Who Is Mistral Dawn?

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Vegetarian Cassoulet In A #CrockPot #Recipe!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

This is one of my favorite Fall recipes. It takes a little planning, but it always sticks to your ribs and warms you up on a chilly evening. Enjoy! :-)

6 cups water
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup white wine (your choice)
4 cups breadcrumbs
1lb cannellini beans
1 30oz can crushed tomatoes
3 onions
5 carrots
4 celery ribs
1 fennel bulb chopped
10 cloves garlic
6 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
2 bay leaves
2 cloves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup butter melted
Salt and pepper to taste

Add the water, beans, 1 onion cut in half with one clove stuck in each half, 1 carrot cut in half, 1 rib of celery cut in half, 2 cloves of garlic cut in half, 1 bay leaf, 2 sprigs of thyme, and salt and pepper to taste to the crockpot. Cook on low overnight or cook on high for 4-5 hours or until the beans are tender. Remove and discard all the vegetables, garlic, leaf, and sprigs. Drain the beans and return them to the crockpot.

Chop the remaining onions, celery, and carrots. Finely mince the remaining garlic. Remove the remaining thyme from the sprigs and finely chop or grind the leaves. In a skillet, add half the olive oil, the remaining onions, carrots, celery, 7 cloves of the minced garlic, the fennel, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the vegetables soften and start to caramelize and add the contents of the pan to the crockpot. Deglaze the pan with the wine and add it to the crockpot. Add the vegetable stock, remaining bay leaf, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste to the crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Add the tomatoes and stir the crockpot contents. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Add additional vegetable stock if it's needed. Cook on low for an additional 4-5 hours.

In a bowl, whisk together the remaining olive oil, garlic, the butter, the parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss in the breadcrumbs and stir or toss until the crumbs are evenly coated. Spread the breadcrumbs out on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 7 minutes. Stir the crumbs and continue to bake for approximately 7 more minutes or until crumbs are golden brown.

Remove and discard the bay leaf and serve the beans and vegetables warm in a bowl and sprinkle some of the breadcrumbs over the top just before serving.

Bon appetit!

Friday, September 25, 2020

Fun & Games...

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I thought I'd just give you a little something to get the weekend started off right. Enjoy! 😉

Excerpt from Captivated by the Winter King:
With a wave of his hand, Ankou closed the door after the cat and pounced on his mate. "I believe she will recover." Rolling Kate beneath him, he captured her face in his hands and looked into her eyes.

Gasping, Kate looked up at her mate. His eyes were glowing black and his incisors had lengthened. She smiled. Her body was already warming for him.

"You're sure?"

She nodded. "Yes, Master."

Rolling off her, he moved to the head of the bed where he kneeled facing her. "I think you know what to do," he echoed her own words back to her.

Licking her lips, Kate got to her hands and knees and crawled to her Anamchara.

Want to find out what happens next? Grab your copy at the link below. Happy reading! 😊


Thursday, September 24, 2020

#APC #Spotlight: Hedge King In Winter: First Tale In The Matter Of Manred By Michael E Dellert!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Michael E. Dellert in my APC spotlight, today! Michael is an active and supportive member of the Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and his sword and sorcery, magical adventure, dark fantasy novel, Hedge King In Winter, looks great!! Here's the description:
The king is crippled. Can his brother hold the kingdom together against the machinations of their rival uncle?
If you think this sounds like something you might enjoy, go ahead and grab your copy here:

Thank you all so much for stopping by! Happy reading! :-)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 1187

Hey Everyone! :-)

Agent Thoth discusses more of the trials and tribulations associated with living with hominids. Incidentally, if you've missed Agent Thoth's earlier entries, you can find them here: Thoth's Journal

Department for the Preservation and Confirmation of Intelligent Life (DPCIL)
Agent Thoth's Personal Log

Day Eleven-Hundred-Eighty-Seven:
My first attempt at encouraging my hominid-servant to pay more attention to my actions has been a dismal failure. In my continuing effort to influence my hominid-servant’s behavior, I have been attempting to adapt the behavior modification technique I successfully used to cause her to change the vessels in which she offers me liquid H2O. The strategy did not work with food, but I had thought it might be successful with regards to convenient perches from which to observe the events that occur outside the portals in the walls of my domicile.

My efforts focused on gaining my hominid-servant’s attention, and then building in her a desire to cause me to alter my behavior. Therefore, I deployed the C.L.A.W.S. and utilized them as a climbing apparatus with which to scale the wall of my domicile. It seemed to me that this would, in turn, cause my hominid-servant to place a more convenient perch near the portal, so as to deter me from damaging the wall with the C.L.A.W.S.

The tactic was successful in that it provoked a response from my hominid-servant; however, the response was not at all what I would have wished. Instead of providing the desired perch, she attacked me with a dispenser of liquid H2O, and not in a convenient container for drinking. She saturated me with the vile substance, and then chased me around my domicile while vocalizing at me at an excessive decibel level.

I will have to rethink this technique and determine if I can find a way to use it to influence my hominid-servant towards desired behaviors and away from undesired behaviors, and not just provoke a random change in behavior that is not at all useful to me. As always, I will report back on any further developments.

Hominids are so difficult to properly train! ;-) You may have noticed that Agent Thoth has a new look. I hope you like his new picture as much as I do, but I'd love to hear your thoughts, either way. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments. ;-) Happy reading, everyone!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Time, The Stuff That Life Is Made Of...

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Here's a little bit more of the third installment in the Petri Dish Chronicles! As always, the disclaimer is that this is a draft and, as such, it's unedited and likely full of errors and is subject to revision, revamping, and being completely scrapped and rewritten. But, with that in mind, I'm reasonably satisfied with the basics of it, at least at the moment, or I wouldn't have bothered posting it. Enjoy!😊

Excerpt from the third Petri Dish book:
Petri wasn’t worried about her friends in the short-term, but time was still a concern. And she realized that she hadn’t been aware of time while she had been isolated within her shield. Turning back to Vlad, she asked, “How long did it take for me to complete the link to the rainbow?"

The entity in question waved away her concern, “A few moments, only. There has been no significant loss of time, and everyone’s signals are strong and completely intact. But, in the interests of maintaining that status, shall we proceed?”

Monday, September 21, 2020

Something Worth Watching?

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I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. This one is just a reminder of where we are right now in this country, and that neither major political party is doing anything to help regular Americans. We're in a precarious position, all of us. And if controlled, directed change doesn't come soon, the system will collapse and change will come in the form of chaos and violence. I don't want that, and I hope none of you want that either, so we all need to do everything in our power to force the people running our government to start serving the interests of regular people now. Before it's too late. Peace!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan #Recipe!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

This is an easy way to make a version of eggplant parmesan when it's too hot to turn the oven on. Enjoy! :-)

1 eggplant cut into rounds
2 tomatoes sliced
1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
2 cloves garlic minced fine
1lb mozzarella sliced
2 tbsp parmesan grated
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl, whisk together half the olive oil, the parmesan, basil, garlic, and salt and pepper. Blot the rounds of eggplant dry with a paper towel and dip them into the olive oil mixture, coating both sides. In a skillet, add the remaining olive oil and butter and heat until the butter melts. Place the eggplant rounds in the skillet and cook until browned on one side. Turn the rounds over and place a tomato slice on top of each round. Brush the remaining olive oil mixture over the tomato slices and place a slice of mozzarella on top of each tomato slice. Tent a piece of aluminum foil over the pan and cook until the second side of the eggplant rounds are browned and the mozzarella is melted. Serve warm or chilled with a side of crusty bread.

Buon appetito!