Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes! Every week I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! This week I am featuring Crimson Romance authors as part of their Amazon Kindle Daily Deal where you can buy a different Crimson release each day for only $0.99!!! Today’s Daily Deal feature is Lisa White, and her recipe for Potato-Encrusted Trout along with an introduction to her contemporary romance, The Laws of Love! Please join me in welcoming Lisa and savor her recipe for Potato-Encrusted Trout as you read about her new book for the great low price of $0.99!
To get Livi out of the office, Jake takes her fly-fishing which leads to a candle-lit trout dinner at his cabin. Surrounded by candles and the smooth sounds of Al Green, Jake and Livi reveal suppressed feelings that eventually take them from the kitchen to the bedroom. Perhaps the recipe below from The Tavern in Abingdon, Virginia can add romance to your dinner tonight!
1 pound baking potatoes, peeled
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 rainbow trout fillets, skinned
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
10 fresh spinach leave, stems removed
Combine the potatoes with enough water to cover in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes or until outside of potatoes are tender but the centers are hard; drain. Let stand until cool. Coarsely grate the potatoes into a bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
Sprinkle both sides of the fillets with salt, pepper and lemon zest. Drizzle with the lemon juice. Heat the butter and oil in a sauté pan over medium heat until the butter melts. Spoon ½ cup of the potato mixture into the center of the pan and flatten into a circle. Top with 1 of the fillets. Cover with half the spinach leaves and top with ½ cup of the potato mixture.
Cook until the potatoes are golden brown; turn carefully. Cook until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel to drain. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat process with the remaining potato mixture, remaining fillet and remaining spinach leaves. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Serves 2
Because having it all does not necessarily mean having it all at once…
In a small, Virginia town where fly-fishing is the favorite pastime and Hampton Steel is essentially the only employer, Associate General Counsel Livi Miller believes she has reached the top rung of Hampton Steel’s corporate ladder. With her alcoholic boss retiring soon, Livi is the presumptive heir to Hampton Steel’s general counsel position. However, in the midst of proving herself promotion-worthy, Livi’s high school sweetheart, Jake Cooper, returns from Iraq and causes long-lost butterflies to alight in Livi’s emotionally charged stomach. The resulting loss of her promotion to slimy newcomer Edward Winston combines with her rekindled feelings for Jake to place Livi on track to choose between her career and her heart.
If she chooses Hampton Steel, she saves her hometown. If she chooses Jake, she saves her butterflies as well as herself.
Livi watched Jake cast a few times before his line settled on top of the river. She could only imagine his muscles flexing and moving beneath his flannel shirt, and thoughts of Jake’s toned body made some of the butterflies leave Livi’s stomach and settle down between her upper thighs. She had not felt anything in that area of her body in a long while and was surprised at how easily excited she was by Jake’s movements. Livi hoped Jake could not see her blush from his vantage point and decided she needed to focus on the fishing before she had an orgasm right there on the river. As she started concentrating on her casting, the butterflies moved back to her stomach and she knew she had dodged a close one.
Her mind was now set to make the perfect cast but Jake had been wrong. Casting was not like riding a bicycle and her line was going everywhere but where she wanted it to. After what felt like an eternity, Jake looked over to see her struggling. He immediately waded to the riverbank, laid down his rod and moved back out into the river toward Livi.
“You look good,” Jake lied to make her feel better. “You just need to remember the ten and two. When you cast, pretend your arm is like an arm of a clock. Just don’t move it past ten o’clock or two o’clock.” Jake took Livi’s rod and demonstrated.
As she watched Jake’s movements, her butterflies were again packing for their trip down south to Livi’s upper thighs so she squeezed her legs together hoping that might close the door on her butterflies’ migration.
“Now you try,” said Jake handing the rod to Livi. She cast a few times and the line landed a little better but not by much.
“Here, this may help,” said Jake as he stepped behind her, putting his arms around her, holding the rod with his hands on top of her hands. He guided her arms and body back and forth, practicing laying her line on the water while his cheek brushed her cheek with each cast. They swayed together in unison and she could feel his heart pounding as his chest enveloped her back. Looking at him out of the corner of her eye, she caught him watching her face instead of the line. Their faces were so close, one slight turn of their heads as they swayed and their lips could land in a kiss. Just when Livi thought they were headed in that direction, the line went taut and a large trout jumped out of the water. This inopportune stroke of fishing luck shocked them both and Livi let out a little scream. Her scream then woke up Gatsby who headed into the water toward her and the jumping trout. Livi immediately let go of the rod and rushed to coax Gatsby out of the water while Jake quickly and expertly reeled in her catch. Just my luck, thought Livi. Interrupted by a fish and a dog.
“She’s a beaut!” said Jake holding up the fish that so rudely intruded on them.
“Wow. Is that dinner?” Livi hinted, not wanting this day to end.
“Well, normally I subscribe to the catch and release philosophy of fly-fishing, but today I can make an exception,” Jake said as he waded up the riverbank toward Livi and Gatsby. He placed the fish in a cooler filled with water and began resetting their rods. Apparently they were going to fish more and Jake was ignoring Livi’s dinner comment. They spent the remainder of the day on the river, with only a break every now and then to snack out of Jake’s picnic basket, which luckily included wine. Livi had forgotten how relaxing fly-fishing could be and she easily lost herself on the river while Gatsby dozed on the nearby blanket. She and Jake both caught their share of fish throughout the afternoon even though each spent more time stealing glances at each other than watching their lines. Jake’s flashing smile kept her heart in continuous meltdown mode, and Livi decided that it was indeed a good day and one that she had not experienced in a very, very long while.
LISA WHITE was born in Kingsport, Tennessee and raised in Bristol, Virginia. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in Italian language and literature, she obtained her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.
When not practicing law, Lisa enjoys gardening, spending time with friends and family, and, of course, writing romance novels. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators. THE LAWS OF LOVE is her first novel. She recently completed her second novel, DISCOVERY, the first in her Council of Powers trilogy. DISCOVERY is a new adult romance where two friends discover hidden powers and the love that makes these powers great.
Lisa currently lives in Southwest Virginia with her husband and two children where she is frantically writing and dreaming of another love story to share with you all.
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