Here in the States, we celebrated our Independence Day yesterday, the Fourth of July! As always, the employees (it feels more like a family) from Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks got together and enjoyed the holiday--and all the holiday food.
Our table included juicy burgers, grilled-just-crispy-enough hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon and lemonade. All-American food for an All-American holiday.
Which means I feel a little funny talking about Italian food today. Then again, maybe you need a little change from your holiday fare, and we do have a new book to talk about.
Just last Tuesday, “Italian Iced” hit store shelves. It’s the tale of my latest adventure here in Hubbard, Ohio, and though I don’t want to spoil any surprises for you, I can tell you that I had a couple big shockers while looking into the case of a body found in the Terminal freezer.
Turns out the victim was someone from my past, and pretty soon, it seemed like just about everyone I’d ever met in the time I worked as a private chef for a Hollywood superstar showed up in small-town Hubbard. We’re a pretty down to earth bunch here on the border of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Handling handsome Italian race car drivers, an Italian countess, a failed actress, and a teenager with a chip on his shoulder proved something of a challenge.
Have no fear, we came through with flying colors, and this time, those colors were as green, white, and red as the Italian flag. Through it all, we kept our wits about us, kept (almost) everyone out of danger, and ended with a happily ever after that I hope is as special to readers as it was to me.
We kept our appetites, too. “Italian Iced” includes some of my favorite Italian recipes including Spaghetti Dra Diavolo and Penne with Bacon, Tomatoes, and Spinach.