Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **AUTHOR SPECIAL**
Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! 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, CHER’LEY GROGG, and her favorite recipe for Linda’s World Famous Chicken Enchiladas!
BOOK PEEK ~ Stamp Out Murder
An amateur stamp collector and antique enthusiast, James Freeman, takes a vacation from his Washington DC accounting firm to acquire an exquisite French Armoire that he located on the internet. With his Mapquest print-out in hand, he leaves the comforts of the city and heads into the mountains of West Virginia.
He travels to the village of Wanton, where he ventures down the wrong road, and becomes the prime suspect in the drowning of Sam Austin. The locals believe The Cheat River Ghosts are responsible for this murder and the cold case murders from the past. Nevertheless, the Sheriff, who doesn’t believe in ghosts, is convinced that James came to his town for more than a piece of furniture.
The Cheat River has claimed one life from the McKeel clan for the last three generations. With steadfast determination, James fights with all of his might to break the curse, before the river claims the life of his newly found love, Carolyn McKeel.
Because of his meddling into the mysteries of Wanton, James wakes up battered, beaten and bruised in the hospital. This warning for him to get out of town only makes him more determined to find out who is responsible for his injuries, the death of Sam Austin, and the recent shenanigans in Wanton.
James has the life he’s always desired in Washington—A high paying career, a big, antiques-filled house, the freedom to pursue his stamp-collection hobby, and his solitude. Will he give it all up for love and the quirky friendships he makes in Wanton?
Stamp Out Murder by Cher’ley Grogg
“Just hold on, Mrs. Franklin.” Clay rose to his feet. “Mr. Freeman is a suspect in a murder investigation. He can’t just walk out of here.”
“Harry?” Linda glared at the mayor. She crossed her arms over her amble bosom. Her face appeared emotionless, smooth. The only thing she moved was her eyelids. Her majestic attitude showed a lack of patience.
Harry stood, moved close to Linda, turning his back to Clay and said, “I’m working on it, Vinnie. Don’t get your undergarments bunched up.”
Linda slapped Harry’s face.
He backed away, “Sorry. No offense intended.”
Linda glared at him for a couple of seconds and then turned back to the sheriff. Clay Talbert turned sideways to watch Mrs. Franklin and Harold Benson square off. James had a clear view of all three.
Cher’ley Grogg first wants to greet you, “Howdy”.
Cher’ley writes different genres. “Stamp Out Murder” is her first novel to be published; however, she has many poems, short stories and articles published online and in print books. She has a children’s mystery book and a picture book completed, and a YA novel and a suspense novel that are waiting for editing. Some of her hobbies are photography, and painting fine art. She has received awards in both mediums and she has art is in collections throughout the United States and foreign countries. She enjoys fishing, reading, walking, dancing, and long, long baths.
She loves the Lord, her husband, children and grandchildren, and loves spending time with each of them. Lizzie, her boxer is a true joy.
Cher’ley and her husband, Del, have seen the country through the windshield of a big yellow Kenworth Commercial truck, which they named Penelope, because with its blue fenders and spoiler, it reminded her of Penelope on Criminal Minds (the Blonde hair and heavy blue eye-shadow). There are many beautiful and fascinating states, but none as pretty (to them), as West Virginia.
The Kanawha River is in their front yard and sometimes (not often enough), Cher’ley heads over the bank with her fishing pole, a few worms and Lizzie to see if they can catch supper.
Her very favorite thing to do is laugh. She looks for every opportunity to share in something fun and interesting. She also likes to apply different Bible verses to her life. During the publication process of her novel, the one that speaks to her the most is found in Philippians 4:8. She likes to close with that verse. ‘Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.’
She’d like to say, “Ya’ll come back to see me when you can.”
Connect with Cher’ley….
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Linda’s World Famous Chicken Enchiladas
by Linda McKeel
This make enough to feed a small army. You’ll probably have some left over for yourself too!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Large glass baking dish
Small glass baking dish
Large mixing bowl
Skillet or frying pan
Wooden toothpicks (optional)
3 cans cream of chicken soup (10.5 oz)
1 can chicken broth (10.5 oz)
3 small cans CHOPPED green chilis
1/4 cup diced onion (I use a lot more)
3 lbs. chicken breast
20ish soft yellow CORN tortilla shells
4 cups mild cheddar or Mexican style cheese (I usually use more. You almost literally can’t have too much)
Pinch of pepper
a. Cut the chicken into small cubes; think about the size of a sugar cube. Helpful hint: partially frozen chicken is easier to cut in small pieces than thawed chicken.
b. Use the vegetable oil (or non-stick cooking spray) to very lightly coat the pan — just enough to prevent the chicken from sticking to it.
c. Combine the onions and the chicken in the frying pan, and cook over medium heat until thoroughly done. (Like you would do if you were browning ground beef.)
d. Drain any excess grease or fat.
e. Set aside for now.
a. Clean the frying pan and dry THOROUGHLY. (Or use another one.)
b. Pour in a small amount of cooking oil (just enough to allow submerging the shells) and place over medium heat until oil is warm.
c. Soften tortillas by dipping each one in warm oil for just a few seconds. Too little time leaves them tough, too much makes them fall apart. It may take a few attempts to get the hang of it.
a. Place the first tortilla shell in the large baking pan, and spoon in some of the cooked chicken and onions. Try to gauge the amount of chicken you have so you can place an equal amount in each tortilla.
b. Sprinkle some cheese in each tortilla, but just a little. The majority is to be used later.
c. Roll the tortilla shell shut. (I use a toothpick to help keep it closed)
d. Continue filling tortilla shells with chicken, onions and cheese until both baking dishes are full. If you have any chicken left over, it can be used later. If you have any tortillas shells left over, you can discard.
a. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
b. Combine the 3 cans cream o’ chicken soup, the 1 can chicken broth, the 3 small cans CHOPPED green chilis and the pinch of pepper (to taste) in large mixing bowl. Any leftover cooked chicken can be added as well. Mix thoroughly.
c. Once mixed, pour evenly over all the enchiladas in both baking dishes. The goal is to have all the tortillas covered as much as possible.
d. IMPORTANT! Remove toothpicks if you used them.
e. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over all the enchiladas in both baking dishes.
d. Place one or both dishes in preheated oven, and bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until the cheese is thoroughly melted and the contents are piping hot.
Serve with your favorite side dishes.