Showing posts with label R P Dahlke. Show all posts
Showing posts with label R P Dahlke. Show all posts

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Dangerous Harbor - R. P. Dahlke, Author

Chile Relleño Casserole:

8 slices of white bread
2 small cans chopped Mild chiles
½ Cup Monterrey Jack Cheese
2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Cups Milk
6 eggs
¼ tsp. Garlic powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp oregano leaves or ground oregano
½ tsp paprika

Optional: 1 C each frozen corn and/or zucchini sliced thin

Trim crusts off of the 8 slices of firm white bread.
Butter one side and place buttered side down in rectangular casserole dish
Sprinkle 2 cups shredded cheese evenly over bread.

In blender, add 6 eggs, 2 cups milk, salt, paprika, oregano, garlic powder and whiz. Pour over cheese.
Top with more paprika or chili powder or green scallions for color.
Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.

Bake uncovered @ 325 for one hour or until top is brown and middle is firm.
Can be served warm or cold. 

A Dangerous Harbor – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds – Desserts

‘Katy leaned over and deftly nudged the weedy raft around so that its reluctant passenger was facing her, and then ever so gently, pushed back the wet strands of black hair.  Dark wings of brow stood out in stark relief on pale olive skin.  It was a girl, maybe all of sixteen, she guessed.  “Where’d you come from?”  She wondered to no one in particular.  As if to answer at least part of her question, the ocean swelled, lifting up the maiden’s bier until Kate was looking into slightly open eyes.  There were o petechiae, the telltale red dots freckling the cornea and typical of strangulation.  “Not strangled, but still…”  A frothy red bubble clinging to the nostril and a few more at her mouth said drowned, but not in the water very long as the limbs were still pliant and the skin wasn’t bloated or damaged by fish or sea birds.’

Detective Katrina Taylor Hunter, of the San Francisco Police Department, was forced to take a sabbatical after shooting her sister’s stalker.  While the investigation was going on, she decided to take sail down to Ensenada, Mexico to clear her head and hopefully return to her position on the force.   After discovering a floater Katy has doubts about the head clearing part of her trip.  Her doubts are confirmed when after spending hours at the Ensenada Police Station she bumps into Gabriel Alexander, a former ‘love of her life’ who is being investigated as a possible connection to the dead girl found by Katy.  And to make matters worse, she meets Chief Inspector Raul Vignaroli.  Her reaction to him is immediate attraction.  One problem…he wears a wedding ring and Katy has no desire to become involved with a married man.  So will she be able to handle being around him after he cons her into helping with the investigation?  Also, how will she handle her feelings for Gabe, the man she loved so deeply in her younger days?

Following Katy as she uncovers what appears to be a sex slave market being run by not only one of the boat captains but also the drug cartel, will keep you on your sitting on the edge of your seat, biting your nails and guessing.  I had several ideas for who the killer(s) would turn out to be but found myself wrong most of the time.  I have to say that the real killer, whom is not exposed until the end, surprised me.   A Dangerous Harbor has turned out to be just as good as the Lalla Bains books A Dead Red Cadillac and A Dead Red Heart, both written by RP Dahlke.  All three will keep you on the edge.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Dead Red Cadillac - R. P. Dahlke, Author

 (A favorite recipe from R. P. Dahlke)
1 ½ lbs fresh green beans-stringed
1/3lb. julienned cheddar cheese
½ C. slivered almonds
½ C. chopped each: olives, green bell pepper & red bell pepper

5 T. Lemon juice
2 large cloves garlic
½ olive oil
½ tsp Tarragon
1 tsp. dill week
Dash pepper and salt
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
½ C. fresh parsley
Steam green beans until dark green but still crisp—drain and cool
Add dressing, cheese, etc.
Cover and chill overnight
Lasts in Fridge until your friends eat it all gone! 

A Dead Red Cadillac – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘I hung up, and with hands that palsied, I grabbed the nearest set of keys and drove our old farm truck into Modesto.  I ignored the familiar rattling of the loose drive shaft, the torn vinyl headliner, the missing door handle, and the growing spider web of broken windshield on the passenger side.  The drive was a no-brainer, one where I can easily divide my attention between the road and work schedules before hitting the outskirts of the nearest mall.  But, not today.  I couldn’t stop thinking about Caleb’s words.  Of all the answers to the whereabouts of my car, not in a million years would I have guessed that my Caddy would be found tail fins sticking out of the shallow end of Turlock Lake.  And behind the wheel, neatly buckled into her safety belt, was none other than the blue ribbon winner in this year’s county fair’s jam making contest, Patience McBride.’

Lalla Bains has had a few mishaps in the last few days.  Her Ag-CAT plowed into a row of tomatoes while making an emergency landing, breaking her leg.  Her dad, who owns the plane and the crop dusting company that she was flying for, would never believe it wasn’t pilot carelessness that caused her to make a crash landing.  And now her best friend Caleb, who is also the sheriff, has just informed her that he has found her bright red Caddy in the lake with a dead body in the driver’s seat.  So she can’t fly and now she can’t even drive her luxury car around town.

Patience McBride was a widow who kept to herself and never bothered anyone, so why would anyone kill her?  Well, since it was Lalla’s car she was in and she herself has become a suspect, Lalla has decided to find out.  Her first suspect becoming Patience’s nephew who appears in town around the same time as her murder.  He seems to be quite a smooth talking con artist, especially with the women, Lalla included.  Making him less and less of a suspect in her eyes but not in Caleb’s.  The confusion really starts when Eddy steps into the picture.  After taking a couple of shots at Lalla, in her own home, she is able to knock him out with a book end only to have her own father Noah turn him lose.

Another roller coaster ride of suspects and murders.  Author R P Dahlke has given us the works with A Dead Red Cadillac – murder, mystery, suspense and humor.  About half way through the book I was given 1 clue that lead me to the person I felt was the killer.  The more I read, the more I doubted my conclusion.  It wasn’t until the end the last few pages that I was able to determine if I was right or wrong.

Amazon page for A DEAD RED CADILLAC, available as Kindle @$2.99 and as a trade paperback @$12.95

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