Hey, y’all. Please welcome Alice Orr back to the blog! I know how you all like the spice, and Alice has just the thing for your summer barbecues!
Even though I write Romantic Suspense novels, this isn’t a post about love scenes. The rubbing reference has to do with cooking. Specifically, dry rubbing. Okay. Simmer down. I can hear your smirks all the way over here.
I use dry rubs a lot. I like to apply them early in the day and let them sink in deep. I said, “Simmer down, and I mean it!” All right. Let’s start again.
The following two recipes are from myself and my daughter. She’s more to the point and calls hers an All-Purpose Rub because it can be used many more ways than just to season a cut of meat for barbecue or roasting. I use mine whenever I want to add a little pizazz to something. I heard that snigger in the corner by the way.
I add my rub to salad dressings, sauces, egg dishes, casseroles and definitely soups. Also to anything that tends toward blandness, like certain fish fillets or almost any cut of pork. Even meatloaf benefits from a teaspoon or tablespoon sprinkled in, to your particular taste.
Be creative to suit your palate and your family’s tummies. For example, my ingredient combo is less spicy than my daughter’s, and she toned hers down for my husband. She prefers dishes that have “Diablo” in the title. Not me. Each recipe makes approximately a cup and a half of rub.
So, add or subtract at will and definitely experiment, as long as all of the additions are dry, not moist or liquid. Which I know has a naughty connotation too. I write in a naughty genre after all.
Alice’s Herb-Spice Rub
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Four years ago it was pure Hollywood – the windswept beach, the whirlwind romance, the run-away marriage. Unfortunately, the ride into the sunset didn’t survive the publication of the bride’s tell-all book two months after she said ‘I Do’.
Reclusive venture capitalist Morgan Riley isn’t interested in fame. He prefers a quiet life in the suburbs. For his daughter’s sake, he agrees to give his notorious wife another chance to be part of their family. Even though she’s back at home and fulfilling all his late-night fantasies, he can’t help wonder if she misses her high-profile lifestyle and famous friends.
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1 Very Tall Guy. 1 Broody Chef. 1 Very Small Car.
It’s release day for Dylan and Win and Izzie!
I absolutely loved writing this story for the Romancing Austin anthology and apparently readers loved my quirky South Austin guys, too. I’ve had so much positive feedback, I decided it was time to send Dylan, Win, and Izzie out into the world on their lonesome.
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Chef Dylan Trevino screwed up bad, and he knows it. When he left Texas, his job, and his boyfriend behind, Dylan was confident Aston would follow him to New York. Now he’s back home and working for the worst caterer in Austin just to pay the rent. Being head chef at a party thrown by a famous rocker doesn’t make up for serving bland tacos while dressed like a dime-store cowboy. Thank god his ex can’t see him now.
Aston Winkler’s steampunk guitar mods are all the rage with musicians and he’s got invites to every hot party in town. Too bad he’d rather be listening to garage bands than networking in a penthouse. From his 6’7″ vantage point, Aston has no problem spotting Dylan at the crowded SXSW party. Getting his boyfriend back? That’s a tall order.
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Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! Kelly Jensen is here with a scallop recipe that is elegant enough for a Valentine’s Day meal and easy enough to make any time. I’m drooling a little right now and seriously considering having Bones make this recipe for our own Valentine’s Day. (I will assist by uncorking the wine!)
Don’t forget to check out Kelly’s new book, When Was the Last Time.
My husband and I have a Valentine’s tradition we cherish. We plan a menu, cook together, and we eat in the proper dining room instead of in the kitchen. Our menus vary. We both like to cook and we’re both adventurous eaters, so our planning usually begins with a theme: a style of cuisine, the food of a particular country or region, or an ingredient we’d both like to try. We’ve roasted, broiled and fried, made chocolate truffles, rolled up sushi, and learned how to poach fish. We’ve eaten a lot of good food—but sometimes the simplest recipes are the most memorable.
Sweetheart Scallops take about ten minutes to make. No kidding. Prep consists of chopping a shallot and a green onion, juicing a lemon and dropping a little flour into a dish. That’s it. Oh, and opening a bottle of white wine—a glass for you and half a cup for the sauce.
You can serve anything alongside these scallops. Their flavour is delicate, so keep that in mind. We usually go for a little linguini or polenta—both work well with the sauce—and a green vegetable. You could also soak up the sauce with some crusty bread. On to the recipe!
Sweetheart Scallops Recipe
Serves 2. Prep: 5 minutes, Cook time: 5-7 minutes
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