Saturday, November 17, 2012

Something's Fishy!!

Hey there. Since this is my first time on this blog, I thought I'd better introduce myself. My name is Stefano Mancini, and I’m a fantastic chef.

Correction! I was a fantastic chef. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

As a firm believer of   "the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach." I am a lethal to all the unsuspecting females out there. Women take one look at me and line up. Yeah, I'm that hot--and that good.

I fully intended to win the Caribbean Cook-off on the cruise and to sample every woman on the ship in the process. That included one of the judges, a fiery redhead named Jordan McAllister, who proved to be a challenge. It didn’t help that on the night of the first elimination round, I fell face first into my signature halibut dish—deader than a …Well, you know the cliché.

I guess you'll have to pick up a copy of MURDER FOR THE HALIBUT, coming January 1, to find out if that redhead was able to prove my death was the result of an unfortunate screw-up—or murder.


  1. Hey, man, that's tough. Face down in the halibut? As a homicide detective, I'm betting on murder.

  2. Hi, Stefano, can you share one of your fav recipes with us? The holidays are right around the corner and I'm in recipe mode.
    So sorry you got knocked off at least you were on a sweet cruise.

  3. Sounds like your ego may have precipitated your unfortunate end? A little humility goes a long way, dude!

  4. Looking forward to reading this even if you're not seeing it through to the end.

  5. Oh, Stefano! Being a ladies' man is always trouble. Perhaps you tried to seduce the wrong woman with your heavenly halibut?

    ~ Krista

  6. Afternoon, Detective. I wish you had been on the cruise with Jordan as she was way out of her league on this one. And yes, it was murder, but who did it? Seems like everyone on the ship had a pretty good reason to knock me off. Good luck solving crimes.

  7. Hello, Miss Duffy. Heard congrats were in order!! As for the recipe, here's a fav of Jordan's for the Thanksgiving holiday. Yummy!!

    Ray’s Pumpkin Pie Crunch

    1(15 ounce)can solid pack pumpkin
    1(12 ounce)can evaporated milk
    3 large eggs
    1½ cups sugar
    4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 package classic yellow cake mix
    1 cup chopped pecans
    1 cup(2 sticks)butter, melted
    Whipped topping

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl combine the pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Pour the pumpkin mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the pumpkin mixture and top with pecans. Drizzle the melted butter over the top. Bake 50-55 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm with a dollop of whipped topping. Refrigerate the leftovers and reheat in the microwave before serving. You will never eat regular pumpkin pie again!

  8. Ah, Victoria, you see right through me. I am--or was--that good! Humility? That's for people who can't cook like me.

  9. Erika, thanks for the nice comment. I wish I could have stayed around longer as the cruise was lovely. Oh wait--there were more bodies!!

  10. Krista, that darn halibut did me in, but before I went down, I did have my fair share of lovely young ladies with a hankering for my spectacular fish. Did I tell you that my wonderful recipe is in the back of the book?