Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sweet Baklava by Debby Mayne

Check out the book trailer for Sweet Baklava, my first book with Abingdon Press. The release date is March 2011.

I'll resume my "Deadline Dinner" recipes soon. And when we get closer to the release date of Sweet Baklava, I'll throw in some fabulous Greek recipes.



Saturday, June 26, 2010

Day in the Life of Emma Grace

I combined some of the pictures of my granddaughter Emma and put them into a slide show. Enjoy!

Day in the Life of Emma Grace

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

For the Seafood Lovers!

My husband and I have been trying to eat as much heart-healthy food as possible, so I decided to post a seafood recipe. This is super simple and quick! The recipe is for 2 people, so adjust according to how many people you'll be serving.

Seafood Pouch

• Cooking spray
• 2 fish fillets – any type of fish will work
• 4 jumbo shrimp
• 8 scallops
• 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes
• 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
• Salt and pepper to taste

1. Spray the center of two 12 by 12 inch squares of aluminum foil with cooking spray.
2. Place a fish fillet in the center of each piece of foil.
3. Divide the remainder of the seafood and position around the fish fillet.
4. Sprinkle the garlic over the seafood.
5. Sprinkle the diced tomatoes over the seafood.
6. Add salt and pepper.
7. Loosely fold the foil over the fish and seal.
8. Place the seafood-filled pouches on a cookie sheet or baking tray and put in a 400 degree oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Remove from oven and wait 10 minutes to open the pouches.
9. Serve the seafood pouches with baked potatoes and a fresh garden salad.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Deadline Dinners!

I’ve decided to go in a different direction with my blog posts and offer something practical to all the busy people out there. One of my passions is food, and I know how to put a quick delicious meal on the table every night—even when I’m on a book or article deadline. Another of my passions is parenting, and I know how stressful trying to nurture a family can be.

Everyone has to eat, and I'd like to help make the job of meal prep easier for busy parents. So over the next several months, I’m going to post recipes my family enjoyed when my daughters were growing up. If you have one you’d like me to try, please e-mail it to me at

I'm a big believer in experimenting and substituting one ingredient for another, so if you feel like adding or switching something out, give it a try! I cook with a lot of salad dressings and soups that come in low-sodium, low-fat, and low-sugar varieties. In most cases, it doesn't make much difference in the outcome.

Super Simple Mock Swiss Steak

• Cooking spray
• Whatever steak you can find on sale – enough for everyone in the family
• 1 bottle of Catalina, Russian or dark French salad dressing
• 1 cup of water
• 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
• 1 sliced onion (optional)

1. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray.
2. On medium-high heat, brown the steak on both sides.
3. If you like onions, add them to the skillet and sauté them until they are translucent.
4. Dump the entire bottle of Catalina, Russian or French salad dressing over the steak.
5. Pour 1 cup of water and a dash (or two) of Worcestershire sauce over the dressing and stir until the liquids are blended.
6. Turn down the heat and simmer until the steak is done according to your taste. I generally cook thinner cuts of meat about 15 minutes and thicker cuts up to 30 minutes.

Serve with rice and steamed green beans.

*Helpful hint: If you purchase a tougher cut of meat, this recipe can be cooked all day in a slow cooker, which helps tenderize the meat.