Saturday, November 21, 2015

Feisty Foodies: Recipes and Reads from Romance Authors, 3

The idea for Feisty Foodies was the brain child of late night crazy talk at RWA in San Antonio two years ago.  Pearls, Oh Whimsical Me's Nadine, and Mellanie Szereto were hanging out in the hotel lobby when the idea of doing a foodie event around Thanksgiving was hatched.  We are so excited to host Mellanie on our 2nd annual Feisty Foodie's Reads and Recipes event! 
The right dash of spice and sweetness, balanced with a tangy bite.  A creamy filling and smooth chocolatey texture.  Crafting an love scene is as artistic as the finest dessert
Mellanie Szereto is giving away
winner's choice of an e-book (international) or signed print copy (US only) of Just Desserts, book one of her Love on the Menu...Extra Hot series

Just Desserts
a Love on the Menu....Extra Hot novel
by Mellanie Szereto
an MF Erotic Foodie Romance

Tagline: Chances are...he’ll get exactly what he deserves.


After fifteen years, librarian Meg Graham returns to her hometown to appease her family and reopen the local library. First, the neighbor’s dog steals her underwear. Then its owner, the boy who stole her heart in high school, shows up on her doorstep and does his best to woo her with baked delights. She has no intention of falling for the pie-baking Casanova again, no matter how sweet his desserts or how hot the fire raging between them.

Aidan Rourke’s uncle has promised him ownership of the family bakery if Aidan marries before his 34th birthday. When the only woman he ever truly loved—the one who got away—moves back to town, he pulls out all the stops to recapture her heart. He has only three weeks to convince her of his love and march her down the aisle before she discovers the truth about his uncle’s blackmail scheme.

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Foodie Excerpt:
She gathered all the resolve she could muster. “I appreciate the ride and breakfast. As for my mom, I’ll tell her I twisted my ankle and that I’m staying off it all evening since I have to work today and tomorrow. No need for you to change your plans to babysit me.”

Would he catch the subtle hint she’d buried in diplomacy?

“Nothing else is happening tonight, and babysitting isn’t exactly what I had in mind. You know, if you’re going out with me, you have a legitimate reason to refuse blind dates.”

So much for subtlety.

Of course, his argument made perfect sense, even if his likely motivation was to finally add her to his list of successful conquests.

Was she the one woman who hadn’t succumbed to his charms? Did he relish the challenge of trying to get her into bed?

He stood, most likely taking her silence for acquiescence. “Stay put. I’m going to get my car. Oh, do you have a different pair of shoes to wear? As great as those heels look with your gorgeous legs, they can’t be good for your injury.”

She pointed over her shoulder instead of analyzing his overdone compliment. “Tennis shoes on the floor behind my seat.”

“Good. Wait here. I’ll be right back.” He set off down the driveway at a jog.

The rearview mirror let her follow his progress across the street and up the drive of the Cape Cod where the Chihuahua resided. Her stomach knotted tighter.

Wonderful. The dog who steals women’s underwear lives with the man who steals their hearts.

She slipped off her shoes and opened the bakery box. A pair of flaky pastries rested in the parchment-lined package, oozing dark chocolate from their ends. Delicate drizzles zigzagged back and forth over the tops. A mix of bitter, sweet, and salt wafted up from the box, and she eyed each croissant in a search for the ideal consolation for her rotten morning.

Eenie, meenie, miney, mo.

Too enamored to choose, she carefully picked up the one on the right and took a bite. Silky chocolate melted onto her taste buds as she sank her teeth through layer after layer of golden crust. She closed her eyes to savor the buttery goodness wrapped around what surely had to be at least seventy-percent cacao.

Her biggest mistake from high school had certainly pulled out all the stops if his intent was seduction. Maybe a broken heart would be worth a few weeks’ access to his baking skills. The sex might even put to rest too many years of no other man quite measuring up to her ridiculous imagination.

She bit into the piece of heaven again, letting it carry her away. “Mmm.”

“I should bring you breakfast every morning.”

Aidan’s low, sexy voice nearly made her choke on the mouthful, and she squeezed her thighs together against a pulse through her inner muscles.
He stepped up to the open car door, his grin adding to the rebellion sweeping through her traitorous body. “

Peach Pie by Mellanie Szereto



4 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup flour

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

double crust for 9-inch deep-dish pie plate


Combine peaches, sugar, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Pour into bottom crust. Dot with butter. Add top crust. Crimp and cut steam slits. Bake at 375° for 50-60 minutes until crust is nicely browned.


Never Fail Pie Crust

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/4 cups vegetable shortening

1 egg, beaten

4 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon cider vinegar


Combine flour, salt, and sugar. Cut in shortening. Combine egg, water, and vinegar. Pour liquid into flour mixture and blend with a fork. Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least one hour. Divide dough into three parts. Roll on lightly floured surface to fit desired size. Fill and bake according to filling directions.

Makes 3 single crusts or 1 double crust and 1 single crust.

Author: Mellanie Szereto

Author bio: When her fingers aren't attached to her keyboard, Mellanie Szereto enjoys hiking, Pilates, cooking, gardening, and researching for her stories. Many times, the research partners with her other hobbies, taking her from the Hocking Hills region in Ohio to the Colorado Rockies and the Adirondacks of New York. Sometimes, the trip is no farther than her garden for ingredients and her kitchen to test recipes for her latest steamy tale. Mellanie makes her home in rural Indiana with her husband of twenty-nine years and their son. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Indiana Romance Writers of America, Contemporary Romance Writers, and FF&P Romance Writers. She loves to hear from her readers! Contact Mellanie at

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Natalie Alder is donating one ecopy of Trouble Looming 

Trouble Looming
Book 2 in The Tapestry Series 
by Natalie Alder
 Trouble Looming teaser video:  

Cole Becker helped his father raise his younger siblings after their mother died. 
He helped his father take care of his aging parents until they passed away.
Now it’s time for Cole to have the life he deserves. 

When he meets Sara, all of his dreams seem to finally be within reach…until things begin to fall apart. Their perfect romance soon becomes complicated, scary, even life-threatening. Will happiness ever be theirs? Will Cole and Sara get their ‘someday’ together? Continue Tapestry, the Becker’s family saga in Trouble Looming, sequel to Crewel Work. 

Classic French Canadian Tourtière

Tourtière is a traditional Québecois meat pie typically served around Christmastime.
This is my family recipe (translated from French).
Makes 2-3 pies
2 lbs ground pork
1 lb ground beef
3 large potatoes, cooked & mashed
1 onion, chopped
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground clove
½ cup water
2 crust pie pastry
Cook onion in butter.
Simmer the meat in water for 45 minutes. Drain grease as needed.
Add onion and seasonings, simmer for 15 minutes.
Mix in the mashed potatoes and let cool.
Spoon mixture into bottom pie crust and cover with top crust. Slit top to allow steam to escape.
Bake at 400F for 30 minutes.
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