smothered liver & onions

8 oz raw liver
1 1/2 oz buttermilk
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 medium onion
salt & pepper to taste
Dip meat in milk, then coat with bread crumbs. Brown in non-stick skillet. Top with sliced onion, salt & pepper, add 1/3 cup water and cook 20-25 minutes on low heat.

(notes from Laurie: keep onion at 350 – might be worth browning the onions a little longer)

Grandma’s original recipe:

pineapple cheese casserole

1 – 20 oz can pineapple chunks, drained (save 1/4 cup of juice)
1/2 cup of sugar
3 tbsp flour
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup grated cheese
Ritz crackers, crushed (I use cheese Ritz crackers)
Place pineapple chunks in a buttered casserole or use Pam spray. Sprinkle cheese over pineapple. Mix sugar, flour, pineapple juice, and 3tbsp melted butter. Pour this mixture over the pineapple and cheese. Top with crushed Ritz crackers and pour remaining butter over this. Bake at 300 degrees until it bubbles well.

(notes from Laurie: as ever, I bump the oven up to 350 and bake about 20 minutes)

Grandma’s original recipe:

mama’s own chocolate 7-layer cake

CAKE
1/2 cup shortening (crisco)
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
3 cups sugar
1 cup sweet milk (I use 3/4 carnation, 1/4 water)
3 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
6 eggs
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
(alt flavorings: rum, coconut, lemon – I use this for my layer cakes but only put one tsp. vanilla instead of the other 2.)
Cream the first three ingredients well. Alternate flour and milk, mixing between additions. Last add the flavoring. Preheat over to 325. For pound cakes, bake at 325 for 1 hr to 1 1/2 hrs. For layers, bake approx 25 – 30 minutes.
(Mother taught me to add flour first and last)

CHOCOLATE ICING
3 cups sugar
1/6 cup cocoa (I fill 1/4 measuring cup and 1/2 again)
1 1/2 sticks butter
3/4 cup canned milk
3/4 tsp vanilla flavoring
Combine sugar and cocoa and mix it together real well then add the milk and stir all this in your pot. Cut up the butter or let it soften; stir well before you start cooking it so it does not stick to the pan. Cook on medium heat stirring constantly until it boils (I wait until it is bullying before setting timer then lower temperature just a notch before timing). Boil for exactly 2 minutes. After icing comes off eye of stove, add the vanilla and beat it as it cools. If in a hurry, sit the pan in cold water until desired consistency. When I make a six layer, it takes two of these recipes. WATCH CLOSELY … IT STICKS!!!!!!!

(notes from Laurie: again, cranked the oven up to 350 and 30 minutes was good. For cocoa, I just did a quarter plus half a quarter. I tried to only make 1 1/2 of the icing recipe and Grandma was right – double it!!)

Grandma’s original recipe:

tin foil hamburger steak & potatoes

Hamburger Meat
Egg or two according to amount of meat
Catsup, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and enough flour to firm the meat.
Pat into large patties and place on large piece of tin foil.
Cut Irish potatoes in large slices and place over meat patties.
Add a layer of onion slices if you want.
Secure the tin foil and place on oven racks and bake 45 minutes on 300 degrees.
Go from the over to the table to serve.

(notes from Laurie: I added the eggs, Ketchup, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and flour to hamburger meat – JK, I completely forgot the egg but I meant to add it – it worked without it for reference. I had to use russet potatoes and perhaps they took longer to cook? or you should slice the potatoes thinner than I did – either way, took an extra 30 minutes to cook and cranked the oven up to 350 after the first 45 minutes.)

Grandma’s original recipe:

winner take all cover

I'm not a pawn in your game, Jackson.I’m so excited to share the cover for my upcoming book, Winner Take All. This book, which first became a twinkle in my eye in the fall of 2009, is very close to my heart. It’s taken on quite a few different forms over the year, but when it truly began to take shape was when I was forced to examine how I felt about living in a culture where girls are still expected to fit into such small boxes of womanhood.

Female ambition is at the heart of this book. The way we judge women who want too much, who want to be the best in a society that expects less of them, who take on masculine traits to succeed and who, at the end of the day, don’t apologize. So much of what this book is – girls learning there’s nothing wrong with being “like other girls,” the way society treats girls who want versus boys who want, and most importantly, that girls do deserve it all – is so much of what burns me up every day when I turn on the news. And more than anything, I wanted this book to say that sometimes, a girl just wants to win because she can.

Plus there’s a hell of hatemance.

So without further ado, check it out!

WTA Cover

For Nell Becker, life is a competition she needs to win.
For Jackson Hart, everyone is a pawn in his own game.
They both have everything to lose.

Nell wants to succeed at everything―school, sports, life. And victory is sweeter when it means beating Jackson Hart, the rich, privileged, undisputed king of Cedar Woods Prep Academy. Yet no matter how hard she tries, Jackson is somehow one step ahead. They’re a match made in hell, but opposites do attract.

Drawn to each other by their rivalry, Nell and Jackson fall into a whirlwind romance that consumes everything in their lives. But when a devastating secret exposes their relationship as just another game, how far will Nell go to win?

Visceral and whip-smart, Laurie Devore’s Winner Take All paints an unflinching portrait of obsessive love, toxic competition, and the drive for perfection.

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Winner Take All is out January 30th, 2018. If you want more novel aesthetics, check out my Pintrest here  and of course, feel free to add it on Goodreads!

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