Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year


Happy New Year greetings! As we say goodbye to 2011, I'm reminded of what a great year it was at the House of Tystad. I moved into fiction with Blue Hill, started this blog, and got back into motorcycle riding. I've had a lot of fun meeting new friends and promoting my books through events like Adopt an Indie. When I'm not doing that, I get on the bike as often as I can. I'm very fortunate and I count my blessings every day.

My wish is for you to greet 2012 with great hopes and dreams. May the new year bring you new opportunities, great success, and time with family and friends. Happy New Year.
"In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want."
Old Irish Toast

Friday, December 23, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

BlogTalkRadio BBCN Special


I was honored to be a guest of author and blogger Donna Brown on her BlogTalkRadio show last night. She welcomed me and a few of the other "Adopt an Indie" authors to her show for some great conversation. In case you missed it, you can listen to the show on-line or download it to your iPod. Here's the site: BBCN Special

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Chicken and Asparagus with Pasta


This is a very basic recipe that can be put together quickly and modified according to your tastes. I cut chicken breasts into cutlets when they're still slightly frozen and that makes the cutting easier. My seasoning is a Rosemary-garlic-onion blend that works well with the chicken. Some may prefer a breading on their chicken for recipes like this, but skipping that step makes this quick and easy, but still very satisfying.

Chicken and Asparagus with Pasta

chicken cutlets
Italian seasoning
olive oil
asparagus
pasta
vinegar
Parmesan cheese

Fry chicken cutlets in olive oil and Italian seasoning; set aside. Boil pasta. Steam asparagus. Toss cooked pasta and asparagus with olive oil and vinegar in pan used to cook chicken; heat through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve chicken over pasta.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Bay Scallops, Asparagus, and Bacon with Pasta


Today I'll be starting a new series of posts on one of my most favorite topics of all... food. We'll visit the House of Tystad kitchen from time to time for original recipes, tips, and general musings on all that tastes good. To get us started, I've chosen something that was thrown together with what was found in the refrigerator. Honestly, this was not planned in advance, but the results were amazing.

Bay Scallops, Asparagus, and Bacon with Pasta

fresh bay scallops
asparagus
smoked gouda cheese
cooked bacon
milk
garlic and spices
pasta

Saute scallops with garlic and spices. Steam asparagus. Boil pasta. Warm cheese and add milk to create desired consistency; add bacon. Mix scallops and asparagus with cheese sauce. Serve over pasta.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

First Snowfall

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?"
J. B. Priestley