Saturday, June 6, 2015

Dinner in a Big Hurry @LucyBurdette #recipe #giveaway

by Hayley Snow from Lucy Burdette's Key West food critic mystery series

You all know I'm a food critic, right? Here's my theory about dinner: Even if your life is whirling like a cyclone, taking a little time to get a decent, home-cooked meal on the table can help things feel almost normal. And we are crazy busy around here. Miss Gloria has a new job and she's driving all over town (lord help us), Lorenzo's acting nutty, Connie's not feeling well, and Wally's too wrapped up in the magazine and his mother's illness to remember Valentine's Day is right around the corner.



Enter walnut and spinach pesto on pasta!

In wintertime, even in tropical Key West, vegetables are not at their best. Luckily, Miss Gloria keeps a few pots of herbs and tomatoes on the deck of the houseboat so at least our food can have a touch of summer.

If you have the ingredients on hand, this is a super fast meal that can be on the table in 30 minutes and look as if you've been cooking all day. I serve it with a mixed green salad with winter radishes and some cherry tomatoes.  We love this version of pesto--I think that the addition of the spinach tones down the sharpness of the basil just enough.



Walnut and Spinach Pesto

2 large sprigs basil, about 10 leaves
1 large garlic clove
3 oz spinach
3 oz walnuts
3-4 oz good quality parmesan
1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil

In a food processor, whir the garlic for 30 seconds, then add the walnuts and parmesan in succession. Add the basil and spinach and process until almost smooth. Pour in olive oil, continuing to pulse until it's the right consistency. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cook 3/4 of a pound of good quality Italian pasta until al dente (just soft.) (I have gotten addicted to the pasta sold at Eataly in New York City. You can buy their products online. Yes, the pasta is three times as expensive as supermarket spaghetti, but it is honestly light years better.) Add the pesto to the pasta in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. That's it! 


And breathe....
Fatal Reservations, the sixth book in the Key West series, will be in bookstores on July 7, but you can certainly order it now!





Meanwhile, let's have a contest--tell us about your favorite stress-reducing supper and leave your email, and you'll be entered in a drawing for the new book.

62 comments:

  1. My favorite stress reducing dinner is usually a salad. Quick and easy. If I do cook I make sure to have leftovers. Nothing easier than reheating a good meal. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  2. Homemade gluten-free pizza
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. My favorite stress-reducing supper is pasta, in any shape, form, or configuration!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  4. Mac n cheese calms the savage beast at our house. Thanks for the giveaway. dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  5. for me, ordering take-out........LOL!!!!
    thank you for the giveaway & congrats to Lucy!!!!
    this is one of my favorite series!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  6. The best stress-reducing supper that we enjoy is vegetarian soup with crusty bread. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. Has to be the old tuna casserole I have made since I was a child. Very simple, nothing exciting but always predictable and tastes so good.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  8. A great giveaway. Thanks. Our favorite easy going and delectable supper would be pasta and kale. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. As a single senior who would rather not cook - take out!!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  10. Mac and cheese, the ultimate comfort food. I wish I had my mom's recipe from when I was a kid; I guess it was in her head. I would love to be chosen to win your next book. LOVE every one so far. I can be reached on the contact form of my website. Thanks!

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  11. This sounds very good! But I really like chicken pot pie, or just vegetable pot pie, made with a home-made pie crust, both top and bottom. Very comforting to me! Congratulations on the new book! Authors are so amazing!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  12. Pizza is our stress reducing meal:) We love making it as a family with all our different toppings:). Thank you for giveaway:) pennymarks@frontier.com

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  13. Going out to dinner with my hubby! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  14. Since my hubby won't eat pasta(which I dearly love)---I have to go with a chef's salad which is super easy to throw together. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  15. Anything I don't have to prepare. Makes no difference what the actual food is. ;)

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  16. Oh, Haley, that pasta sounds so delicious! I think I'll try my hand at it. Actually, my favorite stress reducing dinner is going to my favorite locally owned restaurant and having one of their awesome dinners or potato soup with a glass of Chardonnay, which is what I'm going to do tonight with a friend.
    Kathy502@aol.com

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  17. Our stress reducing dinner is to have breakfast for supper. We do bacon and sausage with scrambled eggs and cheese biscuits.

    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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  18. Our stress reducing dinner is to have breakfast for supper. We do bacon and sausage with scrambled eggs and cheese biscuits.

    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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  19. When in a pinch, anything with eggs...and cheese and herbs...
    Or French . Very soothing and not much prep.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  20. Stress reducing dinner - a good bowl of soup and warm bread to go with it!

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  21. Homemade lobster mac and cheese with a salad.
    scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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  22. Spaghetti is my favorite stress reducer. Its quick and easy to cook. There isn't a better smell than it cooking.
    dellilla9@yahoo.com

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  23. I cook from scratch every day, so the only stress-reducing supper for me is one that I eat out! pattie.tierney@gmail.com

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  24. Soup or chili in cold weather, omelet and/or salad in hot . . . or anything someone else wants to cook. ;-)
    Love these books . . . I may have to visit Key West!

