Bacon Zucchini Fritters ~ #Recipes for #Foodies @DonnaFaz

I’ve had one of those days today. You know the ones, where you’re feeling creative in the kitchen. I pulled some ingredients out of my refrigerator and pantry, and I wondered what I could make with them. I had bacon, a zucchini, Locatelli cheese, eggs, flour, you get the picture. I came up with this recipe for Bacon Zucchini Fritters and it’s so delicious I decided to write it down. When you write it down, you know it’s good.

Bacon Zucchini Fritters Bacon Zucchini Fritters

Ingredients:

5 strips of bacon, fried crisp, drained, chopped
3 cups zucchini, grated (leave the skin on)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced (slice a little extra for garnish)
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, or to taste
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Mix together all ingredients, except the oil, until well incorporated.

  1. Heat a frying pan on high until it’s hot, add oil to the pan, and then turn the pan down to medium heat. You want the oil almost to the smoking point.

  1. Use an ice cream scoop (a large spoon works too) to portion out the batter and fry in batches for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and fry on the other side until golden. Remove to a serving platter and keep warm.

  1. I served these fritters as a side dish, garnished with thinly sliced scallions and a dollop of sour cream.

Serves 3-4

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Cooking In All Directions

This is just one of the recipes you’ll find in my Cooking In All Directions cookbook, a collection of 75 recipes that I have posted on my blog. The cookbook is available in these ebook outlets:

Kindle ~ Nook ~ Kobo ~ iBooks

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Also this month, I’m offering my Second Chance Valentine for just 99¢ – that’s a $2 savings off the regular price. Here’s more information about the story:

As teens, Josie and Alex met under golden sunshine, frolicked in the surf and sand, and fell head over toes in love. But circumstances arose that ruined their one glorious summer, and Josie fled Ocean City with a broken heart.

Now Josie’s grandmother is ill and needs help with the family business, a thriving harbor-side diner called Joe’s Place. So after more than a dozen years, Josie returns to her hometown only to discover she has a 180 pound problem—Alex is the Kitchen Commander at Joe’s Place. Surely, Josie can work with Alex to keep the diner going and retain her dignity until her grandmother is back on her feet. However, when Alex’s little girl starts scheming, not a single heart will be safe against the twelve-year-old matchmaker.

This book contains bonus recipes from Joe’s Place!

This book is available for Kindle readers

As an Amazon, Nook, and Apple affiliate, I earn a couple of pennies on qualifying purchases when you use the links I have posted here.

 

New release by Ev Bishop: catch THE CATCH today!

Hello and happy February, fellow book lovers! 

It’s been a while (too long!) since I posted here on the Authors’ Billboard. Life, as I’m sure you all relate to, can get crazy sometimes and the days (months!) just get away from you. Anyway, going forward watch for me the first of every month. I’d be honored to share a cup of coffee and some of your Internet browsing time.

Those of you familiar with River’s Sigh B & B and looking forward to the final book in the series know I’ve been talking about THE CATCH, Book 8 (Aisha’s story!) for some time now.

My best laid plans for it kept getting interrupted and late this fall, I was talking (or whining, LOL) to my daughter about some of the production hiccups and told her that instead of calling Aisha’s story The Catch, I should’ve titled it WORTH THE WAIT. And hopefully that’s exactly how you’ll all feel about it now that . . . wait for it . . . drum roll, please . . . IT IS HERE!

It’s funny how life works. I was incredibly sad and stressed (and quite frankly, embarrassed)  about the various delays, but when January 9, 2020 became THE DAY, it just felt . . . meant to be, like that should’ve been my plan all along. 

January 9th was my mom’s birthday and she would’ve been 66. Having the last “official” River’s Sigh B & B novel come out on her birthday feels like a lovely tribute. It’s almost impossible for me to believe that she’s been gone 24 years. I know everyone grieves differently, but what has always shocked me is that I don’t miss her less over the years; I miss her more. Maybe because the older I get, the more I understand her (and wish I could make some apologies), see how strong she was, and feel in my bones how young, young, young 42 is to leave the world. Almost every single day something happens in my life that I want to share with her—or ask her advice about. Heck, I just want to pop over for coffee so we can indulge our addiction together or I can laugh my head off at some wry, darkly hilarious thing she said.

I think she would’ve liked my stories and related to some of the struggles in them—and hopefully to the joy, too. She might even be surprised that I’ve written not just one book, but a whole series of them. I didn’t quit on my dreams, Mom. I write fiction full-time. (Another crazy thing! 😀)

If you haven’t read THE CATCH yet, I’d be honored if you do! It’s available everywhere and happy sighs are guaranteed:

AMAZON ~ KOBO ~ iBOOKS ~ NOOK ~ GOOGLE PLAY


If you’re new to River’s Sigh B & B, don’t worry. THE CATCH is a great standalone. That said, there’s an amazing deal on the first four books of the series if you want to check it out here – just .99 for set.

And well . . . that’s it for me today.

Have a lovely weekend – and very happy reading!

Hearts and Flowers

Today I had a heavy duty doctor visit and thankfully the news turned out great – which kind of left me breathless on many levels, now let’s get to it.

I began counting my blessings, so please excuse me as I brag about my kids a little – My oldest daughter owns a travel agency and employs about fifty agents. She’s living her dream, but it’s damn hard work. Her oldest, my twenty-three year old grandson, works for Fox News in NYC. He’s a video editor, the guy who edits the ticker tape you see running across the bottom of your TV screen.

My middle daughter is divorced and a single mom who recently left a great job at our local hospital she’d worked for fifteen years, to become a medical assistant at a physicians’ practice so she can spend more time with my four year-old grandson. I admire her choice, even though it means a decrease in pay. Being a single mom full time is difficult, but she steps up to the challenge and I love her.

