Romance Cooks

California Chicken Spaghetti – Darlene Gardner

How’s this for an idyllic summertime romance? My husband likes to grow vegetables, and I love eating them. This is one of my favorite dishes, partly because I can use the fresh tomatoes and garlic from our (his) garden. I can’t claim credit for the recipe, but I can for the tweaks! Another plus is that it’s ready in thirty minutes.

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California Chicken Spaghetti

1 (16 ounce) package uncooked angel hair pasta

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (cut into strips)

2 tablespoons chopped, fresh garlic

3-4 tablespoons Creole seasoning (original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons Cajun-style blackened seasoning and 2 tablespoons basil)

sat and pepper to taste

3 or 4 fresh tomatoes with skin removed (original recipe calls for 10 diced roma tomatoes)


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 5-8 minutes or until al dente. Drain.

Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Coat chicken pieces in Creole seasoning. Add fresh garlic and chicken pieces to skillet until browned on the outside.

Mix in the tomatoes. (I remove tomato skin by dipping briefly in boiling water, than peeling). Cook until tomatoes are semi soft and chicken is cooked through.

Toss with pasta and sprinkle crumbled feta cheese on top. Delicious!

 Dead Ringers 1 - Illusion


Dead Ringers 1: Illusion

An Original Publication. This is a 25,000-word novelette for the ebook market that is the first volume of a nine-volume New Adult serial with mystery, romance and missing memories.

Do you know who your friends are?

Jade Greene remembers nothing from the time she went missing except a blinding headache and an evil clown with a syringe. Not exactly the stuff to convince others of your sanity.

Nobody at the summer carnival believes Jade was even in danger except her secretive co-worker Max Harper. Max offers to help Jade solve the mystery, but he’s sidetracked by the case of a Black Widow.

When Jade and Max stumble across a body on the beach, only two things are certain. People in town aren’t who they seem. And things for Jade are about to get much, much worse.

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