Diane Sawyer Newsletter/Blog #6 April 2013

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Hi everyone,

Welcome once again to the readers of the previous five newsletters. And welcome aboard to the people I met during a recent cruise to Key West; Roatan, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Guatemala. Thank you one and all, and happy reading.


Diane Sawyer


Writing news

Montauk Mystery Montauk Steps Tomoka Mystery Cinderella Murders Montauk Cave

I am pleased to announce that the final phase of the publication of my five novels by Amazon Publishers will soon be complete. As of now, the two most recent novels, The Cinderella Murders and The Treasures of Montauk Cove, are available in all three formats: Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle. The earlier three—The Montauk Mystery, The Montauk Steps, and The Tomoka Mystery, already available in hardcover, are scheduled for release in Kindle format on May 21 and in paperback format on July 23. Happy reading!


In a previous newsletter, we traveled the world (at Epcot) without leaving the United States. Here’s a new twist on that idea. You can see much of the USA without leaving home and prepare meals that celebrate those places. Come on! Have fun in the kitchen and try several of the following:

Alaska King Crab…Baked Alaska…Boston Baked Beans…

Boston Cream Pie…Brunswick (Georgia) Stew…Buffalo Wings…California Roll…Catalina Dressing…Charleston Red Rice…Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza…Coney Island Hot

Dog…Denver Omelet…Florida Oranges…Georgia Peaches…

Hershey Chocolate…Idaho Potatoes…Kansas City Ribs…

Kentucky Fried Chicken…Key Lime Pie(The Florida Keys)…

Louisiana Hot Sauce…Maine Lobster…Manhattan Clam Chowder…Maryland Crab Cake…Mississippi Mud Pie… Monterey Jack Cheese…New England Clam Chowder…New York Strip Steak…New York-Style Cheesecake…Omaha Steak… Philadelphia Cream Cheese…Philly Cheese Steak…St. Louis Ribs…St. Louis-Style Barbecue…Texas Chili…Texas Toast…Thousand Island Dressing…Virginia Ham…Virginia Peanut…Washington Apples…Wisconsin Cheese.


Cooking Delights in a Slow Cooker: Chicken Cordon Bleu

serves 4, 4 oz each serving


4 large chicken breast halves, boneless and skinless

4 slices deli ham; 4 slices Swiss cheese

3 tablespoons flour; 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste; fresh parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil

1/2 can cream of celery soup, undiluted

1/2 package dry vegetable soup mix. (Lipton’s or Knorr’s)

1 chicken bouillon cube; 1/2 cup boiling water



  • Pound chicken to 1/8 inch thickness. Place 1 slice ham and 1 slice cheese on each breast. Roll up, tuck in ends, and fasten tightly with a toothpick to prevent the cheese from seeping out.
  • Combine flour, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; place on a dish. Coat chicken thoroughly. Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  • Brown chicken in hot oil in a large skillet, at medium heat.
  • Carefully place browned chicken in a slow cooker.
  • Dissolve chicken bouillon in boiling water. Combine both soups with bouillon. Stir. Pour over chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Remove chicken from slow cooker and discard all toothpicks. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with rice. Bon appétit.

Cooking Tip: Freeze the remaining half of both soups in a plastic bag for the next time you prepare this dinner.

Did you know? “Cordon bleu” means “blue ribbon,” as in first place or highest award. Switzerland claims first culinary mention of “cordon bleu” in the 1940’s for a dish made with schnitzel filled with cheese, rolled in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. Chicken “cordon bleu” was first mentioned in a 1967 NY Times article.


This and That

I have set aside my usual “This and That” amusing anecdote to recall the recent bombings in Boston. Many of you have a connection to that city or area. Either you lived there, or went to school there, or visited that area as a tourist, or a family member or friend or you yourself have run the Boston Marathon or been a spectator, and some of you or your loved ones were there this year.

So many authors, columnists, reporters, and commentators focused on common themes in their observations about the Boston Marathon bombings. They praised the brave, selfless people who rushed forward to help the wounded, not knowing if more bombs would explode at any moment. They noted that the bombers underestimated the spunk and resilience of the Boston people. They underscored the American spirit that was center stage for the world to see during this horrific attack. And they predicted that the bombers’ names will soon be forgotten; the Boston Marathon, almost a rite of spring, will take place next year as it has for so many years; and the American people will continue to show that they live by the words “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

I would like to add my prayers to yours and to those that have been sent from around the world to offer condolences to the victims and their families and to offer gratitude to the courageous responders.



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