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, Jenna Jaxon, and her recipe for Green Bean Salad from the Ordinary along with an introduction to her historical romance, Only Marriage Will Do. Please join me in welcoming Jenna and savor her recipe for Green Bean Salad as you read about her new book!
Only Marriage Will Do is my second romance novel set in the 18th century and I find I’m not very fixated on food! My couple eat several times, but dining is not a focus of the story. Hmmm, I’ll have to remedy that in the third book. 🙂
So for this time, I’ve got a recipe from “Cooking Treasures of the Past,” the cookbook from the Historic Michie Tavern (Ordinary) near Monticello in Charlottesville, VA, home of Thomas Jefferson. I got this book years ago, after eating at the tavern and the only reason I bought it was because it had this Green Bean salad recipe in it. And in all the years I’ve had it, it’s still the only recipe I’ve tried. It is a savory, cold green bean salad from the 1700s that I can vouch that it’s delicious!
Green Bean Salad from the Ordinary
1 lb fresh green beans, cut (canned beans can be used and that’s what I do)
¼ cup vinegar
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp pepper
1 ½ tsp garlic salt
1 ¼ tsp ground oregano
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, excluding the beans. Mix thoroughly. Add beans; stir and chill one hour. Before serving, mix beans in marinade and drain off excess liquid. Serve. Yields 4-6 servings.
(I always think mushrooms would be a good addition to this salad, but every time I’ve added them, the marinade congeals into a slimy mess, so I don’t recommend it.)
Not every happy-ever-after begins at “I do.”
When the hero of her dreams rescues Lady Juliet Ferrers from the man claiming to be her husband, she is sure she has found her one true love. But is she free to marry him? Not to be deterred, Juliet arranges for her hero, Captain Amiable Dawson, to escort her to her family estate, hoping that along the way she can win his love.
Amiable is charmed by the sweet, beautiful woman he rescued, and although he has grave reservations about her marital status, he allows himself to be swept up into Juliet’s romantic spell and the promise of a happy-ever-after.
The spell breaks when legal questions arise and Juliet faces the horror of not knowing if she is married to her knight in shining armor or the cruel viscount who is determined to have her at any price.
At the touch of his fingers on her cheek, Juliet lost her battle with the tears. She had sworn not to shed a single one over him, but now they flooded her face as the ache in her chest reached a terrible crescendo.
“Juliet, my dear.”
As the first sob tore from her throat, he scooped her up, bore her over to the parlor’s sofa, and settled her in his lap. “Juliet, do not cry, my love. You break my heart.”
He pressed her head to his chest, heedless of the torrent that soaked into his jacket.
She could not stop, however. The misery at what she intended to do overwhelmed her. She must send him away, she must.
Her cries intensified, banishment from Amiable a sentence too terrible to contemplate. The pain cut so deep for a brief moment she wished to die just to escape it. Finally, she managed to stem the tide to a trickle. Soul-wrenching grief gave way to bleak despair. She lay exhausted on his broad chest, too tired now to even move her head.
“My dear,” he spoke quietly into her ear. “What has happened to make you so unhappy?”
She struggled up, trying to catch her breath. She risked a glance at him and wished she hadn’t. Tears threatened again. “I…I c-came to tell you I no longer r-require your services as escort, Captain Dawson.” There. She had said it. “You may return to London on the morrow, sir.”
“I see.” He held her steady with one hand while the other pushed back a stray wisp of hair straggling from her coiffure. “That would be a most prudent move.” He captured another escaping strand and stroked it into place behind her ear, then wiped her tears away with his thumb.
Could he not see her misery? Would he add to it with his kindness? Such attentions made it almost impossible to continue with her resolve.
“However, I do not think I will go, my lady, if it is all the same to you.”
She fought to keep her composure. “I, however, no longer require your escort, sir. I will journey on alone.”
Amiable smiled patiently but shook his head. “I fear not, my dear.”
“I will.” She tried to pull away from his grasp but he held her still.
“Most definitely not.” He wrapped his hand around the back of her head, urging her face closer to his.
“Wh—what are you doing, Captain Dawson?” His blue eyes were her whole world.
“Bowing to the inevitable, my love.” Then his mouth met hers.
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Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.
Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as President of Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA. Her debut novel, Only Scandal Will Do, is the first in her House of Pleasure series, set in Georgian London. Only Marriage Will Do, the second book in the series, is set to release in mid-June 2015 from Kensington. Her medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love: Betrothal, Betrayal, and Beleaguered, is a Romeo & Juliet-esque tale, set at the time of the Black Death. The companion short story, Beloveds, released in early June 2015. And a time travel novella, Crashing Through Time, will release in early July as part of a boxed set about seven plane crashes that lead to love called Crashing Into Love.
She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.
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