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, Katie O’Boyle, and her recipe for Pumpkin Raisin Muffins (Gluten-free) along with an introduction to her book, Coming Home to Love. Please join me in welcoming Katie and savor her recipe for pumpkin raisin muffins as you read about her new book!
Pumpkin Raisin Muffins (gluten-free)
makes 12 muffins
¾ cup brown rice flour
½ cup hazelnut flour
½ tsp. sea salt *
½ tsp. baking soda *
½ tsp. baking powder *
¼ tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. cloves
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup cane sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
3 large eggs
½ cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. grated lemon zest
1 cup golden raisins
* I also restrict sodium, so I use: no salt;
1 tsp. Ener-G Baking Soda Substitute; and
1 tsp. Hain Featherweight Baking Powder
- Heat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with 12 baking cups.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flours, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices.
- In another bowl, whisk together sugars, oil, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, and lemon zest.
- Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until well incorporated. Fold in raisins. Spoon batter into baking cups.
- Bake until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Sick of accumulating wealth for its own sake, Justin Cushman knows that his life is meaningless without a loving relationship. With his health deteriorating and his spirit dying, he has come home to the Finger Lakes to assist his injured nephew Joel. On a whim, he visits Joel’s spa, looking for a massage to relieve his pain. Gianessa Dupioni is a gifted masseuse, and she suspects Justin has Celiacs disease, as she does. She starts him on the road to good health and, on a whim, agrees to cook with him on Sunday afternoons. Too bad for Justin she’s devastated by personal losses and strictly focused on rebuilding her career. He learns quickly that wealth and power are not the keys to her heart. What will it take for Gianessa to let love in?
“You know,” Gianessa said, as she stroked his palm with her thumb, “I was prepared not to like you. Look how that turned out.”
He blustered. “Not like me?” He winked.
“The first time I saw you, you were badgering Grace.” She leaned forward, leading with her breasts. “That ticked me off.”
“And you wore your hair in that French braid, which ticked me off.”
She gathered her long, toffee tresses behind her shoulders. “You never said you didn’t like my braid.”
“I wanted from that first moment to get my hands in your hair. I plotted six ways to Sunday to get rid of the braid.”
“My braid is perfect for work. It feels elegant and simple, and it makes me feel put together and focused.”
He caressed her cheek and jaw and neck with eager fingers. “But you’re elegant and complex, and I prefer you undone.”
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Born in the upstate-New York village known as the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, Katie O’Boyle loves the Finger Lakes in every season. She enjoys lunch with friends at lakeside inns, and she cherishes the lakeside porch as a place for intimate sharing, laughter, and inspiration. To the outside world, she is a tech-savvy college professor. In her soul, she is a passionate author of warm-hearted romance. She has just finished writing book four of the Lakeside Porches romance books and novellas.
Connect with Katie:
on Facebook as “Katie O’Boyle Author”
on Twitter as “TompkinsFalls”
As a special treat, Katie is giving away a signed, paperback copy of Book One of the series Stepping Up To Love, to one reader (U.S. only please) that comments on Coming Home To Love and/or the recipe.
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!