My two cooks, Alli and Gina are struggling to make ends meet with their personal chef business at the end of Mission Impastable. As only an author can do, in book two, Prime Rib and Punishment, I create part-time jobs for them working for a martinet of a chef at a newly-opened cooking school. I want them to succeed, right? But …
Things don’t go well from the beginning, and then there’s the murder that implicates Alli. And all those police questions. Sigh! She sets out to prove her innocence, but suspects abound making the task difficult. Was it the underworld guy? The berated student? The weight loss guru? The under-appreciated chef? The victim’s wife? The school owner? The school owner’s wife? Or was it …?
Despite the odds, you know Alli. She’s an intrepid gal!
Spoiler Alert: Alli solves the crime! But then you knew that would happen, didn’t you?
As you also know, titles in the “Dinner is Served” series signal the focus for the majority of the recipes. Lots of pasta in Mission Impastable. In Prime Rib and Punishment, there’s a focus on meat recipes. Want a little taste of a recipe in PR&P? Here is a recipe I created just the other night for DH and me.
Cheesy Chicken Fingers
<serves 2-4 depending on sides>
1# Chicken breast, cut into tenders
¼ c butter, melted
½ c flour with
salt, pepper to taste
1 t garlic powder
1 egg, beaten
½ c bread crumbs
1 T basil
¼ c Asiago Cheese
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare baking pan.
Mix together bread crumbs, basil, and cheese
Roll chicken tenders in butter.
Dredge in flour mixed with salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Roll in beaten egg
Dredge in bread crumb mixture
Bake for ~20 minutes (until crispy brown) turning halfway through
½ cup cranberry jelly
juice of small orange (with some pulp)
1 T tarragon
Equal amounts of mustard and honey blended well
Enjoy this with your favorite sides. We had a green salad and mandarin orange noodles.