It’s Cinco de Mayo! Fiesta!

from Wikipedia: “Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a voluntarily-observed holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. It is celebrated primarily in the state of Puebla and in the United States. While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.”

Matt Garratti, a paramedic in murder mystery Final Sin, (and SOON to have his own story…) just loves Mexican food. While he was up in the Hudson Valley area of New York he found a favorite restaurant which served a terrific Pulled Chicken Taco. Since he and his wife Sudah moved to North Carolina (oops, spoiler alert) he convinced the restaurant manager to give him the recipe.

And now in honor of Cinco de Mayo he wants to share this recipe with you –

Pulled Chicken Taco
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
cayenne powder
chopped cilantro
diced tomato
muenster cheese
  • Boil the chicken breasts until done and set aside until they’re cool enough to handle. With two forks, pull the meat apart and place in a small pot on low heat.
  • Mix in just enough applesauce to hold the chicken together—add the cayenne, and chopped cilantro. Simmer until heated through.
  • Generously fill the bottom of a corn taco shell with the chicken mixture, top with shredded lettuce, diced tomato and shredded muenster cheese.
  • Add hot sauce to taste (Matt likes A LOT of this)
  • Serve with Mexican Rice and Refried Beans. Enjoy!

HV RWA Writers’ Networking Luncheon

The Hudson Valley chapter of the Romance Writers of America will celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a Writers’ Networking Luncheon on Saturday, September 12, 2009, 11.00am- 1.00pm at the Palisades Mall 4th floor community rooms. The public is invited but reservations are limited to the first fifty (50) people to respond; lunch is included and admission is free.

Guests will be able to meet our board members, talk with our published authors and mingle with other writer’s looking to make their mark in the publishing industry. Chapter authors that will be on hand (many of them are award winners) include: Carly Phillips, Eileen Charbonneau, Janet Lane Walters, Jane Toombs, Kathryn (Taylor) Attalla, Jenna Kernan, Allie Boniface, Gina Rosavin, Charmaine Gordon, Chelle Cordero, and Saul Weber.

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009
Time: 11.00am- 1.00pm
Place: Palisades Mall
100 Center Drive
Nyack, NY 10954

Please contact Kat Attalla at 551-486-3438 or Email