Tuesday Treats: Cubanos

I’m still all caught up in my upcoming release of UNDER THE ASSASSIN’S MOON. So…when it came time to pick a recipe for today, I considered something Brazilian, since the bulk of the story is set in Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon jungle. However, the heroine is 1/2 Cuban–the granddaughter of Cuban immigrants. And I happen to really like Cubanos. I won’t get into the discussion of whether these delicious sandwiches are traditional Cuban or a creation from South Florida. Don’t care. They’re good. Also, I lean toward the Miami version rather than Tampa, because I’m not a fan of salami. Anyway…

YIELD: Makes 2 sandwiches
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes

2 (8- to 10-inch) sections Cuban bread, split open horizontally (see note)
4 tablespoons yellow mustard
6 ounces sliced Swiss cheese
6 ounces thinly sliced dill pickles
8 ounces sliced honey ham
6 ounces leftover Cuban-style roast pork
4 ounces sliced Genoa salami (optional; see note)
2 tablespoons butter

1. Preheat a panini press or a large cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat. Lay bread, open side up, on a work surface and spread the bottom and top halves with mustard. Layer bottom and top halves with Swiss cheese. Working only on bottom halves, layer on all of the pickles, ham, roast pork, and salami (if using). Close sandwiches, pressing gently.

2. Butter top and bottom of panini press and press sandwiches with moderate pressure until crisp on both sides, about 8 minutes. If using a cast iron skillet or griddle, melt half of butter in pan and add sandwiches. Use a second pan to press on them as the first side crisps. When crisp, flip sandwiches, add remaining butter, swirl to coat, and continue cooking while pressing until crisp on both sides, about 10 minutes total. Slice sandwiches in half diagonally and serve immediately.

Special Equipment
Panini press or 10-inch cast iron skillet or cast iron griddle

Cuban bread is a soft white bread made with lard. Look for it in Latin bakeries or groceries. If unavailable, use any not-too-crusty, soft white rolls, preferably with some lard or fat baked into them. Salami is a traditional ingredient in Tampa-style Cuban sandwiches, but can be omitted.

CLICK HERE for a step-by-step, and very entertaining, description of how to make a Cubano. As I mentioned above, Izeta Cordero, the heroine of UNDER THE ASSASSIN’S MOON, is half Cuban and was raised by her grandparents. Even though she’s a CIA operative, in the quiet times beween assignments when she’s curled up at home on the Outer Banks, Zeta would definitely make herself a Cubano. And trust me, Brody thinks these hit the spot. They can even make them when they’re motoring around on The Moonstruck. You only have to wait one more week to read their story. Just click on the cover to pre-order it now from Amazon!

Do you have a favorite warm sandwich? If so, share with the rest of us!

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Another Random Monday

So…there was a week. And a weekend. And now it’s Monday again. Whoppee.

So, in a brief recap of the week that was…It was a week. So here’s some random stuff.

On the writing front…yeah…not much got done. Hangover from getting UNDER THE ASSASSIN’S MOON finished. As y’all probably know, it’s up for preorder. Just click on the cover over there on the right side if you want to add it to your Amazon cart. Or, if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can wait until the 21st, download it, and read it that way. Either way, thanks! This week, I have to get into Red Dirt headspace. Or else.

On the sports front, my Cardinals are playing better so that’s a yay. Both OU’s and OSU’s former quarterbacks now with the NFL had good preseason games Thursday night. Too bad the NFL players are still pissin’ me off so I won’t be watching for a second year. Ah well. That’s what recaps are for, right?

I’m continuing my re-listen to Jennifer Ashley’s Shifter Unbound series. I’m not keeping track of them on Goodreads because I just listened to them in March. It’s a different take on shifters and I enjoy Ashley’s voice. I’m just killing a little reading/listening time until the end of the month when Ilona Andrews’ MAGIC TRIUMPHS releases. It’s to be the culmination of the Kate Daniels series, which gives me a big ol’ sad!

In WTF? News:

There was a giant boa constrictor loose in my neighborhood. The first we knew of it was when the darn thing got found. Luckily, a looooong way from here. Lawyer Guy is not fond of snakes. And there are weapons in the house.

Railroad police in Chicago used a bait truck in a neighborhood where there had been lots of thefts from their railyard. Local neighborhood activists are all up in arms because how dare the police put the temptation of high-end shoes (Nikes and Loubotins) in a LOCKED truck in their neighborhood to entice the populice to break into the LOCKED truck to see what was inside, then steal said high-end merhandise. Because, you know, it’s OKAY to break into a LOCKED truck and steal stuff. I mean…seriously?

And on that note, it’s time to get on with my day. How was your weekend?

