Trusted Spice Blend
admin / June 25, 2011
All measurements are approximations.  Blend by adding or subtracting until you have a flavor you enjoy!½ Tbsp Kosher Salt¼ Tbsp fresh ground black pepper½ Tbsp Sweet Paprika1/8 tsp Garlic Powder (not garlic salt)¼ tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper¼ tsp Dried Thyme¼ tsp Dried Oregano¼ tsp Ground Ginger1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon1/8 tsp Dried MarjoramMix all of the ingredients together and store in a sealed container.  Should keep for several months, but I find that I use it much faster than that.
Cedar Plank Salmon with Asparagus Risotto
admin / June 25, 2011
One of the dishes from The Trust is Cedar Plank Salmon and Asparagus Risotto – a dish I concocted after finding the pantry sort of limited one Sunday evening.You’ll need a cedar plank (available online).  You’ll also need to season your cedar.  Not too difficult.  Pour some vegetable oil on the plank, rub it in with a paper towel and then after it soaks in, hit it with some salt and pepper.  I serve this dish with a chilled Sauvignon Blanc.Serves 4Ingredients 1 ½ pound Salmon filets – skin and bones removed1 cup of Risotto (Arborio)[..]
Book Signing Events – Did you Bring the Bricks?
admin / June 24, 2011
“Okay, we have everything?” “Books, business cards, bookmarks, stand, poster, yes, it all seems to be here.” “Did you get the bricks?” “Damn it, we forgot the bricks.” Getting ready for a book signing is a exercise in planning and organization – plain and simple.  Oh, and plan on nothing going the way you plan or organize. However if you do plan you can at least minimize the chaos that will surely be trying to run you down. I’ve developed an approach I use to get ready for the book signing events that I’ve found[..]
Take Half a Step Back
admin / June 20, 2011
My book, The Trust, has been out for about 5 months.  I’m not giving up my day job anytime soon, but I’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the support and reception the book has received. Especially when you consider the fact that I am a first time, unknown writer such as myself. However several interesting things have happened I never expected.  I was completely taken off guard at the new things I began to notice that before I never even knew existed.  (Of course this makes me wonder what else I am missing). Amazon sales[..]
Review – Bridges – A Tale of Niagara
admin / June 19, 2011
Niagara Falls evokes similar images for virtually any who consider this natural wonder and the surrounding area.  Water flowing over the two falls, the Maid of the Mist, and yes, honeymoons, all likely come to mind. But it shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn there is oh so much more to Niagara. With this in mind, dk LeVick opens the door to the history and lore of all that is Niagara. The tale opens as a firefighter slowly makes his way towards the falls to render aide during a natural phenomenon that occurs at the Falls.[..]
Making a First Impression
admin / June 15, 2011
In a nod to Forrest, Forrest Gump, “Momma said you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Words more true have never been spoken.  Particularly if you’re a writer. As a writer, it’s all about grabbing a reader’s attention and getting them serious about another look. Think about it for a moment.  Say you want to get an agent’s attention.  What do you need?  An amazingly effective query letter.  It doesn’t matter if your manuscript is out of this world, you have to quickly grab the agent’s attention and keep it. Say[..]