Saturday, April 20, 2013

TEMPTED BY TROUBLE Serving Spicy Fried Chicken

Foodie excerpt from Tempted by Trouble when Matt introduces Carolina as his "girlfriend."

His mother and father exchanged quizzical glances and a shrug. Carolina smiled and took each bowl or platter as they were passed or offered. Today’s menu consisted of fried chicken, green beans, baked corn, sliced tomatoes, coleslaw, and buttermilk biscuits.

 There were pitchers of iced tea, lemonade, and water. Nothing too complex was ever served at lunch.

Not like what he imagined Carolina was served down on South Beach or Flagler Street, from his recent experience.

So now I'm hungry to enjoy both hot romance and some mouth watering cooking with a southwestern flair. Or Kick!

BAREFOOT CONTESSA does chicken oh-so-right!

Tempted by Trouble, hot western romance features food.
Lunch is being served and it's a regular noon day meal at Evermore ranch.
Sarah McLemore serves up the classic fried chicken and you can too.
This recipe has a twist. We're brining the chicken just like many folks do with their Thanksgiving turkey. I do and it makes a world of difference. I can tell you it also works wonders with fried chicken. I tried out this recipe last night. YUMMMY. Take note: start the brining the night before or early, early in the morning.
Total Time: 12 hr 50 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive: 12 hr 0 min
Cook: 20 min
Yield:Makes 16 pieces


For the brine:

  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
  • 12 bay leaves
  • 1 head of garlic, halved
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • About 1/2 ounce (1 large bunch) thyme sprigs
  • About 2 ounces (1 large bunch) flat leafed parsley sprigs
  • 5 lemons, halved
  • Two-2 1/2 pound chickens, each chicken cut up in 8 pieces
  • 10 cups peanut oil

For the coating:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • Kosher salt


For the brine: Combine all the ingredients in a large pot, cover, and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring to dissolve the salt. Remove from the heat and cool completely before using.
Rinse the chickens and place the chickens in the cold brine and refrigerate overnight or for up to 12 hours. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat the chicken dry, removing any herbs or spices sticking to the skin.
Bring the peanut oil to 340 degrees F. in a 6 quart saute pan.
Mix the coating ingredients together in a bowl and place the buttermilk in a second container. Just before frying, dip each piece of chicken into the coating, patting off the excess, then into the buttermilk and back into the coating. Place the chicken on a parchment lined sheet tray.
When the oil has reached the proper temperature, carefully lower the pieces of dark meat into the oil. The temperature of the oil will decrease. Adjust the heat as necessary to bring the oil to proper temperature. Fry the dark meat for about 13 minutes, to a deep golden brown, cooked throughout and very crisp. Remove the chicken to a tray lined with paper towels and sprinkle with salt.
Carefully add the white meat to the oil and fry for 6 to 7 minutes until cooked.
Remove to the tray, sprinkle with salt and turn off the heat under the oil. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes to cool slightly. It is very hot when it comes out of the oil.


Cook's Note: Use a 6 quart saute pan with splatter screen. Be careful. The oil can spurt as the chicken is added and fried, making this a perfect recipe to use a splatter screen. Place a thermometer in the oil to help monitor the proper cooking temperature. It is a good idea to make this brine a day ahead and refrigerate it. Do not add the chicken to warm brine and do not leave the chicken in the brine longer than the specified time or it may become too salty.
This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and may have been scaled down from a bulk recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

Sunday, February 24, 2013



Excerpt from Ocean of Love,
an Adult Fairytale.       

“Mr. Herndon, please remember I’m not your darling. But to answer your question, your family. I thought you might want to do some sightseeing. Call them and check in.”

“When you call me Mr. Herndon, I feel as old as Methuselah. If you want me to respond, call me Wyatt. And sorry to disappoint. I’m not married. No children either. So you see, it’s just me. Alone. Correction. You and me.”

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sex and Food...What's in Your Closet?

by Susan D. Taylor (Arden)

In Secret Desire, the opening scene speaks to the ideas of sex as a menu with all the parts delicious dishes.

In real life, when things heat up, our imaginations spark and voila, all of sudden the kitchen becomes a sexy treasure trove for the bedroom.

What foods go well with sex.?Hell, anything you might think. Or conversely nothing. Sex is consuming enough.

Depending upon which side of the fence you find yourself this time, keep these little tid-bits tucked away just in case you want to spice it up.

