Please help me welcome Harlequin Romance author Barbara Wallace to my blog today. Here’s a short bio:
Award-winning author Barbara Wallace first sold to Harlequin Romance in 2009. Since then her books have appeared throughout the world. She’s the winner of RWA’s Golden Heart Award, a two-time Romantic Times’ finalist for Best Harlequin Romance, and winner of the New England Beanpot Award. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her family
Welcome to my blog, Barbara. Take it away.
In my latest book, The Courage to Say Yes, the heroine, Abby Gray, cooks the hero, Hunter Smith spaghetti. Later on, she learns itâ€™s the first home cooked meal Hunter has had since he was a young boy. Itâ€™s a pivotal piece of information as she â€“ and the reader â€“ begin to learn why he prefers photographing life from the sidelines.
Naturally, when I wrote the scene, I imagined Abby using my motherâ€™s spaghetti sauce recipe. Thatâ€™s because my mother made the best spaghetti sauce in the world. I know this to be true because my brother agrees.
Anyway, because my mother made such awesome spaghetti sauce (or gravy as they say where my son goes to college) and because it played a role in my book, I thought it would be fun to share the recipe with you all.
One small problem. I donâ€™t know the measurements.
Correction. I know them, but having made it for fifteen years, Iâ€™ve taken to eyeballing and fudging with the amounts. Making matters worse, the written copy I got from my mother disappeared years ago.
Since I wanted to give you an accurate recipe, I called my brother to see if he had a copy forgetting another key point: His wife uses her own recipe, which while Iâ€™m sure is delicious, isnâ€™t the best in the world. (Since my mother holds said title.)
And so, feeling a little sheepish, I called my 81-year-old mother to tell her I lost the recipe. By the time I finished explaining my dilemma, I felt a little like a kid bringing home a bad report card. But, she had the recipe! I was saved.
And so, without further ado, the recipe for Abby Grayâ€™s (aka Mamma Tannerâ€™s) Worldâ€™s Best Spaghetti Sauce Recipe:
1 large can of whole tomatoes (squashed)
2 14 oz cans of tomato sauce
2 small cans tomato paste
Sweet Italian Sausage Patties
Notice anything? There are no ingredient amounts! Turns out the recipe never had ingredient amounts. My mother did everything by taste. (Which explains why, on days she had a cold, we got extra spicy sauce.)
The moral of the story? When it comes to ingredients, the exact amount doesnâ€™t matter, so long as the end result is satisfying. Interestingly, thatâ€™s how I approach writing as well.
Hopefully, youâ€™ll like how the ingredients come together in The Courage to Say Yes. I like to think Iâ€™ve put together a pretty satisfying combination. (And, to show how confident I am youâ€™ll like what you read, Iâ€™m offering up a free copy to one lucky commenter.)
By the way, if anyone does have a spaghetti sauce recipe they want to share â€“ with our without ingredients, pass it along! Weâ€™ll see if itâ€™s as good as Mamaâ€™s.
I’m still searching for the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. I’ll definitely try this one. Now, please tell us about your latest release.
A reluctant knight in shining armor; a down-on-her-luck waitress
Photojournalist Hunter Smith likes to keep the world on the other side of the camera lens. But when he sees Abby Gray in trouble, he canâ€™t help stepping up to the rescue.
Love betrayed Abby Gray in the worst possible way. Working as Hunterâ€™s assistant might be exactly what she needs to put the scars of the past behind her. When the sparks begin to fly, will these two people, whoâ€™ve sworn to keep the world at armâ€™s length, find the courage to accept the love thatâ€™s right under their noses?
Thanks so much for visiting with me today, Barbara. I’ll let you know how the sauce turns out, although I don’t guarantee anything. My taste buds aren’t overly reliable. 🙂
You can read more of Barbâ€™s musings by visiting her website, www.barbarawallace.com