Monday, September 17, 2018

Mountain Survival (in more ways than one!)


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Was the man with ghostly gray eyes supposed to make her feel safe?

A reclusive ex-military man with post-traumatic stress takes on a harrowing rescue mission in the rugged mountains of Wyoming. But will saving a kidnapped heiress bring redemption? Or heartbreak…

A brief excerpt from RESCUEDBY THE MARINE:
Why take out the pilot and trap them on the mountain?
Jason’s nostrils flared at the pungent odor he’d noticed earlier, and an idea began to take shape. He knelt to swipe his fingers through the snow and soggy grass underneath. Fuel. He visually followed the trail of discolored snow back to the chopper, and tracked the oily residue up to the tank near the engine. The pilot. The radio. And now the fuel tank—all with nice big bullet holes in them.
A man wouldn’t need to shoot them if he could make all their deaths look like an accident. Jason glanced down the incline to see where the fuel had pooled in a snowy depression. This was bad. “Sam?” He pushed to his feet, backing toward the chopper. “Sam?” When he heard rustling in the trees, and spotted at least three upright shadows moving, he ran. This was very bad. He slapped the passenger window. “Sam!”
            She popped up, holding a Swiss Army knife in one hand, and a backpack in the other as Jason waved her toward the exit. She was stuffing the tool she’d scrounged into the emergency gear bag and hooking it over her shoulder as he slid the door open. “Your friend had a backpack. Warm clothes. A couple of protein bars. Water. Do you think he’d mind if I—”
“We need to go. Now.”
She flinched at the crack of a gunshot, tilted her head to the sky as a flare arced like a comet above the clearing. “Is that…?”
Very, very bad. “Run!”
            Jason grabbed her around the waist, set her on the ground, snatched her gloved hand and ran back the way they came. The flare hit the fuel, igniting a fire that ran up the slope like a charging bear. He forced Sam into the race of her life as he lengthened his stride and sprinted toward the trees. They’d barely reached the three scrawny pines at the edge of the forest when the helicopter exploded.

Stranded in the mountains with mercenaries tracking them, Jason and Samantha would love a warm, easy meal like this one instead of protein bars and dried fruit. Do you have a favorite go-to meal for a cold day?



Easy Potato Soup
(I often fix a big pot of this for Christmas Eve when the family gathers, but it’s easy enough for a weeknight meal.)

Ingredients:
1 package of frozen hashed browns (I like cubed Southern style for this recipe)
1 carton chicken stock or broth
1 pint whole milk
¼ grated fresh onion or 1 tsp. dried minced onions
3 TBS. butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Utensils: 1 pot on top of the stove, a wooden spoon to stir, ladle to serve

Thaw hashed browns (you can start with frozen, but it takes longer to cook); Melt 3 TBS. butter in a large pot. Add ¼ grated onion (hubby doesn’t like to bite into onions, so I grate or use dried) and pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until translucent. Add the thawed hashed browns and stir to coat. Barely cover potatoes with chicken stock (may not need entire carton). Cover pot and bring to simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are soft. Pour in ½ quart whole milk. Bring back to simmer. Adjust seasoning if needed. It’s ready to serve. Store it in your fridge. Reheat in microwave.

I usually fix a potato toppings bar to go with the soup, then my family can doctor the soup as they like. Diced ham or bacon. Shredded cheddar or Colby-jack cheese. Chopped green onions. Sliced sautéed mushrooms. Steamed broccoli florets. Chopped herbs. And so on. I almost always have shredded cheese on hand, then the rest is whatever falls out of my fridge. It’s a great use for leftovers.

With the toppings bar, this is a one-pot meal. I’ll serve it with toasty bread or crackers. For a heartier meal, add a grilled cheese or BLT sandwich.

It’s easy to halve this recipe, too, which makes enough for hubby and me to get dinner and lunch the next day.

What are your favorite meals to warm you up when the weather turns cold?

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27 comments:

  1. I love romantic suspense with military or ex-military.

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy Jason & Samantha's story, then. :)

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  2. I love RS with military or ex-military heroes. Your recipe sounds much easier than my favorite for cold weather: chicken and sausage gumbo. I’ll try your potato soup. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Easy is the keyword for this recipe, Virginia. It makes a nice big pot that can stay warm on the stove during a big gathering. Grilled chicken and sausage would be yummy add-ins, too. I bet your gumbo is delish!

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  3. I love the cover of this book and it sounds so exciting. I am looking forward to reading it. I love these Harlequin Intrigue reads and all the amazing authors. Thanks for the soup recipe too. I am always looking for new additions to my recipe book. My hubby and I love potato soup in the cooler months. Gonna give this one a try. :-)

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    1. Hmmm...that did not work right! LOL Not sure what happened, it published me as unknown and I cannot remove it. Oops.

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    2. Ha. I'm little help to you in the tech department. But the message posted, so I'm sure you're fine. Maybe our hostess, Maureen Miller, can fix it? I've loved Harlequin Intrigues since the very first one came out. I'm honored and thrilled to be writing for them, too. Glad to hear you love 'em, too!

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  4. Hi Julie, Rescued by the Marine has been purchased and it is next up in my queue!! I can always count on a great read if your name is on the cover!! Kathy Brown

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    1. Bless you for saying that, Kathy. Thank you!!

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  5. ohhh this sounds really good! I love the cover too!

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    1. Thanks, Carissa! I love that cover, too. I credit Tony Horvath and the Harlequin art department for doing great work! The only thing I could ask for is a little snow on the ground. But they got the character details just right!

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  6. Book sounds exciting! I am definetly going to try this recipe too. Sounds perfect for the cooler autumn temps that will be here soon!

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    1. It's a go-to recipe for me once the weather starts to cool.

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  7. Wow...this sounds like a great story!!

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    1. Well, I like it ;) The action scenes were especially fun to write. Thank you. I hope you'll like it, too.

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  8. I love homemade mac and cheese... my dad makes a great chicken noodle soup...

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    1. It's hard to go wrong with mac & cheese. Although, I confess. I almost always use some version of the box mix instead of making it from scratch. Even cutting up some hot-dogs in it turns it into a quick meal.

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    1. I love the smell of stew cooking on top of the stove (or in my Crock-pot) on a wintry day. That and a chunk of bread is a perfect meal to me.

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  10. A hot, spicy pumpkin soup for us.

    The book sounds fantastic.

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  11. Thanks, Mary! I've never had pumpkin soup. Is it similar to butternut squash soup? That's yummy.

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  12. Sounds like a great story! Love your writing!

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  13. I got busy copying the recipe and didn't watch the time. Will be making the soup soon. My favorite warm up meal is a bowl of chili with shredded cheddar cheese on top.

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    1. I put cheese on my chili, too. Mine's more tomatoey than spicy, but we like it.

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  14. Wow! This book sounds amazing!!I love making homemade potato soup when it's chilly outside.

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  15. Hope you enjoy the book! And the potato soup. ;)

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