Romance Cooks

Cheesy Potatoes – Renee Wildes

We’re in WI and that means POTATOES, REAL CHEESE, AND REAL BUTTER. Margarine is akin to blasphemy. (Actually, the grandmas originally used LARD in some of the old recipes, but my mother-in-law wrinkled her nose and said butter works just fine & tastes better – and she’s right.)

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(The easy version – since NO ONE wants to sit there w/a pile of potatoes, a hunk of cheese & a cheese grater…)

1 lb frozen shredded hash browns (thawed)

1/2 tsp onion salt

1/2 can cream of chicken soup

1 cup (REAL) sour cream

1/4 cup REAL butter (regular/salted, not "sweet")

4 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

salt & pepper to taste

Preheat over to 375. Melt the butter in saucepan. Place hash browns in lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. Top w/onion salt & shredded cheese. Mix butter, chicken soup & soup cream together, pour/spread over potato/cheese. Salt & pepper as you will. Cover & bake for 45 minutes. UNCOVER & continue to bake an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown…

(P.S. For family gathering might have to double or triple recipe/pans – I can’t tell you how many it serves b/c portions are meaningless at potlucks!<LOL>)


The warrior in her was ready for anything. But she never saw him coming…

Guardians of Light, Book 5

Verdeen is on the brink of becoming an elite warrior ranger until the ultimate humiliation—no war mare chooses her for advanced training. King Loren’s consolation prize isn’t much better. Journey to the Isle of Ice as bodyguard to a human riever. Daq Aryk. Barbarian. Prince of thieves.

Aryk dreams the impossible: unite six fractious clans into a peaceful nation. Failure means they are all doomed to kill each other off—and the nightmares of his son’s death by sword will come true. The new elven ambassador rouses his ire, not because she’s female, but because she’s inexperienced. Her possibly needless death weighs on his already overburdened soul. Her beauty is a distraction he can’t afford.

In a fragrant, moonlit garden, Verdeen dares yield to an irresistible compulsion to kiss the mortal riever. The heat shakes her to the core, and frees a desire that should occur but once in her life. With a mate.

As their quest twists down ever more dangerous paths, though, their bond is the asset that could assure peace…or the liability that could send a dream down in flames.

Warning: This tale illustrates what happens when adventurous dreamer meets seen-it-all cynic. Contains hot, no-holds-barred sex, voyeurism and some self-loving. Also betrayal and some graphic (but never gratuitous) battle violence.

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