The “Fry it Up in the Pan” Sweepstakes

Okay, gang. You probably already know that as of (essentially) Wednesday, I’ll be a full time freelancer, but that’s not the relevant milestone today. Today’s milestone is Monday–that day when the baton officially passes to me, that day when I officially become Responsible For Making Dinner. The goal from that point forward will be to have dinner on the table when Lisa gets home from her long day toiling in the salt mines. This is important for you because one of the things on my list of “things to do” now is to … ahem … Learn to Cook.

So, why, you may ask, is this important to you?

On Monday, you see, I’m going to actually cook dinner–and by cook I mean to undertake something more complicated than make up a salad and do a frozen dinner, or a Bertolli, or a soup, or whatever other substandard thing I’ve been foisting off on my better half under the auspices of being too rushed or too tired to make something real. Monday, I’m going to cook. That’s right. Lisa’s bringing home the bacon, I’m frying it up in the pan. What I need, though, is a recipe.

This is where you come in.

So here’s the deal–the Fry it Up in the Pan Sweepstakes, as it were:

You send me a recipe (email it to me at in enough time for me to get the stuff, and if I like it best, I’ll make it on Monday. And if I make it on Monday, I’ll send you a free copy of one of my works of your choice. It can be either an e-copy or hard copy of anything available on my site, or, if you want two, I’ll send you hard copies of both editions of Writers of the Future I’ve appeared in. If you want something else (copy of a magazine or whatever I’ve appeared in), we can probably work it out off line. And if your recipe makes me into a hero with my beloved, well, then I may just throw in something more. Remember, though, I am not yet at the Chef Ramsey level, so you’ll want to take this into consideration when you submit your gems.

So, have at it. My spices are ready, my oven is set on marvelous.

The next step is up to you.

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