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  25. Sandwiches, with homegrown tomatoes, in the summer! patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  26. Chicken Dumpling Soup with homemade bread. yum!
    24glynis@gmail.com

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  27. Chicken in Italian dressing with vegetables on the side. Easy and delicious. I love this series! Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  28. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich

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  29. My fav. stress reducing meal is anything BBQed and a quick salad! Thanks for the opportunity to win! -Aspen a.incashola@yahoo.com

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  30. My favorite stress reducing meal consists of a big tossed salad topped with shredded cheese and croutons alongside a steak preferably a T-bone grilled medium and topped with chive butter. A tall glass of iced tea is my drink of choice. Thanks for review and the opportunity to win a copy of this book. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  31. My favorite stress reducer is chicken and noddles over mashed potatoes. I have great memories of my mom.
    Thanks for the giveaway and recipe!
    MarshaMysteryreader@yahoo.com

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  32. My favorite stress reducing meal is Salisbury steak, with mashed potatoes and a vegetable! It is easy to make and taste so good.

    Thank for the chance to win! I love this series.

    Frauenb@aol.com

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  33. My Mom's meatloaf with spinach potatoes.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  34. chicken and noodles is my go to comfort food/sress reliever brings back memories when I was growing up!
    lorimkilbride@gmail.com

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  35. My One Pot Wonders are easy to make & stress free.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  36. Pork chops with garlic and dill steamed potatoes and a salad.

    Lauigl [at] carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

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  37. Reservations. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  38. For a stress reducing meal I always turn to pasta because I can only eat it once every 2 weeks due to blood sugar issues. I start with whole garlic cloves in lemon scented olive oil, add my favorite soy meat, mushrooms and fresh tomatoes sautéed with herbs . I also add broccoli. Yes I eat greens even with pasta, then I add fresh parmesan cheese and garlic bread for extra comfort. Its my favorite meal because I do not usually eat any carbs. All the elements together are so good its a real treat for me. I do not eat desserts so I would rather have this! my email is itsacatslife17 at (yahoo) dot com/ I adore this series, its so fun to follow Haley's next adventures.

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  39. Breakfast for dinner. My husband likes for me to make biscuits and sausage gravy. choirlady27@hotmail.com

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  40. Butternut squash soup or the old stand by Grilled Cheese

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  41. Stess reducing means I treat myself so it's pasta or pizza, my favorites for any meal!

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  42. I eat spaghetti with butter, lemon pepper, and a little garlic salt as my comfort meal. Its quick and easy and makes me feel better. Pasta is good anytime
    Moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  43. Bacon and eggs. Easy go to meal for breakfast or dinner.

    xzjh04@ Gmail.com

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  44. Bacon and Eggs. Easy go to meal for breakfast or dinner.

    xzjh04@ Gmail.com

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  45. Stress reducing meal I go back to my Grandmother's cooking... salmon patty, chip fries, slaw and fresh tomatoes out of the garden with iced tea and biscuits and I guarantee it will fix what has you stressed.Thanks for the giveaway. Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  46. I love homemade mac & cheese - extra creamy, extra cheesy with homemade slaw. Both the cooking and the eating! bobwiesmann@gmail.com

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  47. Other than take-out? I love my husband's sautéed salmon and Costco's kale salad mix. Easy for the cook and the cleaner-upper. jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  48. That would be spagetti. And with a bread machine, it's a quick add too. Just takes a few minutes to get it started.

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  49. My Grandma's meatloaf recipe. It's sooooo good.
    dotkel50@comcast.net

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  50. My favorite stress reducing supper is actually serving breakfast food (scrambled eggs, sausage and toast). Easy to make and everyone enjoys it. If time isn't a concern, then I'll make some type of muffins to serve instead of toast. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  51. Stress reducing food is pasta (or oatmeal in the morning. My favorite stress reducing dessert is ice cream.

    kaye dot killgore ay comcast dot net

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  52. thank you all so much for sharing these yummy dinners! The randomly-chosen winner this time is Patricia P, choirlady 27--who makes biscuits and gravy:). Hope you all enjoy FATAL RESERVATIONS!

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  53. Depends on the season...winter: dump you favorite tinned beans/chili or a mix of both in an 8 by 8 pan, cover with frozen chopped peppers, shred cheese-your choice, spread Jiffy cornbread mixture on top and bake foe 35 mins. Serve with salad. Summer: usually a salad with whatever I have on hand.

    Kathleen Bylsma h5apby@yahoo.com

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  54. I grab a Roasted Chicken from the Grocery Store....I can whip up a low fat Chicken Salad, Chicken Enchiladas, Quesadilla's, Chicken Spaghetti, Chicken Alfredo and much more. There is such a variety of items that can be whipped up quickly that are tasty and a crowd pleaser by using a Deli Roasted Chicken. Also, since there are just two of us, we can get more than one meal out of the Chicken. Cookie6175@aol.com

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  55. For me, it's mac and cheese!

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  56. Forgot my email address: cking78503@aol.com

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  57. Pizza! Could really use some today. ourbutton@yahoo.com

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  58. My favorite stress reducing supper is peanut butter & jelly. No cooking & it's always yummy!

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  59. Thanks for the giveaway. Always enjoy reading more of these books.

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  60. Thanks for the giveaway. Always love reading more of these books.

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