BAR BITES by J. Kenner and fun in the kitchen with recipes from Suzanne M. Johnson!

Join Man of the Month creator, New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner, and USA Today bestselling Southern food expert Suzanne Johnson as they guide you through their favorite bar bite and drink recipes served at The Fix on Sixth. And don’t forget to spend some time learning a little bit more about the private lives of your favorite characters in all new snippets and short stories!
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About BAR BITES:

Before Austin’s hotspot, The Fix on Sixth, became known for its sexy and fun Man of the Month calendar contest, the fictional downtown bar had already developed a reputation for fabulous drinks and mouthwatering bar bites—exactly the kind of venue to take a date and strike up a romance. Now it’s your chance to see exactly what’s on the menu … and to get a peek at the private lives of the men and women who not only work at The Fix, but who’ve made it the place to be in Austin, Texas.

Join Man of the Month creator, New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner, and USA Today bestselling Southern food expert Suzanne Johnson as they guide you through their favorite bar bite and drink recipes served at The Fix on Sixth. Learn how to make the delicious bar bites that Tyree’s bar has become famous for. Whip up your favorite cocktail with the same flare as Cameron or Eric. And don’t forget to spend some time learning a little bit more about the private lives of your favorite characters in all new snippets and short stories!

Most of all, come share a drink, a bite, and a laugh with us! We’re so glad you’re here.

So pull up a chair, raise a glass, and dig in with your favorite Man of the Month characters, and meet a few new ones, too!

Cheers!

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EXCERPT

Nolan Wood checked his watch as he glanced around the house. Shelby’s house. Or it had started out that way anyway. Now it was his, too. Just as much as she was his.
With a shake of his head, he realized he was smiling. Not that he wasn’t usually—on the whole, he was a pretty laid-back, happy kinda guy. But since he met Shel, it took a rock solid effort to wipe the smile off his face. His Shelby. His paradox. The buttoned-up woman who’d let a loose cannon like him into her life—and in the process had changed him completely.
They’d been together for months now, but he’d known right away that she was special. And that feeling just kept getting stronger, until sometimes when he was around her he thought he might burst if he couldn’t release the pressure.
Then again, that’s one reason why he loved his radio show; that was one hell of a pressure release, after all.
Although it wasn’t quite as good as sex…
The thought seemed to shove him around, and he turned to face the suitcase he’d left by the door. For a second, he frowned. Afraid that maybe he was doing this all wrong.
But it was too late now. He’d already made his decision, his plans, and he was diving in.
He pulled the old-fashioned tape recorder out of his backpack. He’d thought it had a fun vintage flair when he’d found it in the station’s dusty storeroom along with a pack of unused cassettes. He’d snagged the device and the tapes, then recorded the message. Now, he put the cued-up cassette into the recorder, checked that the batteries were good, and added a Post-it note to the top. He left the whole thing on her coffee table. All things considered, much better than a printed note.
Then he drew in a nervous breath, grabbed his suitcase, and gave the inside of the house one last, long look.
This was it, he thought as he headed for the door. For better or for worse, everything was about to change.

Veggiedillas with Avocado Dipping Sauce made by Sharon Thérèse at Kindle Friends Forever

When KP suggested preparing a dish for this tour, I jumped at the chance. However, I never expected to have problems finding some of the American ingredients for the delish recipes offered. Veggiedillas accompanied with an avocado dip I could do though. Saying that, we’re very spoilt for choice in Mallorca. Mercado Olivar in Palma city is an array of colours, smells, extremely fresh produce and tempting nibbles. I bought the vegetables there, the tortillas, seasoning and grated cheese in a local supermarket. Of course, we all know the Mediterranean diet is a healthy one and to my mind of thinking, this one fitted the bill perfectly! Also, it’s quick and easy to prepare, mouthwatering and a welcome change from what we usually eat!

