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Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Ann Myers, author of the Santa Fe Café Mystery series, loves cooking, crafts, and cozy mysteries. She’s also one of the authors who contributed to We’d Rather Be Writing: 88 Authors Share Timesaving Dinner Recipes and Other Tips, for which a percentage of the profits of are donated to No Kid Hungry. Learn more about Ann and her books at her website. 

Southwest-Style Eggs in Purgatory
I love the name of this dish of eggs suspended in a bubbling tomato sauce. It’s also quick, inexpensive, and flexible. Classic recipes use Italian or Middle Eastern herbs and spices, but here the fire comes from Southwest chili.

Prep time: 10 min.
Cooking time: 25–35 min.
Serves: 4

1 T. olive oil
1 sm. onion, diced (about 2/3 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2 tsp. chili powder, to taste
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4–1/2 tsp. salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
Red pepper flakes (optional)
2/3 cup water or broth, divided
28 oz. canned diced tomatoes (or an approximate equivalent amount fresh tomatoes, whirled in a food processor until saucy but still chunky)
4 eggs
1/2 cup grated cheddar, Monterey Jack, fresh farmer’s or Mexican cheese
Corn or flour tortillas, crusty bread, fluffy sopapillas, or rice

Optional garnishes: sour cream, Mexican crema, chopped cilantro and/or chives, diced avocado dressed in lime juice, and salt.

Heat oil in lg. skillet or sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions, stirring frequently until onions are soft and translucent.

Mix in minced garlic, cumin, coriander, and red chili. Stir 1-2 min. Add tomatoes, 1/3 cup water or broth, oregano, salt, and pepper. Simmer gently about 15 min.

Taste for seasoning and check that the mixture is still somewhat soupy (add the extra water or broth if it seems dry.) Create little wells for the eggs in the tomato mixture. Crack an egg into each well. If you’re concerned about stray shells, crack each egg into a bowl and pour from there into the tomato mixture. Cover and cook eggs 5-7 min. or more, depending on how you like your eggs. Check occasionally, jiggling the pan so that the eggs don’t stick to the bottom. Sunny or medium-side up works well in this recipe because the eggs will cook more when broken into the hot tomatoes.

When eggs are nearly done, uncover and sprinkle with cheese, aiming for the tomato and egg whites rather than the yolks. Let the cheese melt 1-2 min. Serve immediately in wide pasta or soup bowls, garnished with the optional toppings and a side of seasoned pinto beans or green salad.

We'd Rather Be Writing
88 Authors Share Timesaving Dinner Recipes and Other Tips

Have you ever wished you could find more time to do the things you want to do, rather than just doing the things you have to do? Most authors juggle day jobs and family responsibilities along with their writing. Because they need to find time to write, they look for ways to save time in other aspects of their lives.

Cooking often takes up a huge chunk of time. In We'd Rather Be Writing: 88 Authors Share Timesaving Dinner Recipes and Other Tips you'll find easy, nutritious recipes for meat, poultry, pasta, soup, stew, chili, and vegetarian meals. All of the recipes require a minimum of prep time, freeing you up to read, exercise, garden, craft, write, spend more time with family, or whatever.

Within the pages of We'd Rather Be Writing: 88 Authors Share Timesaving Dinner Recipes and Other Tips you'll be introduced to authors who write a wide range of fiction—everything from mystery to romance to speculative fiction to books for children, young adults, and new adults—and some who write nonfiction. Some of the authors write sweet; others write steamy. Some write cozy; others write tense thrillers.

Some are debut authors with only one published book; others are multi-published and have had long publishing careers. Some are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors who may or may not be familiar to you, but being a bestselling author doesn't mean they still don't have to juggle their day job along with their writing.

The authors who contributed to this book are a rather creative and resourceful bunch when it comes to carving out time from their busy lives. So in addition to timesaving recipes, within the pages of this book you'll find timesaving and organizational tips for other aspects of your life. And if you happen to be a writer, you'll also find a plethora of great ideas to help you organize your writing life.

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1 comment:

Angela Adams said...

That actually looks too pretty to eat!