Sunday, March 30, 2014

Secret Cravings' Secret Recipes: Author Paige Prince

Welcome to Secret Recipes. As you all know, the authors you love know how to cook up some amazing romances. But, did you know that most of us also love to cook, bake and grill? Sometimes our characters even request that we make something they like just so we can share it with you, the readers. This is the place for you to find all of those recipes. So come on in and share a bite to eat with your favorite authors. Let's get cookin'!


Happy Sunday!! Today, Author Paige Prince is joining us with one of her favorite recipes. You can find out more about Paige by visiting her here: Paige Prince 






Please give her a warm welcome :)


My husband is always asking me to make Jamaican meat pies and this is my favorite recipes - so much so, that in my current WIP, the heroine is making them for the hero on their first date. :)

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 10 patties



Ingredients

      • 2 cups all purpose flour1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
      • 1 dash salt
      • 1/4 cup margarine
      • 1/4 cup shortening
      • 1/3 cup water

      Meat Filling

      • 2 tablespoons margarine
      • 1 lb ground beef
      • 1 small onions, finely diced
      • 1 teaspoon curry powder
      • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 1 teaspoon pepper
      • 1/2 cup beef broth
      • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
      • 1 eggs, beaten

      Directions

      Make the crust: Combine flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, and pinch of salt. Cut in 1/4 cup margarine and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water until mixture forms a ball. Do not overstir; that makes tough crust. Shape dough into a log, and cut into 10 equal sections. Roll each section into a six inch circle (approximately 1/8 inch thick). Set aside.

      Next, prepare the filling.: Melt margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion until soft and translucent. Stir in ground beef. Season with 1 teaspoon curry powder, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Cook until beef is browned, stirring constantly. Stir in beef broth and bread crumbs. Simmer until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat.

      Now make the patties: Spoon some filling into each pastry circle. Fold over and press edges together, making a half circle. Use a fork to press edges, and brush the top of each patty with beaten egg.

        Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 25 - 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

          NOTE: If you have the time and organization, it might be best to make the filling in advance, long enough to cool down before fillng the pastry. Otherwise, it might melt the pastry somewhat. Just a thought from a review on another recipe.
          Thanks so much for stopping by, Paige. This sounds delish! Can't wait to see you next Sunday!
          Readers: Please stop back and let us know how yours turned out and don't forget to check out all of Paige's books.

            Saturday, March 29, 2014

            Secret Cravings' Secret Recipes: Author Tamara Hoffa



            Welcome to Secret Recipes. As you all know, the authors you love know how to cook up some amazing romances. But, did you know that most of us also love to cook, bake and grill? Sometimes our characters even request that we make something they like just so we can share it with you, the readers. This is the place for you to find all of those recipes. So come on in and share a bite to eat with your favorite authors. Let's get cookin'!


            We are so fortunate to have one of our favorite authors that is willing to make another appearance here. Please welcome, Romance Author, Tamara Hoffa. She's dishing up a scrumptious casserole recipe this week.


            You can hop on over to The SSLY Blog to find out more about all of Tamara's books and she even has a FREE read.




            Parmesan/Brown Rice Casserole
            ·          Ingredients:

            ·         Cooking spray
            ·         1 cup chopped onion 
            ·         2 garlic cloves, minced 
            ·         2 (3 1/2-ounce) bags boil-in-bag brown rice 
            ·         1/3 cup dry white wine 
            ·         8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 3/4 pounds) 
            ·         1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
            ·         1/2 teaspoon salt
            ·         2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
            ·         3 tablespoons whipping cream
            ·         1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese
            Preparation
            1.     1. Preheat oven to 450°.
            2.     2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Remove rice from bags; add to pan. Sauté 30 seconds. Stir in wine; cook 30 seconds or until liquid almost evaporates. Spoon rice mixture in an even layer into a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
            3.     3. Arrange chicken thighs in a single layer over rice mixture; sprinkle evenly with thyme and salt. Combine broth and cream, stirring well; pour over chicken and rice mixture.
            4.     4. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until chicken is done.


            This has been added to our menu for this weekend. Thanks so much Tamara, I'm sure everyone will enjoy this one!


            New Release: Moving On by Jennifer Simpkins

            Today, we're so happy to welcome Jennifer Simpkins, Romance Author at Secret Cravings Publishing. Jennifer's new book; Moving On, has just released and we could not wait to share the news! Check out this amazing cover:



            So hot! 

