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, LUCIA CATHERINE, and her favorite recipes for QUICK FUDGE!
BY LUCIA CATHERINE
Author Chase Cornell has just celebrated his second bestseller, and he bought a house on the beach. His career is on an upswing, his dreams are coming true, and he is content. He has sworn off relationships as he loves living life as a bachelor. Until he meets a beautiful woman at the local pub and sparks fly. A professional photographer with a few books of her own, Erica is used to living life without strings.
Disillusioned about her dating life, Erica Wilson walks into her favorite pub and encounters Chase. An enigmatic stranger who ignites in her an unexpected passion that is all-consuming. Like-minded about relationships, they agree on a friends-with-benefits relationship.
Along the Virginia coastline, the small coastal town of Sandy Brae is mere miles from Virginia Beach. Known for its remote location, Sandy Brae welcomes a few seasonal vacationers. Typically, the same families year after year.
Chase Cornell found the small town purely by accident. When he couldn’t fin da house in Virginia Beach, he wandered further south and landed in Sandy Brae where he found an older two-story white house on Sandpiper Road. He pulled over and hopped out of his sports car, gazing at the older vacant home. Reaching for his cell phone, he called the phone number on the sign planted on the spotty lawn. He peeked into one of the lower windows and knew at once he found his home. Fifteen minutes later a Mercedes sedan pulled into the driveway. The sticker on the car read “Clermont Realty” the same logo as the sign stuck onto the lawn.
“Yep, that’s me.” Chase’s smile spread across his face as he met the realtor halfway.
“I’m Ed Clermont, the broker over that Clermont Realty,” his handshake was firm. “Follow me. We’ll look at the inside first.” They climbed the three peeling painted gray concrete steps. Ed punched in a code on the door handle, allowing access to the small foyer. Chase gazed to the left, down the six steps into the room he saw from the window earlier. He followed the realtor to the main level, where he found a cozy living room in the house’s front, windows overlooking the road and the neighboring houses. Behind the living room, Ed pointe to the dining room. The opened front door pointed to carpeted stairs. Chase made a mental note to replace the carpets. Following to the back of the house, the bright kitchen beckoned. Through the bare windows, the ocean crashed against the shore, almost as though it were angry, its froth sticking to the sand’s edge. The kitchen flowed into the large family room with French doors leading to the deck. The views from the back of the house were phenomenal. Chase barely heard Ed’s informational speech as his had spun with ideas on what he would to make this dated home his. He stuck his head into the small powder room. The neighboring room was a perfect square, with a wall of windows facing the ocean, my office. Tucked at the end of the hall was a small laundry room with a deep plastic sink. Upstairs, Chase found four ample bedrooms, two shared a bathroom between them. He vaguely heard Ed mention Jack and Jill bathroom. Another bedroom with a small ensuite bathroom and the main bedroom flowed from the front to the back with ocean views—a massive walk-in closet and a master suite with a deep tub and open shower. The only room Chase didn’t plan to redo, as it was perfect as it was.
“Ed, there was another set of stairs in the family room. I assumed they led up here, but they don’t.”
“Yes, they lead to a loft. If you are through up here, we’ll check it out and then head to the backyard.
‘Yes, I’m done up here.” Chase tried to hide his excitement. He didn’t ask the price yet, nor did he look at the brochures left on the breakfast bar. Ed led him back into the family room and they climbed the floating stairs up to the loft. Currently, there were four beds, two queens, and two twins. The only furniture the seller left. Chase planned to move them to the spare bedrooms and use the space for his books. Although he spent a lot of time writing, he enjoyed reading and owned an extensive book collection.
“You’ve been pretty quiet, and I’ll admit you’re hard to read. What are your thoughts, Chase?”
“It needs a lot of updating.”
Lucia Catherine is an internationally published author. She’s a wife, mother, and animal rescue volunteer. An emerging author who creates stories about transformation, love, and happiness. Her stories are sharp, honest, real, intense and sometimes have a comical edge. She resides at the beaches of Lower Delaware, where she finds inspiration. Lucia lives for her family, close friends, coffee, chocolate, good books, being on the water, her Pug and Jug (Jack Russell/Pug mix).
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Amazon Kindle: https://amzn.to/3LUE33E
I hope you enjoy the recipes Lucia is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy Eating!
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2 12 Ounce bags of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
(Note I sometimes switch it up using milk chocolate, white chocolate or even butterscotch morsels.) Use 1 bag and 9 ounces of the second bag. Feel free to add walnut, marshmallows, dried fruit. (1/2 cup)
- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- vanilla extract
- Place a heavy pot on the stove and add chips and milk, use the low heat setting. Stir until melted and milk is combined. Stir in vanilla and remove fudge from heat. Now is the time to add in the nuts etc. The fudge will set up almost immediately, so get those in fast.
- Spoon fudge into an 8 inch cake pan, lightly greased with softened butter.
- Chill covered in the refrigerator and slice fudge.
Notes from Lucia: This is super good fudge. I’ve played with this recipe for years and this is my favorite version. If you opt to use a microwave, only heat it for 30 seconds at a time, stirring until is melted. This will burn quickly so only 30 seconds after each stir. Once 80% are melted I don’t heat it anymore I just stir.
I make several batches at a time and play around with the chips. You can use any brand, but I found the better (Name) brands, make the smoothest fudge. I have also used store brands.
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Thanks, Lucia, for sharing your books with us!
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