Hello, InspyRomance Friends!
How are you surviving the physical distancing parameters? If you’re like me, you’re tired of cooking. I have a house full of picky eaters (and I may or may not be one of them) which makes cooking a chore. One meal will not satisfy everyone. Add the fact that there’s no school and now I’m cooking more, dishes are piling up faster, and I dread meal times.
My awesome friend and blogger, Jaycee Weaver, gave me the perfect idea for today’s blog. Heroes that cook! If you want to escape into a delightful read where heroes cook and cares fade away, this blog post is for you. If you need inspiration for meals to feed your family during this covid season, this blog post is for you. If you just want to read something entertaining (and hopefully I’ll fulfill that wish), then this blog post is for you.
First up in swoony cooking heroes is Valerie Comer’s Raindrops on Radishes.
The swoony urban farmer Peter Santoro cooks for family lawyer Sadie Guthrie in Raindrops on Radishes. It must be noted that Valerie’s pan-seared scallops and roasted asparagus and radishes with a balsamic reduction.
Doesn’t that sound amazing?! I love seafood and that sounds like a perfect meal to add to my list.
Then we have Laurie Larsen’s Seized.
The heroine, Gloria Lockwood, takes a cooking class from the hero, Alejandro Rojas. What’s on the menu you ask? Lasagna. This is actually a meal most of my family can enjoy. Pair it with a salad and garlic bread and you’ll probably have leftovers to spare!
Our next hero comes from Jaycee Weaver’s Whatever Comes Our Way.
The cooking hero, Jaydon Bennett, is also a youth pastor intent on courting the Gina Hernandez. He invites her over for grilled steaks and potatoes and get this you guys, even fixes her a cup of coffee. A man who loves God and cooks? Winner in my book.
But that’s not all. I also have a cooking hero in Buying Love.
Dwight Williams is a chef who runs The Maple Pit and when the heroine, Nina Warrenton, gets sick, he comes right over to fix her some Italian wedding soup. I’m sure there are lots of InstaPot an CrockPot chicken noodle soup recipes you can find to fix your quarantine crew.
In Irresistibly Yours, Widow Vivian Emerson has had it with men. She just wants to live the rest of her life in peace. That is until she runs into the cooking auto mechanic, Bo Manning. This book made me so hungry, especially when Bo makes a roasted cauliflower and mushroom carbonara. If that won’t make you swoon, I’m not sure what will.
But not to be beat, Holden Armstrong cooks for the heroine, Izzy Tanner in Love’s Redemption. He cooks up a beef and barley soup with with tomato, basil, and mozzarella toasted cheese sandwiches. Soup and sandwiches are the perfect pairing just like this couple.
Hopefully these books will give you something to read and something to add to your #quarantinelifemenu.
But before I go, I’d just like to let you know, my novel Returning Home is on sale for 99¢. If you haven’t read it, now’s a good time.
Jo Ellen Baker is shocked to find out that the boy who teased her mercilessly throughout high school, has returned to their hometown of Freedom Lake, and he’s missing a leg. When his mother asks her to renovate their carriage house to give him a place to gain his independence back, she wants to say no. But one look at him brings a rush of forgotten feelings.
Evan Carter can’t believe he has to return home and live with his parents. Every hope and dream he ever had dissipated in a car crash that cost him his leg. Stuck in a wheelchair, he’s forced to reexamine his relationship with God and the local carpenter, Jo Ellen Baker.
Will renovating his home open the door for a mended relationship, or are some wounds too deep to heal from?
Before you go, tell me in the comments, who your favorite cooking hero is!