Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cooking Old School


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My mother is the original old school cook. She was a single working mom raising three kids on a budget. 


She fried foods in a cast iron skillet and sometimes was too tired to put the food away. She’d put it in a container the next morning and put it in the fridge. She had a pattern: cook dinner Monday and Tuesday nights, and combine the two for leftovers on Wednesday. That meant if we had hamburger and macaroni on Monday night and Spam with asparagus on Tuesday night, that it would all go in the skillet to reheat on Wednesday night. Repeat for Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

On Sunday, if we didn’t visit our grandparents, she experimented with a new recipe. This could be scary. I remember one time we had Spam, bananas, and hollandaise sauce. Another Sunday we had strawberry chutney and Brussel sprouts poured over liver. To this day, my mother cannot explain why she tried these recipes other than to say, “I saw them in a magazine.”

I try to feature people in their seventies and eighties in my Harmony Valley series, because they do things old school. In my latest book, A Memory Away, the hero’s next door neighbor, Eunice, has punked out purple hair and makes him Spam, bananas, and hollandaise sauce. Eunice thinks nothing of it. It’s a family favorite. My poor pregnant heroine is nearly overwhelmed by the smell.

In this age of foodies, the unusual is applauded, but sometimes I think they go too far. Has someone in your family cooked something incredibly heinous – either because they are trying to be a foodie or have gone throwback, old school?

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Award winning, USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, and the sweet romantic comedy Bridesmaid series. A Memory Away is Book 6 in the Harmony Valley series. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”.  Melinda also writes independently published, hotter romances as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood's Golden Age except a lot hotter.”  

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A Memory Away

Duffy Dufraine just found out he's going to be an uncle. Jessica Aguirre came to Harmony Valley in search of the father of her unborn child, which is by no means him. An accident may have damaged the expectant mom's memory, but he knows his twin is the man she's looking for. But Greg's gone, which leaves Duffy the only family Jess has. And he has to make things right. Offering her a temporary place to stay seems an ideal short-term solution. Until she stirs desires that make the embattled vineyard manager rethink his own long-term game plan. Is he ready to offer Jess and her baby a home to call their own—with him?



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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shout out! Good luck to everyone!

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  2. ugh, there are things my mom has made...

    Denise

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  3. love reading you!! and stalking you!... lol... I still have some things my mom made me almost 50 years ago...lol...nasty colors but I love her

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  4. Your mom sure was creative with her cooking. Too bad some things didn't turn out very well and you were the ginney pig. At least she cooked. If it didn't come in a can, mine didn't.

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