Christmas Wishes

Dishwasher Salmon and an Unforgettable Story

salmondishwasher_previewMy latest short story, Christmas Wishes, which is also included in the bestselling anthology Christmas Romance (The Best Short Romances of 2013), is not only a story about love, moving forward, and wishing, but there is also a side story about a fish.A fish? Yes, a fish. And not just any fish, but a salmon to be exact.I have received many lovely letters about that silly fish. Most ask: "Can you really cook a fish in the dishwasher?" The answer is simple. Yes, you can cook a fish in the dishwasher. Yet, if you are like Lee from Christmas Wishes, I strongly suggest that you do so at your own risk! :)For those of us who can cook, here is the recipe for Dishwasher Salmon. Enjoy! (But remember to never use dish soap when cooking! LOL)


Dishwasher Salmon


4 6-ounce salmon fillets 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper heavy duty aluminum foilDill Sauce: 2 tablespoons butter 2 leeks, white part only, finely chopped, then thoroughly washed 1 jalapeño chili, seeds and membranes removed, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup vegetable or chicken stock 1 1/2 cups lightly packed fresh dill, stems removed before measuring 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup sour cream


  1. Cut two 12-inch square sheets of aluminum foil.
  2. Place two fillets side by side on each square and fold up the outer edges.
  3. Drizzle 1 tablespoon lemon juice over each fillet. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Fold and pinch the aluminum foil extra tightly to create a watertight seal around each pair of fillets. Make sure the packet is airtight by pressing down on it gently with your hand. If air escapes easily, rewrap.
  5. Place foil packets on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run dishwasher for the entire "normal" cycle.
  6. When cycle is complete, take out salmon, discard foil, place one fillet on each plate, and spoon a generous serving of dill sauce overtop.

Don’t have a dishwasher? Bake foil-wrapped packets in a preheated 400°F oven for 12 minutes.Sauce

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a sauté pan.
  2. Add the leek, jalapeño, and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the leeks are translucent—but not brown.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add the stock. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. (Adjust heat as required to maintain simmer.) The liquid should reduce by half.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Transfer to a blender or food processor and add the dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Puree until smooth. Reserve and reheat just before serving. Stir in the sour cream at the last minute.

About Danica Winters: Danica Winters is a bestselling author who is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing).  She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.
Christmas WishesChristmas Wishes
Published September 26, 2013
Available in Paperback November 1, 2013
Length: Short Story
Publisher: Books To Go Now
Purchase Links: Amazon | Kobo | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads              
Pages: 30
Blurb: For most, Christmas is a time for family, love, life, dreams, and wishes—but not for Lee Llewellyn, a mother who has recently lost her son to an accident and her husband to the resentment it caused.In a chance encounter, she is given the gift of company on Christmas, but is she ready to move forward and start living again?
Christmas Wishes

ChristmasRomance HighRes(1)Christmas Romance (The Best Christmas Romances of 2013)Short Story Anthology Authors: Danica Winters, Jennifer Conner, Sharon Kleve, Casey DawesBlurbs:Christmas Wishes-Danica Winters: For most, Christmas is a time for family, love, life, dreams, and wishes—but not for Lee Llewellyn, a mother who has recently lost her son to an accident and her husband to the resentment it caused.In a chance encounter, she is given the gift of company on Christmas, but is she ready to move forward and start living again?Central Bark at Christmas-Jennifer Conner: When Tennyson’s boyfriend left her for her best friend from high-school, all Tennyson received in the break up was her dog. She’s sworn off men and now is rebuilding her life. The only thing Par does is work. He barely has time to do anything he wants for himself other than take his dog to the dog park. When Par and Tennyson find an abandoned dog at the park named Duke. Will they find room in their hearts to take him in?And can this Christmas season weave some special magic for the two of them?Halo's Wish-Sharon Kleve: Halo Ann Carlyle wishes for a home, family, and a boat-load of pets. What she gets is a bruised hip, a lump on the head, a broken ankle, and her new yellow Honda Civic is demolished.Rich McFarland, a sexy veterinarian, keeps showing up in the most unexpected places, promising everything she's ever wanted.Halo believes she only has time to pursue her career as a pet detective and must ignore her growing attraction to achieve her dreams.Will Halo trust her heart, and find a way to get both before Christmas?Christmas Hope-Casey Dawes: Clara Misowski is convinced Sam Richards’ cheese making operation would be a perfect stop for her culinary tour group.He’s adamantly opposed to anything to do with a group of women on his farm.Can she convince him to open his heart to company, Christmas, and maybe even her?Check it out on Amazon!



Naughty No No's Blog Hop

Naughty no-no'sAs romance lovers it can easily be assumed that we love those moments in life when our heart says YES, but our mind says No No!  Whether it is falling for the wrong man, or the right man at the wrong time (as in the short story Christmas Wishes--published September 25, 2013) there is something so tasty about the prospect of the forbidden! Christmas WishesWhat do you love that is forbidden (or at least a little naughty)? 

Here is my list of TOP 5 Naughty No-No's:

5. I'm new to the world of getting a tattoo. (What can I say, I missed it in my teens and 20s, but now that I check the new decades box I find that I want something that illustrates exactly who I am and what I believe!) Since getting my first I find that I want to keep going. People aren't kidding when they say it's addictive!

4. Reading late into the night. I find that, with a good book, I have little respect for tomorrow.

3. Wine is my nemesis. In fact, I would say Moscato is my favorite color. My only hope is that people are telling the truth when they say wine is linked to a decrease in heart disease--at least that way I can tell them I'm only concerned with my health! wine2

2. I LOVE truffles... Not low-fat, low-cal, cardboard-flavored skinny things like I should... no.. I love the melt-in-your-mouth straight-to-your-hips truffles!

1. I may be married, but I'm not dead.... In my household, we call the men I look at 'research models'. It is a hard life to have to look at the best looking men in the world and pick the best of the best, but I will take one for womankind. Today, this is my favorite. What do you think? Hot or not? Or, better yet, who is your favorite hottie (he may show up on the official Danica Winters Fan Page!)

 golden retriever manNow that you know my No-No's, what are yours? What are your naughty loves?a Rafflecopter giveaway