Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Detective Mertz Learns to Cook


by Gigi Fitzgerald from the Gourmet De-Lite Series

by Peg Cochran




“I’m really looking forward to a home cooked meal.” Detective Bill Mertz bent down to scratch Reg’s ears. “I’ve been getting by on frozen dinners and granola bars.”


Gigi eyed him suspiciously. “Don’t you know how to cook?”

Mertz looked sheepish. “I can grill a steak and toss a salad. Does that count?”

“Sure, but I imagine even filet mignon would get pretty boring if you had to eat it every night.”

“It would. Hence the frozen dinners and granola bars.”

Gigi laughed. “I’m doing simple grilled boneless chicken breasts that have been marinated for an hour. I’ll show you how to make them.”

Mertz followed Gigi out to the kitchen with Reg close on his heels.

Gigi took two chicken breasts and cut them in half horizontally. Mertz stood by and watched, his hands dangling at his sides.

“I like to cut them in half this way so they’re thinner and cook faster.”

Mertz nodded although a slightly confused look had settled on his face.

“Then I place them in a large plastic freezer bag with some garlic, lime juice, chopped jalapeno and coriander.”

“Coriander?” Mertz wrinkled his brow as if trying to remember whether he’d ever heard of that ingredient before.

“The leaves are generally called cilantro. It’s used in a lot of Mexican and Indian dishes. Coriander generally refers to the seeds.” Gigi took the top off a bottle and poured some of the coriander seeds into her hand. “See?”

Mertz nodded.

Gigi blended all the marinade ingredients in her food processor, poured the mixture into the plastic bag and added the chicken breasts.

“Now they just need to marinate for a half hour to an hour while we have a glass of wine, and then we’ll grill the chicken.”

“I think even I could do that.” Mertz smiled. “Looks like I’ve just doubled my cooking repertoire.”

Spicy Grilled Chicken

2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half horizontally
1 Clove garlic
1 Limes
1 Jalapenos
1/2 tablespoon coriander
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt if desired

Place all of the ingredients except for the chicken in a food processor. Pulse until blended.

Place the chicken breasts in a plastic freezer bag and add the marinade. Close the bag. Marinate for an hour in the refrigerator.

Remove from bag and grill for approximately three to four minutes per side.

Giveaway!

As part of our "Welcome Back Killer Characters Giveaway" I'm giving away a copy of Steamed to Death to someone who comments below!  I'm also giving away a copy of Laced with Poison, the second installment in my Sweet Nothings Lingerie series written under my pen name Meg London.  If you enjoyed the Gourmet books, I hope you will enjoy those as well!

Stop by my web site www.pegcochran.com and www.meglondon.com. 

Coming July 2nd!


40 comments:

  1. Just when I'm wondering what to cook for supper, I find this delicious sounding chicken breast recipe. Its what for dinner! However, I am looking forward to reading Steamed to Death and Laced with Poison. I'm always in the market for new recipes AND NEW Mysteries!

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  2. Chicken recipe sounds delicious - wish Internet came with aroma feature! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  3. Hi Peg: I bought Allergic to Death because of the Westie on the cover (there's a Westie in the family and he's my best friend). Can't wait to read Steamed to Death.

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  4. Loved Allergic to Death, can't wait to read Steamed
    Thanks also for the Chicken recipe-- sounds wonderful
    Keep up the great work you do

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  5. Always looking for new good reads! Love getting the bonus of recipes or craft ideas in them. I love the 2 dogs on the cover we have a large mix and a 6 month old 25 lb. all american mutt. The dog under the table looks like my Shelby "please just for 5 minutes relax!" :)

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  6. I love reading about Gigi. I guess I need to add the Sweet Nothing series to my list!

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  7. I love it when I find a good marinade recipe for chicken breasts. When grilled just plain, they’re rather tasteless. However, this sounds like a really good marinade and it’s obviously low fat. Definitely a win-win recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Sounds like something my family will love, have to try it!

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  9. Mmmm. Chicken recipe sounds yummy. Can't wait to read Steamed to Death. Also have the Sweet Nothings series on my "to be read" shelf. So many books....so little time.

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  10. The recipe sounds great. I don't have a grill, but I could still cook the chicken a different way using the marinade. I have to go grocery shopping today; I think I'll add these ingredients to my list!

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  11. That chicken sounds pretty good! And easy. I will have to try it sometime. Way better than a steak...

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  12. I'm still waiting for Steamed to Death from the library. I enjoyed the first book.

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  13. Looking forward to both of these books!

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  14. I would be happy to give a home to these books. They would be well loved.

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  15. I would love these books! And the chicken sounds good, too.

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  16. This was an appetizing little tidbit :) Plus, I learned something new! I am 20 pages away from finishing Murder Unmentionable, & really enjoying it, so I have to go now. :)

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  17. Great chicken recipe. Looking forward to reading these books!

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  18. I am looking forward to reading both new books.

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  19. This recipe sounds really good and easy. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  20. Sounds great will be trying this chicken recipe always looking for ways to make chicken different and delicious. Can't wait to read the book too both of them. Deb

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  21. Great recipe.
    I'd love to win this book.

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  22. Yummy! Good food and good books!

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  23. The chicken sounds great! And I do love your other series. I didn't want MURDER UNMENTIONABLE to end. Excited for LACED WITH POISON! And I just got back from the library, where I dropped off some of your book marks and dropped some off at Barnes & Noble yesterday! I may be contacting you for more.

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  24. Chicken, for supper here now that I have the recipe. My summer reading list is getting exciting...thanks for the give-away chance.

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  25. Both books sound great, but I am especially excited to read the second book in the Sweet Nothings series, seeing as it is set in my hometown.

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  26. a two-fer giveaway!!! NIIIIIIICE!!!
    thank you!!!!

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  27. Now that is some bargain. Recipe is tempting.

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  28. We eat a lot of chicken. I'm always looking for new ways to cook it, so thank you.

    The books sound delicious too.

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  29. Wow that sounds yummy! I can't wait to read this series - I just went through bariatric surgery so my food choices are limited - for now, but moving forward, I need to learn a whole new way to cook and if your Gourmet De-Lite series includes recipes, this entire series is going to be absolutely DELICIOUS!

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  30. I look forward to reading your new series, like it might be but must admit that Culinary Mysteries best. With summer here that recipe looks heading toward my grill soon.

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  31. I've got to try this chicken recipe!! I must put the books on my TBR list.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  32. Sounds like another great series to add to my list...we eat a lot of chicken and the recipe sounds delicious...thanks!

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  33. There's nothing I like better than a good mystery with good recipes too. I would love to check these out.

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  34. I have the first book in the Sweet Nothings series. The other one sounds like one I'd like to read as well.

    I love chicken, although I hope it's not too spicy.

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  35. The recipe looks so yummy. Since I have already read and reviewed Steamed To Death - I would love Laced With Poison.

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  36. Gee, I have all your books on my wish list. I love the theme of the series and the Westie. Want to try your recipes.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  37. Loved the first book in Sweet Nothings - can't wait for the second.

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  38. I can't wait to try the recipe and read the book.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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