Recipes

I love food.

Thus my characters love food. Therefore, I often include mentions of dishes cooked by characters in my books that are real dishes cooked by moi or that people I love have cooked for me.

Since I’m all about food, and love, though this is somewhat synonymous for me, I’m all about spreading the love. Thus spreading the recipes you may come across in my books.

If it wasn’t fabulous, I wouldn’t share it so, trust me, try these out and use them to feed your family and friends.

And spread the love.

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Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes

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From At Peace: “Nice cupcakes, buddy,” I heard from behind me half an hour later, and I saw in front of me, Feb, who I was talking to, lift her gaze to some high point over my shoulder. Joe obviously was there. I like to think of myself as “not a cake person.” I like cookies. And pie. And pudding. And crumbles. And sundaes. But whenever I’m confronted with a cupcake (or, let’s be honest, cake on the whole), I can’t keep up the pretence. I don’t know who came up with the idea of cupcakes but I do want to know if they were knighted (or perhaps...

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Yeast Crescents

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From Sweet Dreams:      “Dad’s Mom,” I blathered on. “She was Polish and she could cook. I mean she could cook. She made these cookies, like crescent rolls but in cookie form with lots of cinnamon and sugar and butter and the dough was made with sour cream so they were rich and she sifted powdered sugar on them. She made them every Christmas and I always went over to help. She let me brush the melted butter on the rolled out dough and sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on and she let me sift the powdered sugar on top.”      Finally, Tate spoke....

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Creed’s Pizzookie

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From Creed: Brand and I were sitting at Creed’s island with Brand talking a mile a minute, while Kara and Creed were making what they told me was called a “pizzookie.” The pizzookie, as described, was a phenomenon whose existence I was shocked I’d not only never heard of before, but also had never partaken of, copiously. Apparently, you took store bought cookie dough, sprayed a cake tin, scrunched a bunch of dough in the bottom, baked it until it was just cooked but mostly gooey, plopped a shitload of ice cream on top and ate it out of the...

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Roxie’s Stuffed French Toast

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From Rock Chick Redemption: I rolled my eyes to the ceiling then brought them back to him. “I’m going to have coffee, make you French toast for breakfast and you’re going to take me back to Tex’s. Then I’m going to get my car, find Annette and go.” “French toast sounds good.” He obviously felt like ignoring the rest of what I said. Whatever. “Do you have bread, eggs, maple syrup?” I asked. His head dipped and went to my neck. With his lips there, he said, “Probably.” “Powdered sugar, cream cheese?” I went on. “Probably not,” he answered,...

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Nina’s Fish Pie

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From The Gamble: “Smells good,” he murmured when his head came up. “Fish pie.” “Mm.” God, he could “mm” great in that gravelly way of his. Okay, hang on a second, I have to think of Max murmuring “Mm…” Right, I’m back. And now I get to think about fish pie. Normally, the words “fish pie” would not make me excited. I can’t say I’m a fish type o’ gal. If I can order a steak or a burger at some joint, no way am I getting the sea bass. Unless it’s lobster. Watch out if there’s lobster on offer. I’d sell a kidney for lobster. Cod or haddock? No....

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Steph’s Chicken

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From Bounty: “Steph’s chicken.” “Who’s Steph?” “Some unknown, faceless but undeniably brilliant woman who came up with a killer Crock-Pot recipe for chicken.”   Like Jussy, I actually don’t know who Steph is either. Steph is a friend of my sister Erika’s. I’ve never met her. I don’t know if she made this up or found it somewhere. I don’t care. I just love the fact she exists just so I can eat this.   Ingredients 1 Regular Package of Chicken (4 breasts) 2 (or 3, I like 2) Campbell’s Cream of Celery Soup 3 Small Cans of Green Chiles...

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Taco Extravaganza

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From Sebring: “He knew it in that instant because he also knew in that instant he’d do anything, absolutely anything, beg, borrow, steal, kill, crawl, lie, cheat, die, eat taco extravaganza… All just for her smile.” Yep, this is the recipe for Livvie’s Taco Extravaganza, the first meal she made Nick in Sebring. Actually, it’s a recipe my Auntie Bec found waaaaaaay back in the day that she made just for her and me. We were both on a diet and she said we’d have a “free night.” Though, consuming a portion of this recipe meant we could have...

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Fully Loaded Potato Casserole

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(Or Cassidy’s gift to Deacon when she learned he was a meat and potatoes man.) My sister says she’s a terrible cook. I’m not sure my sister lies about anything. Except this. Whenever we have a family dinner, she always apologizes about how the food she cooked went. Mind you, she does this to a silent table because we’re all gobbling her shizzle up as fast as we possibly can. She’s just a perfectionist. A perfectionist who is a damn fine cook. One day, I went over to her house for dinner, not knowing I’d land right in nirvana. This happened...

