Welcome to the final day of the Fresh Fiction Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup! Every day this week, some of our favorite authors have been on our blog chatting about their new books, their main characters, and sharing recipes for a meal or treat those characters would enjoy while celebrating Valentine’s Day. Today we have inspirational authors from Revell!
We’ve had so much fun this week, and hope you have, too!
Missed our previous roundup posts? Check them out here!
Suzanne Woods Fisher, MENDING FENCES
Have you met Luke Schrock? Picture a guy who is drop-dead gorgeous, appealing, endearing, exasperating, unreliable, undependable…and hard to stay mad at. He’s on a bumpy road to manhood. That’s our Luke.
He’s back in Stoney Ridge after a stint (or two) in rehab, and he’s looking for some quick fixes. Luke plans to buzz back into Stoney Ridge, make a few apologies, and then take off for greener pastures.
Not so fast, Luke. You’ve got some work to do, first.
And then he meets Izzy Miller. Like Luke, Izzy has had a bumpy road to adulthood. But she’s settling into the Stoney Ridge Amish community, gaining skills, making friends. Life is going well for Izzy, really well…until Luke shows up. He’s intrigued by Izzy, determined to win her over, but she’s immune to his charms.
Or is she?
Hmmm…you can find out what happens with Luke and Izzy in the just-released book Mending Fences.
In the meantime, here’s a Valentine recipe that’s a bit of a metaphor for Luke and Izzy’s spirited relationship…guaranteed to spice things up with your special someone (in a good way!):
Shake Things Up! Sweet and Spicy Nuts
This recipe belongs to Ina Garten, the amazing Barefoot Contessa
3 cups whole roasted unsalted cashews
2 cups whole walnut halves
2 cups whole pecan halves
1/2 cup whole almonds
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons ground chipotle powder
4 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Brush vegetable oil generously on a sheet pan with edges.
On the sheet pan, combine all nuts, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, orange juice, and chipotle powder. Toss to coat the nuts evenly.
Add 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh rosemary leaves and 2 teaspoons of salt to nuts. Toss again.
Spread the nuts in one layer.
Roast the nuts for 25-35 minutes, stirring frequently, until the nuts are glazed and golden brown. Keep an eye on them! Nuts go quickly from ‘just right’ to overcooked.
Remove from the oven, sprinkle with 2 more teaspoons of salt and the remaining 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh rosemary. Toss well and set aside at room temperature, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking as they cool. Taste for seasoning. Store in airtight containers at room temperature.
Laura Frantz, A BOUND HEART
Pair a kilted laird of a remote island with a beekeeping, stillroom mistress and you’ll have more than a few historical fireworks! Stir in suspense, romance, and 18th-century adventure for a story that spans two continents and has readers asking for a sequel in A Bound Heart. Part fact-part fiction, this story is based on the author’s own Scottish heritage. Here’s a romantic recipe that pairs well with the novel and a fun afternoon tea…
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon seedless strawberry jam at room temperature
6 drops red food coloring
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/3 cup superfine sugar or granulated sugar
1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
Let egg whites stand, covered, in a large stainless-steel or glass mixing bowl at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cover 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a small mixing bowl stir together seedless strawberry jam (at room temperature) and 6 drops red food coloring. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the superfine sugar and powdered sugar; set aside. Uncover eggs and add cream of tartar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Add sugar mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating for 5 to 7 minutes on medium speed or until stiff glossy peaks form (tips stand straight up) and sugar is dissolved.
Use a spatula to gently fold 1/2 cup of the meringue mixture into the jam; then gently fold jam mixture into the remaining meringue.
Using a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip, (Wilton 2 D) pipe the meringue into 2-inch freeform hearts on the parchment paper.
Place baking sheets in preheated oven. Turn off oven. Let meringues dry in oven, with door closed, for 1 hour or until dry and crisp but still light in color. Let cool on parchment paper.
Gently remove meringues. Tuck each meringue into a paper bake cup.
Elizabeth Goddard, NEVER LET GO
Willow Anderson is a Jennifer Connelly look alike—tall and thin with long dark hair and a name that fits her. Since she’s a genealogist, she naturally enjoys visiting cemeteries—though that might seem morbid!—and hearing about the past from her elders. She has a great sense of humor and enjoys travel and adventure. Her grandfather trained her to follow in his footsteps as a forensic genealogist. Through tragedy and attempts on her life, she stays strong and pushes beyond her fears. Her only regret in life so far is that she let anything keep her from a relationship with Austin McKade.
Austin was an Air Force fighter pilot, then an FBI agent. Now he’s a private investigator determined to protect his old-flame, Willow. To that end, he’ll go anywhere or do anything but he never expected to have to face his old stomping grounds in Wyoming, a place he tried to avoid. As the layers are peeled back, they get to know each other better and in a deeper way than they had before. Willow sees a part of Austin that she never expected. Deep inside, he’s really a cowboy.
