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Jax Garren: Elves and Apple-Ginger Pancakes (gluten free, nut free, vegan)

Foodie Friday Magic! Jax Garren is here today with Apple-Ginger Pancakes. What’s the magic part? They are gluten-free, nut free, and vegan (and still yummy!). Jax writes very modern urban fantasy romance. I’m a huge fan of her Tales of the Underlight trilogy. Today she’s brought along her ambiguously paranormal (Is he? Or isn’t he?) holiday foodie romance, The Elf and the Ice Princess. There are five FREE copies up for grabs if you’re willing to talk breakfast temptations in the comments.

I will be highly motivated to make an amazing breakfastJAX:

Brett grinned slyly. “I make a good breakfast. Pancakes. Waffles. I have experimental lox at the house. You could give me your professional opinion.”

“You want me to stay the night to critique your salmon?” Carrie meant it to sound like a joke, but it came out more like an accusation.

“No! No. I’m trying to convince you to stay the night with breakfast incentives.” His face lit up. “I will be highly motivated to make an amazing breakfast.”

Sex was one thing, but…“I’m not sure I’m ready for breakfast.”

Though his shoulders may have sagged a bit, Brett’s smile stayed intact and his voice light. “Okay. That’s fine. I understand. But it’s a package deal for me.” He wagged a finger at her. “I may be easy, but I’m not cheap. Or, something like that. Basically, I’ll wait.”

She narrowed her eyes. “I offered to get naked with you, and you’re turning me down?”

“I offered cuddling and pancakes, and you turned me down.” He snatched her hand and kissed it again. “I’m A-plus-plus boyfriend material, Carrie Martin. You’re going to figure that out—I hope—and then there will be nakedness and cuddling and pancakes. All of it. It will be epic.” Until then . . .” He yanked on her hand, and she stumbled forward, landing against his chest. “Until then, I’ll just have to work on convincing you.”

~ from The Elf and the Ice Princess

 

I love pancakes (and nakedness and cuddling), but when I went grain free, I thought I’d never have them again. (At least not the pancakes.) Then I discovered plantains! Plantains are related to bananas, and are usually found next to them in the grocery store. When green, they have a high starch content and neutral taste, so they can replace flour in all kinds of recipes. These apple-ginger pancakes are one of my favorite ways to use them; I make these about once a week for breakfast. They’re super easy, require just a few ingredients and a food processor, and have enough room for error that they’re almost impossible to mess up. I love them! Of note, they’re not cake-y like pancakes. They’re more like funnel cake–crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Which, in my book, makes them even better!

 

I never measure my ingredients; I just toss stuff into the food processor until it looks right. The recipe below is approximately what I shoot for each time, but you can miss the proportions by a wide margin and still get the same results. Plantains are cool that way. After years of baking fancy cakes and breads, it’s a relief to put something together that doesn’t require any fastidiousness.

 

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Apple-Ginger Pancakes Recipe (gluten free, nut free, vegan)

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Katie Graykowski: Hand over the cinnamon rolls and no one gets hurt

Best-selling romantic comedy author Katie Graykowski is here for FOODIE FRIDAY today. I still remember the first time she shared the opening to her first book, Perfect Summer, in our local writer’s group. I laughed out loud then. I laughed out loud again when I read the actual book, and I’m still a fan today.

Katie’s brought along some FREE BOOKS and CINNAMON ROLLS. To be clear, the books (5 copies of CHANGING LANES) are free to a few lucky commenters. I’m going to eat the cinnamon rolls. All of them. Back off my cinnamon rolls. I doubt we could squish them into an email attachment anyway.

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Katie’s Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

 Katie:

For me, the holiday season is all about the food…specifically breakfast. On Christmas morning, I make cinnamon rolls and an egg/sausage casserole. For drinks, we have mimosas. This Christmas morning food ritual is one that I carried over from my mother, Barbara McCelland. She likes to fill her cinnamon rolls with apples and cherries while I prefer straight up cinnamon. Continue reading

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Shiny New Cover: A TASTE OF YOU

LOOK AT MY NEW COVER! And you know what a new cover means….NEW BOOK!

A TASTE OF YOU – coming March, 2015

I’ve been sitting on this news until I can’t stand it any more. This book will be a part of the Give Me A Taste foodie line from Fated Desires.  The cover art is by Syneca at Original Syn and I’m just in love with it.  I can’t wait for you to meet Carlo and Garrett.  Scroll down past the cover for a peek at the blurb!

A Taste of You by Irene Preston

Coming in March 2015

Hell’s Kitchen has nothing on the flames Giancarlo and Garrett ignite at Restaurant Ransom…

Garrett Ransom is America’s hot chef du jour. He has a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, a hit reality TV show, and a new man in his bed every week. Yes, he secretly thinks his business partner, Giancarlo “Carlo” Rotolo, is hotter than a ghost pepper, but he would never jeopardize their friendship with a fling. Then Garrett overhears some juicy gossip among the crew and realizes he’ll have to break Giancarlo’s cardinal rule, no banging the staff – for Carlo’s own good, of course. Just a taste of Carlo should be plenty. Long-term relationships aren’t on Garrett’s menu.

Giancarlo’s been in love with Garrett forever. He’s sure Garrett will eventually realize they are destined to be more than business partners. But when Garrett installs his latest boyfriend as their new chef d’cuisine and announces plans to leave Carlo in New York while he opens a second restaurant on the west coast, Carlo is forced to re-evaluate his life.

Can a high-strung British chef and a nice Italian boy from Brooklyn find the perfect fusion of fine-dining and family-style?

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