Two Years in the Kingdom- Cashews

April 1, 2019

Hello All, and thanks for following me. Todays topic is Cashews

There are so many agricultural commodities that are available here in Cambodia that are not available in the US. I could go on and on about the fruits that grow here that people in the US will probably never get to experience. There are so many different types but I suspect that would get boring if it hasn’t already. So, I wanted to do one more about cashews because I find them really interesting and relatable since we commonly eat them in the US. Cashews grow all around Cambodia in trees. This was a tree next to the bungalow where I was staying on Koh Rong Island. The fruit looks like apples and are edible, however, I’ve been told are an acquired taste. The thick stem growing out of the top of the ‘apple’ is the cashew nut. The stem is cut off the top and then the hard shell is split to get to the meaty nut on the inside. A traditional Khmer dish is cashew chicken. Chicken, cashews and vegetables stir-fried over rice make for a super tasty dish.

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This is a short description of one of my books called Azaleas Beyond the Prison Walls. This is my favorite book filled with twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.

It’s 1930 and Carson Jones is a prison guard at the notorious Eastern States Penitentiary in Philadelphia where some of America’s most violent inmates and gangsters are serving time. Amidst the desperation of the Depression and a crowd of hostile convicts, Carson finds solace in an azalea garden behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in helping an inmate he believes has been wrongfully accused of murder and sentenced to death. Carson’s life begins to take a turn when he meets a beautiful young woman through a coworker. Her father is a judge and agrees to help him, but at a price. Carson is forced to choose between a life of meaning and purpose and leaving his friend at the mercy of a threatening warden who is becoming increasingly more unhinged. Though the life he has always dreamed of is finally within reach, is it worth it? In a novel chock-full of history and suspense, James Rizzo crafts a suspenseful narrative full of real-life history and page-turning intrigue.

This is the book trailer for my novel Azaleas Beyond the Prison Walls. Book sales are increasing so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those that have supported me by purchasing my books. Although I’m no longer with Smart Cat Publishing, all my books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Links are on this website. Hope you will take a moment to listen and enjoy.


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