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Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes!  Every Thursday and Friday I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe!  Two of my favorite things!  This week I am bringing you author, Sondrae Bennett, and her recipe for Cappelini with Rosemary along with an introduction to her book, Worth Fighting For.  Please join me in welcoming Sondrae and savor her recipe for Cappelini with Rosemary as you read about her new book!

Writing romance is a lot like crafting the perfect recipe. First, take two characters with bold and unique flavors. Mix together with a heap of conflict, a dollop of sexual tension…okay, maybe two or three dollops if you’re feeling feisty, then add a healthy splash of emotion, and I always like to add a pinch of paranormal to give the story a little spice. Mix until blended, and cook on your computer (or notebook) until finished.

But there are other ways to cook up a little romance, as well. If you are looking for a recipe for romance to serve to your significant other, you can always try this. This recipe was taken from one of my favorite cook books, “Inter Courses: an aphrodisiac cookbook” by Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge. For this recipe, the rosemary acts as the aphrodisiac.

Cappelini with Rosemary



1 lb. cappelini

1 lb (about 3 medium) tomatoes, diced

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced and divided

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 shallots, minced

2 tablespoons very finely chopped rosemary (fresh)

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

salt and pepper to taste

~Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.

~While pasta is boiling, combine tomatoes with 1/4 garlic, 1 tablespoon oil, and vinegar in small bowl.

~Set large skillet over medium heat and add remaining oil.

~Add shallots and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until they begin to soften.

~Stir in remaining garlic and continue cooking until garlic becomes fragrant and mellows slightly.

~Stir in rosemary, parsley, and chives and remove the pan from the heat.

~Toss with the hot, cooked pasta.  Top with tomato mixture and serve immediately.

BLURB for Sondrae’s latest release, Worth Fighting For:

As leader of a fox skulk, Cody is used to feeling protective of his people. But when his best friend, Misty, gets attacked, the panic he feels has nothing to do with duty. Suddenly, he’s noticing Misty as a woman instead of the girl he grew up with. Is he willing to risk their friendship to pursue a relationship with her?

Misty has loved Cody for years, but he’s always viewed her as one of the guys. She’s tried everything to show him how perfect they would be together, without success. Now, he’s looking at her like she always dreamed he would. But every time she gets close, he pulls away.

Neither see the danger lurking in the background. Someone is plotting against the foxes, leaving them all in jeopardy…especially Misty. Can Cody overcome his fears in time to save the woman he loves?



The first thing Cody heard when he approached Misty’s front door was laughter. The kind of laughter that came straight from the gut, borne of pure joy. A sound he’d come to associate with Misty. He smiled as he opened the door and strode into her living room.

The text he’d received earlier had said to come right in, but his confident steps faltered as he saw the cause of her giggles. Misty in human form, sat on the floor with a beaver puppet, playing with a fox. The kit’s eyes were open, but he still possessed his black baby fluff. It couldn’t be older than a couple weeks.

“What is that?”

Apparently unaware of his presence until he spoke, she jumped at the sound of his voice.

“Oh, hi Cody.” She looked at her wrist as if expecting a watch to be there. Why she did that when he could count the times she’d worn a watch in the past two years on one hand, he’d never understand. “Is it time for training already? I’m not dressed, yet.

Cody looked down at her clothes. Skin tight jeans that looked way too appealing and a black t-shirt with the words Foxy Lady spelled in big pink letters across her breasts. Perky breasts that would fill his hands perfectly.

Way too tempting. Those clothes had to go. Wait. He mentally back-pedaled, rephrasing his last thought. She had to change into different clothes, more clothes. Some nice baggy sweats would be perfect. Something to hide her figure. And tennis shoes, he thought as he watched her bare toes curl into the carpet, the bubble gum pink polish peeking out from under her jeans.

Cody shook his head and refocused on the problem at hand. “You can change in a minute. What is that?” he asked again, pointing to the animal at her feet.

“What’s what?”

She looked down, as if unaware anything abnormal was going on. Apparently in Misty’s world, playing with a fox on the living room floor was business as usual.

“That’s a fox. You know, one would think the Premier of fox shifters would know that.”

The teasing tone almost brought a smile to his face, but his curiosity wouldn’t let the subject go. “I know it’s a fox. What is it doing in your living room?”

“I adopted it,” she said.

“Adopted it?” Cody looked down at the animal again. There was no humanity in its scent, but the boy was still a baby. He hadn’t been around enough newborns to know the difference between a shifter baby and a fox baby. “It’s a shifter, then?” He hadn’t realized Misty was considering adoption. But the more he thought about it, the more he realized Misty would be a great mom.

No, it’s a fox.” She spoke slowly as if to a simpleton. “I feel like we’ve been here already.””

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