Tag Archive | Potatoes

A party for the taste buds…one potato at a time.

The vegetable that gives us chips, fries & vodka.

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I don’t think I’ve met anyone that doesn’t love potatoes in one form or the other.

Whether they are fried, baked, roasted, scalloped or mashed. Served in soups, salads, side dishes or a main dish, this root vegetable is affordable, versatile, healthy and come in a wide variety of shapes and colors—sweet, white, yellow, red, purple.

I’m sharing a roasted potato recipe that is guaranteed to give your family and friends that wow factor.

Perfect Roast Potatoes

Golden & crunchy on the outside. Light & fluffy on the inside.

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The crunch and fluff will make your taste buds dance in deliciousness.

Alpha Hero & Tasty Potato Recipe

Welcome to Tasty Tuesday, plus a review and favorite quotes from, Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley. A book filled with Alpha men who belong to a Motorcycle Club called CHAOS and a writing style that will entice you to read more from this author.

How does this tie into Tasty Tuesday and this week’s recipe?

Tack “Kane” Allen (the hero in Motorcycle Man and president of the motorcycle club) is a good cook…actually, according to the heroine, Tyra aka Red aka Cherry, Tack’s a great cook…in and out of the kitchen. One of the dishes he whips up for her is a potato casserole, so I’m sharing my version of Tack’s Taters (recipe below).

I’m also pleased and excited to announce that Kristen Ashley will be a guest on my blog on June 22ND.

A few months ago, Gitte from the Totally Booked Blog, introduced me to Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley, and I’ve haven’t looked back. Motorcycle Man is the last book in the Dream Man Series, but it didn’t hinder my enjoyment to start with the last book. I’ve since read all the books in the Dream Man series and enjoyed them all, but I have to say, Motorcycle Man remains my favorite.

I’m here to tell you that I have joined the readers who are addicted to Kristen Ashley’s series (all written in first person from the heroine’s point of view) and her Alpha Hero’s. I haven’t read the other series as of yet, but like all other Kristen Ashley addicts, they are on my Kindle, waiting to be read.

Motorcycle Man pulled me into CHAOS MC world right away, its gritty and raw characters, because it was so outside the box of what I usually read.

I’m an avid reader, love books from all different genres in fiction and non-fiction, from historical to contemporary and heat levels from sweet to edgy. Kristen Ashley’s writing and books have added a new dimension to my eclectic array of books to enjoy.

WARNING:

If you are easily offended by curse words or gritty dialogue, then I recommend you stop reading here and if you wish, skip down to the recipe.

If not, then sit back and enjoy a review and favorite Motorcycle Man quotes from some of the members of a group which is comprised of Sassy, Kick-Assy Chicks who rock-an-ultra-cool attitude on everything from life to books.

MOTORCYCLE MAN Review by Heidi Wiley

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When Tyra arrives at Ride Custom Cars and Bikes for her first day at work, she comes face to face with her new boss, Kane “Tack” Allen with whom she has shared more than a shot of tequila with. Tack is more than a little apprehensive about hiring a woman whose computer skills were not on the list of what had held his attention a few nights ago, as his new office manager.  With their attraction for each other and her sex kitten shoes getting in the way of their working relationship, they both submit to their desires but have a long road ahead of them sorting out how to accept their families, fears and the frustrations of a life they have just started to build.

Author Kristen Ashley has introduced a refreshing new kind of female character in Tyra.  She doesn’t spend time worrying about whether or not this man is trying to control her, but if she can understand his life and if there can be a place for him to share in hers.

This author has created a template for the original Alpha-Male. Tack is not sugar coated by sophistication, a private jet, or a bottomless bank account. He does not play head games and anyone that tries to get the best of this man’s mind, will lose.  Even though he is tough, his love for his family is the meaning of his life and for his past mistakes, he seeks redemption not pity.

Few authors can nail a man’s point of view through the first person of a female character. Kristen Ashley not only achieved this–she has mastered it. This story is off the charts sexy, fun and heartwarming.  I highly recommend Motorcycle Man and the rest of The Dream Man series but with a fair warning that you will seek no cure for this addiction.

Heidi’s Favorite Quotes from Motorcycle Man:

“No baby, I’m not scaring you.  You’re just scared.  You give me a little more,  you’ll see I protect it.  More, I’ll protect that too.  More, I got that too.  When you give it all to me, if it works with us in a way that lasts, you’ll never be scared.  You’ll feel safe enough to have your eyes open, your arms up and you’ll enjoy the fuck outta the ride. I’ll see to that Red, and that’s a promise.”

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“I’m Chaos?”

“Was my dick just in you?”

I fought an annoyed frown and said, “Uh…yeah.”

“Then you’re Chaos.”

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Favorite quotes from some of the members from the Sassy, Classy, Kick-Assy Group

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Gitte’s favorite quotes: “We’ve hit the hot guy motherlode.”

“Darlin’, you’re the greediest piece of ass I’ve had in my bed in a long fuckin’ time. I got a taste for greedy, you think I’m not gonna take it?”

Kame’s: “This isn’t my know-it-all grin, Red. This is my I’m gonna get me some later grin.”

I felt a couple of quivers that were on the high end of the pleasant scale. Still, I shared, ” That’s even more annoying, Tack.”

