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, T.L. SCHAEFER, and his favorite recipe for CREAMY MUSHROOM RICE SOUP (PALEO)!
DUCK AND RUN
Red River Recovery Book 1
BY T.L. SCHAEFER
Repossession agent Cristine O’Connor escaped the horrible memories of her past in Austin and buried herself deep in a new, safe, quiet life.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Nick McClain sucks at undercover work, but that doesn’t stop the powers that be from sending him into the field, and into danger.
When Cris repossesses a car and discovers Nick locked in the trunk, it’s just a matter of time until their secrets—and their pasts—collide. They’ll need to risk everything, including their hearts, to survive.
Sitting up with an exaggerated groan, Nick accepted the hand, strong-fingered and callused, that reached in to help him out of the trunk. Something hot and primal and dark surged between him and his rescuer, and then her hand was gone. He heard the slither of metal on metal, but focused on getting his feet fixed on terra firma and his knee solidly planted,before he raised his eyes.
Damn, he missed his tactical boots, missed the way they provided more than firm footing. They provided comfort, surety. Those boots had seen him through situations most men could never even imagine. But in keeping with his cover, he’d been forced to wear ridiculous tasseled loafers.
He decided to blame the spark of electricity he’d felt on the combination of the goofy shoes, the weather and his ride in the trunk, rather than the woman standing in front of him.
The owner of the big baby blues was tiny, but with the leanness of an athlete. An athlete that filled out her faded jeans and white tee shirt nicely. Quite nicely.
She held a tire iron in one hand, booted feet spread wide and solid as she looked at him contemplatively. In that moment, he knew he had to be losing it, because he’d never seen a woman look sexier, even if she was threatening him with bodily harm.
Long blonde hair was pulled back in a ponytail, bangs splayed up almost ridiculously, held in the vertical position by the sweat that soaked her brow. A sweaty red horizontal line bisected her forehead, and for a moment he wondered what had put it there, and then realized it was probably from a ball cap. For some perverse reason, that amused him greatly. He fought to keep a grin from surfacing.
When she spoke, he almost lost his inner war.
“And who in the hell might you be?”
Her take-no-prisoners tone gave him no reason to doubt that, despite size, she could do whatever she wanted to with that tire iron.
It shouldn’t turn him on, but dammit, it did.
I was born and raised in Mariposa, a rural enclave of Yosemite National Park. I’ve lived in Yosemite, California’s Bay Area, the Portuguese Azores, and currently reside in the Red Carpet Country of northern Oklahoma where I work as a Public Affairs Officer for the Department of Defense.
I’m also the proud spouse of a retired Air Force medic…go figure how I got employed by the DoD.
I’m a great believer in Fate. Yeah, with a capital “F”. And I write in those terms. Why? Probably because my beloved husband said he fell in love with me the first time he saw me. You might ask if it was a two-way gig… In a word, uh-uh. Not that he wasn’t fine to the extreme, but I wasn’t looking for forever…more of a fun vacation experience. Yeah, so now we’ve muddled our way through almost thirty years of marriage, and I have to admit to his superior intuition on that one!!
So, if you’re looking for an Alpha hero who just happens to “know” his life-mate when he sees them, don’t be overly surprised.
If you like your heroes in uniform (be they cops, firefighters, or military) and your heroines with a bit of quirk, check out an excerpt or two to wet your whistle!
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CREAMY MUSHROOM RICE SOUP (PALEO)
3 tbsp butter
12 baby carrots, diced
5 celery stalks, diced
1 bunch scallions, diced
24 oz sliced baby bellas
5 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 tsp paprika
1.5 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp fresh thyme
1.5 c uncooked wild rice mix
Salt and pepper to taste at each stage
¾ c white wine (optional but yummy!)
3 tbsp arrowroot
9-12 cups veggie broth (recipe below)
¾ c heavy cream (or coconut cream, if not doing dairy)
8 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (or 4 tbsp nutritional yeast)
1. Melt butter in big pot over medium-high heat
2. Add carrots, celery, onions and mushrooms and sauté for 6-7 minutes, or until tender.
Season w/salt and pepper.
3. Add garlic, paprika, oregano and thyme and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring, until fragrant.
Season w/salt and pepper.
4. Add white wine and cook down until wine has evaporated.
5. Sprinkle arrowroot over all ingredients and stir to combine. Cook 1-2 minutes.
6. Add veggie broth and rice and stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low,
cover and simmer until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Season w/salt and pepper.
7. Add cream and parmesan cheese and cook for another 2-3 minutes until heated through
and cheese is melted.
Easy peasy veggie stock: 24 oz sliced white mushrooms, 1 onion quartered, 5 cloves garlic (don’t need to peel), 1 bunch parsley, 10 baby carrots, 5 ribs celery, quartered, 2 Tbsp whole black peppercorns, 1 Tbsp dried thyme, 10ish cups water (whatever your medium stock pot holds). Simmer on stove for at least 2 hrs, then cover for 2 more to get the veggie goodness out, then strain and use!
Thanks, T.L., for sharing your story and recipe with us!
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