My son is a Senior Advertising Executive for a firm in NYC – he sells ads to the NFL, the MLB, et al, for those pricy programs sold at professional sporting events. His wife, my daughter in law, is a special needs teacher, and they’re planning a family of their own.

Oh, and look who’s here ~ my brother Eddie and my grand dog Barkley.

Anyway, I think about these kids when I feel blue about losing Joe, but realize I can’t live through my children. I have to live my own life and move on. That’s where The Authors’ Billboard comes in – these talented, award-winning authors are my sisterhood, and I’m privileged to have them as friends, and to work beside them as fellow writers. They inspire me to work hard, even when I don’t feel like turning on the computer, BUT once the computer’s up and running, I’m compelled to write, especially when a premise starts making me giddy (God, don’t ya love it?), or we’re planning new stories for our many anthologies ~

Speaking of anthologies, we’re about to go live with our Irresistible Valentine Collection in a few days, just in time for the most romantic day of the year – and if you haven’t gotten around to pre-ordering it yet I invite you to do so!

Find Your Irresistible Valentine…

Celebrate the season of love with EIGHT BRAND-NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED STEAMY STORIES From Nine New York Times & USA Today Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors

Ranging from fun and flirty to semi-sweet and suspenseful, this amorous collection of stories will not just hold you captive through Valentine’s Day; it’s romance you’ll find IRRESISTIBLE all year long.

This collection is available for pre-order here  – Read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited or only 99 cents! That’s a whole lot of love!

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/IRRESISTIBLE-VALENTINE-Irresistible-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B083BZD46H

My new stand alone Valentine novelette A Sweet Snafu is now available, too, and there’s a reason behind this short:

Blurb:

Blurb: There’s never a dull moment with these two…
From the award-winning novel Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems comes a little snippet of what marriage and its financial challenges bring to a relationship when Jay the accountant retires and lowers the boom on his wife Cindy’s on-line shopping habits. 
As the couple struggle to make ends meet, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.
“I don’t care. I’m not going to be that wife who goes stingy on her husband’s Valentine’s Day gift,” she maintains. “But I did promise Jay to forgo using my credit card. So, what’s a woman to do on the most romantic day of the year?”
Reluctant to keep secrets from Jay, yet determined to make their Valentine’s Day memorable, Cindy devises a plan to keep the spicy romance flowing in their marriage.
She can only hope Jay will return the favor.

Read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited~ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083ZS8BPJ

A Sweet Snafu is actually a prequel to something I’m working on about my favorite character’s final journey ~ a fictionalized, nonfiction story called Don’t Bruise the Bananas. Please look for it sometime in May.

If you haven’t already, be sure to enter our monthly giveaway. We’re giving away gift cards and free books! Enter Here and Join the fun! https://authorsbillboard.com/

Happy Valentine’s Day in advance! May all your wishes come true! #MGTAB @mimisgang1

Winter Vacation: A Touch of Summer when I Needed It Most

Good morning. Until I retired from teaching, the idea of taking a vacation in January was an impossibility. First off, There was no way I could leave my classroom at that time of year, and secondly, as an accountant, there was no way my husband could leave in March when I might’ve been able to. But now that I’m a bit freer, vacationing in January, after the hustle and bustle of Christmas, has become a reality.

In the last three years, I’ve gone south to the sun and heat on Caribbean cruises, visiting a total of fourteen different island paradises. There I found gorgeous turquoise oceans with incredible beaches, and a jungle vegetation where everything grew in a riot of green. Those visits gave me the idea for a couple of my novels, one published, and two currently works in progress to be released later this year.

But this year, I went to San Jose del Cabo, in the Baja peninsula of Mexico. If you can imagine the Arizona desert meeting the ocean, you’ve got it.  This place is absolutely stunning. Sunrises are colorful and so memorable. This is winter for them, and still morning temperatures were in the seventies. By afternoon, we hit eighties, but without any of the humidity one would associate with that heat here in Ontario.

Each morning, I had tea on my patio overlooking the tennis court, watching the birds play in the bougainvillea bush near the condo. The rest of the day was spent visiting the area or taking a drive to see the many sights including the marina with its incredible yachts, visiting a little town whose claim to fame among other things is the location of the legendary Hotel California. Most days, we crossed the stretch of sand and sat on the beach or played in the waves. At night, we ate in open air restaurants sampling the local cuisine. Believe me you haven’t had a taco until you’ve had one here.

As different as two places can be, there’s no way I can choose between jungle islands and a desert beach.  Both gave me the peace and quiet I needed.  From my seat in the sand, I could even watch humpback whales. How perfect is that?

Life often gives you lemons, and it’s what you do with them that matters. This vacation has given me the strength to make lemonade with whatever life throws at me next. Do you find vacations revitalizing?

In many ways, that’s what happens to MJ in Wedding Bell Blues, one of the books I wrote after a Caribbean vacation.

About the book:

Romance, mermaids, cursed treasure, and more.
MJ’s having a bad year. She’s canceled her wedding, but refuses to give up the honeymoon. When she arrives on Paradise Island, she discovers her ex has changed the reservation. Stranded, she has to rely on her first love, a man who sees her as his kid sister, for help. When Paul discovers the man behind her plight is the bully who made his own teen years hell, he gets MJ to agree to pretend to be his fiancée. Reluctantly, she agrees. Add in mermaids, treasure hunters, and Quimbois magic, and anything can happen—even falling in love.

Wedding Bell Blues is available from all Amazon outlets. http://bookShow.me/B078J5GVJ7 and is free to read in KU.

That’s it for now! Time to get back to everyday living with my memories to keep me smiling.