I think some of you other characters might have the same experience, but doesn't it seem sometimes that we see more than our share of trouble? Here's an example: DEATH IN FOUR COURSES is coming along in September and I have a huge assignment for Key Zest, covering the Key West Loves Literature conference, which is all food writers--my idols! On top of that, I made the tactical error of inviting my mother for the weekend. I adore my mom, and my friends love her too--and I know you guys are going to be crazy about her. But as I've been known to say, having my mother tethered to my side while I work feels a little like looking through the oven door at a falling souffle.
And then of course there are going to be murders and bodies and loved ones accused of killing people when you know darned well they couldn't have it. One thing my mother taught me though is how to handle stress. If Mom and I have one thing in common, it's the urge to cook and eat during a crisis. Even the whiff of crisis brings a surge of recipes to our minds. So in case you have any rough patches during the rest of the summer while you're waiting for the new book, here's a suggestion that always calms us down! In fact, I'm off to make one now...
Hot Fudge Pie
1 stick butter
3 squares unsweetened chocolate
1¼ cups sugar
4 tbsp. flour
dash of salt
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
Melt the butter and the unsweetened chocolate together. (You may use the microwave—just be sure to cover the bowl, as it will splatter. I use the old-fashioned pan on a stove method.) To the melted butter and chocolate, add the sugar, flour, and salt. Mix thoroughly. Then add eggs and vanilla. Pour the batter into a greased 9-inch pie plate and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes.
Serve warm with ice cream.