Today, welcome my good friend, Christine Warner as she shares a recipe from her Entangled Publishing contemporary romance, Bachelor’s Special! Also click on the link below to get entered into the giveaway of a $25 Gift Card!!
Take it away, Christine…..
One of the many scenes from Bachelor’s Special that I had fun writing was when Chet and Jill went out to the Burger Bar to grab a bite to eat. Jill Adgate is a chef and ChetCastle is her delicious boss. He arrives home from work one night after a particularly trying day and decides he needs to go out—and he wants to take Jill with him. With the guise she needs a break from the kitchen, he helps her into her jacket and off they go.
The scene is light-hearted, flirty, and fun—and Jill has an adventure with a new burger she’s never had or heard of before. And Chet tries something a bit different too…but we’ll save that for another dayJ
Today I’d like to share the burger recipe for the hamburger Jill experienced…it’s easy and perfect to cook on the grill during our warmer months, but just as fun to fry up in a pan during the winter when you need a burger fix.
THE JUICY LUCY…:
This makes 1 burger:
Lightly mix 6 ounces ground beef chuck with a big pinch of salt. (I use sea salt)
Form into two equal balls, and then shape into two flat patties.
Take 2 slices of your favorite prepackaged cheese. (I use American and swiss). After I open each slice and divide into 4 smaller individual slices…so I finish with 8 tiny square. You can also leave them whole if you prefer and just lay each slice on top of the other on one patty.
After you have your cheese on one patty, place the other patty on the top and crimp along the edges so that the cheese is hidden and you have 1 patty total. Make an indentation in the center of the patty.
Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat; sprinkle the skillet with salt. Cook the burger 4 to 5 minutes per side. Serve on a soft bun with your favorite toppings and enjoy the gooey cheese-filled center when you bit into your Juicy Lucy.
Tell me, have you ever had a Juicy Lucy before? Or can you share the oddest burger you’ve ever experienced? Can’t wait to read your comments!
Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.
Chet Castle is a prosperous businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved with any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.
Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: Work for him for the next eight weeks as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking with her commitment-phobic employer is a recipe for disaster…but it’s just too tasty to not take a bite.
Her body hummed as his smile wavered. Although he wore sunglasses, she’d bet her last dollar his gaze swept across her chest, lingering on the betrayal of her pert nipples pushing against the fabric of her suit.
Until this moment, shyness had never been a trait she possessed. Air stalled in her lungs, her palms grew sweaty, and she itched to cover herself with a towel. Even though her replica vintage swimsuit hid more than most sets of women’s underwear, she felt too exposed. She turned to the side slightly and folded her legs up. Not that it helped, but it made her feel a bit less exposed. Chet slid his feet from his sandals, brushing a hand through his hair. The heat from the sun wasn’t the only thing scorching her skin. She trickled several droplets of water over her arms, but she couldn’t drag her focus from his toned flesh.
Jill soaked in his ripped abs and the obvious package of goodies covered by his brown swimsuit—the same sexy brown as his hair. Damn, did a man have a right to fill out a pair of swimming trunks like that? Flecks of hair, just enough to give him a manly appeal, covered the etched muscles of his long, tan legs. She licked her lips, hoping she could still speak.
“Do you want some privacy?” Yes, say yes. She needed an excuse to make an escape without coming off like someone desperate to be making an exit.
* * * * *
Hell no, he didn’t want privacy. Through the shield of his sunglasses, he inspected her body from the tips of her pink-painted toenails to the top of her brightly flowered swimming cap. Did people still actually wear those things?
“No, you look comfortable. Stay and enjoy the day.”
“Oh…are you sure?”
Amazed at his own ability to talk without his tongue hitting the cement, Chet turned to throw his towel and sunglasses on a nearby lounge chair. Damn.
The red and white polka-dot halter-style suit featured a tight bodice, but her slender hips and shapely thighs hiding beneath a matching skirt grabbed his attention until all oxygen left his blood. Even showing less skin than the average girl on the beach, she far exceeded sexy and alluring.
Get a grip, Castle. She’s off limits, no matter how delectable. He turned and stepped onto the diving board. He bounced along the surface as he made his way over the water. When he looked at Jill’s bathing cap covering her head, he held back his grin. The neon rubber flowers reminded him of something his grandmother would’ve worn, but there the similarity ended. Everything beneath that cap was far from making him think of Grandma.
About Christine Warner:
Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends. Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines. A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on Facebook, Twitter and her Website.