Friday, May 27, 2016


Me, having a Sazerac at Bayona

I don't know who Chuck is, but apparently my daughter loves how he makes jambalaya! :)

Okay, Chuck is actually Chuck Taggart from New Orleans.

So here is a link to Chuck's gumbo pages where you can follow his recipe to make one or more of his styles of jambalaya.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Worth a MINT-ion

One of my official summer kick-offs is planting mint in my big, blue pot. I love the way it looks, smells and tastes. Is there anything more elegant than a mint sprig added to a glass of water or a dessert plate? It's the simple things!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Story Every Day? So Far, So Good!

I'm participating in Story A Day May again this year. Today's story involves food, so I invite you to hop over and read Lonnie, Me and the Block Party Cook-Off.
Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Free Story! Yes, About FOOD!

I'm participating in Story A Day in May again this year. Today's story is about Alith Mayros, the Cook Who Couldn't Lie. He's in a story in one chapter of my fantasy trilogy, SAGE. Hop over to my blog and read it, and help yourself to this and previous years' May stories.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Failed Apple Pie Perfection

Haste usually makes waist. Unless, it leads to a creative new recipe. I had promised to send a dessert to my kid's school for Teacher Appreciation Week. My plan had been to make 3 apple pies. Because my daughter had a late softball game, I peeled and cut the apples and added all of the other ingredients before we left for her ballgame. That way, all I would have to do when we got home was to pour the apples into pies crusts and bake them. After sitting for hours, the apples watered out. The result was a soggy crust that fell apart when I cut the pies. Since it was already late, I was determined to somehow use the messy pies. After a quick assessment of my fridge and freezer, I pulled out a tub of whipped topping and some caramel sauce. Here is what I did next: 1) cut pies into small pieces 2) scattered half of pieces on bottom of glass baking dish 3) drizzled caramel sauce over pie pieces 4) spread whipped topping over caramel 5) added more caramel drizzles I repeated the whole process until all the ingredients were gone. It was called Caramel Apple Pie Delight and it was gooood! STORE IN REFRIGERATOR!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Little Indiana

I just got this book and I absolutely love it! Separated by areas of the state, alphabetized by town within those sections, with a well-organized index in the back, Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations by Jessica Nunemaker is a must-have book for people who like to explore outside the big cities. Jessica gives you a good sampling of local eateries, unique shopping (or just browsing) "opportunities," things to do, points of interest, and a little local history of each small town she features.

The pages and cover are sturdy paper, the corners are rounded, the binding is firm -- it's a book made to be used, and used hard.

My only sorrow is that there are no maps (I love maps), but who needs maps in these days of GPS? Well, me, for one, since any GPS I have seems determined to send me through or to deserted, zombie-infested wastelands, but that's just me.

I'm working on talking my stay-at-home husband into taking some day trips with me this summer; I believe leaving Little Indiana lying around the house just might make that happen.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, May 6, 2016

Grandmother's Meat Loaf

Today I'm featuring a recipe contained in my upcoming book, The Calamity Cafe.* The recipe was my grandmother's, and it makes the best meat loaf I've ever tasted! (By the way, this ad is currently featured in Southern Writers Magazine!)

Grandmother’s Meat Loaf

Yield: 1 Loaf


1 ½ lbs.  Ground Beef
2             Eggs
2 cups     Bread Crumbs
3/4 cup   Diced Onions
1 tbsp.    Salt
1/8 tsp.   Pepper
1/2 cup   Cracker Crumbs
1 cup      Tomato Juice


1.   Preheat oven to 325°F.
2.   Mix all ingredients except tomato juice well.
3.   Add tomato juice gradually, making mixture solid enough to handle.
4.   Form into a loaf.

5.   Bake in a loaf pan for 45 minutes.

* To read the first chapter of The Calamity Cafe, please visit
By the way, the paperback version of The Calamity Cafe is currently available for preorder at only $5.92 at Amazon, that's $2.00 off the e-book and retail paperback price! (