Lena’s a romantic suspense author with Avon Impulse (an imprint of Harper Collins) and her novel, He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not, debuted August 9th! Yay, Lena! With a title like that, we know it will be an ‘on the edge of your seat’ read!
Lena is sharing her family favorite, Lena’s Secret Recipe for Chocolate Bottom Peanut Butter Pie. It sounds amazing and although she may deny it, she must have some creative moments in the kitchen to come up with such a decadent dessert!
I forgot to add, Lena is giving away romance trading cards to 10 lucky commenters!
Thank you, Chicklets, for inviting me to your blog. I’m a bit intimidated by all the wonderful recipes I’ve seen by other guests, and of course by the lovely Chicklets. I’m not much of a cook. In fact, the joke in my family is that I’m only good at making foods with three ingredients. Below is my sum-total list of specialities in the kitchen. Note that they only contain 3 ingredients!
* Deviled Eggs – (1) Eggs, (2) mayonnaise, (3) salt
* Rice Krispie Treats – (1) Rice Krispies, (2) marshmallows, (3) butter
* Cole Slaw – (1) Cabbage, (2) mayonnaise, (3) sugar
* Black beans and Rice – (1) Black beans, (2) White rice, (3) chopped Polska Kielbasa
Okay, there is one other dish, Black-Bottom Peanut Butter Pie, that I make on special occasions, like Thanksgiving and Christmas. I don’t make it very often because it takes a long time and a lot of work. Since today isn’t Thanksgiving, and it’s not Christmas, I’m not breaking tradition and making it now, but I’m including the recipe below. This is the only recipe I’ve ever created, and I’m quite proud of it. No one has ever eaten one of my pies and not loved it. (If you make the recipe and don’t like it, please don’t tell me. I’d rather keep my success streak intact!)
Lena’s Secret Recipe for Chocolate Bottom Peanut Butter Pie
I made this recipe myself by borrowing and modifying from several other recipes. It’s very yummy and my family loves it. I hope you do too! It is different from most peanut-butter pies because I drastically cut back on the amount of peanut-butter. This makes it much lighter tasting – delicious.
Makes 4 pies. Takes about three or four hours if you count wait time for freezing the chocolate bottom, then the filling, then decorating and freezing again. Definitely not something you can throw together quickly. But these pies freeze for weeks and are still delicious.
2 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cup heavy cream
4 Graham Cracker pie crusts
Combine chocolate chips and cream. Stir constantly over low heat until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour into graham cracker pie crust, just enough to cover the bottom and come up about 1/8 inch. For extra-chocolaty flavor, use chocolate graham cracker pie crust (but my family prefers regular). Put in freezer until hard (about an hour probably).
16 ounces cream cheese
1 ½ cup powdered sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
32 ounces Cool Whip
Mix cream cheese, sugar, peanut butter and Cool Whip until blended. Pour into black-bottomed pie crust, put in freezer until it sets pretty well (probably about ½ hour or maybe an hour).
Tollhouse miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
Spray whipped topping
Hershey’s chocolate syrup (optional – makes pie a little messy because it doesn’t freeze solid)
Hershey’s Caramel Ice Cream topping (optional – makes pie a little messy because it doesn’t freeze solid)
Use spray whipped topping to cover top of pie.
Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of pie.
Drizzle Hershey’s chocolate syrup and some Caramel syrup on top of pie
Cut Reese’s miniatures into fourths and sprinkle top of pie with them.
Pie thaws out and starts to melt very quickly. Take it out about ½ hour before you want to eat it. Can’t sit out long – will have to put rest of pie back in freezer quickly.
There is one other food item that I absolutely love. And since I don’t have to make it, it’s very high on my favorite list. For lunch I often go to Zaxby’s for a Garden (meaning, no chicken) House Zalad with light ranch dressing, no Texas Toast. LOVE IT! And it’s very low on calories–always a good thing. I’ve included a picture below showing a yummy zalad. I highly recommend them!
So what’s your favorite lunch food? If it’s low calorie, even better. Tell me about it!
He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not was a finalist in the 2010 RWA Golden Heart®, and won both the 2009 TARA and the 2010 Daphne du Maurier awards.
Lena grew up a Navy Brat, but while two of her three siblings followed her father’s footsteps and joined the Navy, Lena loosely followed her musically talented mother’s footsteps by choosing a more creative path, writing. Her first novel-length manuscripts were paranormal romances ranging from contemporary vampire stories to medieval druid tales. Since dead bodies kept creeping into everything she wrote, she eventually turned to romantic suspense. Today Lena can be found in North Florida with her husband of twenty-plus years, her belly-dancing daughter, her mud-bogging son, a tri-colored Sheltie named Sparky, and a pair of Beta fish named Rocky Bal-Beta and Mr. T.
You can connect with Lena at www.twitter.comLenaDiaz , www.facebook.comLenaDiazAuthor , or www.LenaDiaz.com and to order, go to: http://harpercollins.com/authors/38579/Lena_Diaz/index.aspx (click on her book cover above 😉 )
(Or go to any online major online book retailer (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.).