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, Linda O’Connor, and her recipe for Pumpkin Soup along with an introduction to her contemporary romantic comedy, Perfectly Reasonable (Book #2, Perfectly Series). Please join me in welcoming Linda and savor her recipe for Pumpkin Soup as you read about her new book!
In Perfectly Reasonable, Margo MacMillan and Trace Bennett volunteer at a soup kitchen called Breaking Bread. Here’s a recipe for one of the favorite fall soups and some delicious rolls to go with it!
¼ cup butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 large potato, peeled and diced
1 can pumpkin pie filling
3 cups chicken stock
½ cup light cream or 2% milk
In large pot, melt butter and sauté the onion and leeks until softened but not browned. Add potato and chicken stock. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered until all vegetables are softened, about 20 minutes.
Puree with a hand-held blender (or in a food processor). Add the pumpkin pie filling and milk. Gradually heat but do not boil. Add nutmeg. Serve hot. Makes 6 servings.
These rolls are slightly sweet and easy to make!
2 ½ -3 cups all-purpose flour
1 envelope Quick Rise Instant Yeast
½ tsp salt
½ cup sour cream
1/3 cup water
¼ cup butter, cut in pieces
poppy or sesame seeds (optional)
Combine 2 cups of the flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
In saucepan, heat sour cream, water, and butter until very warm to touch. Stir in dry ingredients. Stir in 1 egg and add enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth (about 5 minutes).
Divide dough into 12 pieces and roll them into smooth balls. Let rise 20 minutes. With scissors, make 6 snips around the outside edge of each roll (makes them look like a flower :D). Beat remaining egg with a fork and brush on rolls. Sprinkle with seeds.
Bake in 400°F oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from sheet and let cool on a rack. Makes 1 dozen.
Love what you do and do what you love. Sounds perfectly reasonable, but chances are, you’ll find your passion in the last place you look . . .
Margo MacMillan finished medical school, but in the process, her self-confidence and self-esteem took a beating. So for the sake of self-preservation, she’s stepped away from medicine to re-group. In the meantime, painting soothes her soul and pays the bills.
Trace Bennett set his sights on a medical degree and has to prepare the perfect medical school application. His big plan is to paint his condo for a little feng shui divine luck. When Margo shows up to paint, he realizes he’s found exactly what he’s looking for. He just has to convince Margo to share more than the art of medicine.
She’s got it. He wants it. It’s Perfectly Reasonable.
Margo MacMillan wished she could take the job. Look at that view.
Beyond the picture window and down eighteen floors, waves lapped against the Lake Ontario shore despite frigid January temperatures. Above, it was all blue skies and sunshine. Very Zen.
This side of the window, it was blue eyes and sun-streaked hair. Trace, the pheromone-radiating, sweet-boy-next-door of her current client, was very . . . unZen.
“It has to be done by Tuesday,” he insisted.
Fat chance of that happening, considering it was already Friday afternoon. Too bad. He really was . . . breathtaking. “No can do. I have another client lined up for next week.”
Her eyebrows winged up. “I can’t do that. They’re waiting for me, and I promised to start Monday.”
“Trades do it all the time.”
She frowned at him. “Not me. If I say I’m going to start a job on Monday, I start on Monday. You’ll have to find another painter.” Her curls bounced as she turned to go.
“Wait.” He touched her arm, and Margo felt a zing of electricity shimmer through her. “You could do it this weekend.”
“I don’t work weekends.”
“I’ll pay double.”
Margo looked him in the eyes. Eyes that were icy pale blue, almost silver, and too intense to focus on, except they were set in a chiseled face with a square jaw and the most disarming smile.
Her fees were already pretty high. What could possibly be so urgent that he’d pay twice what it was worth?
She glanced around the room. Big open space and pristine beige walls. Sleek leather furniture. Glass, metal, and a zebra-skin rug. And staged for a cover shoot.
What was the deal? Was he desperate to erase the memory of a girlfriend? It was more than possible with the combination of those low-slung jeans, gray T-shirt showing off broad shoulders and flat abs, and that close-cropped blond hair. He towered over her, and she was taller than average. Yeah, it was definitely possible. Or maybe a new ladylove he had to please? She raked her gaze over him. Nah. He wouldn’t need a new paint color for that.
She sighed and thought of the student loan she had yet to pay off. If she prepped the walls that evening, she could probably get the painting done by Monday. “All right. But I’d have to start tonight and come back early Saturday and Sunday.”
His shoulders relaxed. “Not a problem. I can be here.”
“Have you chosen the paint color?”
“No, but it has to be blue.”
“Yes. Pale blue, gray-blue, dark blue, I don’t care. Just as long as it’s blue.”
She shrugged. “Okay then. I’ll bring over some paint chips later and you can choose. You’ll have to make a decision tonight, so I can stop on my way tomorrow to pick it up.”
“I can do that. And I’ll invite some of my buddies over to move the furniture.”
“That would be great. Just push everything to the center of the room. I can cover it with plastic.”
Trace nodded. “Thank you for this. I really appreciate it. I’ve heard you’re the best.”
She smiled. Charm and good looks. He’ll go far. “You’re welcome. I’ll finish the job next door and come back at about seven.”
“Works for me. See you then.”
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Linda O’Connor started writing a few years ago when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at HomeSense. It turns out she loves writing romantic comedies and has a few more stories to tell. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic (well, even when she is writing she’s a physician, and it shows up in her stories 😀 ). She hangs out at www.lindaoconnor.net.
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-OConnor/e/B00S7CNLEA
As s special treat, Linda is giving away an e-copy of Perfectly Reasonable as well as a package of silicon parchment paper and a Halloween booklet with awesome recipes and craft ideas to one lucky commenter. So be sure to include your EMAIL so Linda can contact you if you win. (Email will not be used for spam or any other purpose other than to notify the winner).
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