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Chocolate Filled Snowballs

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Chocolate Filled Snowballs

If memory serves, this recipe, that my mom introduced us to, is really my Gramma Moutaw’s recipe. Though, alas, the true origin of this recipe is lost in the sands of time in my mind. I just know that every Christmas, Mom made these. Then after I left home, every Christmas, I made them…until I moved to England and couldn’t get Hershey’s kisses. I missed them. These are also the cookies The Promise’s Benny Bianchi adores and Frankie Concetti makes for him. And once you try them, you’ll know just how angry he...

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Gramma Moutaw’s Chocolate Maraschino Cherry Cake

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My Gramma Moutaw did a variety of things exceptionally well. One, she was one of those people who was gut-bustingly funny in a way where she was surprised you laughed at her brilliance, which made her even funnier. Two, she could crochet like a dream. Three, she accessorized beautifully. And last, my gramma could COOK! We lived in Indiana and she lived in California so we didn’t see her often. But I remember, every time we saw her, it was a good time full of laughter, love, warmth…and food. This is one of several of my favorite...

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Toad in the Hole

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Toad in the Hole

The British have a way with putting meat and bread together and they have a long, glorious history of this. Have you ever heard of the Earl of Sandwich? I rest my case. If you ever come to the British Isles and go out to eat, do not eat pizza or hamburgers. You will be disappointed. You will go home and tell your friends and family that British food sucks. And you will be wrong. Order a steak and ale pie (meat, bread (or, more accurately, puff pastry which is even better) AND gravy) or a Cornish pasty (that is pronounced pah-stee not...

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Snickerdoodles

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Snickerdoodles

I’m instigating the Great American Cookie debate. What is the greatest American cookie? My current vote: The Snickerdoodle. Now, in the UK, they call cookies “biscuits”. They also call them cookies but mostly they clarify this with “American” before the use of the word “cookie”. After copious sampling, I cannot really tell you the difference between a “biscuit” and a “cookie” except that, in the UK, biscuits are store bought (and crunchy) and American cookies are usually fresh from the bakery (and soft). And mostly your choices are chocolate...

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Erika’s Sausage and Mushroom Cups

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Or what Jet makes for the gang when she screws things up royally with Eddie in Rock Chick Rescue So, she pushed me into not only going, but also making her sausage, olive and mushroom cups and taking them with me. She was obviously thinking that I’d work my way into Eddie’s heart by filling his stomach with sausage, olive and mushrooms, doused in cream, garlic and Parmesan sauce in a toasted bread cup. I walked into Hank’s carrying a platter covered with foil. It was still hot from the oven and burning through my sweater. I was late (again),...

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Rock Chick Cookies

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Rock Chick Cookies

(Or Eddie’s favorite cookies in Rock Chick Rescue) In America, we grow up being fed peanut butter. Sure, there are probably some who do not like peanut butter but these people scare me. This is not to say people who are allergic to nuts scare me, just people who don’t like peanut butter. Peanut butter is great. You can put it on bread, with grape jelly, and have yourself a delicious sandwich. You can put it on a rice cake, with marshmallow fluff, and have yourself a modified “fluffer-nutter” that you can almost convince yourself is...

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Momma’s Super-Yummy Hot Fudge Sauce

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Honestly? I have no idea where I put this recipe in my books. Except I know I love it so much, it has to be in them somewhere. Or several somewheres. Now, there was a minor family squabble about this hot fundge sauce. See, my Auntie Bec preferred her hot fudge, which was essentially melting some chocolate chips with something else, who knows what. I don’t remember, it was too sludgy for me so I wasn’t a big fan and didn’t pay attention. This, mind you, was the only thing my AB made that I didn’t absolutely love. But I...

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Milky Way Cake

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This is the cake Rocky makes Layne in Golden Trail. Okay, I cannot say this is the most decadent cake in the entire world. I’m still researching this phenomenon and I’ll get back to you. One thing I can say is it’s pretty freaking decadent. Anything that has eleven Milky Way (Mars Bars, UK) in it has got to be decadent but look at the other frickin’ ingredients. A cup of butter? Two of sugar? Four eggs? And that’s just in the cake. The frosting has more butter and a box and a half of powdered sugar. I mean, jeez. Seriously? Awe… some! My Mom...

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Kit’s Fried Chicken

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Kit’s Fried Chicken

Ingredients Marinade: Buttermilk Salt Tabasco Chicken Coating: Flour Baking Soda (or, for the Brits, Bicarb) Salt Pepper Seasoning (your choice: Italian Seasoning and/or Garlic Salt OR Cayenne Pepper OR Chilli Powder or be creative) Fry in: Crisco or, in the UK, Trex (apparently, for true Southern fried chicken, you’re supposed to use Lard but Lard freaks me out so I don’t use it and Crisco or Trex are loads better, in my opinion, lighter fried chicken (if there is such a thing)). You will see I do not give measurements because I do not...

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Gratin Dauphenois con Queso

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(Or Au Gratin Potatoes) Yes, you read that right, Gratin Dauphenois con queso, I’m American, I have no trouble mixing languages, capisce? And luckily I don’t know Gordo Ramsay and DeeBaby Smith and it is very doubtful they read my website or I’m sure their heads would explode (not only at the name of the recipe but also at their new nicknames). I think of Gratin Dauphenois con Queso as my mother-in-law, Gwyneth’s recipe – even though it isn’t – I’m saying it is. See, before we got married, my...

