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Friday, October 21, 2011

Weekend Cooking - Warm Berries In Custard by Linda Evans

I was recently given the opportunity to review actress Linda Evan's new autobiography, Recipes For Life: My Memories.

I was fascinated by this memoir in that it isn't just a book of one woman reminiscing about her past - Linda tells wonderful stories about her incredible life, and also shares recipes that are called to mind with these stories.  And written in her unique voice, reading the book is almost like sitting down with this elegant lady and chatting over coffee. And she has had a wonderfully amazing life. From her first acting days as "Audra" in "Big Valley to her memorable role as "Krystal Carrington" on "Dynasty," Linda shares little known stories about life in Hollywood. She is also very candid about her personal life.

"Recipes For Life" would be a great gift for any fan, and for cookbook lovers as well.

Linda's publicist recently sent me an email with this following recipe to share with my readers.  I hope you'll find this as mouth-watering as I did!

Warm Berries in Custard
By Linda Evans,
Author of Recipes For Life: My Memories

This dessert is easy to make yet classic. Typically you make this with just strawberries or raspberries but I've added blueberries or peaches. Just be sure that the berries or fruit are cut or sliced small enough that you get a good combination of berry and custard flavor with every spoonful. You can assemble the fruit in the dishes several hours in advance and then add the custard just before serving.

4 cups berries or fruit, room temperature, cut or sliced
1 cup heavy cream
2 egg yolks
½ cup powdered sugar, plus a few tablespoons extra for dusting
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ tablespoons Chambord (or raspberry-flavored) liqueur

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Divide the berries among 8 (4-ounce) oven-proof ramekins (or 6 (6-ounce) ramekins).
Whip cream until soft peaks form. Add the egg yolks, ½ cup powdered sugar and vanilla and continue whipping for another minute.

Sprinkle a little liqueur over each ramekin. Pour the custard mixture over the fruit in each dish and place the dishes on a baking sheet in the oven. Bake 3 minutes.
Remove the ramekins from the oven and preheat the broiler.
Transfer the ramekins to the broiler and broil until light golden brown, watching carefully.
Put a few tablespoons of powdered sugar in a sieve and lightly dust each ramekin. Serve immediately.

The above is an excerpt from the book Recipes For Life: My Memories by Linda Evans. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.
Copyright © 2011 Linda Evans, author of Recipes For Life: My Memories

About The Author:

Linda Evans, author of Recipes for Life: My Memories, is an award-winning actress who has personified beauty and grace to American television viewers for over five decades, from her role as Audra Barkley on The Big Valley, to the glamorous Krystle Carrington on Dynasty, to Hell's Kitchen, which she won in 2009 in London, England. She has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama series and has won five People's Choice Awards for Best Female Performer. Linda was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. For her contribution to the television industry, Linda has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

After Dynasty, Linda moved from Hollywood to the Pacific Northwest, where she began an extraordinary journey of self-discovery. She has returned to performing frequently, starring in the stage play, Legends, and winning the Hell's Kitchen competition while working under Michelin-starred chef Marco Pierre White.

Linda's often lavish and luxurious life has rivaled Krystle Carrington's. She has dined with queens and presidents, been romanced by the rich and famous, and today, what Linda treasures most is the wisdom she has gained along the way.Linda lives in Rainier, Washington.
For more information please visit http://lindaevansofficial.com, and follow the author on Facebook

I received a review copy of this book from the publicist, Leyane at FSB Associates. I was not compensated for my opinion.

Weekend Cooking is a weekly meme sponsored by Beth Fish Reads http://www.bethfishreads.com/.   Check out the other yummy recipes that fellow bloggers have posted!


caite said...

well, I am not sure I think of Ms. Evans as a cook, but I must say that sounds good.

Beth F said...

Sounds like the perfect summer dessert. I too never thought about Evans as being a cook until I started seeing some reviews of this book. Berries with custard is a great combo.

Nan said...

Oh yum!

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Apparently she is a very good cook, and has been collecting recipes and such since she was a young girl!

TheBookGirl said...

This definitely sounds like anything but your run of the mill cookbook or memoir. I like how she's combined her recollections with the recipes that are related to her memories.

Lisa@ButteryBooks said...

Is that a modern day picture of her...if she looks like that I would definitely eat anything she tells me to.

Vicki said...

This is the second time I've seen this book. I'm adding it to my list before I forget about it again.
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JoAnn said...

Oh yes, I remember Linda Evans from both The Big Valley and Dynasty.. didn't know she cooked, too!