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, Nancy Lee Badger, and her recipe for Firehouse Apple Delight for Two along with an introduction to her book, Ignite: A White Mountain Thriller. Please join me in welcoming Nancy and savor her recipe for Apple Delight as you read about her new book!
Firehouse Apply Delight for Two
I chose this recipe because my heroine, Josie Miller, wanted to show her partner on the ambulance squad, Pete Thayer, that she was not simply a tomboy. He keeps calling her Joe! Yes, her uniform is baggy and utilitarian, and she grew up with four older brothers, but she is a woman with a crush. Feeding him something homemade made sense, so she came up with the idea to cook her Firehouse Apple Delight just for the two of them. The recipe actually makes enough for four servings and she thought that maybe…just maybe… they could share it for…breakfast. Off she went to cook it in the ancient stove inside the Fairfield, New Hampshire firehouse. Read the excerpt, below the Book Blurb, to see the consequences.
3/4 cup packed brown sugar (I used Splenda® brown sugar, for a few less calories)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oaks (I used quick oats)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup cold butter, sliced
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced (or any tart apples. Mine were very large)
In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well. Add slices of cold butter and cut-in with a pastry tool fork, or use your fingers like I did (more intimate!) Slice and peel the apples, and toss into a small baking dish. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the apples. Bake 30-35 minutes or until apples are tender. Topping will be dry. Cool slightly, then serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or sugar-free Cool Whip®. Enjoy with someone special!
Josie Miller senses that fellow paramedic-firefighter, Pete Thayer, is hiding something behind his sketchy history. He has a reputation for one-night stands in the small town of Fairfield, New Hampshire. He doesn’t look at her that way, but Joe finds she is falling for him.
They respond to accident calls, medical emergencies, and fast-moving forest fires amid sparks of another kind. Outside influences come in to play, and Pete is accused of murder. After he professes his innocence, and their relationship ignites, her brothers intervene. A suicide note, a fight, stolen moments of love, and a desire to listen to their hearts, lead these two heroes toward a climax filled with tension, pain, bloodshed, and atonement.
As they approached the firehouse, Josie squinted from her seat in the ambulance. A man stood in the open bay, bent over something.
“Is that the chief? What’s he doing?”
“Looks like he’s setting up the portable ventilator,” Pete said.
“Why?” She parked at the curb. The chief turned their way and frowned.
“Oh–oh. What happened?” Josie asked.
“Joe, did you leave something in the oven?”
She thought back and shook her head. “No, I put the unbaked apple crisp in the refrigerator. Chief, what’s going on?”
“Someone left the oven on. Looks like some baked–on grease caught fire. I stopped by and found the place empty and filled with smoke.” All three turned and stared at the smoke drifting from the building.
“What a stench.” Pete said.
“The fan will draw it out. The stove looks okay but someone will be spending the rest of their day cleaning it!” The chief huffed then walked back inside.
Josie stared at his back. Why had her day ended up in the toilet? When Pete’s muscular arm clamped around her shoulders and he drew her close, she gasped.
“Guess that someone will be you. I’ll just take the apple crisp off your hands and bake it myself.”
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After growing up in Huntington, New York, award-winning author Nancy Lee Badger attended
College in New Hampshire, married, and raised two sons in a small town in the shadow of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. She protected her neighbors in Rumney as an EMT and volunteer firefighter. After nearly a decade as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher for the State of NH 9-1-1 service, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time, but returns with her family each fall to volunteer at the New Hampshire Highland Games. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, the Celtic Heart Romance Writers, and the Triangle Area Freelancers.
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