Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Temptation Tuesday - The Food Of Love

This Tuesday, while we discuss Christmas Recipes at The Pink Heart Society's Yahoo Loop - brand new PHS Editor Jenna Bayley-Burke brings us some recipes from her secret stash. So, what we need to know is, if music is the food of love... does that make food the music of love??? Hmmmm......

Tasty Temptations and Sexy Sensations

I love food almost as much as I like reading, two activities that are only marginally below breathing for me. I pepper foodie bits into all my books, but with Cooking Up A Storm, I took that to a whole new level, introducing Come For Dinner catering owner Lauren Brody and her over-the-top love of all things culinary. For her, food is love, sex, passion, excitement, and comfort all rolled into one. When she encounters Cameron Price, a man who thinks food is only for fueling the body, she sets out to show him all the ways food can bring pleasure. With the help of creatively arranged vegetables, inventive uses for a cup of tea, and an arsenal of fantastic recipes she wins him over to our side. I mean, her side.

In the spirit of holiday giving, I’m sharing with you some of Lauren’s best – and easiest – recipes. Check out my blog all December long for more tasty temptations from Lauren’s recipe box!

Sauteed Spinach with Garlic Chips

1 bag of triple washed spinach
4 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
pinch of red pepper flakes

Pour cold oil in a pan. Add sliced garlic. Place over medium heat. Fry the garlic for about 5 minutes, or until it browns. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Add the spinach and pepper flakes to the pan. Saute until spinach begins to wilt. Plate, then garnish with garlic chips!

Butternut Squash Penne with Parmesan, Sage, and Pine Nuts

½ pound penne
1 package frozen squash, thawed
1 T butter
1 t fresh sage, sliced thin
¼ cup pine nuts
1 cup grated parmesan
½ cup pasta water
salt & pepper

Cook pasta according to package. While pasta is cooking, prepare sauce. In a saucepan melt butter. Add sage and pine nuts. Saute until fragrant. Add squash and enough water to loosen sauce (about a half cup. Stir in parmesan. Drain pasta and add to pan. Toss until well mixed. Garnish with more parmesan!

Flourless Chocolate Cake

2 cups chocolate chips (16 oz)
1 cup Butter
1 cup coffee, cooled
1 cup Sugar
8 Eggs

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a nine-inch springform pan. In a saucepan, heat the chocolate, water, coffee, butter & sugar. When melted remove from heat and beat in eggs. Pour into pan and bake 40-45 minutes, until set. Cool completely, remove sides from pan & chill. Garnish with raspberries!

Jenna’s latest book, Cooking Up A Storm, is full of great party menus, and ideas for entertaining a crowd or a party of two. Think twinkle lights, a crackling fire, and electric blue eyes. You’ll melt as fast for Cameron as ice cream in July!

For more recipes and insights into the book, check out her website & http://www.jennabayley-burke.blogspot.com/


  1. would love to read your book Cooking Up a Storm for some party ideas. VERY much like the recipes idea.

  2. Thanks :) I wanted to attend the parties Lauren put together. As a guest...I wouldn't want to be a caterer! That is a LOT of work!

    I put an excerpt & recipe on my blog...I may share more if people are into it.

  3. These sound great, Jenna! Especially the Flourless Chocolate Cake. As a Coeliac sufferer, I'm always on the lookout for great recipes for baking and this seems like one of those! Thanks again.

  4. Just what we need at this time of year, Jenna! More tempting recipes! Love the spinach and garlic chips idea. And, of course, anything chocolate!

  5. Jenna, the squash, WOW. Made it last night and everyone loved it!

    At work we share recipes and they're going to love these. Thanks.

    Robyn, you're going to love Jenna's book.

  6. Isn't that pasta insanely easy? If I ever write Diego's book, you'll see this is the conflict between he and Lauren. She's all about putting food together, while he is about retaining authenticity. Too funny, and why they barely get along!

  7. You had me at "chocolate".

    I LOVED the book! Such a fantastic story. Fell totally in love with Cameron. This one goes on the keeper shelf.

  8. Wish I knew who ananymous is! Thanks for loving him, though. I do too!