Romance Cooks

Veggie Bites Appetizer – Cari Quinn

I like to think I’m good at different things, but alas, cooking is not one of them. The following recipe is one I got from a former coworker and it’s perfect for me because it’s easy and perfect for an appetizer or snack. And with the veggies, you can even pretend it’s good for you—score!

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2 (8 oz.) containers cream cheese

2 lg. cans crescent rolls

Broccoli flowerettes, diced finely

Any other veggies to taste: red or green peppers, olives, carrots, whatever you’d like!

1 cup. shredded cheese (optional – I usually make them without cheese)

Chop broccoli and other veggies, mix and place in refrigerator. Take out cream cheese to let soften. Cut each crescent triangle into 3 small pieces. Bake 7 or 8 minutes or until lightly browned (follow package directions.) Let cool. Peel off top layer if too flaky to ease in spreading cream cheese. Spread cream cheese over each piece, then sprinkle veggie mixture over top of cream cheese. Add cheese on top if wanted. Serve immediately or cover with saran wrap or refrigerate.

No Flowers Required - Cari Quinn


Flower shop owner Alexa Conroy had it all before the recession hit and her customers fled to cheaper shopping grounds. Desperate to make ends meet, she sells her dream home and moves into the rundown apartments above her shop. When she spots six feet of sexy distraction—complete with muscles, piercings, and tattoos—ripping up flooring, Alexa knows the karmic windfall she’s due just landed on her doorstep.

And the attraction’s definitely not one-sided.

Dillon James, reluctant heir to the corporation about to foreclose on Alexa’s shop, is not about to jeopardize their scorching chemistry by admitting he’s not the building’s handyman. But with only weeks until her business goes under and his identity is revealed, Dillon must find a way to convince Alexa cooperation isn’t a dirty word, help her save the shop from his brother’s greed, and persuade her that he’s not the enemy…or risk losing the only woman who’s seen the real him.

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