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Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes!  Every Thursday I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe!  Two of my favorite things!  This week I am bringing you author, Kristina Knight, and her recipe for Empanadas along with an introduction to her upcoming release, What a Texas Girl Wants.  Please join me in welcoming Kristina and savor her recipe for Empanadas as you read about her new book coming out June 4th!!!

Kristina Knight ~ Empanadas, a Girl’s Weakness!

I love good food – I think we all do. Is anything worse that being so hungry you can taste the imaginary herbs and spices in a favorite dish…only to learn you’ve been served a plain, cold, cheese sandwich? Nope. At least not for me. Which is why food is always way over the top in my books – because even in my culinary skills leave a little to be desired and I call out for pizza a little more often than I should, my characters can eat like they’re royalty!

One thing I am good at cooking is dessert, which is where my recipe for dessert empanadas – a dish I share a little about in my book What a Texas Girl Wants. At dinner one night, Kathleen and Jackson are treated to a favorite family dish – Guillermo’s Empanadas. This is a recipe I actually concocted all on my own, by taking traditional empanadas – which are usually filled with chorizo or chicken, peppers and veggies – and desserting them up!I promise, you can’t eat just one – so make these when plenty of people are around! P.S. have a napkin handy…you’ll need it!

What you need:
20 small empanada circles, made from sweet pastry dough

10 ounces of raspberries

10 ounces goat cheese, plain (cream cheese works in a pinch)

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon orange zest

½ cup sliced almonds

1 egg yolk, separated; lightly whisk the white

¼ cup powdered or confectioner’s sugar

Putting it Together:
The goat cheese should be at room temperature. In a medium bowl mix the goat cheese, orange zest, sugar and vanilla. Place the empanada shells about one inch apart on a cookie sheet and then spoon the cheese mixture into the center of each shell. Center 2-3 raspberries and some almond slices in each and then fold the shell over to seal it. Brush the egg whites over each shell and then press the edges together with a fork. Put a couple more almond slices on top and lightly sprinkle a bit of sugar over each. Once the empanada’s are created, place them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 375 and back for 25 minutes. Serve.

A little more about What a Texas Girl Wants:

Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.

The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl. He has four weeks of freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings on their left hands curiosity turns to concern.

Neither Jackson nor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no choice. Once back in Texas, however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming love?

Reviewers are saying:

“Kristina Knight doesn’t hold back on the sass, emotion, and passion, keeping her readers riveted right up until they reach The End.” — Aimee Carson, author of Secret History of a Good Girl andHow to Win the Dating War

“Kristina Knight delivers a fun romp from Mexico, through Texas, and straight into true love” —Kelsey Browning, author and cofounder of Romance University


About Kristina:

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she’s never looked back. Now she writes magazine articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Happily ever after.

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Thank you for visiting and meeting our fabulous Kristina and reading about her new book!  I hope you’ll come back next week for another round of Romance Recipes with another new author and recipe.

Have a great day!