Recipes for Every Writing Project: The OMG it Happened Salsa!

Today I’m shouting on the mountain stops – well the tops of the Hollywood Hills – because something I’ve worked six long years to see has finally happened! To me! ME!

Last week I told you all that a literary agent had requested the full manuscript for my Paranormal Romance, Cold in California. I just got off the phone with that agent and he offered representation!

I have a champion! A knight in shining armor taking my book through doors I can’t get into! I have an agent!

THIS calls for something special and spicy and ubber celebratory! This is a wonderful recipe for those with a quirky sense of humor and adventurous pallet. It works beautifully with unsalted blue corn chips, a great dip for chilled large cooked shrimp and one of my favorite ways to enjoy this Grilled Grape Salsa, is to serve it warm over pan seared scallops or tilapia. Deeeeelish!

Grilled Grape Salsa

1 C Green Grapes, sliced in half long ways

1 C Red Grapes, sliced in half long ways

1 tsp. Olive Oil

½ C Pecans, rough chopped

3 Tbs. Cilantro, rough chopped

½ Large Red Onion, small diced

½ Large Red Bell Pepper, small diced

1-2 Jalapeño Peppers, seeded and small diced

1 Clove Garlic, minced

¼ tsp. Cumin

1 tsp. Sugar

2 Tbs. Cider Vinegar

1 Tbs. Lemon Juice

S&P to taste

Toss sliced grapes in olive oil and grill over medium heat on stove top grill or griddle (or in a large heavy pan) until skins are marked but grapes are still firm.

Place grapes in large mixing bowl and add all remaining ingredients. Mix and chill. Serve cold with chips or chilled cooked shrimp or heated over grilled chicken, pork or pan seared scallops or fish.

Variations

  • Substitute small chunks of grilled, fresh pineapple instead of grapes
  • Toss in ½ can black beans and ½ cup thawed frozen corn kernels
  • Add 1 cup shredded fresh carrots

Have some friends over and celebrate, because as they tell me … the real waiting starts now, LOL.

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About Deborah Riley-Magnus

Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach. She has a twenty-seven year professional background in marketing, advertising, and public relations as a writer for print, television, and radio. She writes fiction and non-fiction. Since 2010, she had two novels released. In 2013 her nonfiction, Finding Author Success (Second Edition), and Cross Marketing Magic for Authors were released. Her newest book, Write Brain/Left Brain, focuses on bridging the gap between the creative writer and the marketing author. Deborah produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She writes an author industry blog and teaches online and live workshops as The Author Success Coach. She belongs to several writing and professional organizations. Deborah has lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently returned after living in Los Angeles, California for several years. View all posts by Deborah Riley-Magnus

7 responses to “Recipes for Every Writing Project: The OMG it Happened Salsa!

  • amandamholt

    Hey, girl!

    Congrats on the lit agent!

    I’m still waiting to hear back from a plethora of them on a project of my own…

    If ever I am in your position, i am going to attempt to make this OMG salsa.

    You are an inspiration and a delight!

    Sincerely,

    Amanda M. Holt

    • Deborah Riley-Magnus

      Amanda, thanks so much, I’m flattered but there’s nothing inspirational here except down and dirty tenacity. Don’t ever give up and keep querying. Truth? I got three rejections the day the offer of representation came … and two since I signed the contract. You just never know which agent will be your champion!

      Oh, and the OMG Salsa, that’s great for every occasion, lol.

      Deb

  • Monique Happy

    Deb, I ALMOST couldn’t be more excited if it had happened to me. You’ve worked so hard to get where you are, and I am learning a lot from you and enjoying every minute of it. I’m doing a little dance over here on your behalf *smile*

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