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, Melinda Curtis, and her recipe for Molten Chocolate Lava Cake along with an introduction to her contemporary romance, Season of Change. Please join me in welcoming Melinda and savor her recipe for Molten Chocolate Lava Cake as you read about her new book!
Season of Change, a contemporary romance, is set in Harmony Valley. This small town at the northernmost edge of Sonoma County wine country is in trouble. It’s so remote, the sagging California economy of the past few years has driven businesses out, and without jobs, everyone under the age of 65 has left town. The 70 or so residents remaining are set in their ways, but youth returns to help save things. In book three in the series, Slade’s new hire, Christine, discovers his long hidden secret. She won’t let it go, making this his reluctant Season of Change.
Today I am sharing a wonderful dessert recipe I found in Better Homes and Gardens. This quick and easy recipe is one the entire family will enjoy! I sure know mine does.
Molten Chocolate Lava Cake
Servings: 6 Prep Time: 15 minutes
2 tablespoons butter
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
¾ cup butter
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Using the 2 tablespoons of butter, grease six 8 to 10 ounce ramekins, soufflé dishes, or custard cups. Place ramekins in a 15x10x1 inch backing pan; set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine the chocolate and ¾ cup butter. Cook and stir over low heat until the chocolate melts. Remove pan from heat; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, egg yolks, granulated sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed for 8 to 10 minutes, or until thick and a lemon color. Fold one-third of the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Fold remaining chocolate mixture and flour into egg mixture. Spoon about 2/3 cup batter into each prepared ramekin.
- Back about 12 minutes or until cake edges feel firm. Cool in ramekins on a wire rack for 2 to 3 minutes. Using a knife, loosen the cakes from the sides of the ramekins. Place onto dessert plates, and sift with powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Serve immediately.
Christine Alexander needs to prove herself as a top-notch winemaker, and in Harmony Valley she’s got a chance to build something legitimate, quality and lasting. What she doesn’t need is part-owner Slade Jennings poking his nose in her cabernet.
Brooding, buttoned-up Slade Jennings won’t be making things easy for his new hire. Someone has to worry about the bottom line. Forced into an uneasy partnership, the pair faces two challenges: create a spectacular award-winning vintage within months…and figure out if their tenuous friendship can grow into something deeper and lasting.
After several dress changes by his twins, Slade was feeling decidedly uncomfortable on Christine’s bedroom floor, leaning against her bed, at her feet, which were bare, the toes painted an energetic orange. They had a business relationship, nothing more. It was time to get down to business.
And so they discussed projected timelines and her preferred equipment manufacturers. They discussed in depth her preferred methods of harvesting and winemaking. He shared the partnership’s views on the winery stimulating town growth. Interspersed between were ooohs and ahhhs for the girls in Christine’s dresses. It was hard to believe that one woman had that many evening gowns. Short ones, long ones, fitted ones, ones with slits and lace and shimmery trim.
Although he enjoyed seeing his daughters dress up, he couldn’t help imagining what Christine would look like in each evening gown, until Grace came out in a black dress with a long feathered skirt. “Whoa. You did not wear that thing?” Slade glanced up at Christine. “It has feathers.”
Christine stared down her elegant nose at him. “Feathers were in that year.”
Slade chuckled. “Grace, you look beautiful, honey, but I can’t see how that dress would look good on a full-grown woman.” He pointed at the dress. “I mean…feathers!”
“I’m reminding myself you’re my boss,” Christine said through gritted teeth.
Grace exchanged a look with Faith, who was wearing a white beaded gown with flowing long sleeves. Both girls looked at Christine and nodded.
“Excuse me a minute, boss.” Christine followed them into the bathroom.
Great. Add Christine to the growing list of people who understood his daughters’ silent language.
Slade got up stiffly, stretched out the kinks, and sat on the bed. It was softly inviting. With effort, he kept from flopping onto his back and sneaking a power nap.
A few minutes later the girls came out dressed in their pink checks and overalls shorts. Their hair was still prom-queen grand. They bounced onto the bed next to him. Grace leaned on his shoulder.
And then Christine stepped out of the bathroom in the black feathered gown. It fit her tight across the chest, with just a hint of cleavage, enough to catch a man’s eye.
This man’s eye.
She’d piled her hair above her head in a messy style that begged a man’s hand to smooth it. And then she walked across the hall, revealing a dangerously high slit that exposed most of her leg with every step. A leg that ended in a bright red pump.
Slade’s mouth went dry as his eyes traveled back up to her face.
Christine wouldn’t release his gaze. Here was the classy, confident woman he’d interviewed. The woman who knew the power of her appearance and wasn’t afraid to use it. Not that she had to wield her womanly power, given she was rocket scientist smart when it came to her craft.
Faith and Grace leaned over to look at him. And giggled.
Christine burst out laughing. “That’ll teach you to make fun of a woman’s feathers.”
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Melinda Curtis writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet romances for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”. Melinda also writes independently published, hotter romances as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood’s Golden Age except a lot hotter.” Melinda is married to her college sweetheart, and has three kids in college. She follows the NFL because one young quarterback is from her hometown, and follows Duke basketball because Mr. Curtis has a man crush on Coach K. Her latest release, Wedding Rules, is the second installment of her Gemma Rules Trilogy in her Hollywood Rules series.
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