Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fan Appreciation

And the winner is Tammy. If you'll send me your snail mail addy to, I'll get that in the mail to you.

Okay, I have to say that Intrigue has the best fans in the world. I can't count the number of fan letters and emails I've received about the Sons of Troy Ledger series. At first I worried about keeping the interest of readers over five books. Now I'm getting  letters saying they hate for the series to end. I can't tell you how good that makes me feel.

So I was thinking what can I do for our readers--besides giving away books--which I'll do today. I'll randomly choose two winners to receive books, but you'll have to check the post again in the next couple of days to see if you were a winner. If you are, I'll need your snail mail addy.

So what can I do? Tell you what, I'll share one of my favorite recipes with you, a great dish to warm you up on a cold night and oh so easy to make. It's the same kind of dish I imagine them eating around the Ledger dinner table. If you try it, let me know what you think.

                  Hamburger/Black-eyed Pea Casserole

1 pound ground beef
1 small to medium onion, finely chopped
2 small garlic cloves, minced
2 (15 oz) cans black-eyed peas
1 can Rotel tomatoes
2 cups cooked rice (white or brown)
1 cup sharp grated cheese, plus another 1/2 cup for topping   (I LOVE cheese.)
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown beef in a large skillet. Add onion and garlic. Mix in black-eyed peas, tomatoes, rice, 1 cup of cheese, butter and salt and pepper. Spoon into casserole dish and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake 20 - 25 minutes until bubbly.

I usually serve this with a pan of hot cornbread. Hubby loves it. Hope your family will, too. Or if you live alone, freeze the extra into serving size portions and have it on nights you only want to eat and read.

Hugs to all,


  1. I'll have to attempt this hamburger/black eyed pea casserole.

  2. Hey, Joanna!
    Thanks for the recipe! Gotta love the easy-to-make ones, and this sure looks like one!
    Hope you're having a great day.

    1. Having a great day. Cloudy, but warm. Turning a bit cooler tonight. Should be a good weekend for writing. Love the series I'm working on!

  3. Laura AKA Loves 2 Read RomanceFebruary 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing with us Joanna! I don't think I have read any of the Sons of Troy Ledger series. I will have to fix that soon. I like the sound of Hamburger/Black eyed pea casserole. I love the fact that it's sounds so easy. So I will share an easy recipe that we make to bring to parties or when we just want junk food.

    Chili Cheese Dip

    1 8oz package of Cream Cheese
    1 14oz can of store bought Chili (like Wolf brand)
    1 8oz bag of Shredded Cheese I typically use Colby-jack or cheddar

    In a microwave safe casserole bowl soften/melt the cream cheese. I do this for 30 seconds to a min at a time so I don't burn it. Add chili and heat for another two mins. Mix in the shredded cheese and continue to heat to desired temperature. Serve over your favorite tortilla or corn chips!

    1. Yum! Thanks for sharing. My hubby loves chili and cheese so that has to be a winner.

  4. Loved the series! Thanks for the recipe too.


    1. Thanks, Denise. Always good to hear from you.

  5. Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try it very soon. And I do love your books!

    1. Let me know when you try it. My whole family loves it.

  6. The recipe sounds delicious... thanks for sharing! :)

  7. This is a very cool contest and a very nice post I love the sound of your recipe it sounds really nice I am making it tomorrow for sure my family shall be my guinee pigs and I shall definitely let you know how they liked it.

    Thanks also so much for the chance to win your incredible sounding book !


  8. I love all of your books, but especially the series books. I see that you have a book coming out in April. Is that a series?
    Love the recipe. Thanks.

    1. Yes, I have a new series starting in April with SON OF A GUN. The series is Big D Dads and the first ranching family are the Lamberts. Hope you like them.

  9. This sounds really good may have to try this recipe. Love your books.

  10. That sounds like a great comfort food recipe. Today it actually snowed here in Seattle. I think that casserole sounds perfect for a cold night.

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  11. Snow in Seattle. You don't get that often, do you? The casserole is definitely comfort food.