            Blurb:
            Love hasn’t come easy to Hadley Jameson. With her daughter away at college, she’s decided to take time for herself and figure out what comes next. A cabin at Wildflower Creek seems like the perfect place to spend some time alone and gather her thoughts. But when she finds a strange man with sad eyes and a sexy grin in her cabin, her vacation plans change.


            Being a firefighter, Ethan Crocker has seen some awful scenes play out, but none of his training could prepare him for when he’s called on to save someone close to home. When tragedy strikes, his life spirals out of control. After months of living in a fog, he’s determined to get his life back on track and be happy again. As luck would have it he finds a beautiful naked woman standing on the patio of his cabin rental, giving him the perfect distraction. 

            Excerpt:
            This wasn’t the first time Ethan Crocker had seen a beautiful woman. Take that back, a beautiful semi-naked woman. He just didn’t expect to find one standing on the patio of the cabin he was renting with her bikini bottoms off and working on her top. Her petite arms stretched around her back and untied the last stitch of clothing.
            It was one thing to see a woman briefly changing clothes, with all intention of putting something else on. This stranger outside seemed to enjoy being naked. After her top joined her bikini bottoms on one of the chairs, she tossed her head back, face towards the sky, with her arms spread out like a bird.
            A sharp ache throbbed in his chest. He’d known another lively, free spirited woman. And it felt as if, every time he thought about the loss in his life, the small dull ache hit him all over again.
            Was the woman he was staring at now, some kind of hippie? If so, that explained the whole being nude outside part. But besides her being stripped down and acting a little off with the “spreading her wings like a bird” thing, she didn’t look like a hippie to him. He didn’t quite know what he was dealing with yet.
            It was wrong to stand in the background and watch a woman when she thought she was alone. He felt as if he was intruding on a private moment. But for obvious reasons, like he hadn’t been with a woman longer than he cared to admit, and what he was staring at now was borderline erotic, he literally couldn’t look in any other direction. Because she was standing with her side to him, he could only make out her profile. That was enough for him to figure out her body was gorgeous. All that dark hair, that at the moment was in need of a brush, toned legs and arms, flat stomach, small, but perky breasts that would fit perfectly in the palm of his hand. Hell, even her small, perfectly shaped ears were turning him on.
            Shit. Legs suddenly feeling heavy, feet planted to the linoleum floor, Ethan couldn’t turn and retreat before the beautiful goddess glanced towards the sliding glass door. She had to have seen him. The doors were big and wide, hiding nothing. He also wasn’t trying very hard to be discreet.
            He watched as she hurriedly searched the patio before grabbing a large towel jumbled up on a table. She wrapped it around her body. It was then that her gaze landed on him again, but this time something resembling fire blazed there.
            Shit, shit, shit.
            “Who the hell are you?” the mystery goddess demanded after she slid the glass doors open. She stomped her way right up to him. “What are you doing in my cabin? And why were you gawking at me?”
            Her fierceness made him actually fall back a step. It was the first time he’d moved his feet since he’d caught sight of her outside. “Yours? I’m sorry, darling, but this is mine.” The next two weeks had been booked in his name months ago. Number nine. He’d made sure he got this specific cabin when he had made the reservation. “And I find it hard to believe you don’t already know the answer to that last question.”
            Her brown eyes with a hint of gold grew wide. “This place was booked for me a few days ago. I’ve been here since Monday night.”
            His attempt at flirting either went unnoticed, or she was just choosing to ignore him. That was okay. Her being pissed and wanting to get rid of him was for the best. He wasn’t at Wildflower Creek to get tangled up in a woman. He was there for…what? To find peace? Acceptance? To get his family off his back? Maybe he was just running. Not knowing why he was there only proved he needed to be there to figure it out.
            “It looks like we’re in a bit of a situation, now doesn’t it?” He held out his hand to her. “I’m Ethan, by the way.”
            With one hand gripping the towel wrapped around her body, she extended a hand out, but not to greet him. She snatched a spray can of sunblock off of the kitchen counter and held it up at face level with the nozzle aimed at him. “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know if you’re telling me the truth about this cabin being booked for you too.” The finger she had placed on the trigger flinched. “But what I do know is that you’re a pervert. I suggest you get out before—”
            Ethan gave a smirk. “If I was a bad guy do you think a can of sunblock is going to save you?”
            “Do you really want to stick around to find out?” she shot back.

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            Bio:
            Jennifer has always been an avid reader, but it wasn't until she became a stay-at-home mom did she start to read romance. Her passion of reading romance turned into another passion she had as a child—writing. One late night of writing about sexy heroes and strong-willed heroines turned into two nights, until seven months later she had written her first novel.

