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, Barbara Barrett, and her recipe for Red and Green Salad along with an introduction to her contemporary romance, The Sleepover Clause. Please join me in welcoming Barbara and savor her recipe for Red and Green Salad as you read about her new book!
“Sleepover” suggests a late night snack or breakfast entrée, but since I’m trying to eat healthier these days, I chose this dish. My heroine, Aubrey Carpenter, is a hip L.A. interior decorator who hides out in Iowa while the heat from a decorating job gone awry dies down. This dish featuring fresh Iowa summer produce is something she might have tried during her stay.
Red and Green Salad
From Barbara Barrett
2 T. balsamic vinegar
2 t. olive or canola oil
1 t. (one packet) sugar substitute
3-4 ripe tomatoes, sliced
1-2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
Pour the balsamic vinegar into a salad serving dish, then add the oil. Stir in sugar substitute until dissolved.
Add tomatoes and cucumbers and stir gently until the vegetables are coated. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
Sliced fresh mozzarella and a touch of basil can be added as well.
The Sleepover Clause is the tale of an interior decorator who hides out in the Iowa town of Burlington while the ruckus caused by a job gone wrong on the West Coast dies down. She can’t resist meddling in the personal affairs of the three brothers who own the customized motor coach company where she has been sent to finish the interior of her sister’s touring coach. The younger brother, in particular, to whom she is attracted, needs prodding to tell his brothers how much he’d rather sit for the bar than work on motor coaches. It’s only when her problems in California track her down that he considers returning to the lawbooks.
Just what is the Sleepover Clause? When the brothers make her to agree to a list of “conditions” for working in their garage, she retaliates with her own list of requirements, one of which is that they provide her with sleeping quarters for those nights when she has to stay late. Though she never intended to invoke the option, before long, she finds herself a “guest” in the firehouse cum garage, which is also the brothers’ living quarters.
“…you can have access to the vehicle at hours other than what we’ve agreed to, with our advance approval,” Geoff added. He looked at his brothers. “Anything else, guys?”
The other two shook their heads and started putting their notes away.
Aubrey waited a beat and then unzipped her leather carryall and removed a folder. “Now, I have a few ideas of my own I’d like to discuss.”
Barbara Barrett can’t help being a bit schizo when it comes to her lifestyle, since she lives half the year in Florida (guess which season) and the other half in her home state of Iowa. She believes she has the best of both worlds, with visits to the Mouse in winter and her six grandchildren in summer. Although she has been writing romance fiction for several years, her debut novel, The Sleepover Clause, was just released this September by Crimson Romance. While she has refined her craft, she has also been active in RWA, particularly the Kiss of Death chapter (someday she’s going to start that cozy mystery series), chairing their annual conference planning committee for two years, including New York City.
Thank you for joining us for another Romance Recipe! I hope you’ll stop by next week to meet another author, try a new recipe and read a new book!