My guest today is author Nikki Andrews. She writes mystery and scifi and makes yummy fudge. Check out her recipe and the blurb for her most recent book, Framed, from L & L Dreamspell.
Marshmallow Spoon Fudge
The renowned knitting teacher Elizabeth Zimmerman claimed there was no such thing as a mistake in knitting, only “new design elements.” I didn’t fully understand this claim when, as a new and self-taught knitter, I chose a worsted weight yarn for a baby gift. Hey, it was pink, blue and white. That made it baby yarn, right? My “receiving blanket” turned into a crib cover. The new mom was very gracious about it.
A similar principle applies to cooking. Who knew that cinnamon tastes great in beef stew? The egg yolk in the cake icing didn’t work so well, though. I was seven, and making a cake to celebrate the birth of one of my siblings. My favorite mistake/design element came when I was making fudge with my two preschool boys underfoot. Here’s the recipe, from a tub of marshmallow fluff:
5 cups sugar 10 oz evaporated milk
¼ pound butter 16 oz marshmallow fluff
1 tsp salt (I usually leave out) 1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) 24 oz. chocolate chips.
- Combine sugar, milk, butter, fluff and salt in a very large saucepan over low heat. Stir until blended.
- Bring to a boil over moderate heat. Boil slowly, stirring constantly, for five minutes.
- Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate and nuts until chips are melted. Pour into a buttered 9×13 pan and cool.
Same ingredients as above, but:
- As above.
- Bring to a boil over moderate heat. DO NOT BOIL FOR FIVE MINUTES.
- As above.
- Eat with a spoon.
One of the boys, or maybe it was both, got bored with all the stirring. It was either chase after him and let the fudge burn, or hurry the recipe. Guess which one I chose. Boiling sets the sugars so the fudge will solidify. By the way, don’t worry if your fudge sets up despite your neglect. It still tastes great.
An artist and his model are discovered dead and coyote-gnawed in a remote snowy field. The New Hampshire State Police declare it a murder-suicide. But where did his last painting disappear to? What happened to her jewelry? Who is the true guilty party?
Brush & Bevel owner Ginny Brent has more reason than most to doubt the police. After all, she was Jerry Berger’s mentor and agent. When the lost painting reappears at her art gallery ten years later, Ginny seek answers. She knows Jerry didn’t kill himself or Abby Bingham, the model pictured among the trees in Jerry’s painting. Can she discover who did?
Ginny’s loyal staffers, Sue Bradley and Elsie Kimball, employ their own methods to find the truth. Elsie follows her exuberant young bird-dog into the forest and through frog-infested puddles to a pile of glacial erratics that might be the setting for the painting. Is that important? Sue cleans years of smoke and grease from the canvas and puzzles over the strange markings revealed under the gunk. What could they possibly mean?
In between worrying about the array of sharp cutlery at the neighboring Chowdah Bowl, fulfilling the sometimes whimsical needs of their clients, and planning to frame and unveil “The Lady in the Wood,” the three women learn that art is not the only thing that can be framed.
Read more about Nikki and her stories at http://www.nikkiandrewsbooks.com/ Click the cover to buy. Tomorrow, Author Duo, Angelica Hart & Zi