Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thirsty Thursday Excerpts and More!




INGREDIENTS



  • 1/4 ounce absinthe
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce French blanc vermouth, such as Dolin
  • 1/2 ounce ginger liqueur, preferably Domaine de Canton
  • 1/4 ounce chilled verjus
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine, preferably homemade
  • Ice
Rinse a chilled coupe with the absinthe; pour out the excess. In a mixing glass, combine the vodka, vermouth, ginger liqueur, verjus and grenadine. Fill the glass with ice and stir well. Strain into the prepared coupe.




THE EXCERPT

Absinthe by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga

Spirits Book 2


Rene headed up the rickety stairs to his ridiculously expensive salon off Frenchman’s, intending only to grab some of his clothes and what cash he had left before heading west.
The deep South had not been kind to him, non, not a bit.
He’d run from Bartholome for well over a year, once the big male had caught scent of him in New Orleans, and he had thought he’d be safe in the sticks, but no.
His mate had found him.
He’d run until his pads were torn, until his fur was gray from soot and mud. Then he’d found his stash of clothes and ID and come home, hoping Bartholome was still heading east.
God, he just wanted to lie down somewhere and sleep. Just sleep.
Rene got his door locks opened and stumbled inside, the scent of home perfect. Oh. Shower. He could shower first. He tore off his filthy clothes and limped to the bathroom, hand slapping on the hot water tap.
Cold water spurted from the tap, but it didn’t take long for the steam to pour out. Oh, yes.
Rene climbed in, knees buckling as he landed on the floor of the tub with a soft sob. Better. So much better. He lifted his face to the spray, so tired of running. His bones hurt.
“Oh, chiot, you’re all skinny and bruised.” The voice was low, husky, but tickled, and Rene groaned.
Seriously?
Fucking seriously?
“You can’t be here. This is my house.” His place, and he hadn’t even noticed that Bartholome was there, goddamn it. The moon was playing tricks on him.
“It’s a tiny little bolt hole.” The big one, Bartholome, was right there. Right fucking there. Huge and dark and beautiful, like the river at night.
“It’s mine and you’re sitting on my toilet.”
“Well, you don’t have chairs.” Shifting his weight, Bartholome stared at him, dark eyes crinkled up with a tiny smile.
Rene was so tired, so tired, and the thought of running again made him want to whine. “How did you find me so fast?” Why won’t you go away? You sent me away. You told me to go. They all laughed.
“You just ran, chiot. You didn’t hide.”
“Give me until morning and I’ll do better.”
“I can do that. We can nap together.”
It was a terrible idea. Awful, but it sounded so appealing. Bartholome had never wanted to share a bed before now, had never wanted him. Of course, he had said more words to Barthe tonight than he ever had in his life, so it worked both ways.
“The bed is good, soft.” And Rene was worn to the bone. Was the mate call stronger now than it had been all those years ago? He definitely thought so, and that was so not fair.
“Then come on, chiot.” Bartholome held out a hand. A big, square, hard to resist hand.
A voice in the back of his head insisted this was a huge mistake, a stupid act, but he took it anyway. Bartholome pulled him to the bed after turning off the shower.
The top blanket was dusty and they tossed it, but the rest worked and Rene collapsed into a fuzzy pile as soon as he climbed up, body refusing to go another single step as a human. He snorted a little, wiggling around to try to get comfy.
Bartholome settled him once and for all by flopping down on top of him.
“Ooph.” Bossy old man. Rene was going to bite him. In his dreams. After he’d headed west.


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tasty Tuesday: Excerpts and more!




Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Ingredients

4 TO 6 SERVINGS


4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
8 thin slices prosciutto
8 thin slices provolone cheese
32 fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 cups mixed mushrooms (such as crimini, chanterelle, and maitake), torn or chopped into small pieces
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons mixed chopped fresh herbs (such as basil, parsley, and chives)


Preparation


Halve chicken breasts horizontally, keeping 1 long side attached; open halves like a book. Pound breasts until 1/4-inch thick. Season on all sides with salt and pepper.

Place 1 chicken breast on a work surface, cut side up. Overlap 2 slices prosciutto on top of chicken, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top prosciutto with 2 slices provolone; layer 8 basil leaves over cheese, maintaining 1/2-inch border. Roll up chicken lengthwise and tie with kitchen twine. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.

Preheat oven to 450°. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and oil in a large heavy ovenproof skillet. Add roulades and cook until browned on all sides, 8-10 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of roulades registers 165°, 7-8 minutes. (The chicken will be cooked through but still juicy.) Transfer chicken to plates and let rest for 10 minutes.

Scrape drippings and any melted cheese from skillet; discard. Set skillet over medium-high heat and melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add mushrooms. Cook, turning once, until mushrooms are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; add broth and vinegar. Simmer until liquid is thickened and reduced, 10-12 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter and herbs; season with salt and pepper.

Cut off and discard twine. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch slices. Drizzle mushroom sauce over.

Recipe by Bon App├ętit Test Kitchen
Photograph by Romulo Yanes


Like the recipe? Check out the excerpt!


“You’re considering trying this, aren’t you Sienna? And you have been since you found my contract.”
I shifted in my seat uncomfortably, my silence spoke volumes. How can he be so good at reading me? “Come here,” he asked, cocking a finger at me and smiling.

I had a strong urge to follow his command. He continued watching me expectantly and under his scrutiny I rose in my seat then slowly began walking along the table towards him. His gaze burned into me as I stood by his side. “Sit down,” he commanded, pointing at his lap and pushing away from the table slightly.

I felt lightheaded and totally aroused, as if someone else was in control of my body while I lowered myself into his lap. My back touched against the table as Hunter leaned in close, my pulse racing. “Tell me again Sienna, how much you don’t want to give up control.”

I blushed, looking down at my hands, my fingers clasped together. My mind was a tangled mess, unable to form sentences when I was so close to his body, breathing in his scent. “I…” I stammered, finding myself unable to speak.

Hunter smiled, a wicked glint in his eyes. He leaned his head forward and lowered his mouth over mine, parting my lips and exploring my mouth with his tongue, hard and urgent. He nipped at my bottom lip gently with his teeth. When he eventually pulled back I was limp against the table, boneless and breathless. Hunter ran his finger gently across my cheek.

“If you’re interested in this, Sienna, giving up control and giving in to another side of yourself, I would be honored to introduce you to aspects of the BDSM lifestyle. We don’t need to have a contract. If you say stop, if you want this to end you only need to say the word and it will be done.” Hunter kissed my neck gently, his lips tracing along the curve and nibbling at my collarbone. “Let me show you how good it can be,” he whispered into my ear, his breath hot against my neck.


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