Thanksgiving Lasagna

RWWLogoThis week on the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop, we’re sharing recipes for Thanksgiving. If you haven’t already visited Brenda Margriet hope you’ll stop in for her recipe.  I’m sharing my lasagna which is a favorite Thanksgiving entree of my crew.  Here’s my my ren-dish-ion

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¼ cup olive oil or enough to cover large sauce pan

4 cans tomato paste

1 cans whole tomatoes

6 garlic cloves peeled

Oregano or Italian seasoning to taste

1 tsp salt

In large sauce pan heat olive oil and add garlic cloves and cook until slightly brown. Extract cloves and add tomato paste. Let paste fry in oil for a couple of minutes and add 2 cans of water while stirring. Add can of whole tomatoes and season to taste.  Simmer on low for three hours.  I usually transfer to the slow cooker.


1 lb Mozzarella cheese

1 lb Ricotta cheese

2 eggs

1 lb Italian Sausage Links (mild)

Romano cheese grated

Lasagna noodles

Parsley flakes

Fry Italian sausages let cool and break apart.

In large bowl mix all of ricotta cheese, eggs and parsley

Partially cook lasagna noodles

In large glass baking dish (I use a 10X15) spoon a light layer of sauce and then a layer of noodles. Next layer sauce on top along with some sausage meat. Then a layer of mozzarella and top with even spoonfuls of ricotta mixture.  Add some grated Romano and repeat layer process until pan is full with last layer of sauce, meat and cheese on top.

Bake at 350. Bake 30 minutes and check. Continue to cook until hot all the way through and mozzarella is melted/

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Pop on over to Jenna Da Sie and see what she’s cooking.





Romance Writers Weekly – Publishing



This week on Romance Writers Weekly, Leslie Hachtel asks, “If you’re published, how is the business different than what you expected? If you’re planning to publish, what are your expectations?”

This is a sensitive subject for me at the moment. When I first began writing, I didn’t expect to publish. As time passed, a beta reader suggested I query my story.  It wasn’t until I joined a writing group that I made strides toward being published.

I entered the publishing world first by signing on with a small press for my paranormal novella which was published as an e-book and later in paperback.  Afterward, I won a contest with my novel, Hot as Blazes. By the next year, I’d obtained a contract with a major publisher. I was surprised by the number of editing rounds with the larger publisher.  My wonderful editor taught me more than I’d learned from reading books, conferences or even from fellow writers.

For me, getting published wasn’t about becoming a best-selling novelist but the hope of gaining a following of readers. As far as earnings, enough cash to pay for our family’s annual beach rental would be satisfying enough.

Sadly, neither goal has come to pass. To date, I’ve received one e-mail from a reader.  Though only one, it was the best review I could have wished for.  Reviews on my four published works have been above average. However, sales have yet to earn enough to even cover my annual RWA membership or the premium version of my WordPress website for a year.

A writer friend told me it took her seven years to build a following so I have a few years to go. I’ve never been a social butterfly and find the marketing aspect of authorship extremely difficult.  I’ve also found, unless you’re a best-selling author, promotion from any publisher is minimal at best. However, it you land a good editor, what you’ll learn will be worth the percentage in royalties.

I haven’t decided if I’ll continue to continue on the traditional publishing route or dip my toe into self-publishing. Now let’s hear from A.S. Fenichel and if you missed Brenda Margriet.


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