Hot Tamales Candy Spray by Cosmo

"Use the spray version of this red-hot cinnamon candy to graffiti each other’s bodies. See which one of you can come up with the naughtiest image or dirtiest phrase. And yeah, you should take turns licking it off." (OUCH ALERT....keep this off those sensitive spots.) Cosmo lists several items to pick up from the local candy store or market. Keep these little gems stored until you're ready to play.

Wesson Oil or any oil. Make olive or sunflower or grape seed.

Get the rubber sheets or if you've a water bed, remove the damned sheets. It's an indoor Slip-N-Slide. Oh it's messy, but the memories will last a lifetime.

HONEYBEE-Oh, honey please.

This is not the time for feathers. This is one sticky mess. Be prepared to bring a hot, wet tongue to lick, suck, or nuzzle your honey. Once it sets, it's a great facial mask but do have a shower or bath as a stopping point.

The old standard, WHIP CREAM and I do mean whipped.
Don't underestimate the power of cool whip or whipped cream from a can before, during, and after. Depending upon what's on your sexy menu, this can be the appetizer or as part of the dessert menu.

Pop-pop fizz-fizz, oh what a treat this is! Champagne, sparkling wine, or mineral water.
Spritz it, spray it, lick it, sip it, drink it from a shoe  (originated in early 1900's and this pix is circa 1960s' and Tallula Bankhead-party girl!).

With all the exercise, something to quench the thirst.

Those a just a mere drop in the bucket of the bedroom delectables. Now, sweetheart what's in your closet?

Sunday, February 17, 2013


Excerpt from Secret Desire
       "I said to wait, didn’t I?"
         He withdrew his cock and without warning his hand slapped against her ass with a resounding whack, crisp and loud. Heat mixed with pain spread out over her bottom. He slapped one cheek again and again. Her buttock was on fire. Tears sprang to her eyes. He grabbed her hair, pins dropping onto the desk, flying onto the carpet, and he yanked, driving his rod back in her. She found no place to hide. He was forcing her to open, to let go and let him take care of her needs.
         He alternated between caressing her ass cheek to a hard-handed spank several more times until she lost count.
      "No more," she said.
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Sunday, February 10, 2013


OCEAN OF LOVE, An Adult Fairytale
He pulled back slightly, far enough to search her eyes, unlock her secrets. “Stop looking at me like that or I swear I’ll find an alley and take you here and now.”
There was no use denying, Wyatt’s power and arrogance were playing tricks with her--tricks she liked very much. “I want you. But, I don’t know what to tell you.”
“Sure you do.”

He moved his hands down her shoulders, then he changed tactics she thought as he lightly trailed his fingertips up her neck, his eyes pinning her to wall. 

“What does your body want? Yes or no?”

OCEAN OF LOVE, an Adult Fairytale. Release upcoming -2013

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Thursday, February 7, 2013




This comes as no surprise to yours truly as I was born and raised in Miami, Florida.

The city is #3 on the list. Why?

The multi-ethnic culture melds with the sunshine creating this hot, spicy atmosphere. Take in the vistas of beach, nightlife, and lush tropical landscapes,  and I can't avoid including Miami as the backdrop in my own novels.

Tempted by Trouble - Bad Boys Don't Drink the Miami AND Ocean of Love, an Adult Fairytale set in South Beach.

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SLS Hotel South Beach - Miami Beach, Florida

Now a days, I live in Tennessee. A stone's throw away from Mufreesboro and Knoxville (children attend,UTK Go Vols!).

Am I surprised this time by Amazon's rating? Hell No!

Living down South means an atmosphere seeped in rich tradition and that includes ROMANCE.

From the lifestyle, dress, and Southern hospitality, this is a place where hearts are open, so naturally love is in the air. Lovers who are readers veer toward romance. The genre goes hand-in-hand with the sumptuous heritage.
Now we've got the date to back-it-up.

AMAZON'S Press Releases

Printer Friendly Version E-mail this page Announces the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the US

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, customers can also browse 50 great American love stories state by stateselected by Amazon Book Editors
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 5, 2013-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Just in time for Valentine’s Day, today unveiled its annual list of the 20 most romantic cities in the US—with Knoxville, Tenn. taking the top spot. Amazon also launched a new feature this year—50 Great American Love Stories—an editorially chosen list of essential reads about love in all its forms, state by state.
After compiling sales data of romance novels and relationship books (Kindle books and print books); romantic comedy movies (digital and DVDs); a collection of romantic music from Dean Martin, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Maxwell and Miguel (CDs and MP3s); along with sexual wellness products, from Jan. 1, 2012-Jan. 23, 2013 on a per capita basis in cities with over 100,000 residents, the top 20 most romantic cities in the US are:
1. Knoxville, Tenn.

