Please join me in welcoming bestselling author Andrew Grey to our holiday efforts to send books to the military! Andrew and I are part of the same local chapter of Romance Writers of America, and it’s been my privilege to get to know him over the past several years. He’s always quick with a smile and encouragement, and when I asked him if he’d be interested in supporting our efforts he didn’t blink as he said “yes!”
What do you make, bake, create or purchase for the holidays, Andrew?
For Dominic and I Christmas is a very special time. He spent ten years as a pastry chef, so he spends weeks baking cookies, bread, and fruitcake. He bakes at least a dozen different kinds of cookies and prepares all the food for our annual holiday open house. My job at the holidays is to decorate the house. I put up four trees each with a theme, including a small one in the kitchen with candy and food based ornaments. Then once the baking is done and the house decorated, we have the first of the holiday parties at the house, which is the one for my writer’s group. From then until Christmas, the holidays are in full swing.
Holiday Spinach and Feta Cheese Ball
1 (10-ounce) box frozen spinach, chopped, thawed and squeezed dry
1 (4-ounce) package crumbled feta cheese
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese at room temperature (or soften in microwave on defrost setting)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 scallions (green onions) chopped fine
1 teaspoon Greek seasoning from the Spice House (original recipe used 1 oz. envelope powdered ranch dressing mix)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed fine
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped
In a large bowl, mix together the spinach, feta cheese, cream cheese, lemon juice, seasonings, herbs, and garlic. Blend thoroughly, then scrape mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Fold wrap over the cheese mixture and use to shape into a ball or log. Chill for several hours until firm, then unmold onto a serving plate. For a more festive look, you can shape this to look like a tree and decorate with pimento pieces as ornaments and a star cut from yellow bell pepper on the top.
Thanks for sharing with us, Andrew!
Andrew gifted us a peek of A Lion in Tails. Check out the excerpt and purchase information here.
Find Andrew at the usual places:
Web site: www.andrewgreybooks.com
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