Another Round Of Edits (AROE): Chapter Eight ~ LADY OF FIRE

Lady Of Fire

Bears repeating: If your writing is to hit the right note, allowing a reader to immerse herself in the story such that she develops the oh-so-lovely habit of giving in to just one more chapter, love on your edits. Embrace them. Feed them well. Give them plenty of exercise. And make sure they get good rest.

A little something from Chapter Eight. The following is from the first round of edits to my rough draft of LADY OF FIRE (Late Fall 2014). P/S: If you have a question about an edit, I’ll do my best to answer it. But as a mostly intuitive writer, I don’t always know why I do what I do 🙂

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STUFFED FRENCH TOAST SANDWICH

No syrup for these tasty slices of french toast, although. . . Nah. Senior, Junior, Junior Too–not to mention the cook–liked this meal in all it’s non-syrup glory. Give it a try!

5 eggs

3/4 cup milk

sea salt

pepper

2 tbsp butter, divided

8 slices bread (I used country oatmeal, but sourdough…oh, that would be really good)

4 oz goat cheese (or cream cheese), softened (about 20 seconds in microwave)

1 large tomato, sliced thin

8 slices bacon (I used turkey bacon), fried to slightly crisp

8 slices thin deli ham

1 cup spinach, stems removed

1) Preheat oven to 200 degrees

2) In shallow bowl, beat eggs, milk, and pinch of salt and pepper

3) In large skillet (big enough to accommodate 4 slices of bread at a time) melt 1 tbsp butter (reserve 1 tbsp for second batch) over medium heat

4) Lightly dip 4 slices of bread in egg mixture, coating both sides; transfer to skillet and cook 2-3 minutes each side until golden brown; transfer from skillet to oven-safe plate and keep warm in oven while cooking 4 remaining pieces of french toast in reserved 1 tbsp butter

5) Assemble each sandwich as follows: 1 slice french toast spread with goat cheese, tomato, bacon, ham, spinach, 1 slice french toast; then feast!

Heartily serves: 4

Another Round Of Edits (AROE): Chapter Seven ~ LADY OF FIRE

Lady Of Fire

Bears repeating: If your writing is to hit the right note, allowing a reader to immerse herself in the story such that she develops the oh-so-lovely habit of giving in to just one more chapter, love on your edits. Embrace them. Feed them well. Give them plenty of exercise. And make sure they get good rest.

Now for Chapter Seven. The following is from the first round of edits to my rough draft of LADY OF FIRE (Late Fall 2014). P/S: If you have a question about an edit, I’ll do my best to answer it. But as a mostly intuitive writer, I don’t always know why I do what I do 🙂

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GLAZED LEMON-RASPBERRY CREPES

Last year I came across a recipe for lemon-filled crepes from Wolfgang Puck, did my usual tweaking to suit my family’s tastes, and landed on this amazing dish. Though it easily qualifies as a dessert, in my opinion, the cottage cheese filling is justification for serving it for dinner–which I did. And not one complaint from my guys. Imagine that 🙂

CREPES & FILLING:

12 store-bought crepes (or you can make your own)

1 egg

4 tbsp sugar

1-3/4 cup reduced-fat small-curd cottage cheese

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp lemon zest

1-1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

GLAZE:

1 egg

2 tbsp sugar

1 cup whipping cream

1 tbs lemon juice

TOPPING:

1 cup assorted berries (I used frozen)

1/2 cup berry preserves thinned with 1/4 cup water

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees; lightly oil a 9×13 baking pan

2) FILLING: To blender, add: egg, sugar,  cottage cheese, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla; blend on medium speed 1 minute or until smooth

3) Divide filling between crepes and roll up; place crepes seam side down in baking pan

4) GLAZE: To blender, add: egg, sugar, whipping cream, lemon juice; blend on medium speed 30 seconds until well combined; pour over crepes

5) TOPPING: Scatter berries over crepes; drizzle thinned preserves over crepes

6) Bake in oven 25-30 minutes; serve and watch ’em lick the plates!

Serves: 4

Another Round Of Edits (AROE): Chapter Six ~ LADY OF FIRE

Lady Of Fire

Bears repeating: If your writing is to hit the right note, allowing a reader to immerse herself in the story such that she develops the oh-so-lovely habit of giving in to just one more chapter, love on your edits. Embrace them. Feed them well. Give them plenty of exercise. And make sure they get good rest.

More self editing–Chapter Six. The following is from the first round of edits to my rough draft of LADY OF FIRE (Late Fall 2014). P/S: If you have a question about an edit, I’ll do my best to answer it. But as a mostly intuitive writer, I don’t always know why I do what I do 🙂

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CHICKEN ARTICHOKE SPINACH GRILLED SANDWICHES

Sometimes you just don’t feel like cranking up the grill. The solution: a grill pan. The end result: these colorful mouth-pleasing sandwiches. Senior and Junior Too give them the nod.

1-14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

sea salt

ground black pepper

1-1/2 cups roasted deli chicken, chopped

2 cups baby spinach, chopped

8 slices sourdough bread

4 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened

1-1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

2 tbsp butter, softened

1) In large skillet over medium heat, saute artichoke hearts and red bell pepper 3-4 minutes; salt and pepper to taste; stir in chicken and cook 2-3 minutes; remove from heat and immediately stir in spinach

2) Assemble 4 sandwiches as follows: sourdough bread slice spread with cream cheese, then topped with chicken-artichoke mixture, mozzarella cheese, and sourdough bread slice

3) In large skillet (I used a grill pan) over medium heat, melt 1 tbsp butter; grill sandwiches 3-4 minutes on one side; spread top slices with remaining butter and flip; grill 3-4 minutes until cheese melts and bread turns golden

Makes 4 sandwiches

Another Round Of Edits (AROE): Chapter Five ~ LADY OF FIRE

Lady Of Fire

Bears repeating: If your writing is to hit the right note, allowing a reader to immerse herself in the story such that she develops the oh-so-lovely habit of giving in to just one more chapter, love on your edits. Embrace them. Feed them well. Give them plenty of exercise. And make sure they get good rest.

Now for the next example of self editing–Chapter Five. The following is from the first round of edits to my rough draft of LADY OF FIRE (Late Fall 2014). P/S: If you have a question about an edit, I’ll do my best to answer it. But as a mostly intuitive writer, I don’t always know why I do what I do 🙂

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