It's Too Yummy Tuesday!
On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious! Today I'm happy to have special guest Harper St. George, author of His Abductor's Sweetheart, who's here to share a satisfying beef stew recipe. Take it away!
My debut book, His Abductor’s Desire, is set in the Wild West. The heroine, Charity, is a bank robber who kidnaps the hero during a bank robbery. She takes him back to her cabin in the wilds of Montana Territory. The cabin is fairly rustic with little more than a fireplace for cooking, so they eat a lot of one pot meals. One of the meals she fixes for him is elk stew. I’d like to share a similar recipe for stew that we love at my house. I don’t personally have access to elk so I’ve substituted beef. I also added wine. I doubt Charity would’ve had red wine, but it makes just about everything better.
Rustic Beef Stew
3 lbs of beef cut into 1 inch cubes
1 lb carrots
1 lb mushrooms
1 lb potatoes
½ lb onions, diced (about 1 to 2)
¼ cup flour
4 tbsp butter
2 cans (around 14.5 oz each) beef broth
1 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
1.5 cups red wine
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut all vegetables (carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes) to ½ to ¾ inch cubes. Lightly dredge the beef with flour with salt and pepper to taste. On medium heat, melt the butter into a stock pot. Add beef. Lightly brown the beef. Add beef broth, then carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, onions, thyme, and bay leaf. When stew starts to boil, reduce heat to low/medium. Add red wine. Simmer for 2 to 4 hours until desired tenderness.
His Abductor’s Desire
Historical romance novella
Historical romance novella
Publisher – Harlequin
Montana Territory, 1887
Heiress-turned-outlaw Charity Blake is determined to get back the fortune the Davenport banking family took from her father—even if she has to hold Brent Davenport ransom to do it! After all, the seductive charmer stole something even more valuable from her five years ago: her heart. But once she has Brent in chains, Charity must face the fact that her desire for the man has grown from the sweet dreams of a young girl to the unquenchable passion of a woman. And soon it's not clear whether she's the captor, or the captive….
Harper St. George was raised in the rural backwoods of Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since.
She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and two young children. Look for her short story in the first Romance Writers of America anthology. She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at www.harperstgeorge.com.