Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Progressive Dinner

Welcome to one of the Salad course options in the M/M Writers' Buffet!  

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Here are the rules - Dinner starts on 12/31/2014 at noon EST. You can "choose your own dinner adventure" from appetizers, soup, salad, main dish and dessert, but those of you who visit and comment at each and every blog will be entered into a drawing for one of three (3) $35.00 gift cards to the venue of your choice: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or All Romance Ebooks.

Plus, some individual authors (like me!) might include a private drawing for those people who stop by. So read, drink and be merry! Happy New Year from all of us, at the M/M Writers' Buffet!

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I’ll admit, my idea of cooking usually involves a microwave or the toaster oven (or both, when I employ my micro-bake method). But I do have a few things I’ve created to appease my picky taste buds, and I can operate a grill and a stove. One recipe is a BBQ Shrimp Caesar Salad. It’s super yummy, and can be made in the summer (using the grill for the shrimp) or in cruddy weather (sautéing the shrimp). 

Here’s what you need:
Romaine lettuce
Parmesan cheese
Romano cheese
Caesar salad dressing
Shrimp. Raw, peeled and deveined. Use as many as you want.
BBQ spice rub
Crusty dinner rolls

Make the salad first. Combine the lettuce with the salad dressing in a bowl, mix it up, then shred some Parmesan and Romano cheese on it. After the salad is done, stick it in the refrigerator while you cook the shrimp. 

Then throw the dinner rolls into the toaster oven to heat them up. You’ll need one for every person. I usually go with French rolls, since they are nice and crusty but soft on the inside.

For the shrimp part, you’ll need a good BBQ spice rub. Rub the BBQ spice onto the shrimp. If you are grilling, then put the shrimp on skewers and grill until the shrimp are cooked. If sautéing, then put a bit of olive oil in a pan, heat up the pan on medium heat, and then sauté the shrimp until they are cooked. 

The final step is to take the salad out of the fridge, throw the BBQ shrimp on it and then tear up the French rolls to make croutons and throw them on the salad as well. The salad is especially yummy when eaten when the shrimp and rolls are still warm – it makes a wonderful warm/cold combo.  

There you have it – one of the few dishes I can actually cook with a level of success and that doesn’t come out of a box. It’s not something any of the characters in my books would have eaten – my guys live in England in the early 1800’s. They like meat and good old fashioned English food. I don’t eat meat and my taste buds aren't a fan of most traditional English dishes. But if Ben and Cavin from Thief lived in the 21st century, I could image Cavin making a salad like this one for Ben for a light luncheon or as one of the courses for a dinner party. 

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To enter the New Year's Progressive Dinner giveaway for one of (3) $35 gift cards to a choice of venues mentioned  above, leave a comment on this post and the other posts in the dinner party. The winner will be chosen and announced on January 6, 2015.

Also, I'll be giving away (1) ebook from my backlist. To enter, leave a comment on this post with your email address. Winner will be chosen at random by yours truly.
-Must be at least 18 yrs of age to enter. One entry allowed per person. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary to enter. I'll post the name of the ebook winner on January 6th, 2015 on this blog post. I'll also send the winner an email requesting their book of choice. The winner has until January 14th, 2015 to respond to the email.
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UPDATE: And the winner of the ebook giveaway is Kaisquared! Congrats!! I've already sent her an email requesting the ebook of her choice.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the New Year's Progressive Dinner!
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You are cordially invited to click on the author's name below to link directly to their blog!

Lynn Lorenz
Morticia Knight
K.A. Mitchell
Clare London
Stormy Glenn

Lou Harper
Alex Beecroft
Lou Sylvre
Posy Roberts
Elin Gregory

Ava March
Poppy Dennison
Lee Rowan

Main Dishes:
Rhys Ford
ZA Maxfield
LE Franks
KC Burn
Anne Tenino
EM Lynley


Amy Lane
Christopher Koehler
Belinda McBride
Jamie Samms
EM Lynley


  1. What a fun blog hop! My email addy is jewelisms at gmail dot com. Happy New Year!

  2. I am loving this progressive buffet! I think I may even have almost everything I need at home to make your BBQ Shrimp Cesar. Too cold out to fire up the grill though. Have a Happy New Year! ardent(dot)ereader(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. My son would love this salad - shrimp & salad are two of his favorite things to eat. Thanks and Happy 2015!

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  4. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. My resolution is to eat more healthy (after I finish this piece of fudge in my hand) so this recipe is perfect! Thanks for sharing.

    Waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. It is definitely sauteed shrimp weather here! Happy New Year!

    emmasmom69 AT gmail DOT com

  7. Thanks for the recipe! Sounds yummy!


  8. Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year! amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. I love Caesar Salad, but I haven't tried with shimp before. Sounds good!


  10. I am a big fan of salads. Really, they belong with almost every dinner. They are versatile and a meal in themselves. Shrimp definately classes a salad up.

    cmucha319 AT yahoo DOt com

  11. I love salad, but not really a fan of shrimp. Thanks for the recipe though, I think my husband would love it.

  12. I love seafood! Thank you for the recipe!

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  13. I'll take my salad shrimpless lol


  14. Love a good salad!

  15. Love a good salad, especially Caesar Salad. Thanks.

  16. Thanks for the recipe. Sounds yummy. kissedbymidnight AT gmail DOT com.

  17. Thanks for the recipe. Happy New Year!
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

  18. Sounds delish. Thanks.

  19. Oh I'm all over this recipe it's right up my alley...thanks and Happy 2015

  20. I love salad. I can usually eat them.
    debby236 at gmail dot com and hotmail

  21. A shrimp Caesar would be fantastic!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

  22. Sounds tasty

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  23. Oh a Shrimp caesar salad sounds divine at the moment.

  24. I love shrimp and salad, how can you go wrong! Happy New Year.

  25. I love shrimp, but have to admit I'm not a big fan of Caesar salad...

    tracykitn AT yahoo DOT com

  26. What fun blog hop!
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

  27. yum I love shrimp. Thanks for the recipe. Loving the blog hop.

  28. Oh, I would gladly read a wee bit of a contemporary AU with Cavin cooking things like this for Ben :D

  29. Love salads and this one sounds yummylicious! Thanks!

  30. Quick & Easy when moving on the go..

    Thanks for the recipe

  31. Salads are a go to staple for me for both lunches and dinners and this will be a nice addition to my usual ones.

  32. Great use of a spice rub.

  33. I'm so used to hearing about chicken in a caesar salad that I never thought of using something else like shrimp.

  34. Yum, I like a good shrimp! Thanks for sharing!
    OceanAkers @