Cooking The Books – Jennifer Faye

Chef with cookbookI’m so excited this week to welcome Harlequin Romance author Jennifer Faye to the blog. I love this line with its deeply emotional stories and to die for heroes..all those gorgeous cattle station owners and, in Jennifer’s case, ranchers. They’re the sort of sexy but dependable men that you dream about cosying up with on a cold night. Jennifer has a giveaway of Rancher To The Rescue for one lucky commenter – details at the end of the blog.

And speaking of cold nights, these Enchiladas look like they’d be perfect. Welcome, Jennifer!

Thank you for inviting me to visit. I’m thrilled to be here. Cooking The Books sounds like the perfect match for my debut. Let me tell you why.Jennifer - Author Photo

The heroine in RANCHER TO THE RESCUE is a celebrity chef. Meghan not only can cook up a storm but she also does it standing in front of the television cameras. But she’s most comfortable at home in her kitchen where she likes to experiment and create her own recipes. I must admit I wouldn’t mind being more like her and taking my time in the kitchen. I love the way she is so creative with food.

She doesn’t follow recipes, she invents them. I must admit that I am the worst for following a recipe. I’ll see a dish I like in a magazine or book and take the concept, but end up doing my own thing—adding this, deleting that. Needless to say my cookbooks have been written all over with my revisions. And don’t even ask about the ones I make up on my own.  So when a family member asks for the recipe of something I’ve prepared for an event, I’m at a loss. I have to literally go through the process of making the dish and documenting as I go in order to figure out “how much is a dash?” and “what’s the size of some?”

Here’s a snippet from RANCHER TO THE RESCUE. This is Meghan’s first time cooking solo for the hero. And though she might cook for a living, cooking for a sexy cowboy who can make her stomach flip-flop with just a glance made her nervous, wanting to impress him.

Cash broke into a smile. “Where did you find the recipe? I’ll have to try it sometime.”

The pent-up air whooshed from Meghan’s lungs. “Honest? I mean you aren’t saying this just to be nice?”

“Me? Nice? Never.”

She started to laugh. “Would you quit joking around?”

“You still didn’t say where you got the recipe.”

She sat up a little straighter. “That’s because I didn’t have a recipe. I made it up.”

He grabbed her fork and held it out to her. “Then I suggest you try your own dish.”

He had a good point. She’d been so wrapped up in his reaction that she’d forgotten to have a bite. How could she let this man’s opinion matter so much to her? When had he become so important?

By dwelling on this current of awareness sizzling between them she was only giving it more power over her. And the last thing she or her baby needed was another complication—even if this complication came with the most delightful lips that evoked spine-tingling sensations.

She stared down at her untouched food.

Concentrate on the food—not the cowboy.

I thought it might be fun to share one of the recipes that my family lassoed me and made me document. It’s a dish that Meghan would definitely cook up in her kitchen…although spicy food isn’t the only thing heating up her kitchen these days. 😉

Enchiladas Step 1

Enchiladas Step 1

4 chicken breasts (approx. 2 lbs) – cooked and shredded

16 oz sour cream

1 large onion

2 – 28oz cans of enchilada sauce

2 – 4 oz cans of diced green chilies

18 corn tortillas

2 – 8 oz bags of Mexican style cheese

Enchiladas Step 2

Enchiladas Step 2

Serve with fresh tomatoes – diced, lettuce, refried beans, and Spanish rice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Spray baking dish with cooking spray.

Coat bottom with thin layer of enchilada sauce.

Layer bottom with 6 tortillas.

Add chicken (½ of total amount).

Add ½ of the diced onion.

Add (1) can of green chilies.

Enchiladas Step 3

Enchiladas Step 3

Dab on ½ of the sour cream.

Add ½ can enchilada sauce.

Add cheese (1/3 of all cheese).

Layer on 6 more tortillas.

(repeat layers, starting with the remaining chicken and following instructions until you have a new layer of six tortillas)

Add enough enchilada sauce to make sure to you completely cover each tortilla.

Add remaining cheese.

Bake 45 minutes or until cheese browns.

Let cool for 15 minutes and then enjoy. 🙂

Enchiladas Step 4

Voila! Enchiladas Step 4

I know any time I get the clan together, I can count on enchiladas being requested. And the best part is that there isn’t a lot of mess. I like one dish meals.

So, what recipe is a family favorite of yours? One commenter will win a copy of Rancher To The Rescue. (Print to US commenters, kindle for non-US commenters).

Author bio:

Jennifer Faye has spent most of her life with her nose in one book or another. It was only natural that she dreamed of becoming a romance writer and spinning the tales of the imaginary people running around in her mind. But first life took her on a couple of detours. Refusing to give up on her dreams, she finally succeeded in getting her name on a book cover. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her very, very patient husband, one amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter has flown the coop to chase her own dreams) and two spoiled rotten cats. When she’s not glued to her laptop writing another contemporary romance (which isn’t often) or enjoying some family time, she loves to get lost in a good book, cross-stitch, embroider, quilt, knit, watch hockey (go Pittsburgh Penguins!), and garden. Jennifer loves to hear from readers–you can contact her via her website.

You can also find her at these other locations:

JPEG - Rancher to the RescueFacebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Google+ / Tumblr


And online at Amazon, Amazon-UK, Barnes & Noble, and other online outlets.


Damsel in a wedding dress!

Jilted at the altar, celebrity chef Meghan Finnegan flees the scene–and the baying press–only to run straight into the muscled torso of Cash Sullivan.

The former rodeo champion knows what it’s like to have your life crumble in the spotlight, so he offers Meghan a place to lie low at his ranch.

Fresh air, no paparazzi and the brooding rancher’s lazy smile are making Meghan not want to leave her sanctuary. But she and her unborn baby can’t stay here forever…can they?


6 comments on “Cooking The Books – Jennifer Faye

  1. Rancher to the Rescue sounds delightful, Jennifer. As for those enchiladas – great winter warming food. Thanks for another enjoyable post, Lou and Jennifer.

  2. Hey Jennifer … that recipe sounds delish … and the pictures have my mouth watering. Loved Rancher to the Rescue, Can’t wait for your next book. Thanks for sharing !

    • Nancy, so glad you like the sounds of my enchiladas. It’s one of those recipes that always makes the family happy. 🙂

      Thank you! You won’t have long to wait for the next book. October will be here in no time. 😉

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