Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **AUTHOR SPECIAL** with KARA LEIGH MILLER!
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, KARA LEIGH MILLER, and her favorite recipe for SMOKED MAC & CHEESE!
Wars of the Heart Book 1
BY KARA LEIGH MILLER
No good deed goes unpunished…
A trip to New Orleans with a friend for moral support was supposed to be simple—make sure she was safe, give her a shoulder to cry on, and bring her back home in one piece. But nope. Instead, we find her supposed-to-be-dead fiancé, a coven of secretive witches, and a betrayal so deep, I’m not sure any of us will ever recover from it. To make things worse, I finally found my soulmate. Piper Pendragon. And she’s a witch!
Another war is brewing, and this time, my heart is on the line…
The more time I spend with Piper, the harder I fall. She’s become my entire world, and I’ll do anything for her. There’s just one problem—she’s bound by a decades old blood oath that, if broken, will end in certain death for her and her sisters. She can never truly be mine, but I’m not one to give up so easily, and that means only one thing—me and my family are going to war. Again.
When I stepped into the living room, all four of the girls were seated on the couch, and all four of them watched me with varying levels of wariness—expect for the one who’d done something witchy to me outside. She watched me with rapt interest.
Sophie waved at an empty chair that looked as uncomfortable as it was ugly. “Please, sit,” she said with a kind smile.
Steps slow and purposeful, I lowered myself into the chair, which I was positive had, at one time, been used as some sort of medieval torture. I ran my palms along the arm rests.
“Your hospitality is as gracious as ever, Sophie.” Her eye twitched with barely contained contempt.
Score one for me.
Sophie turned to the girl on her right. “Piper, please fetch our guest a drink.” So, the girl messing with me was Piper. Good to know.
“Why do I have to wait on the vampire?” Piper honest to God whined. And dammit, something stirred inside me at the sound of her voice. “You don’t.” I refused to meet her gaze and be caught up in her spell again. “I don’t want any of your witches’ brew.”
One of the other girls huffed, the one I’d been ready to kill. “You have the manners of a heathen.”
My brows rose. “Excuse me?” “Sabella,” Sophie scolded.
“What?” Sabella lifted her head and looked down her nose at me.
“He’s rude and unappreciative, and he nearly killed me. Not that he could have, but he was going to try. And not once has he apologized.”
I snorted. “There’s no trying involved. I would’ve succeeded.” “If you say so.” Sabella waved me away like she was utterly bored, then stared at her fingernails.
“You should apologize.” Piper’s melodic voice wiggled its way into my chest and squeezed my heart. “It’s the polite thing to do.”
I remained silent, careful not to allow myself to so much as glance at Piper. I had no idea what game she was playing, but if she didn’t knock it off, she’d find out exactly who she was messing with.
“It’s okay, Jaxon. When you’re done being cranky, you can apologize to Sabella.” Piper crossed her legs and folded her hands on her knee.
The sound of my name on Piper’s lips had everything inside of me tightening and twisting. My fingers curled around the ends of the arm rests so tightly my knuckles blanched, and I half expected to hear the bones crack. She thought I was cranky? She had no idea how cranky I could be. Turning slightly to face Sabella, I settled my steely gaze on her.
“I’m sorry I didn’t kill you.” I smirked. “I mean, I’m sorry I tried to kill you.”
Sophie sighed and shook her head. Sabella rolled her eyes, and Piper giggled. And just like that, the twisting and tightening returned with a vengeance. What the hell was she doing to me? I risked a glance at her, and the way her eyes lit up with pure mischief had me smiling despite my foul mood.
“What coven did you say you were from?” I asked.
“We didn’t,” Sophie said. “Do us all a favor and shut your stupid vampire mouth.”
Sabella pinned me with what could only be described as a death glare. I narrowed my eyes. I’d never met a witch who wasn’t willing to name their coven. What was going on here?
Peyton sat on the far end of the couch, staring off. She hadn’t said a word to anyone about anything. Piper, though, kept her gaze steadily on me, and I squirmed in my seat. Actually friggin’ squirmed. I hated it here. I glanced at the front door. Where the hell was Abby? I stood to go check on her.
“Leaving so soon?” Sabella asked, brow raised. A smug smile curled her lips. “And deny you the pleasure of being in my presence?” I infused as much snark and disinterest into my voice as I could muster.
“We certainly wouldn’t want that, would we?”
Piper’s entire expression offered one hell of a challenge, and if I wasn’t already so unsettled by her, I’d answer whatever unspoken challenge she’d just thrown down in front of me. Because there was no mistaking that she’d intended that for me and me alone.
Kara Leigh Miller is a multi-genre published author and an avid reader with eclectic tastes that range from the tame to the taboo. She currently lives in Michigan with her husband, four (of five) kids, four pit bulls, and seven cats. When she’s not busy writing romance novels that leave readers swooning, she’s spending time with her family, working out, or binge watching Netflix. And sometimes, she’ll even play golf with her husband, even though she totally sucks at it.
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SMOKED MAC & CHEESE
2 cans cheddar cheese soup
1 cup sour cream
1 stick butter (no margarine!)
1 cup whole milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded gouda cheese
2 cups shredded fontina or Havarti cheese (your choice)
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 box elbow macaroni
- Cook and drain macaroni according to instructions on the box.
- In large saucepan, melt butter over medium-to-low heat.
- Add cheddar cheese soup, sour cream, milk, and pepper. Whisk until smooth and cream and lump-free.
- Gradually add shredded cheddar, gouda, fontina/Havarti cheese. Continue to stir/whisk until all cheese is melted.
- Remove cheese sauce from heat and stir in the cooked macaroni.
- Transfer to an oven-safe pan (I’ve found that a glass casserole pan works best).
- Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Smoke inside a meat smoker for 45 minutes at 150 degrees.
- Remove from smoker and cover pan with foil. Increase smoker temperature to 300 degrees and smoke for an additional 45 minutes.
- Let sit for 10 minutes, then enjoy!
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