Archives:: December 2007
The Write Ingredients: Recipes fromÂ Your Favorite Authors, is aÂ work of loveÂ by Lori Foster,Â DianneÂ Castell, and the Lori Foster Bookjunkies, to raise money to send care packages to our beloved troops overseas. The “Troop Project” is kept going by generous donations, and aided by the skills of Laurie Damron, theyÂ purchase and ship overseasÂ fun, heartwarming surprises, and many _necessary _items_ that are impossible for our troops to purchase locally. Lori’s idea ofÂ producing a cookbook, compiled with 90 authors’, and a handful of dedicatedÂ reader’s, favorite recipes, is inspired, and is a wonderful way of bringing many different cuisines, and family favorite recipesÂ together in one book that is a perfect kitchen companion for cooks of all skill levels.
I Â startedÂ collectingÂ recipes when I was 8 years old, andÂ I have never stopped searching, collecting, and experimenting with new recipes. IÂ proudly ownÂ several hundred cookbooks, and due to experience I can now recognize excellent recipes when I read them. I was in heaven when I opened this recipe collection because I realized that IÂ held a treasure chest full of family favorite dishes, from many nations, and regions of the world, primarily American, but still reflecting the many different regional Â flavors to be found in the United States, with an abundance of vegetarian selections withÂ low fat and low sodium options, soÂ with joy in my heart I started preparing different recipes.
Hot Cheese Dip (with a fabulous twist I have never seen)
I large block Velveeta (2 pound size)
2 cans Rotel Tomatoes (these now come with different levels of heat, and now offer Habanero peppers as a selection. I highly recommend using the original Rotel unless you are familiar with the other options.)
1 pound Italian sausage, cooked, well drained (I squeeze my cooked sausage between paper, or clothÂ towels)
Place cheese, cooked drained sausage, and Rotel tomatoes in a crock pot for several hours on low, stirring every hour or so while Â checking that the cheese is not burning. Once combined and hot, remove from pot, and serve warm. You can jump start this dish by starting to melt the cheese in your microwave on Low heat, stirring frequently until softened to your desires.
I am thrilled to find this new twist to the Â Rotel Cheese Dip!
I adored the Southern Cheese Sausage Biscuits: Simple, easy, just combine Bisquick( I use Pioneer, it is so much better than Bisquick, IMHO) with other simple easy ingredients, and voila! Fabulous sausage cheese biscuits.
I highly recommend this recipe collection. There are recipes that range from very simple, to perhaps a little moreÂ complex, but nothing that a romance reader cannot handle! If you ever have any questions, just email me, and I will be happy to be of assistance.
This is a perfect gift to buy for your friends, your family, and Â yourself. This is a fabulous collection, and I am so thrilled to own it. Thank you , Ms. Foster, for putting this together, and for all that you and your group are doing for our men and women in uniform who are so far away from family and friends.
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Valentine Latham is one of the tonâ€™s most eligible bachelors. Heâ€™s gorgeous, rich, titled, and frequently fawned over by matchmaking mamas and wide-eyed debutantes. But recently, the pushy mothers and innocent maidens are giving him scathing looks and a wide berth â€“ and Valentine is determined to find out the reason why heâ€™s suddenly being treated like a pariah! However, when he is informed of the cause behind his sudden fall from grace, he is absolutely incensed!
The whole of London is buzzing with the news that a young, attractive and unmarried woman has been seen traipsing round London with two young children â€“ and one of them is the spitting image of Lord Latham! Valentine cannot believe the womanâ€™s gall â€“ nor can he recall ever having sired any children. Valentine is determined to get to the bottom of this scandal â€“ and to find out just what this young lady is up to.
Miss Phoebe Thorpe has been going around London minding her business; unaware that sheâ€™s just stirred up the seasonâ€™s biggest scandal! Having coming to London at the request of her kindly great aunt, Miss Thorpe has never even heard of Lord Latham, let alone committed any indiscretions with him. So, sheâ€™s shocked to her very core, when she is told that sheâ€™s been branded as some sort of scarlet woman by the ton.
But restoring her reputation is the last thing on her mind for Lord Latham is convinced that thereâ€™s more to Miss Thorpe than meets than eye â€“ and the only way is he going to find that out is by seducing her!
But Lord Latham has never counted on falling in love with the woman heâ€™s sworn to hate and with the two children in her care! Can he convince Miss Thorpe that heâ€™s not just a contrary Corinthian, but also a man capable of loving her for the rest of her life?
Sparkling with warmth, wit and plenty of period charm, The Contrary Corinthian is a lovely Regency romance that will go down a treat with fans of Georgette Heyer and Joan Smith!
Splendidly delightful, thoroughly enchanting and highly absorbing, The Contrary Corinthian is a terrific tale to curl up with on a cold winter afternoon!