As Willow and Austin team up to find a woman’s daughter stolen at birth twenty-one years ago, they work to not only solve the mystery but to stay alive when someone tries to stop them from discovering the truth.
Best of all, Willow and Austin have to work through the issues that kept them apart before. While they are given a second chance to be together, they’re also working to give a mother who lost her daughter two decades ago the chance to know her before it’s too late.
Willow loves cheesecake and twice in the story Austin has provided cheesecake for her to show how much he cares.
Recipe provided by The Food Network https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/cheesecake-recipe2-2011459
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar
16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
5 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream
Serving suggestion: Fresh or Marinated Berries, or Raspberry Sauce
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
To make the crust: In a small bowl, mix the cracker crumbs with the melted butter and the sugar together until evenly moistened. Press the crumb mixture onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake the crust until golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool the pan on a rack.
Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand-held mixer, cream the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. (Stop mixing and scrape down the sides of the bowl and beaters as needed.) Beat in the sour cream. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and cream. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake until the top of the cheesecake is lightly browned, but the center still jiggles slightly, about 45 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight before serving.
To remove the cake from the pan, run a knife or offset spatula around the edges to release the edges from the pan. Open the springform pan and remove the ring.
Cut the cheesecake into wedges and serve with berries or a raspberry sauce if desired
Sara Sundin, THE SKY ABOVE US
A fighter pilot numb to his past. A Red Cross worker deprived of her dreams. Secrets as dangerous as the skies above Normandy.
In The Sky Above Us, Lt. Adler Paxton is a P-51 Mustang pilot who flies over the landing beaches on D-day. He carries a load of grief and guilt and secrets that he refuses to deal with—“If it hurts, don’t think about it” is his motto.
Violet Lindstrom is an American Red Cross worker who runs the service club at Adler’s airfield. Violet is attracted to Adler’s chivalrous actions, the sense of painful mystery about him, and his delicious Texas accent that reminds her of the cowboy heroes in her favorite movies.
Despite his best intentions to stay away from Violet, Adler finds his defenses crumbling around her. But D-day draws near. And secrets never do stay buried.
Having grown up in Texas with a Mexican-American stepmother, Adler loves spice in his food—hard to find on an air base in England! Adler’s mother would gladly share his favorite tortilla soup recipe…if only Adler would write home after three years of estrangement!
Lupe Paxton’s Tortilla Soup
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup chopped onion
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 cups chopped chicken or turkey (a great way to use up leftovers!)
3 cans chicken broth
1 can tomato sauce
1 zucchini, sliced
2 cups corn kernels
1 cup chopped tomato
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp diced jalapeño (may substitute mild green chiles for gentler palates, or may increase the jalapeño for more daring palates)
Sauté onion, garlic, and bell peppers in oil in a soup pot. Add all other ingredients. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. May garnish with cilantro, avocado, and cheese. Serve with tortilla chips or fried tortilla strips. Enjoy!
BOOKS AND AUTHORS FEATURED IN THIS ARTICLE:
Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.
Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him.
Amos and Fern Lapp allow Luke to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, Luke must make a sincere apology to each person he’s hurt–a four-page, single-spaced list. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.
Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused . . . that isn’t so simple. It’s gut-wrenching.
And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miranda, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm. Luke’s clumsy efforts to befriend Izzy only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge.
Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher returns to her beloved Stoney Ridge for this brand-new series featuring some of her readers’ favorite characters.
About Suzanne Woods Fisher
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Mending Fences, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California.
Bishop’s Family | Stoney Ridge Seasons | Amish Beginnings | Nantucket Legacy | Deacon’s Family | Three Sisters Island
Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them could make a new beginning–together.
Laura Frantz’s prose sparkles with authenticity and deep feeling as she digs into her own family history to share this breathless tale of love, exile, and courage in Colonial America.
About Laura Frantz
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the ECPA bestselling author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, A Moonbow Night, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.
As a forensic genealogist, Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather’s footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from the hospital more than twenty years ago. The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up when someone makes an attempt on her life to keep her from discovering the truth.
Ex-FBI agent–and Willow’s ex-flame–Austin McKade readily offers his help to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they’ll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he’s spent much of his life trying to forget. And even if it puts Willow’s tender heart at risk.
In this fast-paced and emotional page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps the stakes high, the romantic tension sparking, and the outcome uncertain until the very end.
About Elizabeth Goddard
Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling author of more than 30 books, including the Carol Award-winning The Camera Never Lies. Her Mountain Cove series books have been finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Awards and the Carol Awards. Goddard is a seventh generation Texan.
Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.
Violet Lindstrom wanted to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment for the men of the 357th in the Aeroclub on base and sets up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.
Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near. And secrets can’t stay buried forever.
Bestselling author Sarah Sundin returns readers to the shores of Normandy, this time in the air, as the second Paxton brother prepares to face the past–and the most fearsome battle of his life.
About Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the adventure and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of ten historical novels, including The Sea Before Us. Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and Through Waters Deep was a finalist for the 2016 Carol Award and won the INSPY Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. She also enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups.