Thursday, April 9, 2009

Have you noticed holidays = food?

It is almost Easter and all I've been thinking about this morning -- instead of writing -- is what I'm going to cook. Not that I don't think about food a lot. If you've read my books, you know that my characters always eat. I actually hate characters who don't eat.

I remember one mystery writer's book where her heroine was captured by bad guys. One of them was making his famous enchiladas and what did she do? She escaped before she dinner. Can you believe that?

So I've been going through my recipes (I have stacks of torn-out magazines recipes that one of these days I'm going to organize) looking for something fun to make.

Have you noticed the lines at the grocery stores before any holiday? It doesn't matter how minor a holiday it is, we use them all as an excuse to eat -- and usually something we probably shouldn't be eating.

So what are you planning for Easter Sunday? My husband and I are going to some friends house. There will be tons of food. I'm still undecided what I will make.

But I did stumble across this cookie recipe, one I think the kids would like. They always arrive hungry and like to snack before the meal. :)

It's called Devil's Food Sandwich Cookies. On second thought, that might not be appropriate for Easter huh. Maybe I'll just call them Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. :)

Here's the recipe:
A box of devil's food cake mix
3/4 cup shortening
2 eggs
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 t. almond extract
16 oz. powdered sugar

Combine cake mix, shortening and eggs. Form balls and flatten slightly on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. In medium bowl, blend cream cheese, butter and almond extract. Gradually blend in powdered sugar until desired consistency. Beat with a spoon until smooth. Refrigerate.
When cookies are cool, spread filling between two cookies. Repeat. Keep refrigerated. Makes 2 dozen.

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter. If you have a recipe to me at

The Whitehorse, Montana series continues this month with Shotgun Bride as the five Corbett brothers hit town and of course there will be lots of eating and lots of good food.


  1. Looking forward to more Whitehorse, Montana books. I don't cook so I have no recipes but am looking forward to good food from relatives.

  2. Good food from relatives is even better, Ellen. :) And I hope you enjoy the new Whitehorse books coming out!

  3. Holidays and just don't get any better than that! My youngest daughter has to work all day Sunday, so the whole family is going to bring her Easter Dinner to work for her. Have a Happy Easter everyone! Keep it up in Whitehorse, Montana BJ, no one does Contemporary Romantic Westerns like you and Diana Palmer!!

  4. Thanks! And you have a great Easter as well. I think that is so cool that you are taking dinner to your youngest who has to work. Good mom! :)

  5. we had some ham, deviled eggs, green beans, sweet potatoes for dinner tonight.

    ill have to try this recipe sweetie. If me come across any good ones me will let you know.

    I can't wait to read your last's on Whitehorse Montana

  6. Sounds great Patsy!
    Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.