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When Lady Bertram gets a letter from her sister begging her to take her eldest daughter Fanny off her hands, as she is about to give birth for the umpteenth time and lives in absolute squalor, Lady Bertram decides to accede to her sisterâ€™s request and prepares to welcome nine year Fanny to her grand country estate, Mansfield Park.
Lady Bertram has two daughters, Julia and Maria, and two sons, Tom and Edmund. Whilst her daughters are frivolous and solely concerned with trivia, and her eldest son, Tom, is given to hedonism, Edmund is a serious and studious young man who is giving serious thought to his future and to his purpose in life.
When his parents announce that Fanny is to come and live with them at Mansfield Park, Edmund goes out of his way in order to welcome the young and frightened child, who is missing her home and her family. Fanny is the kindest, sweetest and most gentle child, whose good nature is often abused by her flighty cousins, who take her for granted, and by her two aunts, Lady Bertram and her sister, Mrs. Norris, who never misses an opportunity to remind Fanny that sheâ€™s nothing better than a poor relation who should be on her hands and knees thanking the Bertrams for allowing her to make something of herself.
Edmund always has a kind word for his cousin, and with the passing of years, he delights in seeing the shy little girl blossom into womanhood. However, Edmundâ€™s perfectly ordered life is about to be shaken up by the arrival of Mary and Henry Crawford to Mansfield Park.
Mary is worldly-wise, confident, sophisticated, and the most beautiful woman Edmund has ever seen. But is she the right woman for him? Or has his one true love been right under his nose for years?
In Edmund Bertramâ€™s Diary, Amanda Grange perfectly captures Jane Austenâ€™s sparkle, veracity and vivaciousness, and allows her readers to fall in love with their favourite characters all over again! Wonderfully written and brilliantly told, Edmund Bertramâ€™s Diary cements Amanda Grangeâ€™s position as one of historical romanceâ€™s top notch authors!
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When Nellie Lachlan defied her family and married her childhood friend Teddy, she was told never to darken their doorstep ever again. Although Nellie is hurt, shocked and disappointed by her familyâ€™s obstinate refusal to accept her husband, she decides that she isnâ€™t going to let them ruin her happiness, so she leaves Liverpool behind for the countryside and begins to make a new life for herself whilst her soldier husband Teddy is fighting in the war. When she finds out sheâ€™s pregnant, Nellie is absolutely delighted, however, her happiness is short-lived when she is informed that her mother and aunt were killed during the Liverpool Blitz.
Although Nellie is now firmly settled in the countryside, she realizes that she cannot leave her sisters, Babs and Lottie, by themselves in a city torn apart by the war; so she packs her bags and goes back to her hometown â€“ only to find that her old home has been totally destroyed and that her sisters are homeless and penniless! In desperate need of somewhere to live, Nellie swallows her pride and begs her bitter grandfather for shelter in his house. After much grumbling, he accepts and Nellie is delighted â€“ even though she knows that she will be treated like a skivvy by her grandfather!
Life for Nellie is not easy for she has to put up with her grandfatherâ€™s incessant demands as well as trying to play nursemaid to her injured younger sister Lottie, whilst trying to curb her sister Babsâ€™ flighty ways. Nellie does not want Babs to get into any trouble, however, Babs is determined to inject some fun and excitement into her life â€“ much to poor Nellieâ€™s dismay!
But Babsâ€™ flighty ways soon prove the least of her worries when she gets the dreaded telegram telling her that Teddy has died. Is Nellie going to let this news destroy her? Or will she be able to pick herself up and begin to look for the silver lining all over again?
Warm, poignant and engrossing, Look for the Silver Lining is a captivating saga by one of the genreâ€™s best-loved writers. June Francis expertly combines laughter, tears, drama and intrigue in a spellbinding tale saga readers will find hard to put down and absolutely impossible to forget!
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Lorren Jacobs returns to her small hometown in Texas, leaving California behind as well as her bad memories over a divorce which has left her fragile and scarred. Justin Maderis moved to the same town to take over for the retiring physician. When they meet, desire sparks but Lorren is not ready for a man in her life as yet. Justin is surprised that Lorren has awakened feeling and desires he has not felt since his wife died. He cannot seem to help himself as he sets out to make Lorren believe again in love and romance. But Justin has his own past to fight and both must face the ghosts of their past if they are to build a life together.
Justin is a wonderful man. Kind, caring and compassionate, as well as passionate, Justin is just the man to lead Lorren back into the land of living and to help her overcome the emotional scars left by her ex. As Justin does this for her, so too does Lorren help him put his past to rest. Two beautiful people come together in Tonight and Forever, two people who deserve the happiness they are looking for. Brenda Jackson has created a memorable family with the Madaris Family and I canâ€™t wait to read more. These tales are being re-released and after reading the first one, I can understand why. Run out and get Tonight and Forever and you will be hooked on the series.
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