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, Lizzi Tremayne, and her recipe for Chiles Rellenos con Queso along with an introduction to her historical romantic suspense, The Hills of Gold Unchanging. Please join me in welcoming Lizzi and savor her recipe for chiles rellenos con queso as you read about her new book!
The hero is Xavier Arguëllo, a Californio, eldest son of the family holding the Rancho de las Pulgas, in the San Francisco Bay area. This is Aleksandra’s (my heroine’s), favorite recipe at the rancho!!
Chiles Rellenos con Queso
“chee-leh rrreh-yeh-noh kohn keh-so”
Aleksandra’s and my favorite. Makes 3 or 4 servings
A few words to the wise: this takes considerable time to make, but it’s worth it.
1-make the sauce and put on to simmer
2-stuff the chiles
3-make the coating
4-fry the coated chiles
5-top with salsa and garnish.
Salsa de Jitomate (Tomato Sauce)
½ cup onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
oil for frying onions and garlic
15 oz (400 g) canned (whole/chopped) or preferably, fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped
½ c (175 ml) water
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp oregano, crumbled
¼ tsp salt
small pinch chile powder
Sauté onion and garlic in oil until golden. Stir in tomatoes, and the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes while stuffing chiles and making the sauce.
8 fresh Anaheim (mild) green chillies, blistered and peeled (or canned)
Fresh chiles: blister and peel fresh chiles, if used. Find instructions online if want to try. Tricky, but worth it for the taste! Remove seeds and pith from inside, then cut a slit in the side to put the cheese in. Leave the stem as a handle for cooking.
Canned chiles: rinse and use as below.
½ – ¾ pound (250-500 g) jack or cheddar cheese, cut into long sticks (~ ½ in x ½ in x length of chile)
About ½ cup flour
Stuff chiles with 1 stick of cheese into each chile (into top of tinned ones or through slit side of fresh ones). overlap the chile sides a little to prevent cheese loss, and roll in flour to coat and shake off excess.
3 eggs, yolks and whites separated
4 Tbs flour
1 Tbs water
¼ teaspoon salt
salad oil or butter for frying
Beat egg whites until they form soft peaks. Beat the egg yolks separately with flour, water and salt. Fold yolk mixture into egg whites.
Making the Rellenos
Coat and fry chiles by putting oil or butter into a frying pan over a medium heat.
Mound up about ½ cup of the coating in an oval shape in the HOT oil, and immediately lay a stuffed chile in the center of the mound and spoon another ¼ cup coating over the chile to just cover it. Use more if needed. You can cook as many as will fit in the pan. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on one side, then carefully turn them and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes longer, or until golden brown.
Top with hot Salsa de Jitomate and grated cheese or sliced green onions.
No one will stand in their way—and live.
As the Civil War rages, secessionists menace California.
Trying to get back home, Aleksandra and Xavier journey through the ining camps of 1860’s Nevada and California, the Sacramento floods and Old San Fran to Xavier’s Californio Rancho de las Pulgas.
Embroiled in the Confederate’s fight to drag the new state from the Union and make it their own, can Aleks and Xavier survive? The secessionists mean business.
This is Book Two of The Long Trails Series of historical suspense sagas, following Lizzi’s characters from the wilderness of 1860’s Utah to Colonial New Zealand.
June 1860, Echo Canyon, Wasatch Mountains, Utah Territory
His blade glinted in the sunlight as he lunged toward her, but she ducked and spun, her own sword flashing in figure eights while she retreated, and his strike met with only air. He recovered and set himself up for the onslaught he knew would come, coughing as the dust kicked up by their boots thickened.
Blade up, he parried the blows she rained down upon him. He managed to get in one of his own, and retreated for a moment, breathing hard. She stepped back as well, her breasts heaving beneath the thin linen. Blue eyes glittered below brows narrowed with concentration, before her sword returned to action with a vengeance. They circled, dodging and striking in turn. Her skill was far greater, but the girl’s injuries from her last fight, combined with his greater reach and fitness were beginning to tell. A movement tugged at the edge of his vision—he glanced up from her sword to see her hat tumble off. Her hair cascaded down in a tangle to her thighs, and his heart surged.
