Friday, April 10, 2015


Day 9 is I – A-Z Blog Challenge

I is for Italy and Italian Food. We love Italian food and I learned to make dishes you’ll never find in a book from a friend’s mother when I lived in Montreal. This one is a favorite if I need something for two in a hurry:

Cheesy Beef & Spinach:

Chop and saute one small onion together with one crushed garlic clove until soft.

Cook one package of spinach, drain, squeeze out as much water as possible, then chop finely and put to one side.

Add one-half pound ground beef to the onion and garlic, season with salt, pepper and Italian herb mix and cook until brown.

Then add the chopped spinach and 2-3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese, mix everything together and serve.

This goes well with crusty Italian bread and, if you wish, a glass of red wine.

It’s the kind of simple fare Mark probably enjoyed during his visit to the old family home in Santa Fiori in ON DAYS LIKE THESE. On Day 3 of the A-Z I said I only had one book with an Italian flavor. I was wrong. I completely forgot that this story is set almost entirely in Italy:


By Christiane France
When burned-out mystery writer, Mark Salvatore asked to borrow the old family home in the hills near Genoa, Italy for some much needed R&R, he envisioned a blissful summer enjoying the warm Italian sun, hanging out with the villagers, eating good homemade Italian food, and drinking the local wine.

However, after a frustrating trip via Paris and Nice, Mark finally arrives in Santa Fiori in the rain to find the house has been trashed. Chickens and ducks from a nearby farm have taken possession of the living room, and there’s a naked man asleep under a pile of blankets in the bedroom.

Tony Wheeler is English and says he’s in Italy on business. He also tells Mark that his car has been stolen, and he’s waiting for his clothes to dry and the weather to clear before he can walk to the village to inform the police. For all Mark knows, he could be a drifter, a drunk, or just about anything. However, Mark’s just heard about a bank robbery in Milan a few hours ago. The thieves got away with the loot and immediately Mark’s creative processes go into high gear. Milan is less than a hundred miles north, and Santa Fiori is located off the main Milan-Genoa highway. What if Tony Wheeler is just an alias? What if he’s one of the thieves, hiding out in the hills until the heat is off?

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Coming soon from Amber Allure: The Replacement – May 10, 2015. 




  1. Sounds like a delicious dish. And your mystery writer might have something more than he expects on his hands. Glad to me on A to Z. To join IWSG, just go to the blog and the signup page. It will really boast your blog presence and we have some more projects in the works.

  2. Sounds yummy, Christiane. Italian is my favorite too but I've stayed away from it recently due to watching my weight. Most of the Italian food I eat has pasta. This one doesn't and is one I can try without having to worry about carbs. Thank you.