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Gram’s Baked Beans

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Gram’s Baked Beans

My grandmother liked beans, all kinds of beans, she had beans boiling on the stove every day, it seemed like. She also used to put her apple cores on the electric burners and then she’d turn them on low. This drove my Gramps insane because he thought it was a fire hazard. Gram called it “early potpourri” (after, of course, potpourri became the thing). Anyhoots… I never ate Gram’s beans because she boiled them so much, they were all globby and they freaked me out. But Gram’s Baked Beans were the bomb. If possible for your wallet, get yourself...

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Feb’s Frittatas

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Let me preface this by saying there are people in the world who know what frittatas are. I don’t. I call this a frittata probably because I vaguely remembered some cookery show and whoever was cooking was making a frittata. And I took nothing from it except the eggs, the grilling and the cool as shit word “frittata”. So, what I’m telling you is, I have no idea if this recipe is a real frittata or not. I also don’t care. I’m a Rock Chick, I break rules. Not important ones. Rules like how to make a real frittata. Now, lemme tell you a little...

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Easy Fake Key Lime Pie

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Or the pie that Lanie makes Hop and his kids in Fire Inside. “Since I didn’t have time, I cheated on the key lime pie and made the pie my grandmother taught me how to make, ‘When you’re in a pinch, sugar plum.’ That was, frozen lime juice concentrate mixed with Cool Whip, tossed into a premade graham cracker crust and chilled. It didn’t hold a candle to the real thing but, like Mamaw said, it did in a pinch or at least the way Hop, Molly and Cody wolfed it down, it seemed to.” Right. My grandmother was a crappy cook....

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Chocolate Sheet Cake

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Or the cake Jet makes the first time Eddie comes over for dinner in Rock Chick Rescue. “What was that about?” I repeated. He turned square to me but didn’t touch me. “You’ve been branded.” I blinked. That didn’t sound good. “Pardon?” I asked. “Told Willie, called Lee and Darius. Word goes out tonight that you belong to me. Anyone fucks with you, they fuck with me, the DPD, all the boys at Nightingale Investigations and Darius Tucker. I’m callin’ in all my markers. I’m not takin’ any more chances with this shit. Now you got an army of...

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Barbeque Chicken Pizza

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Barbeque Chicken Pizza

Many Americans will say that stuff is “The best in the world…” or, at least, many Americans I know (read: my Mother used to say that a lot, as in “Indiana strawberries are the best in the world!” and “Indiana corn is the best in the world!” – but then, Mom was the Queen of the Grand Statement, a trait she shared generously with me). As Mom didn’t travel the globe, these declarations were rubbish. Though loyal. The latter Mom very, very much was (for example, we could not wear red growing...

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Ashley Bars

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Yes, I’ve named this after myself because I’ve tinkered with it so much, it’s all mine now. This was a recipe my Mom got from somewhere and it was called Congo Bars then. I don’t know where that name came from because, essentially, the original recipe is like a chocolate-chip-cookie-brownie-with-walnuts. But, whatever… Ingredients ¾ Cup Butter 2 ¼ Cup Brown Sugar (light or dark, I use whatever I have) 3 Eggs 2 ¾ Cup Flour 2 ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder ½ Teaspoon Salt 12 Ounces Milk Chocolate Morsels (if you’re in the US, you can also use...

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Apple Caramelumble

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“Elly Belly?” she called. “Can you give me a manicure after school?” “I gave you one yesterday, sweetie,” Bella answered, still scrubbing the skillet, which was, Fiona thought it important to note, thoroughly clean and had been for the last five minutes. “Can you teach me guitar?” Sally went on. “The guitar’s too big for you still, Sally. Like I said before, give it a year or so and we’ll start.” “Can we have your apple caramel-umble for pudding tonight?” Sally pressed. Apple caramel-umble was the name Sally had given the pudding Bella had...

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AB’s Wicked Caramel Layer Squares

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(Or what Jet made for Indy and Lee’s partyin Rock Chick Rescue) This was a recipe, if memory serves (which it usually doesn’t), that my mother was given or that she found in some magazine. However, Mom in the mix or not, in the end, this is an Auntie Bec recipe. This is because my Auntie Bec, known by my brother, sister and me as AB, made these and she did it often. She did it so often, except for unwrapping the caramels, this took approximately 3.25 minutes to make (make, not bake, and this is low estimate of time might be...

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Cat’s Mexican Chicken Bake

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Cat’s Mexican Chicken Bake

Ang’s Mexican Chicken Casserole fromPlay It Safe) Right. I don’t think my friend Cat made this up but I don’t care. What I do know is, she made it for me. And as far as I’m concerned, if someone makes something for me, they own it. And now you can own this and give it to all your friends. Like many of the recipes on this site, you will eat it and think you’d just created a dish o’ pure pleasure. Then you’ll give it to friends and family and they will declare you a Culinary Goddess and bow to you. And yet, you’ll find it took hardly any time...

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