            She lives in a small, Tennessee town with her supportive husband (whose dream is to be on the cover of one of her books), a beautiful daughter, and two dogs who can’t seem to get along. If she's not writing you can find her reading, hanging out with her family, or cheering on the New York Yankees.


            Friday, March 28, 2014

            Secret Cravings' Secret Recipes: Author Dilys J. Carnie

            Welcome to Secret Recipes. As you all know, the authors you love know how to cook up some amazing romances. But, did you know that most of us also love to cook, bake and grill? Sometimes our characters even request that we make something they like just so we can share it with you, the readers. This is the place for you to find all of those recipes. So come on in and share a bite to eat with your favorite authors. Let's get cookin'!

            Today's guest is Dilys J. Carnie. Please welcome her back and check out another of her favorite recipes:



            Welsh Rarebit

            When you’re running late and need something quick to eat there’s nothing like this recipe to give you warmth and comfort.
            The first recorded use of the term Welsh rabbit was in 1725, but the origin of the term is unknown. It may be an ironic name coined in the days when the Welsh were notoriously poor: only better-off people could afford butcher’s meat, and while in England rabbit was the poor man’s meat, in Wales the poor man’s meat was cheese.
             It might also be understood as a slur against the Welsh: if a Welshman went rabbit hunting, this would be his supper. It is also possible that the dish was attributed to Wales because the Welsh were considered particularly fond of cheese, as evidenced by Andrew Boorde in his Fyrst Boke of the Introduction of Knowledge (1542), when he wrote “I am a Welshman, I do love cause boby, good roasted cheese.” In Boorde’s account, “cause boby” is the Welsh caws pobi, meaning “baked cheese”. It is the earliest known reference to cheese being eaten cooked in the British Isles but whether it implies a recipe like Welsh rarebit is a matter of speculation. 


            Ingredients






            Preparation method
            1.     Preheat the grill to high.

            2.     Melt the butter in a non-stick saucepan and stir in the flour. Cook over a low heat for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Slowly add the beer. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly until the sauce is thick and smooth.

            3.     Add the cheese, egg yolk, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper, if using. Cook until the cheese melts, stirring constantly. Season with freshly ground black pepper and set aside to cool.

            4.     Place the bread on a baking tray lined with aluminium foil and toast on each side until golden-brown. Spread the cheese sauce thickly over the bread, making sure the slices are completely covered so the edges don’t burn. Return to the grill for 20-30 seconds longer until lightly browned and bubbling.



            You can find Dilys J. Carnie here: Amazon 

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            Thank you so much for stopping by again, Dilys! I always enjoy your visits and I can't wait to try this recipe!

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            Thursday, March 27, 2014

            Secret Cravings' Secret Recipes: Author Tricia Andersen

            Welcome to Secret Recipes. As you all know, the authors you love know how to cook up some amazing romances. But, did you know that most of us also love to cook, bake and grill? Sometimes our characters even request that we make something they like just so we can share it with you, the readers. This is the place for you to find all of those recipes. So come on in and share a bite to eat with your favorite authors. Let's get cookin'!

            Today, Tricia Andersen has stopped by to share a scrumptious cookie recipe with us. Please give her a warm welcome and be warned, these cookies will knock your socks off!








            Tricia Andersen can be found here: Tricia's Blog 

            And her newest release, Breaking The Cycle is available everywhere including through her Tricia Andersen, Amazon Link.



            Peanut Butter Cookies
            (Adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.  They melt in your mouth!)

            ½ cup butter or margarine

            ½-3/4 cup peanut butter

            ½ cup granulated sugar

            ½ cup packed brown sugar

            ½ teaspoon baking soda

            ½ teaspoon baking powder

            1 egg

            ½ teaspoon vanilla

            1 ¼ cups all purpose flour

            Extra sugar

            Preheat oven to 375*
            In a large mixing bowl beat the butter/margarine and peanut butter together.  Add the sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and baking powder.  Beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl.  Mix in egg and vanilla.  Add in the flour slowly until all mixed.

            Shape dough into small balls then roll them in the extra sugar.  Set them on the cookie sheet then flatten the cookie by making a criss cross with a fork.  Bake in a 375* oven for 7-9 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned.   Allow to cool.  Makes about 36 cookies.

            Thanks so much, Tricia! This is so close to my own recipe and I can guarantee the family will gobble these up quickly! Hope to see you here again soon.

