Hello 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, Stacy Juba, and her recipe for Parmesan Chicken Dijon along with an introduction to her romantic suspense/mystery, Sink or Swim. Please join me in welcoming Stacy and savor her recipe for Parmesan Chicken Dijon as you read about her new book!
My character Cassidy Novak was stuck on a Tall Ship for three months while she competed as a crew member on a reality TV show. After tolerating grainy mashed potatoes and gristly steak , she longs for home-cooked meals like the below Parmesan Chicken Dijon. This is a recipe that was provided to me by my mother-in-law.
2 cups bread crumbs
1 ¼ cups grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup parsley snipped
1 ½ cup butter or margarine
1 pressed garlic bulb
8 pounded chicken breasts
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Cut chicken breasts in half. Mix bread crumbs, parmesan and parsley. Melt butter on stove and mix with garlic and mustard. Cool slightly. Dip chicken in butter mixture and roll in bread crumb mixture. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Baste occasionally in remaining butter in pan.
Sink or Swim: A fun beach read endorsed by contestants from Survivor, Big Brother, and The Amazing Race. Ambitious personal trainer Cassidy Novak has gained fame for starring on Sink or Swim, a hit reality show. Not only does she lose and have to walk the plank, but after the game show ends, the terror begins. Upon returning home, Cassidy discovers she has attracted a stalker masterminding his own twisted game. She struggles to focus on her health club job and celebrity endorsement opportunities, but her stalker has other plans. As her former competitors get knocked off one-by-one, Cassidy refuses to play by the stalker’s bizarre rules. She’s also being shadowed by hunky photographer Zach Gallagher, who has been assigned to capture her personal moments for a spread in the local newspaper. She wants to trust Zach, but fears he may not be what he seems. When the stalker forces a showdown, Cassidy must once again walk the plank…this time for her life.
Cassidy coughed at the whiff of Charlie. Her mother looked like a stacked Big Bird and reeked of department store perfume. “I don’t know. Maybe you and I can go. I heard I’ve got a year to take it, so I’d rather wait. I’ve had enough ships lately.”
Her mother beamed. “That’s okay, whenever you’re ready.”
Of course, now Cassidy’s kid brother would want to tag along. This cruise would actually cost her money. “Where’s Bo?”
“Off getting autographs. Your brother was hooked on the show.” Fondling an éclair, her mother batted her eyes at a handsome studio executive.
Normally her mom’s flirtatiousness would have irked Cassidy, but tonight she didn’t care. Stomach gurgling, she examined her mother’s helping of chicken wings and Swedish meatballs.
Suddenly ravenous, Cassidy loaded a plate, taking two of everything. She’d never have to drink powdered milk again. Grainy mashed potatoes and gristly steak would be a distant memory. She could go to McDonalds.
Although Cassidy had avoided fast food in the past, her mouth watered as she imagined a Big Mac. Even a health nut could be pushed to desperation. She munched a ruffled potato chip coated in onion dip.
Brooke, the show’s twenty-something publicist, jogged over to Cassidy with a clipboard planted against her chest. Circles rimmed her eyes as if she and her pillow hadn’t bonded since the show premiered. Cassidy knew the feeling.
“I’ve got to get you and Reggie hooked up with the media,” Brooke said, breathless. “I’ve scheduled telephone interviews for you guys tonight and an appearance on the Morning Show tomorrow.”
“You’re kidding,” Cassidy said. “They want me on the Morning Show?”
“Yep, and at the press conference tomorrow, the network is announcing that SOS has been renewed for a second season.”
“Don’t forget to call that reporter, Alison Larson, from the local newspaper,” Cassidy’s mother interjected. “You promised to remember her when you got off the ship.”
“Not until the important interviews are done, please,” Brooke said. “Sorry to make you eat on the run, but let’s go.”
Cassidy told her mother she would see her later and followed the harried publicist down the elevator to the marketing department. Brooke stopped before a door and unlocked it. “You can use the phone in here, and I’ll set up Reggie in my supervisor’s office. You’ve got the New York Times, Variety, USA Today and Associated Press on tap. I’ll dial the phone and give you ten minutes with each publication.”
Brooke switched on the light, revealing a normal office except for the mess on the floor.
Cassidy gestured to the fragrant red roses in glass vases, Godiva chocolate boxes and stuffed animals littering the carpet like a messy Valentine’s Day display. “What’s all that stuff? Lovesick boyfriend?” She deposited her plate onto a desk strewn with papers and bit into a juicy roast beef sandwich.
“It’s yours.” Brooke smirked. “Plus, three bags of fan mail. I hope you have room in your car. This stuff has been sitting in the office all week.”
Cassidy choked on a bite of bread. “That’s all mine?”
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Stacy Juba loves to write stories about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them. She has made numerous bestseller lists including GalleyCat’s Barnes & Noble Bestsellers and GalleyCat’s Mystery and Thriller Bestsellers. Stacy has written about reality TV contestants targeted by a killer, an obit writer investigating a cold case, teen psychics who control minds, twin high school hockey stars battling on the ice, and teddy bears learning to raise the U.S. flag. She has had a book ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. Browse her website http://www.stacyjuba.com for more information on her mystery, romance, and contemporary fiction books for adults, teens, and children, guest author features and resources on how to build your own “character,” and for her book/product reviews and advocacy relating to Type 1 Diabetes.
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