Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Art Keller

  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 his favorite 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, ART KELLER, and his favorite food and beer pairing recipe for OLD NUMBER 38 STOUT CHOCOLATE MOUSSE which he prepared with the assistance of his brother, DENNIS KELLER! (Read more with the recipe, below.)


BOOK PEEK ~  Hollow Strength by Art Keller

Jeff Stein, author of “A Murder in Wartime,” and veteran Washington Post journalist an “Spy Talk” blogger: “Art Keller has definitely been there, done that.  As a former CIA operative in the agency division responsible for tracking black market nuclear weapons, he has seen enough to make his hair stand straight permanently, and in ‘Hollow Strength’ he’ll make yours stand up, too.”


About the author, Art Keller….

Art Keller is a former CIA case officer in the Counter-Proliferation  Division, the part of the CIA charged with spying on and sabotaging  Iran’s nuclear program. He’s done commentary for CNN, CBS, The News Hour on PBS, Newsmax Magazine, and the National Geographic Channel.    He’s  also the author of the just released spy novel (espionage thriller)  about the CIA and Iran, Hollow Strength.


Hollow Strength

 Book excerpt, the big bang in chapter two that gets thing rolling:

Vahdat was reaching up to terminate his call when the limpet mines detonated. By a strange trick of the physics of shock waves and flying shrapnel, Vahdat’s cell phone, as well as the hand that had been gripping it, was blown free of the Shaheed and deposited by a blast wave into the blue-green waters of the Gulf. The synchronized crump of multiple mine detonations were clearly transmitted over the airwaves into Ziyaii’s voicemail box before the saltwater of the Persian Gulf shorted out Vahdat’s phone.

* * *

Within five seconds, catastrophic explosive flooding took the Shaheed from floating on the Persian Gulf to being in the Persian Gulf. The pressure and shock waves, the flying molten metal, superheated gases, and scalding flash-steamed water vapor created conditions as hostile to life as the cosmic furnace at the heart of the sun. The explosions left nothing that even the most hardened trauma surgeon, accustomed as they were to gruesome injuries, could have gazed upon without horror or pity. On a sunny June day, at 11:43 a.m. local time, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp Navy Destroyer Shaheed, carrying a load of VIPs and press on its maiden voyage, was lost with all hands.


Connect with Art Keller & Hollow Strength

I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s, as well as the recipe Art and Dennis are sharing with us today.  Happy eating!


P.S.  We’re at 57 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.


NOTE: This food and beer pairing is prepared with the assistance of Art’s brother, Dennis Keller, a past-master at food and beer pairings. He used to be a chef and now works for the Northern California North Coast Brewery, a craft brewer that has become so popular that they are literally not able to keep up with demand.

Old Number 38 Stout  CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

16 ounces Old # 38 Stout
8 egg yolks
8 egg whites
10 ladyfinger or macaroon cookies
9 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate
4 tablespoons butter room temperature
9 tablespoons granulated sugar


Reduce the stout by half over very low heat in saucepan and allow it to cool.
Melt the butter and chocolate while stirring over a double boiler, gradually add the sugar. Allow mixture to reach room temp, then whisk in the egg yolks and half of the reduced stout. Beat the egg whites until stiff in a separate mixing bowl. Fold the whites into the mouse gently. Crumple the cookies into serving glasses or plates. Drizzle the remaining stout over the cookies and cover with the mousse. Allow to set up in refrigerator over night. You can garnish with whipped cream and milk chocolate shavings.


Serve with cold Old # 38 Stout.
I wish to extend my thanks to Art and Dennis for giving us a truly fun, out-of-the-ordinary, and creative recipe!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Art will give away a digital (mobi/Kindle or epub/Nook/iPad) copy of HOLLOW STRENGTH to up to five (5) lucky readers who comment on today’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench or Monday’s Interview blog.  Winners will be randomly selected and announced Monday.  Thanks, Art, for sharing your story with us!

3 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Art Keller”

  1. The book sounds exciting, but eating raw eggs could be just as exciting. Of course, we used raw eggs in our holiday eggnog on the farm, but we knew where the eggs were from.

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