Saturday, November 8, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie by Gina Henning {Guest Post}

The How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie Blog Tour runs from November 7th until November 18th.  
Each day of the tour a different character will share their favorite recipe for Thanksgiving. 
Stop by and see what’s cooking in the Hauser kitchen and be sure and enter the giveaway for a $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card, just in time for Thanksgiving!

A warm pie. A tasty guy. Happy Thanksgiving indeed.
Lauren Hauser is home for the holidays, and she’s been given a challenge: preparing her grandmother’s pecan pie. The problem? Lauren’s not famed for her baking skills. In fact, while her sister would win Star Baker every week, and her mom at least knows a sieve from a spatula, Lauren’s bakes have always been more dangerous than delicious!

Still, no Thanksgiving would be complete without dessert…which is why Lauren finds herself searching for pecans on Thanksgiving Eve. Stumbling into a gorgeous stranger laden down with bags of pecans seems like a holiday miracle…but despite Jack’s kissable lips he’s frostier than a snow cone…and out of sight before she can say ‘Macy’s Parade’!
As the clock counts down to Thanksgiving dinner, Lauren is running out of time. And without her grandmother’s perfect pecan pie it won’t be a very Happy Thanksgiving! What Lauren needs is a knight in shining armour. And it might just be that the magic of Thanksgiving will find her one after all…

Home for the Holidays series:
Book 1 - How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie
Book 2 - How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake
Book 3 - Coming just in time for the 4th of July

Luke Hauser’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe
The back office at the Hauser home has been converted into a mini-video recording studio for each member of the Hauser family along with two special guests to share one of their favorite Thanksgiving recipes other than the pecan pie.

Hauser Family File: Luke Hauser is married to Aurora Hauser and the father of Winter and River and the brother to Lauren Hauser. Luke has just finished a 10k race, but has begrudgingly given his recording.

 “Roll the tape.”

Luke lumbers into the room. His dark hair is wet and the tank-top he is wearing is sticking to his chest. He slumps down on the leather couch. “Hey oh, what am I supposed to say? Oh that’s right my favorite recipe, except the pecan pie, right right right got it.” Luke motions his hand in the air. A waft of male odor fills the room.

“Okay I guess it would have to be the antipasto platter my mom puts out each year before the big meal. Don’t get me wrong I’m a turkey guy too...but while I’m waiting for all the other great fixings to be ready, I like chowing down with some proscutt, mozzarella, and feeding my little flower petal salami. You know what I’m talking about.” Luke nods his head. “That’s a take, right?”

Leia Hauser’s Antipasto Platter Recipe
1 pound of assorted sliced deli meats (Salami, Prosciutto, Pepperoni, Mortadella)
8 ounces of each assorted cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano cut in irregular chunks, fresh Mozzarella, Manchego, Gouda, Havarti
15 oz Marinated Artichoke Hearts                    
½ pound Roasted Almonds
10 oz Garlic Stuffed Green Olives                    
10 oz Kalamata Black Olives
1 pound of mixed Grapes                                      
½ pound of assorted dried Cranberries and Apricots
A loaf of sliced Focaccia bread

1. Arrange the meats on a large cutting board to come to room temperature at least 30 minutes before serving.
2. Assemble the cheeses with their knives on a platter along with the fruits, almonds and bread.
3. Place each of the olives, marinated artichoke hearts in separate bowls on the platter.

*Don’t miss the Hauser family Thanksgiving, available now from all these fine eBook Retailers:

Williams-Sonoma $50 Gift Card
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*Be sure to stop by these blogs for sneak peeks and secrets from the Hauser Family!

7th November – Candy’s Raves 
 8th November – Avid Book Collector
9th November – Krysten Lindsay 
10th November – Aurelia Bowl
11th November – Rosie Amber  
12th November – Holly Martin 
13th November – Karen Aldous  
14th November – Rebecca Raisin 
15th November – eBook Review Gal  
16th November – Mika Jolie 
17th November - Katie Oliver 
18th November – Gina Henning 

Gina Henning currently resides where bluebonnets line the highways in the spring, but she prefers the rock flower anemone from under the sea. Above the ocean's surface Gina likes to dance with her three boys and travel to exotic places like the grocery store with her husband. Her pooch Schatzi is a mix between German Shepherd and possibly pig. One of Gina's favorite pastimes is running. She recently completed her one-and-done marathon. At the end of the day her glass of wine is always half-full.

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