Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Cate Rowan


CookingKaren’s Killer Fixin’s
with Cate Rowan!

Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, Cate Rowan, and her favorite recipe for GET-A-HUSBAND BRUNSWICK STEW!



A Regency frog prince stuck in modern Los Angeles . . . 

In Kiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale, a cynical Los Angeles artist reluctantly pet-sits for her young niece’s frog and discovers magic in the terrarium—in the form of a sexy enchanted prince.

This romantic fairy tale remix with a Regency time-travel twist is a short novella of 12,000 words (approximately 50 pages) and sells for just 99 cents.

“A perfect mix of enjoyable plot, ridiculously funny scenes, and wonderful romance.” —PW Reader

“Fill a gap in your day and grab this book. It’s sweet and short and you’ll love the mini escape from reality to enjoy some magic.” —Amazon reviewer

“Full of charm and feel-good romance.” —Amazon reviewer



Even in the short trek from the shopping mall parking lot, Sofia noticed Alexander was causing a stir.

Sure, his attire must have been part of it. In modern times, it took a secure man to walk around in a puffy shirt, tight breeches, and knee-high boots–at least anywhere other than a riding stable. Still, the women’s gazes didn’t just settle upon his clothing, but wandered back up to his face, often accompanied by a happy sigh or a none-too-subtle whisper to their girlfriends.

“I’m a bit obvious in these clothes, eh?” Alexander gave her a modest smile. “Thank you for helping me something more suitable.”

“Oh, of course,” she said, somewhat distracted by her own reaction to the stares and whispers. It was, unmistakably, sheer jealousy. The kind that made her want to grab his hand, wrap her arm around his waist, or otherwise mark him as hers as they strode through the crowd. Maybe she could tattoo him. Or get him a tee that said “I’m Sofia’s” from one of the custom shirt vendors. And yet he wasn’t. Not at all.

Panic nibbled its way through her brain.

She steered him into the Banana Republic and toward the men’s section. His keen eyes seemed to take everything in: the items for sale, the people, their behavior as they looked through the clothes. “Shoppers try on clothing right here, in public?”

“Men might change shirts out here, but women usually use a dressing room for changing clothes.” She pointed toward the curtained area.

He nodded, and she could almost see the gears turning in his head as he looked for the differences from his time and assimilated them. Smart men had always been her Achilles’ heel.

Down to business. Clothes, Sofia. Clothes. “Hmm, maybe this,” she said, holding up a cerulean polo shirt. “Yes, the color sets off your eyes.”

“You’re noticing my eyes, are you?”

D’oh. “If we’re going to get you new clothes,” she stammered, “they should be ones that look good on you.”

“Is that so?”

With his gaze locked on hers, he began to tug his long-sleeved shirt from the waistband of his breeches and roll it up his body.

Was that sweat beading in the small of her back as he exposed more of his manly torso? Yes, definitely sweat. He was going to strip off his shirt right here in the middle of the store. She should direct him to the dressing rooms for her own sanity. But it was just a shirt, right? Oh, sweet cheese…

Her mouth went wet at the sight of his rippling muscles. She found herself leaning against a rack of men’s dress shirts, her knees threatening to wobble.

CR300x300,PShd,PaintedAbout the author…Cate Rowan.

Cate has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over a Mexican beach, swum with dolphins in the Florida Keys and had Costa Rican monkeys poop in her hair, but her favorite adventures are in story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magical deeds, kismet, and true love in realms near and far have made her won more than thirty awards and made her an Amazon Bestseller. Discover more at http://CateRowan.com.


Links to Cate’s website, blog, books, etc.

Website: http://CateRowan.com

Get Kiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale at Amazon for just 99 cents: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HW917Q/ or get links to all vendors at http://CateRowan.com/frog.

I hope you enjoy the recipe Cate is sharing with us today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!


P.S. We’re at 217 recipes and counting with this posting. Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.



This recipe comes from another of my tales, the FREE short story Flirting with the Fireman (http://CateRowan.com/fm). Jessica Walker, a reclusive artist moving from Atlanta into the Colorado mountains, receives this recipe card from her happily-married best friend Lily—along with a kick in the pants.

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground pork (or pre-packaged pulled pork)
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 (3-pound) whole cooked chicken, deboned and shredded
3 (14.5-oz) cans whole peeled tomatoes with liquid, chopped (or peel & chop fresh tomatoes, retaining the juice)
1-2 medium potatoes (optional)
1 cup ketchup
3/4 cup hickory-flavored barbecue sauce

Salt and pepper to taste (Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Salt and hickory-smoked salt are good here, as well as a little Old Bay)

Hot sauce to taste (optional)

1-2 whole bell peppers (green is fine, although orange or red add interest)
2 (14.75-oz) cans creamed corn or 16 oz frozen niblets


1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Sauté the onions and celery until soft. Mix in the pork and beef and cook until evenly browned. Do not drain.

2. Transfer the mixture to your stockpot and put over low heat. Stir in the shredded chicken, tomatoes and their liquid, potatoes, ketchup, and barbecue sauce. Season with salt, pepper, Old Bay and hot sauce. Place whole pepper(s) into the mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 hours or until thickened.

3. Stir the corn into the stew mixture. Continue cooking 1 hour, or to desired consistency. Remove the pepper(s); chop and return to the stew.

4. IMPORTANT: Over the first bite, wish for your husband to appear!

Makes 16 servings…so share it with someone special, Jess.


Burst_08**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**:  Cate is giving away another of her tales, the FREE short story FLIRTING WITH THE FIREMAN  (http://CateRowan.com/fm). . Don’t miss the chance to read these books! Thanks, Cate, for sharing your story with us!

7 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Cate Rowan”

  1. Good morning, Cate, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s! Love the recipe name. I don’t have the recipe for this stew so it should be fun to make. Can’t wait to read the story that goes with it either! 🙂

  2. Yes, definitely short, sweet and charming. Would love to get the book. Special give away, o.k.
    Recipe is interesting. Thank you for the excerpt.

  3. Thanks, everyone! It’s great to meet you all. (Y’all. 🙂 )

    I reaaaally miss the southern food I grew up with, and this stew is a yummy taste of home. Plus the magical implications of a recipe were fun to write!

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