11. Round Rock, Texas
2. Alexandria, Va.

12. Clearwater, Fla.
3. Miami, Fla.

13. Las Vegas, Nev.
4. Orlando, Fla.

14. Salem, Ore.
5. Cincinnati, Ohio

15. Erie, Pa.
6. Vancouver, Wash.

16. Everett, Wash.
7. Dayton, Ohio

17. Rochester, N.Y.
8. Murfreesboro, Tenn.

18. Clarksville, Tenn.
9. Columbia, S.C.

19. Tallahassee, Fla.
10. Pittsburgh, Pa.

20. Billings, Mont.
According to Amazon’s “romantic” data:
  • For the second year in a row, Knoxville took the first place spot.
  • According to Amazon customers’ purchase habits, Boise, Idaho is the least romantic city in the US.
  • For the fourth year in a row, Miami is the sexiest city in the US, winning the top spot in the sexual wellness category. Cambridge, Mass. and Alexandria, Va. round out the top three.
  • The big movers and shakers this year were Round Rock, Salem and Billings, who didn’t make the top 20 list in 2012.
Amazon’s 50 Great American Love Stories feature includes the Amazon Book Editors’ picks for enduring tales of love of all kinds, set in every state in the union. It includes classic tales of romance like Gone with the Wind and The Age of Innocence, along with modern classics like Cold Mountain and The Fault in Our Stars, and even the controversial thriller Gone Girl.
“With 50 Great American Love Stories, we wanted to pay tribute to all the ways love shapes our lives,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at “From novels of romance and consuming passion, to twisted tales of love gone wrong, to portrayals of the complicated bonds between family and friends, these books are all, one way or another, about love.”
Customers can see Amazon’s Editors’ Picks by clicking on each state here: To browse Amazon’s selection of Valentine's Day gifts in books, music, movies—and contribute to your city’s romantic rating—visit:

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Friday, December 28, 2012

SECRET DESIRE, We'll try the red tonight.

Secret Desire
First Date Menu

Claire and Dustin set out for dinner on their first date. In the small town of their childhood, this heroine and hero are not yet lovers though very much in love.

Dustin yearns to captivate Claire after their steamy collision hours before back at home. He can't wait to possess her but has promised himself, first he must properly woe Claire. Even as a seasoned traveler, business owner, and experienced lover, it all means nil. Dustin understands home is where his heart resides.

Claire aches for Dustin's touch yet she's never been comfortable in her own skin which is a mirror image of her twin sister. Claire's back from the West Coast, with a stock pile of secret desires about to come undone if she harnesses and leap from fantasy into the arms of reality.

Cue please. Candles, music, and wine.

First on the menu is deciding red or white. They opt for red, thank you very much. A 2004 Barolo Rupestris from Cappellano.

Teobaldo Cappellano’s
2004 Barolo Rupestris

THE BAROLI Barolo “Rupestris"
Posted on the Rare Wine Company's website:

In 1870 the Gabutti vineyard of Cappellano was founded Filippo Cappellano in Serralunga. Even today, the estate is family owned and controlled. Teobaldo Cappellano headed the estate until his death in 2008. "He was an early and vocal champion of sustainable viticulture and traditional winemaking." A majority of the grapevines were planted in the early 20th century.

VINEYWARD INFORAMTIONSoils: Grey and white calcareous marls.
Zone:Serralunga d’Alba
Fruit Source: Gabutti cru in Serralunga
Avg. Yield: 40 hL/hA
Fermetation: 15 days in wooden vat with regular breaking-up the cap.
Aging: 4-5 years on large cask.
Avg. Production: 300-400 cases
US retail price: $75.00

According to the Rare Wine Company:
"Classic Winemaking. The Barolos that Cappellano made are classic “old-style” wines, marked by a haunting scent of dried roses and a hint of truffle. Yet, because of his stance on ratings, little has been written about them in America."

The Cappellano's make three types of Barolos. Rupestris, Piè Franco,  and Chianota.

"Two-thirds of his Barolo production was Barolo “Rupestris, from a parcel planted on grafted rootstock in the 1940s. The grapes from this parcel produce a Barolo of superb depth of color and remarkable richness and length."

 Please visit the RARE WINE COMPANY for more information and ordering.

The next installment blog feature will include the dishes and snippets from Claire and Dustin's first date. Please come back for Secret Desire first date recipes for pasta and fish dishes.
Buon appetito and buona notte!