She’s mine now.
He offered the ghost of a smile as he moved in to disarm her with a passing lunge and struck at her sword arm.
The air left his lungs and he tasted dirt in his mouth as he hit the unforgiving ground face-first. He groaned and rolled over, expecting the worst.
Above him, her laughing visage met his eyes. Her glorious curls, molten gold, fell around his face like a veil as she bent to wipe his face and kiss his lips. She slid the hilt of his sword from his hand.
“All right, halte, hold, you two,” their instructor said, in his heavy Russian accent. “There’s still work to be done, Xavier, but you’ve done well.”
Xavier Argüello took the hand his opponent offered, hopped to his feet and dusted off his clothes.
“Well done, Querido,” said his intended, Aleksandra Lekarski, as she returned his sword.
“Xavier, come here, please,” Vladimir Chabardine said, from the doorway of the cabin, where he was propped up in his sickbed. “You have worked hard. I am impressed, and it is rare that I am compelled to say that. That shashka now belongs to you. Use it in good health.”
Xavier stared at him, then at the Don Cossack saber in his hand, its leather grip smooth with years of use. He was silent.
“But it’s yours, Vladimir,” he said.
“It was one of mine, yes. Now it is yours. Tatiana brought my other two shashkas with her from Russia. One is for Nikolai, when he is ready, and this one is for you. It’s the least I can do, after my part in,” he looked at Aleksandra and grimaced, “your papa’s death.”
She nodded grimly in acknowledgement.
“Thank you, from the bottom of my heart,” Xavier said, shaking his head at the Russian, as he ran a finger from the tooled embellishment on the pommel through to the rawhide bouton and strip they used for their practice sessions. He slid the protectors off and his new shashka whispered into its scabbard. He turned to face Aleksandra, and bowed to her. “Thank you,” he said, then turned to Vladimir, “and again, to you.”
She returned the bow and smiled at them both.
“You’re not quite done,” Vladimir said. “Xavier, replace the guard.”
“What would you like?” Aleksandra asked.
“One more bout. En garde,” he said, and they prepared. “Prêt.” They nodded. “Allez,” he snapped, and they began. Aleksandra feinted, then moved to strike, but Xavier saw a hole in her defense and lunged. She twirled way, with a laugh, then drew back, looking frightened, her body twisted strangely to the right.
Was she injured?
His gaze lifted to her face. What a chance! Her whole left side was open. He went for the opening. Before he could alter his course, she unwound and her shashka flashed toward him. For the second time in his life, he froze as he found her blade across his throat.
“¿Recuerdas? Remember this?” she said, her eyes merry.
“How could I forget, Querida,” he spoke for her ears alone, “our first meeting?”
Hands clapped behind them and they spun as one, hands on their sword hilts.
“No need fer that, no need fer that,” said a man, mounted on a chestnut horse. Beside the horse walked a black man, tied by the wrists to the rope in the rider’s hands.
“What do you wan—” Xavier began, then clamped his jaw, as his breath came short. Blood pounded in his ears and his face heated. “What can I help you with,” he finally managed, past gritted teeth, as he walked away from the house door, toward their callers.
Buy the Book:
Preorder The Hills of Gold Unchanging, until 18 February for special price of $3.99 at:
This novel is the second in this series of historical romantic suspense sagas following Aleksandra and Xavier from the wilderness of 1860 Utah to Colonial New Zealand. With Book One, A Long Trail Rolling, Lizzi Tremayne was: Finalist 2013 RWNZ Great Beginnings; Winner 2014 RWNZ Pacific Hearts Award; Winner 2015 RWNZ Koru Award for Best First Novel plus third in Koru Long Novel section; and finalist in the 2015 Best Indie Book Award.
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As s special treat, Lizzi is giving away one ebook of A Long Trail Rolling, Book One in the series, for one lucky visitor who comments with the last book they read! So be sure to include your EMAIL so Lizzi 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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