Hi, my name is Atty Eve and since this is my guest post I’m going to make myself at home. I am a writer also but I write thrillers. My debut novel My Beautiful Suicide is out right now. The blurb and links are below. In my novel the main character, Cosette, spends a lot of time in her best friend’s café. And in keeping with the theme of this blog I will share with you all Cosette’s favorite dish.
Bar-B-Que Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Mac-N-Cheese.
For the shrimp
8 slices center-cut bacon, halved widthwise
16 large raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed (jumbo does not cook well with this recipe)
1 cup of your favorite Bar-B-Que sauce
16 wooden toothpicks or 4 wooden skewers
For the Mac-N-Cheese
1 (8 ounce) package cavatappi
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
black pepper, to taste
2 ½ cups finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, don’t skimp on quality!
1/2 cup breadcrumbs, buttered
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Spray 13×9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
Start heating water to boil for cavatappi.
While that’s warming up to a boil, start on shrimp.
Take a half-slice of bacon and coat it in the Bar-B-Que sauce then wrap it around a shrimp. Poke a skewer or toothpick through it and place it, seam side down, on a foil sheet.
Repeat with the rest of the bacon and shrimp.
Brush on sauce and let sit while preparing Mac-N-Cheese.
Water should be to a rolling boil by now.
Cook and drain macaroni according to package directions; set aside.
In a large saucepan sauté garlic in butter.
Add flour mixed with salt, red pepper flakes and black pepper, using a whisk to stir until well blended.
Slowly pour milk and cream in; stirring constantly.
Bring to boiling point and boil 2 minutes (stirring constantly).
Reduce heat and cook (stirring constantly) 10 minutes.
Add only 2 cups of shredded cheddar little by little and simmer an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.
Take off heat
Add macaroni to the saucepan and toss to coat with the cheese sauce.
Transfer macaroni to 13×9 baking dish.
Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and remaining ½ cup of cheese
Now the yummy part. Place bacon wrapped shrimp on bed of Mac-N-Cheese.
Bake 20 minutes until the top of pasta is golden brown, the shrimp are cooked through, and the bacon is crispy.
So there you have it, Cosette’s favorite dish.
Now just so you get an idea of what my book is about and who this Cosette girl is, here is a blurb about
My Beautiful Suicide.
“Suicide is selfish.
It tells the world that you are weak. It tells the world your family and friends have failed. It leaves them with guilt that they could have done more but didn’t. It tells them they are clueless and helpless.
I am weak, but I am not selfish.
My suicide will not leave my family and friends with guilt and shame; it will leave them thankful that they knew me for the short time I was here.” – Cosette Hugo
Her brother died. Her parents divorced. Her high school bully is relentless. Cosette doesn’t have a lot to live for, but it isn’t until she accidentally kills someone that Cosette makes the decision to take her own life.
Unwilling to bring shame to her mom, best friend Mattie, or her boyfriend Chris, Cosette decides the best method of suicide is to become a victim of the local serial killer, The Poser. But every time she goes out to find him she gets attacked; her instincts take over, and she ends up killing her attackers. This quickly leads to unbearable guilt. Desperate to finish this before she gets caught or racks up more victims, Cosette does the unthinkable.
“And when I reach my final goal, to meet my brother in heaven, and we’re looking down at my victim in Hell, he will say to me ‘Well done, Cosette. What a Beautiful Suicide.’”
Thank you so much for reading this far, here are my links.