VEGGIEDILLAS FILLING

4 tablespoons of butter

1/4 cup water

1 cup of sliced onion

8 burrito size flour tortillas

1 cup of sliced baby bella mushrooms

Nonstick cooking spray

1 cup of sliced bell pepper (red, yellow or green)

2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese blend

1 packet of taco seasoning mix

In a medium skillet over low heat, melt butter and sauté onions, mushrooms, and bell pepper for 8-10 minutes. Add taco seasoning and water. Simmer for 5 more minutes and remove from heat. In a medium skillet over low heat, coat with cooking spray and lay a tortilla flat in the skillet. Cover half of the tortilla with sautéed veggies and cheese. Then fold the empty side on top of the mixture and allow to cook for 2 minutes, pressing down with a spatula. Next, flip the quesadilla and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat and repeat this process with remaining ingredients. Cut quesadillas into thirds and serve with Avocado Dipping Sauce.

The first step.

As you can see, I’ve cut the peppers and onion into thin strips, and sliced the baby bella mushrooms.

    

Oops, vocabulary issues in the kitchen!

I thought my knowledge of AmE vocabulary was quite good; however, ‘skillet’ had escaped me. So even before starting, I had to search for it in Google images. You see, us Brits use a ‘frying pan’ in our kitchens! Four tablespoons of olive oil were used instead of butter as it is rarely used for cooking in Spain, olive oil being the general preference. I really liked that the veggies were only cooked for 8 to 10 minutes, just under al dente. Any more cooking time and they would have caramelized. The spices were then added and simmered with the minimum amount of water for a couple of minutes, giving the mix a nice bite, too!

    

The cooking spray.

“What the blinkin’ heck is that?” I asked myself. I didn’t feel so bad about coating the ‘frying pan’ with the minimum amount of olive oil with kitchen towel once I’d found out what it was.

I got a tad nervous!

I can flip an Spanish omelette with twelve eggs, but who on earth can flip a quesadilla with all those ingredients oozing out? “Easy-peasy Sharon; follow the instructions to the letter and you’ll flipping well flip it!” Yep, I do tend to talk to myself while preparing new dishes! So, this is where all the scrumptiousness is melded together by pressing down each side with the spatula and cooked for a couple of minutes with the grated cheese, of course. And et voilà, I did it!

The dip!

Hmm, I’ve been holding back the healthiest must-eat-everyday-fruit. Guys, eat AVOCADOS! This dip is also great for a crudités platter, for kids dipping crisps or nachos, for accompanying salads, and I won’t even begin to tell you how good it is for our hair, skin and eyes. I never ever thought about mixing avocado with Greek yogurt, lime juice (I used lemon juice as I have a lemon tree in the garden), crushed garlic and a pinch of salt! The result is an explosion of taste buds! Put all the ingredients in a blender or even mash them together with a fork.

AVOCADO DIPPING SAUCE

2 avocados

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

Juice of 1 lime

   

   

I’d like to show my gratitude to KP at InkSlinger PR for inviting me to take part in J. Kenner and Suzanne M. Johnson‘s tour.
Did I have fun in the kitchen! Take a look at the pics to see the result!
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BAR BITES Books and Cooking Tour

May 16

Ficwishes
Novelgrounds
Devilishly Dirty Book Blog

May 17

Southern Vixens Book Obsessions
Mi Bookshelf
Once Upon A Page

May 18

A Literary Perusal
Escaping Into Books
A Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile

May 19

Literary Misfit
Ramblings of a Bookworm
Smut Book Junkie

May 20

KT Book Reviews
Reads All The Books

May 21

Kindle Friends Forever
Book Lovers Hangout
Romance Readers Retreat

May 22

White Hot Reads
Booked All Night
Once Upon An Alpha

May 23

K&M Sultry Reads
Booked Every Night
The Romantic Angel Blog

May 24

Feeding My Addiction
Pages Abound

May 25

Red Hatter Book Blog
Shh Mom’s Reading
Linz Reads

May 26

The Bookery Review
Renee Entress

May 27

The Book I Love
Dirty Bad Bloggers

May 28

Two Book Pushers
Living in our Own Story
Naughty Girls & Their Books

 

About J. Kenner:

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.

Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

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About Suzanne M. Johnson:

USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Johnson is family trained, a south Georgia native who’s been cooking all of her life, creating not only some really unique food, but precious memories that re-occur every time she smells something simmering in the oven. In all of her books, Suzanne shows that making a delicious meal doesn’t have to be complicated–it just has to be made with love. So go ahead, don’t be bashful, dive right in. Who knows? You might just make a few memories of your own.

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