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PostHeaderIcon Cooking With Cops: Sweet Potato Biscuits

Okay, folks, the weekend’s here so it’s time to step outside the crime scene tape, put away the fingerprint powders and brushes, and relax. And what better way to kick back than to whip up something good in the kitchen? So here’s one of my favorites—sweet potato biscuits—all the way from the good people of Bridgeville, Delaware. As Sheriff Andy Taylor would say, “They’re some kinda’ goo…ood!”

Sweet Potato Biscuits


– 2 cups warm, mashed, boiled sweet potatoes

– 1/2 cup melted butter

– 2 tsp. baking powder

– 3 cups sifted flour

– 3/4 cup sugar

– 1 tsp. salt

The Process

Pre-heat oven to 425.

Sift flour and baking powder. Mix warm sweet potatoes with sugar, salt, and butter. Add flour to potato mixture and mix thoroughly.

Roll on slightly-floured bread board until approximately 1/2 inch thick.

Cut with biscuit cutter (or inverted juice glass, water glass, etc.) and place on baking sheet.

Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until nicely browned and done. Brush melted butter across the tops and watch them disappear.

Makes approximately 2 1/2 to 3 dozen mouth-watering biscuits.


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We Need Your Books!

Yes, it’s that time of the year when I start begging (bugging) everyone for signed books and other goodies for the Writers’ Police Academy’s raffle/silent auction.

In the past, we’ve received items such as cell phones, oil paintings, basket material, signed TV scripts, and much, much more.

Proceeds from the auction are combined with overall profits which are then donated to the criminal justice foundation for use in training new and veteran officers, and for purchasing much-needed supplies and equipment. The officers who benefit from the funds are many of the same officers who so willingly answer questions from writers.

Last year, thanks to everyone who participated, we were able to donate a whopping $10,000 to the foundation.

So I thank each of you for your generous support. The raffle baskets are a huge hit each year. I believe Joseph Wambaugh has started the ball rolling by sending one of his signed books.

So won’t you please help us help the people who dedicate their lives to helping others? Please contact me at if you can help out.

By the way, we’ve secured a few more slots for the Writers’ Police Academy. Remember, SinC will be paying well over half of your registration fee, and this year is the largest and most exciting event we’ve ever put together. I hope to see all of you there. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

This is not a watered down citizen’s police academy. It’s the real deal!

Again, please help if you can. Thanks so much.

We are also offering ad space in the program and on the website. It’s great PR for you and your work!

*Contact me at

PostHeaderIcon Cooking With Cops: Shrimp Lo Mein and GLUG

Emily Farnham says this lo mein recipe is so simple that even our resident chef can cook it. But, as you can see, he hasn’t quite mastered noodles yet. So maybe you guys should try this one on your own. Don’t worry, though, if your attempt produces slop, today’s second recipe’ll help you forget all about your mistakes.

Shrimp Lo Mein

Steam lo mein noodles till tender.

Stir fry 1/2 cup onions, 1/2 cup green peppers, 1/2 cup mushrooms, and shrimp (4 lg. shrimp per person) together until tender

Feel free to use chopped bok choy or cabbage as well.

Stir in 2 tbsp fish broth and 2 tbsp soy sauce

Add lo mein noodles and stir til all is blended –  do not over cook veg.

This makes 4 healthy servings.


…and for Emily’s alcohol loving peeps, her friend Gunnilla sends this:


1 large bottle burgundy

1 c aquvite

2 large navel oranges

4 cloves

1/4 c raisins

1/4 c walnuts

1 large bottle port

1 large bottle rose

1 cup sugar

Peel oranges and place peels and cloves in cheese cloth bag.

Over medium heat add all liquids and sugar except aquvite.

Place cheesecloth bag in until warmed and flavors are infused.

Add aquvite and light match.

Serve Glug over raisins and nuts.

Do not perform any activities that require brain cells.

Blow at flame serve and enjoy.

*Today’s recipe comes to us from the kitchen of Southland fan Emily Farnham. You can visit Emily on Facebook. You can visit Southland Tuesday nights on TNT at 10pm. You can enjoy Emily’s Lo Mein and Glug anytime.

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Registration for the 2012 Writers’ Police Academy is well underway.

Featuring Lee Child as keynote speaker.

Special guest speaker – Renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. Elizabeth Murray.

All new workshops!

Firearms, K-9’s, arson investigation, fingerprinting, interview and interrogation, ride-a-longs with sheriff’s deputies and patrol officers, polygraph, firefighters, and much, much more!

Special surprise (you won’t believe this once-in-a-lifetime…oops, almost spilled the beans!!)


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