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Friday Sinema: Assassin’s Creed for Real

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a little obsessed with many things “assassin” at the moment. UNDER THE ASSASSIN’S MOON is up for preorder (CLICK HERE to grab your copy!) and personally, I think my Wolves would be awesome at parkour. Since the Wolves live in my imagination, I’ve had to resort to Youtube. I hope you enjoy this little “run” through London, a la Assassin’s Creed style. 🙂 What do you think? Could my wolves nail this? Have a great weekend!

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Thursday Thoughts: Universal Time

Time is of the essence. Time flies. Time is money. All in good time. Third time’s the charm. Time will tell. With deadlines looming, and me running out of time, time has become precious. And then the Universe slaps me up side the head with this:

Sometimes, Silver, when things take longer than you thought they would, it’s just a gentle reminder that you have more time than you thought—and that there’s a journey to enjoy.

Yeah, like all the time in the world.

Enjoy every minute,
The Universe
© http://www.tut.com ®

Besides, Silver, just because it’s taking longer than you thought it would, doesn’t mean stuff isn’t happening, even as you read these words.

I nudged UNDER THE ASSASSIN’S MOON right up against the deadline. Which put me behind on my next deadline. But I did finish it in the nick of time and you know what? I needed that time to write the book right. Stuff did happen, stuff that needed more words, more thought. And that’s okay. I’ve learned to pay attention to the words, to the time it take for a book to take shape, for the characters to settle into their skin. And with some nudges from the Universe and a friend, I took the time for that to happen. I think the book is better for it. I’ll find out after the 21st, once it’s released into the wild. So how do you spend your time? Do you spend it wisely? Or do you take time to smell the roses? 😉

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Wednesday Words: Celebrate!

Today’s #1lineWed is all about the celebration. While there are two mentions of something to celebrate and a party in UNDER THE ASSASSIN’S MOON, I’m celebrating the fact it’s finished, I have an awesome blurb (with help from B.E.) an amazing cover due to my fantastic cover creator, Only, and I got sent into Wild Aces Press for formatting and uploading. It should be available for preorder soon. Trust me, I’ll be posting that link as soon as I get it. In the meantime, enjoy the cover and the full blurb!

A Wolf with a target on his back…
Brody Buchanan went AWOL from Delta Force to find the truth. When a message in a bottle eventually leads him into the depths of the Brazilian rain forest to a burned-out orphanage, the last thing he expects to find is his mate. Or his enemies. Good thing he has friends.

A woman on a deadly mission…
As one of the CIA’s most lethal assassins, Izeta Cordero’s job is to eliminate enemies of the USA. Her current assignment is to eradicate a former Delta Force Special Operator who’s gone off the reservation. When Zeta puts the man in her cross-hairs, she discovers he’s far more special an operator than she ever imagined, putting her mission, her heart, and maybe her life at risk.

Under the Assassin’s Moon…
Old enemies reappear and death comes hunting, but two lost souls might find the redemption—and the love—they didn’t know they were searching for. All they have to do is survive.

I’m celebrating hitting me deadline, a book I think readers will enjoy, and an sexy-gorgeous cover. If you have some celebratory words to share from your #WIP, do! If not, what are you celebrating today?

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Tuesday Treats: Chocolate-Covered Oreo Cookie Cake

What could be better than Oreo Cookies? Or chocolate? How about a chocolate covered Oreo Cookie cake. Yeah, that’s what I thought, too. Kraft thinks this cake would make a good birthday cake. I think it would just be good cake! Especially with a cup of coffee. 🙂

Prep Time: 20 min.
Total Time: 1 hr. 20 min.
Servings: 16 servings

Make our delectable Chocolate-Covered OREO Cookie Cake recipe to start a tasty new tradition. Everyone loves this cookie cake recipe as a birthday treat!

What You Need
1 pkg. (2-layer size) devil’s food cake mix
1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/4 cup butter
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
12 OREO Cookies, coarsely crushed

Make It
Heat oven to 350ºF.

Prepare cake batter and bake in 2 (9-inch) round pans as directed on package. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Invert onto wire racks; gently remove pans. Cool cakes completely.

Microwave chocolate and butter in small microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Cool 5 min. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gently stir in COOL WHIP and crushed cookies.

Place 1 cake layer on plate, spread with cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread top with chocolate glaze; let stand 10 min. or until firm. Keep refrigerated.

CLICK HERE for all the nutritional information. This is a dessert that isn’t hard to make and everyone would like because…Oreos and chocolate! Am I right? Of course I am. Cassidy Barron, the original Bee-Dubya, agrees. This cake is a staple at all Red Dirt Royalty celebrations. Cowgirls and billionaires alike love this cake. If you Desire to read about how Cass and Chance met, fell in love, and managed a modern-day cattle drive, just click on the book cover and go grab a copy of COWGIRLS DON’T CRY, the first book in my Red Dirt Royalty series.

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Monday One and Done

First draft done. Deadline tomorrow. Head-down edits on-going. Coffee is a necessity. S’all good.

News to follow at six. 😉

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