Karen’s Killer Fixin’s
with REBECCA YORK!
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, REBECCA YORK, and her favorite recipe for SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE!
Decorah Security Series Book #20
BY REBECCA YORK
Kathryn is hired to socialize a criminal whose memory has been erased. But the better she gets to know him, the more she fights to strip away the lies she’d been told and get to the heart of the man. Even as the two of them grow to care deeply for each other, she knows that every move she makes only puts her in graver danger. Does the man who named himself Hunter have the skill and the cunning to save her life? And what if he has to sacrifice himself to do it?
Acting out of character, Hunter has defended himself by decking a man before going off to take a shower. The staff are all afraid of what he will do next. Kathryn volunteers to bring him out.
She wanted to bolt from the room. But she remembered the face of the man on the road. She’d seen a bleakness behind his eyes that had wrenched at her heart. No wonder, when you considered the implications of Emerson and Winslow’s callous conversation.
Instead of running away, she crossed the tile floor on unsteady legs and dropped quickly onto one of the benches.
There was no noise from inside the shower room besides the steady dripping of water. And she could see nothing beyond the billowing steam.
“Hello?” she called.
“Hello. It’s Kathryn Kelley. Do you remember me? We met while you were on your run. I’m in the locker room.”
She sat staring into the mist, wondering if he had heard. Or if he even remembered her, for that matter, she thought with a jolt. If they’d been feeding him mind-altering drugs, there was no telling what they’d done to him.
After several seconds she saw a form moving indistinctly in the vapor. A tall, man-shaped form. Moving closer. Moving slowly on feet that were silent as a cat. Then he stepped through the doorway and into the locker room, and she couldn’t hold back a gasp. A towel was draped across his shoulders. Otherwise, he was as naked as the day he was born.
She saw her own feeling of shock mirrored on his face as he came to an abrupt halt, staring at her with a mixture of recognition and astonishment. Well, he remembered her, all right. Apparently, their meeting had been as unique for him as it had been for her.
The disbelief vanished as he continued to regard her, standing comfortably with his feet several inches apart. He was tall and intimidating, towering over her where she huddled on the bench. Droplets of water clung to his skin. His dark hair was wet, making it look almost black.
“You were with McCourt,” he said, his features filling with a roiling mixture of emotions before he got control of them.
She struggled to keep her posture relaxed as she looked up at him. He had been compelling in running shorts and a tee shirt. Naked he reminded her of Michelangelo’s David. And he stood with the same unconscious nobility, as if nudity were the norm and she was overdressed in her beige skirt and jade silk blouse. His shoulders were broad, his hips lean, his stomach flat. And his sex was proportioned to inspire some very erotic fantasies.
But this was no time for fantasies or recklessness. One wrong move and she could be in serious trouble. The two of them were alone, and he could hurt her if he wanted, she reminded herself. The thought of rape leaped into her mind, to be dismissed at once. He wasn’t looking at her like a would-be rapist. In fact, he didn’t look as if he were trying to embarrass her or make a point about a woman invading the guys’ locker room. There was no smirk on his face—only an expression that had become carefully neutral.
Rebecca York is the author of 75 romantic suspense novels, most with paranormal elements. She has written for Harlequin Intrigue, Berkley and Sourcebooks. Currently she writes the Decorah Security series which features a security company where the agents have paranormal powers or take on paranormal cases. Her other current project is the Off-World series, emotional stories set on a group of planets in the far future.
Links to Rebecca’s website, blog, books, etc.
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SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
An editor once accused me of having my heroines spend too much time cooking for my heroes. I tried to pull back on the housewife stuff, but in Hunter it was very appropriate. Hunter has been deprived of any pleasure, including good food. In the book, Kathryn prepares several meals she knows he will like. And she thinks of other food she wants to fix for him in the future, including this delicious casserole.
Some people think of sweet potatoes only as a holiday side dish, but I also like to serve them on a regular basis because they’re sweet and delicious, and they’re an excellent source of beta carotene and fiber.
Since sweet potatoes cook particularly well in the microwave, we often enjoy them baked. This casserole starts with microwaved sweet potatoes. For a change of pace, try substituting maple syrup for the honey.
3 medium-large sweet potatoes (about 3 cups when mashed)
2/3 cup orange juice
1/2 cup coarsely chopped or diced dried apricots
1/3 cup dark or golden raisins
2 tablespoons mild honey, such as clover
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
To prepare the sweet potatoes:
Pierce the sweet potatoes several times with a knife or fork tines. Place the sweet potatoes on a plate, arranging them like the petals of a flower. Microwave on high power for 10 to 14 minutes, or until cooked through, turning the plate 1/4 turn once during microwaving, until tender. Cool slightly.
To prepare the casserole:
Grasping the sweet potato with a potholder or paper towel, scoop out the sweet potato flesh using a soup spoon. Transfer the flesh to a 2-quart microwave-proof casserole, and mash with a fork or potato masher to break up any large lumps. Stir in the orange juice, and mix well. Add the dried apricots, raisins, honey, butter and ground ginger, and stir to mix well.
Spread the sweet potato mixture evenly in the casserole. Microwave on high power, covered, 6 or 7 minutes, or until heated through.
Makes 5 to 6 servings.
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