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, Candace Shaw , and her recipe for Shrimp and Grits along with an introduction to her book, Cooking Up Love. Please join me in welcoming Candace and savor her recipe for Shrimp and Grits as you read about her new book!
Shrimp and grits has been my favorite dish since I was a little girl growing up along the shores of Pensacola, Florida. I know non-southerners think it’s an odd combination, but it’s a quick and delicious dish to make for any meal of the day. In my novel, Cooking Up Love, chef and restaurant owner, Justin Richardson, makes his signature dish, shrimp and grits for food critic, Shelbi Arrington. Check out Justin’s recipe below.
Ingredients You’ll Need for 2 Servings
- 1 pound no-shell deveined medium shrimp (21-25 per pound)
- 6 tablespoons of grits
- 1 ½ cups of chicken broth
- 1/2 cup of whipping cream
- ½ pound of turkey sausage or any sausage of your choice cut into small rounds
- 1 medium bell pepper (red or green)
- 1 small onion
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- salt and pepper to season to your liking.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese (your choice)
Boil the chicken broth and the whipping cream in a sauce pan. Add 6 tablespoons of instant grits. Turn down heat to low and cover.
Simmer for 15 minutes or follow the directions on your grits box for the correct amount of time for your brand of grits. While the grits are simmering, chop the onion and bell pepper or you can chop prior to cooking the grits.
Place 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Sauté the onions, bell peppers and sausage for about 5 minutes.
Add the shrimp and continue to sauté for 2 more minutes. Don’t forget to check on the grits.
Place the grits in a bowl and add the cheese on top. I usually use mozzarella because it melts very well. Place the sautéed meat and vegetable mixture on top. You can garnish with chives or parsley.
*If you wish to add garlic, add it into the sauté at the same time as you add the shrimp. Garlic burns easily.
Cooking Up Love: Contemporary Romance
What happens when a suave, handsome chef meets a cute, sassy food critic?
When Shelbi Arrington accepts a position as a food critic in the hopes of burying her medical career and foregoing her residency, the last thing she’s searching for is love. However, that’s just what the doctor ordered especially when she lays eyes on the handsome chef, Justin Richardson. While sorting out her secret conflict of continuing her medical career, she falls for his mouth-watering charm, leaving her hungry for anything he has to offer.
Justin is leery of doctors because a doctor’s negligence caused his mother’s death when he was twelve. He has put his focus and energy into his restaurant, which had been a dream he and his mother shared. Justin is immediately smitten by the cute, sassy food critic that has him cooking up different ways to please her appetite. But when things start to heat up, Shelbi learns of a shocking revelation that could extinguish the flame of their relationship. Will Justin be able to forget his pain and commit to the woman who has stolen his heart?
Cooking Up Love is the first book in the Arrington Family Series.
He studied Shelbi as she took a bite of the shrimp and grits. Her eyes closed while she moaned, and he imagined her doing the same underneath him with her smooth legs wrapped around his waist.
“Justin, I’ve had shrimp and grits before, but never quite like this,” she said, then took another bite. “I don’t want the bowl to ever be empty. It’s better than mine.”
“I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself.” He pushed his plate aside and rested his hands in a crossed position on the table.
She sampled another dish as her eyes fluttered shut again. Her sweet, sensual moans turned him on in ways he couldn’t even explain. If he weren’t in a professional setting, he would’ve pushed the table out of the way and pulled her to him to settle her on his lap and devour her kissable lips.
Her sculpted face, a little beauty mark on her right cheek, and her pouty mouth partaking of the food he’d prepared especially for her, made him want to stare at her all day. She was sexy in skinny jeans that fit her curvy hips like a glove, and a yellow blouse enhanced her perky, rounded breasts, which rose and fell while she oohed and aahed over the meal. When she licked her finger after eating a shrimp, the bear rose in his boxer shorts and pointed directly at the sweet honey pot in front of him. Justin took a long gulp of his water to cool down the erection interrupting his business meeting.
Her sultry voice filled his ears like sexy jazz as she continued to compliment him on the meal.
“This is so good.” She glanced at the plate he had pushed aside. “Why aren’t you eating?” She took a swig of her water before continuing. “You didn’t poison it, did you?” she asked with a laugh.
“No, baby. I sample as I cook. Besides, I enjoy watching you eat.”
“Well, you definitely can cook. I see why your restaurant is so successful.” She dabbed her mouth with her napkin and stood to retrieve her laptop from his desk. “I do have a few more questions.”
Her hips rocked back and forth in the jeans, and he almost poured his ice water over his head to cool down the burning desire to kiss more than just her hand.
Candace Shaw is the author of fun, flirty and sexy African-American contemporary romance novels. She is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
When Candace is not writing or researching information for a book, she’s reading, window shopping, gardening, listening to music or spending time with her loving husband and their loyal, over-protective weimaraner. She is currently working on the next novel in the Arrington Family Series.