September 8, 2010

Wednesday's Chow & Contest


Before I put up today’s recipe, I want to announce a brand new contest…one where you could be published! To help promote my soon to be released story A GIFT BEYOND ALL MEASURE, I’m going to do a FREE companion cookbook. Tessa Jones is a cook for ranch, so there’s a lot of cooking going on in the story. My publisher is putting two recipes with the story, but I still have a lot of food mentioned and wanted to do something different for promotion.

Here’s where the contest comes in: I’m going to put five contest recipes into the cookbook, along with bios on the winners, including website links.

To enter, send up to three recipes (sent separately) to by midnight, September 30th. The recipes can be any category: appetizers, salads, soups, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, breads, cookies….whatever. I’ll have a panel of family and friends look over the recipes and vote on their top choices. The five with the most votes will go into the cookbook.

The cookbook itself will be a PDF and will available for free via my website and however else I can figure out to get it out there.

Here’s a chance to get your favorite recipe and your name out there.

Now for today’s recipe

Taste of Home


¾ pound fresh green beans
4 bacon strips
3 tbsp butter, melted
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ tsp garlic salt
1/8 tsp soy sauce


Preheat oven 400°.

Place beans in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook, uncovered, for 8 minutes, until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, cook bacon over medium heat until cooked, but not crisp, about 3 minutes. Remove to a paper towel.

Drain beans. Place about 12 beans on each strip of bacon. Wrap bacon around beans and secure with a toothpick. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.

In a small bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, garlic salt, and soy sauce. Brush over bundles. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until bacon is crispy.

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