It’s a crazy week for me, with the mass market paperback of THE REASON IS YOU coming out on Tuesday. It debuted last year in trade paperback, and as much as I loved that cover, I love this one even more. Soooo much fun, and I’m tickled to death that Bojangles the Rottweiler made the cover.
Now, I was going to talk about the two hot men in my book. Because they are simply delicious and worthy of praise. I even have buttons for them.
But then I realized that I think I talked about them last year when the book debuted, and maybe I should go a different route.
So let’s talk dessert. Because that runs a close second to hot men, in my opinion.
Cooking, no. Baking? Yes.
I don’t do it as often as I’d like, which is probably a good thing, but I love the smell of things baking and bubbling and filling the house with yum. I love that look my dog gets when it’s all just too much and she’s about to go postal on me from the sheer drool-worthy aromas.
So, when I was writing THE REASON IS YOU, and Dani and her daughter Riley go into this boardwalk restaurant, Ella’s, I had to go there. And I had to go with dessert. Here’s a little snippet…
Just inside heavy double-oak doors was a giant framed chalkboard that looked to weigh a thousand pounds and sported several specials in different colored chalk. The floor appeared to be the original planking, and stainless steel buckets lined the wall, filled with napkins and wrapped silverware. A waitress snagged a bucket and nodded for us to follow her.
“We’re just getting something to go,” I said, pointing at the menus under her arm. “Could we just—?”
The perky little blue-eyed blonde glared at me as she handed us the menus.
I opened one and we perused with our heads together. Bread pudding. Key lime pie—yum, but already had pie. Already had lots of things, but somehow still ended up with my nose in the dessert section. Giant brownie volcano. Sopapilla cheesecake.
“Oh, now that has possibilities.” I pointed at what was likely death by butter.
“I recommend the banana pudding.”
The voice came from behind and over my head, and I spun around to see Jason walk past us and up to the counter.
Riley’s eyebrows shot up. “Who’s that?”
“Like I said.”
In the last year, I cannot tell you how many book club events I attended that made both of these dishes! It so inspired me, that I got recipe cards made up for the sopapilla cheesecake. Are these cute or what?
They are 3×5 and will fit beautifully in your recipe box. And I’ll give one away today with a bookmark and some other fun swag, including a signed totebag (see below), maybe I’ll throw in some of those buttons up there for you to pin on it!
So….back to the food.
Have you ever had sopapilla cheesecake? I make it for every holiday, every event I have to bring a dish to, and every event my husband has to bring a dish to.
Dani says it’s death by butter, and she’s right. It’s not good for you. But it’s reallllllllyyyyyy good.
Thanks for letting me share with y’all! And come by the Berkley Jove Author Chat tonight….I’ll be giving away a copy of the book!