews

“One of the best debut novels I have read…” — Sizzling Hot Book Reviews








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