Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Susan Jean Ricci


CookingKaren’s Killer Fixin’s **AUTHOR SPECIAL**

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, Susan Jean Ricci, and her favorite recipe for JOE RICCI’S LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE!



“Once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky, a Coup de Foudre strikes. This happened to me the first time I set eyes on Mark Bouchard.”

So begins this fast-paced, RomCom, in which Malibu O’Hare, who has always prided herself on her cool demeanor regarding the opposite sex, comes face-to-face with Creole Chef Mark Bouchard and his past.

More than the steaks at Scandal restaurant begin to sizzle as Susan Jean Ricci, the beloved From Women’s Pens author of the Cindy’s Crusades series, weaves yet another hilarious, but tangled web.

Hang onto your hats, as Malibu calls on her vivacious aunt Cindy for help, and things really get steamy in this first blush novella in Ms. Ricci’s new My Sexy Chef series.

You won’t want to miss this one!”



A Note From Malibu O’Hare – In retrospect:

“Once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky, a Coup de Foudre strikes. This happened to me the first time I set eyes on Mark Bouchard.”


My boss Priscilla and I had dined that night at a bistro aptly called Scandal. Known as one of the current ‘it’ places in Manhattan, Scandal catered to those with deep pockets and finicky appetites.

Since the eatery seated only a hundred diners at a time, reservations were difficult to come by.

That is, unless they were made weeks in advance.

The chairs were fashioned with Moroccan leather – comfy, yet classy. Crisp, white tablecloths with coordinating napkins fanned between the silverware were positioned just so upon cherry wood tables.

My gaze absorbed the smart ambience within seconds, then came to rest on the oh-so attractive chef working behind the counter.

His fine features and skin the color of light umber with golden undertones conveyed a possible Creole heritage. Unable to look away, my jaw dropped with captivated wonder.

My logic immediately gave way to primal urges, a total anomaly for a gal who normally hit the caution button when it came to romance.

Weird, but I wanted him cooking only for me.

There’s something to be said about having your own personal chef, especially when he’s as sexy as this one, I fantasized.

The chef’s Alpha profile suggested lips that begged to be kissed. Pressing shaky fingers against my mouth, I wondered if they were as soft as they looked.

As I further perused this handsome specimen, I considered why he was employed in a steak bistro if, indeed, he were French.

I never said I was being rational, but if this was insanity, I welcomed it.

RicciAbout the author…Susan Jean Ricci.

Susan Jean Ricci and her husband Joe live in a lovely New Jersey town near the sea. Together they have seven children and nine grandchildren.

An award-winning, internationally read, From Women’s Pens author and humorist, Susan is best known for her series of works titled Cindy’s Crusades that includes two novels, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and The Sugar Ticket, a Christmas short story Two Miracles for Christmas, the short chronicle Twilight and Chickadees, and a collection of short stories titled Heart Marks the Spot.

She has also published what she refers to as her sometimes controversial rants in the Asbury Park Press. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in Parenting Teen Magazine, Aim Intercultural Magazine, and Good Dog Magazine.

Susan has won several awards via the Writer’s Digest 78th Annual Writer’s Contest and the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference.

Her short stories A Super Sandy Christmas and Two Miracles for Christmas can be found in Annie Acorn’s 2014 Christmas Treasury. A Valentine’s Day to Remember is included in Annie Acorn’s 2015 Valentine’s Day Treasury. The Christmas Cardinal will appear in Annie Acorn’s 2015 Christmas Treasury.

Susan blogs at susanjeanricci.com. You can friend her at facebook.com/DinosaursCherryStems, and you can follow her at @Susanjeanricci. Her books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.

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

Amazon Sexy link: http://amzn.to/1x4sCGw

B&N Sexy link: http://bit.ly/1GtxFZI


IBooks (Apple): 

Amazon author page:

My website: http://www.susanjeanricci.com/

FB Author page: 

Twitter handle: @susanjeanricci

Goodreads link: 

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


P.S. We’re at 191 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.


3 T. Butter
3 T. Flour
1 ¼ Cups of Milk (more if necessary)
½ lb. Velveeta Cheese, cubed
½ Cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
½ lb. elbow macaroni, cooked
4-6 oz. Cooked Lobster, cut up
1-2 slices American cheese, pulled apart
Panko breadcrumbs
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

After pasta is cooked, melt the butter in a saucepan and add flour, whisking briskly, and cook the Roux until golden. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth and bring to a light boil to thicken. Slowly add the Velveeta while whisking, then add cheddar cheese. Add the lobster, salt and pepper to taste. Place the mixture in a casserole dish. Sprinkle the Panko breadcrumbs on top, plus add the American cheese. We also like a bit more cheddar on the Panko, but you won’t want to overcome the taste of the succulent lobster!

Bake approx. 15-20 minutes, let rest for 2-3 minutes.

Dig in and Enjoy!


Burst_08**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**:  Susan is giving away an Kindle or Nook ebook of MY SEXY CHEF. Comment on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog for a chance to win. Don’t miss the chance to read this great story. Thanks, Susan, for sharing your story and yummy recipe with us!

8 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Susan Jean Ricci”

  1. Thank you, ladies!
    Karen, you’ve done an amazing job with showcasing my book and my hubby’s succulent recipe, and I’m deeply grateful! Thank you for having me on your wonderful website at this exciting time!
    Sue XO

  2. Welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s, Susan. Your recipe really does sound “killer”. 🙂 I love lobster and mac and cheese. This sounds delicious. Thank your husband for sharing it with us. Cannot wait to read your book!

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