#FoodieFriday with Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan


Amalie’s Instant Pot Mongolian Beef. This is a go-to recipe for a quick healthy meal for my family of five, and it’s done in 20 minutes. I adore my Instant Pot–it takes the time and stress out of cooking, and if you’re lazy like me and forget to defrost the meat, you can even cook meat straight out of the freezer! Yay for lazy cooks who prefer to read but still serve delicious meals.


Recipe from https://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/pressure-cooker-mongolian-beef/



  • 2 pounds flank steak, cut into 1/4″ strips (or beef for stewing, already cut up from the grocery…because lazy cook)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed (I skip garlic because we have an in-house allergy)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (I used low-sodium soy sauce)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar (I use less sugar, a half cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 green onions, sliced into 1-inch pieces (garnish is way too much work)


Season beef with salt and pepper. Put oil in the cooking pot and select browning (or saute setting). When oil begins to sizzle, brown meat in batches until all meat is browned – do not crowd. Transfer meat to a plate when browned (I skip this part and just throw everything in there after browning).

Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add soy sauce, 1/2 cup water, brown sugar, and ginger. Stir to combine.

Add browned beef and any accumulated juices. Select High Pressure. Set timer for 12 minutes.

When beep sounds turn pressure cooker off and use a quick pressure release. When valve drops carefully remove the lid.

Combine the cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water, whisking until smooth. Add cornstarch mixture to the sauce in the pot stirring constantly. Select Simmer and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Stir in green onions.



Amalie is currently reading Lorraine Heath’s latest, BEYOND SCANDAL AND DESIRE.



Angie’s Hot-Tot-Tot-Toddy. Hot Toddy’s are my go-to drink in the winter when I want to either warm up—or kick an oncoming cold’s butt! They’re so simple to make, and leave me feeling all kinds of cozy. Sticking the lemon wedge with whole cloves gives it a spicier flavor.



2 ounces whiskey or Scotch

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 cinnamon stick

1 lemon wedge

5 whole cloves

3 ounces hot water

2 tbsp. honey




Add whiskey or scotch and lemon juice to a glass. Poke whole cloves into the lemon wedge, and place it and the cinnamon stick in the glass. Pour hot water over the ingredients, and then stir in honey. Voila!


Recipe from: http://www.laughtard.com/easy-hot-toddy-recipe/



Angie is currently reading Ernest Cline’s READY PLAYER ONE.



Don’t miss your chance to grab My Hellion, My Heart by Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan for just 99¢!



Lord Henry Radcliffe, the scarred but sinfully sexy Earl of Langlevit, is a beast. The only way Henry can exorcise the demons of his war-ravaged past is through intense physicality. In and out of bed. An endeavor that has no shortage of willing participants.

Intent on scandalizing London, Princess Irina Volkonsky is a hellion and every gentleman’s deepest desire…except for one. Irina knows better than to provoke the wickedly forbidding earl, but she will stop at nothing short of ruination to win the heart of the the one man she cannot stop thinking about.

But when one scandalous kiss makes dangerous passions ignite, neither of them can fight their sizzling attraction. When a sinister plot emerges to threaten them both, they will have to fight one last battle, this time for the ultimate prize…love.




Amalie Howard grew up in Trinidad & Tobago where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees, and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks, and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie’s poem “The Candle,” written at age twelve, was published by the University of Warwick press. At fifteen, she was a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Award (a global youth writing competition). A Colby College graduate, she completed dual Honors Theses in both French and International Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Colby, she was cited for her research contribution to Raffael Scheck’s article, “German Conservatism and Female Political Activism in the Early Weimar Republic,” and his subsequent book, Mothers of the Nation. She also received a distinction in English Literature from the University of Cambridge (A-levels) as well as a postgraduate certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, account executive, and global channel sales director for a Fortune 500 company. She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, SLJ, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist and a silver Moonbeam award winner. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

Angie is the author of several young adult and middle grade books, including The Beautiful and the Cursed, The Lovely and the Lost, and The Wondrous and the Wicked (written under the name Page Morgan) and Everlasting and The Eternal Sea, and two Suzanna Snow Mystery novels (written under her real name, Angie Frazier). Critically acclaimed by Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, VOYA, and The Bulletin, Angie’s novels have been an IndieNext selection, a Seventeen Magazine Summer Book Club Read, and a #1 Amazon bestseller.

A lover of history and romance, and with a number of bookshelves stuffed with paperback romance novels by her favorite historical romance authors — Sarah MacLean, Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Hoyt, Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, Lisa Kleypas, Sabrina Jeffries, and so many more — Angie has finally taken the leap into adult romance.

My Rogue, My Ruin is the first of three books in her new Lords of Essex series, co-written with her good friend and fellow author, Amalie Howard.

Angie lives in New Hampshire with her husband, their three daughters, and a menagerie of pets. When she isn’t writing, she’s either reading, training for a half marathon, cooking, shuttling her children to school, dance, and gymnastics, or — if she’s lucky — sleeping.

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