Tunnel - The Lost Diary - Steven Nedelton, Author

2:36 PM Posted by Martha A Cheves


Maple Squash Puree
(A Steven Nedelton Special)


Brilliant orange squash is a vegetable everyone in the family loves, especially when you sweeten the deal with maple syrup. A dab of butter works wonders to make it ultra rich and creamy. You can also make this slow-food style with fresh roasted squash, but frozen works perfectly when time is tight.

Yield: Makes 4 servings


INGREDIENTS
  • 2 12-ounce packages frozen cooked butternut squash or winter squash
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt to taste

Directions


Put the frozen squash and water into a large saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the squash is thawed, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the maple syrup and butter and season with salt.

Notes

Mangos, squash, and carrots get their bright orange hue from beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant which actually imparts a yellow-orange color to food.


Tunnel - Lost Diary Tunnel – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds – Desserts

“He stopped walking for a moment, beginning to wonder what the officer had brought in and where he had hidden it.  Whatever it was, it was not so small that he could have missed it on his way in.  He recalled that the wagon the three men were pushing was on the incoming rail, on the right hand side of the tunnel.  He also figured the wagon could not have been driven any further than the next stationary wagon he could barely see in the distance.  That meant the officer might have hidden his treasure somewhere near it, the contents being too heavy to carry by hand.  He began running toward the next wagon…he was getting close to it when he noticed a grey iron door on right wall. He stopped running and walked over.  It was fairly rusted, flush with the wall, and shaped like the opening of a dog house, three to four feet height and equally wide.  There was a handle on the door and he tried to turn it, but it wouldn’t budge, going neither up nor down.  He looked around the floor and found a half of a brick next to the wall…
“What are we doing here, boy?  Hunting for State property?” a man’s voice boomed from behind him.

Ben Kalninsh was just a kid when he watched the Soviet soldiers hide their stash in the tunnel that had not been used for several years.  He just knew it had to be guns and he sure wanted one for himself.  What he didn’t expect was to be caught by one of the soldiers who had decided to steal the stash for himself and go AWOL.  And with the help of Ben’s father, he had a plan that would keep him safe while getting himself and his stash of gold out of the country and into America.

Ben had virtually forgotten about his encounter in the tunnel as well as the man he knew as Andris.  Everyone seemed to have forgotten Andris, or so it appeared.  But he was brought to light when Ben’s father and their friend and neighbor were both brutally murdered for what seemed like no apparent reason.  It seems that there was more than gold hidden in the tunnel that day and the Soviets wanted that extra little find which turned out to be a diary.  It also appeared they wouldn’t stop searching and killing until they had their hands on it. Why was that diary more important than gold?

The Lost Diary Tunnel takes you into the world of espionage, betrayal, lies and a lot of agents working both sides of the fence.  What these people will do just to keep the Americans from knowing what’s really in the diary will scare the hell out of you.  At least it did me.

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