Archive for July, 2011

Posted on July 30, 2011 - by

Barbequed Chicken Pizza

Every so often I’ll try a recipe from an odd source. This one from
Woman’s World struck me as something we might like. They called for a
Boboli pizza crust. If you possibly can, go ahead and make your own
pizza dough. The recipe from THE JOY OF COOKING is very good and
really not that hard. You’ll just need to plan ahead a couple of hours
to let it rise. (And it makes dough for two pizzas, one of which you can freeze
for another day.) Or you can buy premade dough from a pizza joint–definitely a step up from Boboli!

1 pizza crust, unbaked
1/2 jar of Bone-Sucking sauce (my fave BBQ sauce lately, definitely
sweet and tangy)
1.5 cups shredded cheese, smoked Gouda or cheddar
1.5 cups shredded chicken (Here again, plan ahead and save this from
the chicken you roasted on the weekend. Or buy one from the supermarket deli)
1/2 thinly sliced large red onion
chopped cilantro

Roll out the dough and place on oiled pizza pan. Spread sauce on the
pizza dough, followed by cheese, chicken, onion, more cheese on top.

Cilantro may be sprinkled over pizza after cooking or baked right in.
Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes. Watch this so the crust doesn’t over

(Do not use the 475 temp called for by THE JOY OF COOKING:). Although
it turned out crispy and delicious all the same!)

This is one of our favorite suppers. Making myself soooo hungry–off to scrounge up some lunch….

Posted on July 28, 2011 - by

Summer’s Best Bread and Butter Pickles

There is no doubt in my mind that homemade pickles are head and shoulders better than store bought. And I have a great recipe for you. But before deciding to embark on this project, please promise that you’ll study the section in a pickle-making book about sterilizing jars and lids, and proper use of the boiling water bath. I may be a murder mystery writer, but I don’t want to kill anyone off in real life!

The recipe I use is from an old cookbook called PUTTING FOOD BY by Hertzberg, Vaughn, and Greene. You’ll need to plan ahead for this–it’s not a last-minute kind of project. But I’ve been making these for years and never had a bad pickle. Out in the garden, I found four enormous cukes that were begging to be used. So here’s my list of ingredients, which made 3 pint jars and one quart-sized for refrigerator snacking.

4-5 large cukes, cut into 1/4 inch slices

2 large onions, sliced

peppers, seeded and sliced (we had 3 banana peppers on our bushes so that’s what I used)

1/3 cup salt

2 large garlic cloves, whole

ice cubes or crushed ice

4.5 cups sugar

1.5 tsp turmeric

1.5 tsp celery seed

2 TBSP mustard seed

3 cups of white vinegar

Wash the vegetables well, slice and add them to a large bowl with garlic. Sprinkle the salt over and mix thoroughly. add ice to cover and mix that in too. Then leave the bowl for 3 hours. Drain off the liquid and remove the garlic. Meanwhile, in a large stainless pot, combine sugar, vinegar and spices and heat to a simmer. Stir in the veggies and simmer for ten minutes. Pack into hot, sterile jars, remove air bubbles, add lids and place in the boiling water bath. Process ten minutes.

Posted on July 12, 2011 - by

Six Strokes Under now available as E-book

Almost ten years after it was published, I still have a great warm spot in my heart for my first published mystery, SIX STROKES UNDER. I read it over again as I was editing and quite enjoyed the adventures of Cassie Burdette at Q-school. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes about SSU:

“Golf was already a mystery worthy of Poirot. Now Roberta Isleib has written a mystery worthy of the game.”-David Owen, author of MY USUAL GAME

Six Strokes Under reads like a Sunday afternoon watching Tiger Woods play–it’s tough to take your eyes off it. Isleib expertly captures the myriad personalities of professioanl golf and the unique world of the country club and spins it like a Hollywood thriller.”-Matt Pepin, NEW HAVEN REGISTER

It’s now available as an ebook in just about any format you’d desire. So click away and hope you enjoy!

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Posted on July 3, 2011 - by

Key West Friends of the Library Book Talk


Monday, February 6, 2012 6 pm

The Studios of Key West

White Street

Key West, FL

Posted on July 3, 2011 - by

An Excellent Weekend for Eating

We’ve had a lot of company this weekend and company means cooking. I’ll save the Screw the Roux Stew for another day, and also Joe’s pulled pork recipe and the amazing fourth of July birthday cake with whipped cream and three kinds of berries. Because you only have one day left and so you need something fast, and probably preferable chocolate!

My friend Linda Juliani gave me this recipe and I’ve made it many times. It’s perfectly fast and easy and yet has all the advantages of a homemade dessert, hot out of the oven. With no further ado, I give you:


Melt one stick of butter and 3 squares of unsweetened chocolate together. (Linda uses the microwave–just be sure to cover the bowl as it will splatter. I use the old-fashioned pan on a stove method.) Add to the bowl 1 and 1/4 cups sugar and 4 tablespoons flour and a dash of salt. Mix. Then add 3 beaten eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour the batter into a greased 9 inch pie plate and bake at 350 degrees fro 20-25 minutes.

Serve warm with ice cream.

And just in case you feel your arteries clogging as you read the above, look at what I just this moment found in our garden–lovely and healthy and green!

Happy Fourth of July one and all!