Welcome to another edition of Spotlight Saturday at Darlene's Book Nook, where we feature authors and their books!
We will be joined today by Duffy Brown.
Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, her license plate is Sherlock and she conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime. Duffy’s Consignment Shop Mystery series is set in Savannah and the Cyclepath Mysteries are set on Mackinac Island. Duffy writes romance as Dianne Castell and is a USA Today bestselling author.
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Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Duffy!
Duffy has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to her!
North vs South…the best food-fight of all
by Duffy Brown
I’m a foodie. Guess that’s why I’m on a forever diet. Didn’t say I kept it, just that I was on it.
I live in Cincinnati, where North meets South…or North is separated from South, depending on your point of view. If it’s fireworks over the Ohio River or rooting for the Cincinnati Reds, we meet. If it’s food…not so much. For example, in Cincy we get iced tea. If we cross the Ohio River, a whopping one-minute drive away, we get sweet tea. You can’t get sweet tea in Cincy. Ask for it at a restaurant and they hand you a packet of sugar.
In Cincy we grill. Over there, they have a cookout. Cincy does steaks and brats and this stuff called goetta (we’re just a little bit German, you see.) On the other side it’s barbecued pork that’s shredded, diced, sliced or pulled.
My mother used Crisco back-in-the-day; my husband’s mother had pan drippings on her stove. I ate pasta and Dave had grits. My vegetables were green beans and zucchini, Dave had fried green tomatoes, corn pudding and mint Julep (hey, that’s green, right).
I never did convince Dave that grits is not a food-group unto itself and praline pecan pie truly is not a breakfast food. When we married we always had hush puppies for Sunday dinner and Moon Pies are still in the snack drawer. Sushi is and always will be bait, granola is squirrel food, bone suckin’ sauce is what his daddy put on the ribs, and no, Dave, a spice rack is not my thirty-six Bs.
The Ohio River is not very wide, I mean people swim across the thing. My mother-in-law made the best fried chicken on earth and her sweet potato pie was to die for. My mom made a great spaghetti sauce and the only thing fried was an egg and that goetta stuff.
The first thing my mother asked me about Dave when she thought we were getting serious was How much does he make. The first thing my mother-in-law asked Dave was Who did you say her daddy was. My father followed the NFL, Dave’s daddy was NASCAR. I was taught to mind my own business, Dave was taught to mind his manners. You get the picture.
I’d like to think that our marriage is a blending of North and South. Our kids mind their manners and their own business but Moon Pies, peach cobbler and fried chicken are the foods of the gods. Pasta and granola never stood a chance.
So what about you? Where do you live? Are you Northern cuisine or Southern good-cooking? What’s your favorite dish and where did you get the recipe?
Thanks so much for joining us today, Duffy!
About the Book:
About the Book:
TITLE: Killer in Crinolines
SERIES: Consignment Shop Mystery, Book #2
AUTHOR: Duffy Brown
PUBLICATION DATE: May 7, 2013
FORMAT: Paperback, 320 pages
Reagan Summerside finds the groom face-down in five-tiers of icing and fondant, a cake knife in his back and her BFF and local UPS driver accused of the murder. Can Reagan nail the real killer without winding up in the local swamp as alligator meat? Will the pain-in-the ass attorney and once-upon-a-time gang member, help her out or feed her to the alligators himself?
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