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, Jenna Jaxon, and her recipe for Chicken the French Way along with an introduction to her book, Only Scandal Will Do. Please join me in welcoming Jenna and savor her recipe for Chicken the French Way as you read about her new book!
When I asked to be on Romance recipes, I didn’t realize that there’s very little food in Only Scandal Will Do. My characters have dinner and breakfast a lot, but no specific dishes that I could share. And when I began researching 18th century food, I found that century’s cooking was very different from our 21st century cuisine. They ate some very interesting dishes, but nothing I’d like to serve. But I did find a wonderful site at Colonial Williamsburg that gave both 18th century recipes and their 21st century equivalents. This main dish, Chicken the French Way, sounds like something I’m actually going to cook. Maybe to celebrate the release of Scandal on July 23.
Recipe: Chicken the French Way
- 1 chicken, cut into four parts
- ½ cup golden raisins or grapes
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cups chicken broth
- ¼ cup breadcrumbs
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 shallot, diced
- 4 cups white wine
- 1 tsp. parsley, minced
- 3 egg yolks (or you may thicken with 1 Tbsp cornstarch and ½ cup water, stir it well, and add it to cook for the last 5 minutes)
- Cut the chicken into four parts. Coat lightly with breadcrumbs and parsley. Over low to medium heat, broil or grill for 5-7 minutes or until lightly brown, but the meat is still pink by the joints.
- Place chicken in a stewpot with broth, wine, onion, shallot, grapes or raisins, and lemon juice. Simmer for 25 minutes; remove chicken.
- In a medium bowl, whip the egg yolks. Gradually add ¼ cup of the sauce to the yolks while stirring to temper the eggs. Be sure not to cook the egg yolks. Stir mixture into the rest of the sauce. Heat gradually until sauce thickens.
- Pour sauce over the chicken and serve.
Title: Only Scandal Will Do
Kidnapped and sold at auction in a London brothel, Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam squelches an undeniable attraction to the masked stranger who purchased her, pits her wits against him, and escapes him and the scandal that would ruin her life.
Unable to resist temptation in a London brothel, Duncan Ferrers, Marquess of Dalbury, purchases a fiery beauty. She claims she’s a lady, but how can she be? No lady of his acquaintance in polite society is anything like her. Then he discovers she is who she says, and that this latest romp has compromised her reputation. He knows how that is. One more scandal and he’ll be cast out of London society, but he needs a wife who’ll provide an heir to carry on his illustrious family’s name. He seeks out Katarina, intending only to scotch the scandal, but instead finds his heart ensnared. He’s betting their future he’ll capture her heart, but does he have what it takes to win the wager?
WARNING: A blade-wielding heroine who crosses swords with a master of sensuality.
Katarina clutched the chair’s golden upholstery to keep from launching herself at him and wrapping her fingers around his arrogant throat. “I am Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam, sister to the Earl of Manning. I was kidnapped and brought here tonight against my will.”
He cocked his head. Then his mouth twitched. “Truly? What an exciting life you must lead…Lady Katarina, was it?” He chuckled deep in his chest, and took a step toward the chair.
She glared at him. “I am Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam, you dullard.”
“And true ladies always run around London at night scandalously underdressed as Greek slaves?”
“My brother and I were on our way to a masquerade ball when I was abducted.”
“As was I, fair lady,” he bowed with an exaggerated flourish, “when I decided to come to this charming establishment instead. Perhaps if we had continued on our ways uninterrupted, we would even now be dancing together at the ball.” That nasty laugh grated against her nerves worse than the screech of rusty nails, making her contemplate murder. If the scoundrel didn’t believe her story, killing him might be her only means of escape.
Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. She is currently completing edits to her third full length novel, As Long As You’re Mine, set in Victorian London and Richmond, Virginia and is beginning revisions to Betrayal, the second book in her medieval trilogy, Time Enough to Love. Her Georgian novel, Only Scandal Will Do, the first in a series of five interconnecting novels, will be released in July 23, 2012.
Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.
She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.
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