Romance Cooks

Wedding Proposal Casserole – JL Wilson

J L Wilson here, with a recipe from one of my earlier books. It’s a tried-and-true recipe that I’ve used over and over. And it’s the casserole that the heroine in my novel, Brilliant Disguise, happens to be eating when the hero pops the question — hence the title of the recipe.

If you’d like a PDF of the recipe, just go to my recipe page ( for this and other recipes from my other books.

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Wedding Proposal Casserole
(I can’t guarantee a proposal, but it worked for Nick!)
1 ¼ c brown or white rice (instant or regular)   
1 can each:
  cream of mushroom soup
  cream of chicken soup
  cream of celery soup
¼ -½ c sliced mushrooms         
¼ cup sliced almonds         
½ c cooking sherry or white wine         
3 oz. parmesan cheese (small can or grated)   
1 soup can milk
1 chicken or 10 split chicken breasts

Butter a 9×12 pan and put rice on bottom. Mix soups, mushrooms, wine, and 1 soup can of milk.
Pour half of the mixture over the rice. Arrange the chicken pieces on top and cover with the remaining liquid.
Top with cheese and sprinkle with almonds.
Bake 275 degrees uncovered for 2.5 hours.
Don’t peek while baking!



Nick Baxter, an undercover FBI agent, thinks his brilliant disguise will fool the hicks in New Providence, Iowa. They won’t suspect he’s there investigating widow Shannon Delgardie, under suspicion of treason. What Nick doesn’t know is that everybody in town is conspiring to protect her and investigate him in return.

Shannon needs help. The men her late husband blackmailed are closing in and the FBI might be involved. When Nick approaches her, can she trust him? With the aid of computer hackers and hair stylists, she uncovers the truth, finding a love she never expected in a tiny Iowa town.

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