Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: **Author Special**

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **AUTHOR SPECIAL**

Welcome to my bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**.  Although I intend to continue with my usual Fixin’s feature every Friday today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors.

Introducing author, PATTY WISEMAN, and her recipe for Chicken & Sausage Gumbo!

BOOK PEEK ~ An Unlikely Arrangement

An Unlikely Arrangement is a cozy armchair romantic mystery with many twists and turns. Just when you think you have figured it out, you haven’t!

Young and rebellious, Ruth Squire defied her parents to live the high life of young people in 1929 Detroit. Handsome and responsible, Peter Kirby worked diligently to make his family’s life easier. Rich and powerful, Eric Horton held the fates of many families in his hands.

These three lives intertwine through the differing worlds of high society, middle-class life, and organized crime, culminating in an engagement, a kidnapping, a misunderstanding… and a murder.

  Patty Wiseman is the daughter of a WWII Navy vet who survived Pearl Harbor, Patty Wiseman was raised in Washington State. She attended The Wesleyan College in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and then moved to Northeast Texas where she has resided for over 30 years. For the past 24 years, she has worked as administrative assistant to a financial advisor.

An Unlikely Arrangement is her first novel and based on a true story. She has several short stories published and is currently working on two other novels, including the sequel to An Unlikely Arrangement.

She serves as secretary to the East Texas Writers Association and is a member of Northeast Texas Writers Association, as well as a two time winner of the National Novel Writing Month, commonly known as NaNoWriMo.

Now retired, Patty is proud to boast she still competes in her favorite sport, bowling. The proud winner of several 200 patches and other awards, she plans to continue to stay in shape with the sport.

Baseball is another passion, and Patty watches Texas Rangers Baseball faithfully. She and her husband Ron attend games as often as the can.

Patty and Ron are the proud owners of a year old crème lab they call Cutter. All their children are grown and scattered now with the grandchildren which gives Patty plenty of time to write and turn out the stories of a lifetime dancing in her head.

For more about Patty and her novels: Website, http://www.pattywiseman.com; Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Patty-Wiseman-Fan-Page/122326897827176; Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/PattyWG

I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s.  Happy eating!


P.S.  We’re at 20 recipes and counting with this posting.  Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.



1/3 cup all-purpose flour                                     1 ¼ cups water, heated

¼ cup cooking oil                                                  1 ½ chopped chicken

½ cup medium onion, chopped                         8 oz. link fully cooked link sausage

½ cup celery, chopped                                                     cut into slices

½ cup green sweet pepper, chopped                 1 ½ sliced, fresh okra

4 cloves garlic, minced                                         2 bay leaves

¼ tsp. black pepper                                               3 cups hot cooked rice

¼ tsp. red pepper, ground

1 14 oz. can chicken broth, heated


In a large heavy saucepan or pot combine flour and oil for a roux. Cook over medium-high heat for 5 mins., stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium. Cook and stir for 12 mins. or until roux is dark reddish brown.

Stir in onion, celery, sweet pepper, garlic, black pepper, and ground rep pepper. Cook for 3 to 5 mins. over medium heat or until veggies are crisp-tender, stir often.

Gradually stir in hot chicken broth, hot water, chicken, sausage, okra, and bay leaves. Bring to boil then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 mins. or until okra is tender. Remember to discard bay leaves. Serve in bowls with rice.

Makes about 7 cups.


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