Happy Monday! As a reminder, I am down for the count later this week for minor surgery. Because of that, I am having this week’s guest stop in today rather than Wednesday. And what a guest! I am thrilled to share with you today not only a delicious cover, but recipe as well.
Author Carol Preflatish is stopping by to talk about her latest release, A Kitchen Affair, and strawberry scones.
Thank you, Marci for hosting me today. I appreciate the opportunity to meet your readers. I’m Carol Preflatish, a romance author from southern Indiana. My first two books were romantic suspense novels, which I love to write. However, with my most recent release, I wrote a sweet contemporary romance, “A Kitchen Affair.”
Take one personal chef, add one handsome millionaire bachelor and mix well. Simmer together for three dinner parties and see what cooks up.
With Jenny Marshall struggling to pay her tuition at culinary school, she decides to become a Personal Chef to make ends meet. Derek James, owner of the James Corporation, has a crisis. His cook quit two days before his Thanksgiving dinner party, so he hires Jenny to prepare the food.
The prospects of a relationship between Derek and Jenny begin to look good until Colleen Michaels, a manager at his company, sets her sights on Derek. She convinces Jenny that she’s all wrong for Derek, coming from the wrong side of the tracks, so to speak.
Everyone thinks Colleen is the perfect match for Derek; everyone that is, except Derek. He’s fallen for Jenny and desperately wants her in his life. However, Colleen has other plans to keep that from happening. What lengths will she go to in order to keep Derek and Jenny apart?
Food plays such an important role in our lives, sometimes that’s good and sometimes it’s bad. I love food and I love to cook, which is why writing this book was so much fun. Most of the dishes that Jenny prepares in the book come from my own recipe collection. I have to admit, it was very hard to write about those delicious foods and not want to prepare a different one every night.
I’d like to share one of those recipes with you today. In the book, the day after their first date, Jenny has a box of Strawberry Scones delivered to Derek that she has prepared at the bakery. Her rival for Derek’s affection does her best to convince him how unhealthy those scones are. You be the judge.
Low Fat Strawberry Scones
1 cup strawberries, but into small pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 t. salt
2 t. baking powder
1/4 cup cold butter
3/4 cup 1% buttermilk
1 t. vanilla
Preheat oven to 400° f. Mix strawberries and 1 tablespoon of sugar and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. Use a cheese grater, grate large pieces of the cold butter into the flour and mix well.
In a medium bowl, stir the vanilla into the buttermilk. Slowly, add the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients until all the dough becomes moist. Do not overwork the dough. Fold in the strawberries.
On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, drop large spoonfuls of the dough. Do not press down. Bake on center rack for approximately 18 minutes. Remove and cool for 5 minutes before serving. Makes 8 scones.
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