“Don’t know why since me gettin’ some means your’re gonna get some.”

Kelly Bennett’s: “Life’s a roller coaster. Best damn ride in the park. You don’t close your eyes, hold on and wait for it to be over, babe. You keep your eyes open, lift your hands straight up in the air and enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.”

“Truth, honesty, perseverance, strength, Love of all kinds and forgiveness are all beautiful, Tack. The most beautiful stories ever told are the most difficult to take.”

Kristy Wyatt’s: “I can’t function around a man if I know his ability to give pleasure.”

Selena’s:   And into the darkness, to his sleeping woman, he whispered, “You don’t know this, baby, but some men have dream women too.”

“Bottom line, no one fucks with my woman.”

“Baby,” his voice gentled, “this is me seein’ to that soft spot when I say quiet-like that I…will…be…there…in ten. And what I mean is, when I get there in ten, your ass better be there.”

Oh boy.
“Are you coming on your bike?”
“Yeah.”
“I’m in a tight, short, little aquamarine dress with high heels. I can’t get on a bike.”
“You’re in a tight, short dress and high heels?” Tack asked.
“Yes.”
“I’ll be in there in five.”

TACK’S TATERS

This recipe is loosely based on Tack’s, because he used butter and I use olive oil, but you can substitute butter for the olive oil. I think Tack also used garlic powder, and I recommend either roasted garlic or minced fresh garlic. So I did take liberties with Tack’s recipe, but the idea is the same.

Ingredients:

6 large baking potatoes (peeled, washed and dry well)

4 cloves of roasted garlic (or minced garlic)

4 sprigs of fresh rosemary

extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

non-stick spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400

Spray your baking dish with non-stick spray.

In a bowl add some olive oil and your garlic and mix together.

After potatoes are dried, peel them thinly.

Arrange one layer of thinly sliced potatoes in your baking dish, overlapping each other until the bottom is all covered.

Add, rosemary leaves, salt and pepper and brush with oil, making sure some of the garlic is sprinkled on the layer.

Continue in the opposite direction with another layer of potatoes, adding rosemary, oil, garlic, salt and pepper.

Continue with more layering, until all the potatoes are used, ensuring your top layer also has oil, and the rest of the ingredients.

Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Uncover and bake for an additional 40 minutes.

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Sweet & Spicy Menage-a-Trois

I bet you were all expecting some Triple X pictures or a naughty excerpt? The only threesome I can write about is adding three main ingredients together for a refreshing summer salad, that will please your family and friends.

Not that I don’t like to write a good sex scene, or even read one, but trust me, if I ever tried to write a menage a trois love scene, my heroine would probably kick box the living hell out of the other woman who came near her hero. Either that, or the three of them would be a tangled mess, and someone would end up in the E.R.

It’s all fun and games, until I try to write out of my comfort zone and some character loses a body part.

Tasty Tuesday is a day where a few of my author friends and myself are sharing some easy-to-make and sexy recipes for you all to try. We’d love to hear your thoughts on these burning-lovin’-recipes and also feel free to share some of your recipes with us.

Be sure to scroll down and stop by the other author’s blogs and pick up their recipe.

Refreshing, Sweet & Spicy Menage-a-Trois

Melon & Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:

  • Seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1 seedless cucumber, cut into cubes
  • Cantaloupe, cut into cubes
  • 3 TBSP fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar (or raspberry vinegar)
  • 1.5 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts (or walnuts or almonds) finely chopped
  • 1 Whole Jalapeno Pepper (seeds out if you don’t like it spicy) finely chopped or you can use chili peppers (as much heat as you can take)

Put everything in a bowl, toss it real well, so that the oil and vinegar, salt and pepper are evenly distributed.

Please stop by these blogs and check out more delicious recipes. Tell them Selena sent you and drop them a note. 

Salacious Salad & Naughty Nachos by Denise Agnew

Sweet Summer Lovin’ by PG Forte

Bewitching Bailey’s Cupcakes by Moira Keith

Happy Trails Trail Mix by Nancy Lauzon

Ambrosia by A. Catherine Noon

Sassy Sangria by Sloan McBride

Two wonderful recipes – “Cheesy Potatoes” plus “Who You Calling A Tart?” by Renee Wildes

CHERRY PUFF (recipe submitted by Food Blogger Ginger Joon

1 sheet of puff pastry (thawed according to directions)
1 cup of fresh cherries, pitted and cut in half
1 Tblsp powdered sugar
1/2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
pinch salt
egg wash (whipped egg – optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In bowl, mix all ingredients except pastry and egg. An eggwash is recommended for helpding the pastry hold together; to make simply whip/scramble one egg in a small bowl, and set aside. Roll out puff pastry sheet with flour to prevent sticking. With a pizza cutter, cut dough to create 9 even squares. Put small amount of cherry mixture in center of each square. For each square, fold the four corners in toward the centers, enclosing the fruit filling. Before laying in the final point, brush a little egg wash on the dough where the final point will connect to help hold it together. When all the puffs are created, brush egg wash on top to help pastry brown.

Add to oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until dough is fully cooked and golden brown. Let rest for about 10 minutes, then serve warm. The puffs are out-of-this-world served with a scoop of vanilla icecream, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar and ground cinnamon on top.

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