Wednesday, March 27, 2013

An Author in the Kitchen – A Recipe for Disaster

I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes with you.

Steak in Wine Sauce

Ingredients :

2 lb super trim steak cut into cubes

3 slices of bacon

1 bottle of red wine (non-sweet)

1 carton of beef broth

1 pk BĂ©arnaise sauce mix + ¼ cup butter and 1 cup milk


Optional Equipment:

Pressure Cooker...I’m impatient.

Wine Glass, but only if you have issues with drinking out of the bottle.


Throw bacon in pot and cook until crisp, remove bacon and save for later.  Turn the heat up on your stove to as high as it will heat for those of you who are privileged enough to have a gas stove.  Right before the smoke alarm goes off, toss in the steak, brown on all sides then lower the heat.  Remember to do that last part before you check your Facebook.  If not, just refer to the black specks as flavor crystals or change the recipe name to Blackened Steak.

Pour 1/3 of the bottle wine (note – Rum does not work, it must be wine) over the steak and simmer until you can’t smell the alcohol anymore then add the beef broth and put the lid on the pressure cooker or let cook until tender.

Once you have started the simmer process drink what’s left of the wine and snack on the bacon while you post on your facebook what you are cooking and your family and friends comment how yummy that sounds.

Make the bĂ©arnaise sauce according to the package and enjoy with your steak.  Oh, my friends said I really should include a picture with the here it is.

What is your favorite recipe?  Please share it with me.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Firewall by C.G. Powell Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to finally show everyone my cover...I can’t wait to finish writing it (soon....very soon). 

Firewall (book 2 No Uncertain Logic Series) by C.G. Powell

“I hate to cut things short, but the sooner we get down to business the better.  I’ve made arrangements for a transport to take us to the Atlantis which is sitting in the Meranna Sea.”

Before Sarik could finish, Jael interrupted, “When did you move the ship?”

“Shortly after you left for Ibis Prime.  Orion felt he needed to keep an eye on me once Aphrodite arrived, so he sent a team to assist the move closer to the capital city.”  He looked to Neria and Aphrodite.  “Ladies, if you will follow me.  I will take you to the transport.”

They walked to a smaller docking area where a transporter ship was awaiting them.  Neria’s bags were already on board, as was Captain Ross.

Sarik raised one brow.  “How did you get here so quick?”

Captain Ross cleared his throat and rolled his eyes towards the cockpit where Tal sat.

“I thought you didn’t trust mist traveling?”  Sarik laughed.

“It took a while to get used to, but it has its benefits if you can get past the nausea and the whole cellular disintegration reassembly thing.”

Sarik nudged the captain with his elbow.  “Are you sure it has nothing to do with quantum entanglement with a certain Jinn?”

Speechless, Captain Ross’ reddened face spoke volumes.  He excused himself and joined Tal in the cockpit.

Looping her arm in Sarik’s, Jael frowned and continued towards the passenger area of the transport.  “Why do you tease the poor Captain?  I think it quaint that he has taken a liking to Tal even if she doesn’t return his affections.”

“What kind of friend would I be, if I didn’t acknowledge his obvious fondness?”

“Do you really want me entertain your question with an answer?”

“No, not really.”

Over the intercom the captain’s voice boomed, “Good morning, this is your captain.  Today’s flight should be a clear shot to the Meranna Sea area.  We have favorable atmospheric conditions and low level winds upon approach.  Our estimated arrival is 14:80 standard atomic time, that’s half-past lunch for those of you who still struggle with the local atomic conversion.”

Jael, Salima, and Aphrodite all turned and looked at Sarik.

Pursed lipped, Sarik stood and yelled toward the cockpit.  “Okay, you win.  Now get us the hell out of here.”

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Grrr Dayights Savings Time!!!

Okay, it’s that time of year again.  And like always, I can’t help but to complain.  Of all the stupid and totally useless things our government has come up with, Daylights Savings Time has to be the worst.  I mean how screwy was the logic that brought us this notion that changing everyone’s natural Circadian rhythm would help people and businesses by having more daylight in the evening?  Personally I think it has about as much purpose in my life as an ant in my kitchen.  If I used the government’s logical approach, we should all have ants in our kitchen, they would take care of the crumbs that get dropped on the floor and save us valuable sweeping time...
If not for the fact that the local truancy officer would be knocking on my door to retrieve my little cupcakes for being one hour late every morning for the rest of the school year, I seriously think I would go the way of Arizona and totally ignore the existence of DST.  I think the whole concept should be abolished, especially in the northern latitudes where evening light can be a bit long in the summer—as if normal sundown at 12:30am in Nome, Alaska in June wasn’t bad enough, we just had to make sundown 1:30am...I’m sure the locals appreciate that.
So, this morning I raise my coffee cup (at 3:33 am because my sleep cycle is already screwed up from DST) to George Vernon Hudson for inventing DST *raises pitchfork* and all of you who will struggle with DST for the next 6 months.