            Wednesday, March 26, 2014

            Secret Cravings' Secret Recipes: Author Lindsay Downs

            Welcome to Secret Recipes. As you all know, the authors you love know how to cook up some amazing romances. But, did you know that most of us also love to cook, bake and grill? Sometimes our characters even request that we make something they like just so we can share it with you, the readers. This is the place for you to find all of those recipes. So come on in and share a bite to eat with your favorite authors. Let's get cookin'!


            Please give a warm welcome to our guest author today, Lindsay Downs.

            Lindsay Downs is the author of various books at Secret Cravings Publishing. Currently, there is one book in the running for the RONE awards at Ind'Tale Magazine. You can check out Don't Cross The Countess here: Voting Poll



            Now, let's see what Lindsay has brought to share with us today:

            When I came to this scene in Don’t Cross the Countess I wanted to write something which was fun and showed Lady Sophia Gardner, Countess of Modbury, she was able to prepare a simple but delicious breakfast.
            What I chose was darn near impossible since it hadn’t been created yet but the individual parts existed. So it was back to researching and breaking down the different parts of the dish-poached eggs, toast instead of a muffin, bacon replacing ham and hollandaise sauce which hadn’t been created yet one similar was.
            To make this interesting and fun I’m not going to tell you what the meal was but will award an eBook copy of Don’t Cross the Countess to one person who gives the correct answer.

            From one of the hooks which hung low over the fire Sophia lifted a small pot with poached eggs floating in boiling water. She set it on the table next a skillet with perfectly crisped bacon and sausage.
            With a slotted spoon she retrieved an egg and set it on a piece of toast. Next, she turned back to the fire and from another but smaller iron container scooped out some bright yellow sauce and drizzled it over the concoction.
            “Here you go,” she said proudly, handing the plate to James.
            “This looks marvelous. You are planning on joining me aren’t you?” he replied, grabbing up several rasher of bacon and two sausage links.
            “Yes, I’m getting mine in a second. I want to make a fresh pot of tea first.”
            “No, you go ahead and put your plate together. I do believe I know how to make a pot,” he insisted, relieving the glazed container from her hand.
            “As you wish.”
            While she prepared her breakfast, not trusting him completely, kept an eye on James to make sure he was doing it properly.
            Setting her dish on the table Sophia took her seat, drained the last of her tea and barely set it down when she watched James fill it for her.
            She nodded to his courtesy.
            “I hope you don’t find it to strong, I learned over a campfire in Spain.”
            “I’m sure it’s fine. Now please sit and eat, we’ve got a long day ahead.”
            “So true,” he replied, joining her at the table.
            Between bites they decided they’d take a stroll by the Ventnor townhouse. This would give them the opportunity to spot a weakness which could be exploited.
            “With your beard you won’t be noticed and I’ve got an idea with a disguise for myself. After we finish eating and clean up I’ll need a few minutes to prepare.”
            “Given, now is there some more as I don’t think I’ve ever tasted eggs done so beautifully prepared.”
            “Yes, I made two for each of us since there’s no knowing when we’ll get a chance to eat a decent lunch,” she said.
            Accepting his plate, she proceeded to prepare the same while she noticed he was refreshing her cup.
            “Thank you. I must say it’s strange having a Marquess pouring tea for me.”
            “About as unusual as having a Countess cook for me while we hide in a cottage in Edgware,” he retorted.
            “True. Here’s yours. Enjoy, then I must make myself presentable while you do the dishes.” She cut off a large bite and stuffed it in her mouth to avoid laughing at the expression he shot her way, one of disbelief as to his upcoming task.
            Finished with breakfast she cleared the table and then showed James where the soap and scrub brush was.
            “I’ll be out in about twenty minutes and I’m not sure even you’ll recognize me,” she said, giving him a kiss on the cheek followed by a slap on the butt.

            Blurb-
            When someone tries to kill Lady Sophia Gardner, Countess of Modbury, James becomes her appointed protector. Little does she realize he’s not who he says he is.
            After they find evidence of something sinister they realize the answer can only be found in London. Once there, events became even more complicated as James’ true identity is made known.
            When several more attempts to kill Sophia fail they return to Modbury, later to slip back into London. Hidden but in plain sight they ferret out who and why someone wants her dead. What they learn and the individuals involved turns out to be more than expected.
            Once the information is uncover they realize it could shake the foundation of the Crown to its core. First though, it has to be put into the proper hands.
            Risking everything Sophia rescues James while bringing the persons involved to justice.



             Thanks so much, Lindsay! I hopped on over and voted. Best of luck to you! Please stop by again sometime soon...

            Readers: Make sure you come back here and comment with your answer to Lindsay's recipe question. One lucky winner will get a copy of Don't Cross The Countess.