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taylor cover 2Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Taylor Berke, and her recipe for Japanese Mum’s Chicken along with an introduction to her new release, Stony Creek Hero. Please join me in welcoming Taylor and savor her recipe for Japanese Mum’s Chicken as you read about her new book! 

A delicious recipe for romance.  Add some candles, cloth and soft music, embrace your partner and watch as the ingredients blend for the most loving of evenings!

Japanese Mum’s Chicken

8 chicken drumsticks, skin on (the skin is important for flavor, and is so tasty to eat!)

1 cup water

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup soy sauce

2 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1 garlic clove, peeled and bruised

1 small hot chili pepper, slit open, seeds removed 


1.    Place all the ingredients in a saucepan over a high heat.

2.    Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes.

3.    Remove any scum that rises to the surface.

4.    Increase the heat, turning the drumsticks frequently in the liquid, and cook until the liquid has reduced to a sticky glaze.

5.    Arrange the chicken on a serving platter, remove the garlic clove and chili from the liquid, and spoon the glaze over.

6.    NOTE It’s a glaze rather than a sauce, so there’s not a whole lot of it.

7.   Enjoy!  Serve with cous cous, rice varieties and your favorite green vegetable!


The feisty, fiercely independent Lizzie Carmichael never had any men that she could rely on.  As the sole owner of The Stony Creek Café, she finds herself in a desperate situation where she stands to lose either her honor or everything that she has ever worked for.

Known as the tough, quiet brother, Benjamin Powell adores women but strives to keep them at arm’s length, never risking his heart.  When he finds that the only woman who ever inspired him to dream is in trouble, he makes a choice that could change both their lives, forever.

Lurking in the shadows of Stony Creek, there is a dangerous menace that will stop at nothing to get what it wants, no matter what the costs.

As Ben and Lizzie start to explore the secret delights that they finally find in each other, can Ben protect Lizzie from the threats that try to tear them apart? 


 “You are certainly in all a flutter this afternoon, Ms. Carmichael.”  Maddy drawled out in good humor to her friend.  Billie’s appetite had returned today, with enthusiasm, if the sheer number or plates in front of her were any indication.  Lizzie and Mimi had set out plates of sausages, pancakes, fresh fruit and oatmeal for the ravenous new mommy. 

“Careful Maddy or Billie might bite off your fingers if they get any syrup on them!”  Mimi laughed out in warning.

“Hey!”  Billie mumbled with her mouth full.

“Let her eat whatever she wants.  She is going to bring us a beautiful, sweet little baby soon!”  Lizzie cooed at Billie’s completely flat stomach.

“Oh yeah.  Um, Vera!  You win the bet.”  Mimi called to the kitchen.

Vera strolled out into the dining room and looked Lizzie up and down with a knowing smirk on her face.

“What bet?  What is so funny you two?”  Lizzie asked now wary of her two dear friends.

“Well, you were late this morning and now you are practically giving a stellar performance of the Swan Lake ballet, so I bet Mimi that you got more than a roof raising last night.  In fact, I would go out on a limb and say that hitch in your walk has nothing to do with the twisted ankle story you made up at all.  Whatcha ladies think?  Am I right?”  Vera crowed out to the ladies eating.

Lizzie was turning something like fifty shades of red now at Vera’s declaration that had those new men smiling indulgently.  She was going to secretly plot out how to shove a cork in her mouth and up her butt.

“Amen sister.”  Beth called from the doorway as she came in with all three of her brothers, Gabe, Preston and Joe.

Lizzie swung around to the traitor, “Beth!”

“What?  When she is right, she is right.  I’ll have a cheese omelet please.”  Beth laughed out, trying to ignore Lizzie’s indignation.

Gabe and Preston sauntered over to Lizzie, each draping a meaty arm over her shoulders in comfort.  Gabe leaned down and whispered in her ear, “We believe you Lizzie baby.  Let us comfort you from that big bad old Vera.”  Preston just looked at her with a very naughty grin reinforcing his brother’s opinion. 

Now that Ben had her, the Preston’s were expressing interest?  What was it with Ben anyway?  Was he an aphrodisiac to both the male and female populace?  Sheesh!  Even though these two men and their brother Joe were delicious specimens of male flesh, there was only one man who made her melt.  Unfortunately, he chose that very moment to come through her doors.

Ben was scaring the customers who knew him with the huge smile on his face as he saw Lizzie.  The air in the room became heavy as everyone was afraid that he had lost his mind because he was never known to smile.  The world began to make sense again when he suddenly looked deadly calm and mad.  Really mad. 

“She is not your baby and both of you Orangutans had better get your hands off my woman in two seconds or they will be sent to the organ donation program.”  Ben said in a loud and menacing manner. 

Both the Saunders brothers started to laugh heartedly as they removed their arms from Lizzie but not before Joe snuck in and planted a sweet kiss on Lizzie’s unsuspecting cheek.

“That was because you are beautiful today Lizzie and I love to rile up the other wild animals.”  Joe proudly stated for all to hear.

“Save us a dance on Friday at the Gas Pump Lizzie!”  Preston yelled out before he sat down with his siblings.

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Meet Taylor:taylor berke cover 

My career as a writer was one that was born out of my tendency to daydream.  Since I was a child, I used to have incredible dreams that were similar to the detail found in the old MGM movies.  Now as an adult, those dreams have morphed into loving erotic stories that I would swear lower my anxiety level when things get to be too tumultuous.   During the day, I have a full time job fraught with too much responsibility.  Compound that with my beautiful family, managing the business, large dogs and an unruly home.  You easily can see why I like to drift off into the creative recesses of my mind.  It is there that men, who act like men, run rampant and usually in very little clothing!  My imagination provides me and hopefully some wonderful readers love, smiles, stress relief and happily ever afters.  I was blessed with the amazing gift of my husband, who is the foundation of most of my hunky heroes in the stories that I dream up.  If, as the reader, you are searching for suspense, drama or tension between the hero and heroine, please turn on the TV or read the paper.  My stories are filled with love, physicality and passion.  Mix in some humor and a happily ever after and you have my recipe of a heavenly retreat from the everyday stress.  I hope you enjoy the stories and feel free to contact me on my facebook page or website, http://taylorberke.com/.  Right now I have the first two books in the Stony Creek Series out, Stony Creek Cowboy and book 2, Stony Creek Hero.  I love to hear from fellow readers and wish love and happiness to you all.

Thank you for joining us for another Romance Recipes! I hope you’ll stop by next week to meet another author, try a new recipe and pick up a new book!