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The Secret Ingredient
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On Sale: October 27, 2020
288 pages
ISBN: 1335957146
EAN: 9781335957146
Kindle: B089M93X2C
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Another day, another recipe… Our Fall Recipe Potluck continues with more books, more recipes, and another fabulous featured author! I hope you are enjoying these awesome posts and opportunities to win great books. Don’t forget to take a look at what else has posted:



Day 3: SIMMER DOWN by Sarah Smith

This autumnal roasted delicata squash is exactly the kind of dish Beth would serve at her Yellow House restaurant. It’s simple, seasonal, and very tasty. Feel free to use any winter squash you’d like, but delicata is my favorite because it looks fancy, you don’t have to peel it, and it gets extra crispy and caramelized in the oven. The Italian-style herb salsa verde is wonderful with any roasted vegetables or meat.  You can eat this as a side dish with your favorite fall meal (it’s excellent with roasted chicken) or enjoy it as a vegetarian main course with some sautéed greens, fresh bread, and a glass of wine (optional but highly recommended!)

Roasted Delicata Squash with Sage Salsa Verde

For the squash

3 medium delicata squash, washed but not peeled

Olive oil for drizzling (about 3-4 tablespoons)

4 cloves garlic, unpeeled

Sea Salt and black pepper to taste

½ teaspoon dried thyme

Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut ends off to create two flat edges. Cut in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds.

Cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch slices, making sure to keep the size of the slices consistent. Toss the squash slices and garlic cloves with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme. Spread onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet in a single layer.

Place in preheated oven and roast for 20 minutes. Flip each slice over and roast for another 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Smash the garlic cloves and remove skin, and toss again to coat with the roasted garlic.

For the Sage Salsa Verde

2 bunches sage, leaves picked

1/2 bunch parsley, leaves picked and chopped finely

2 cloves of garlic, diced finely

Zest of ½ small lemon, diced finely


Approximately 1 cup olive oil for frying

A squeeze of lemon juice

First, finely mince the garlic and lemon zest together.

Next, fry the sage.  In a medium saucepan heat your olive oil over medium-high heat.  Drop in a scant handful of the sage and fry for about 20 seconds, or until the bubbles slow down.  Remove from the oil and drain on a pan lined with paper towels.  Repeat with remaining sage leaves.

When the sage has cooled, it will be crisp.  Crumble it with your fingers.  In a large bowl, combine the parsley, sage, minced garlic and lemon peel, and olive oil.  Season with salt and a generous squeeze of lemon juice.

Taste the salsa and adjust for salt, and if needed a few grinds of black pepper.

COMMENT TO WIN: What is your favorite thing to cook? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a copy of THE SECRET INGREDIENT by K.D. Fisher (US and Canada only). Good luck!



The Secret Ingredient

Two amazing chefs. Two very different restaurants. One recipe for love.

For single mom Adah Campbell, the executive chef job at a posh restaurant in quaint South Bay, Maine is a dream come true--and the perfect opportunity to start over, far away from a home that’s never felt entirely hers. But fitting in has never been easy, and between a new town, a new boss, and the unexpectedly attractive owner of a rival café, things get off to a rocky start.

Never did free-spirited Beth Summers think she’d still be in Maine. Travel the world gathering delicious recipes and finding friends and lovers? Absolutely. Step in to run her family’s small-town cafe? Not so much. However, once Beth commits to something, that’s it. Soon, The Yellow House is the hottest spot in town, but Beth’s out of energy--and out of ideas for moving forward.

Until Adah Campbell walks into her life. As sparks fly, both chefs have to decide if they are willing to make sacrifices. . . or if it’s really too many cooks in the kitchen.

Carina Adores is home to highly romantic contemporary love stories where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters.

A new Carina Adores title is available each month:

The Hideaway Inn by Philip William Stover

The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron

Just Like That by Cole McCade

Hairpin Curves by Elia Winters

Better Than People by Roan Parrish

The Secret Ingredient by KD Fisher

Just Like This by Cole McCade

Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love by Kim Fielding

LGBTQ Romance [Carina Adores, On Sale: October 27, 2020, Trade Size / e-Book, ISBN: 9781335957146 / eISBN: 9780369701978]

About K.D. Fisher

K.D. Fisher

KD Fisher is a queer New England-based writer of authentic, heartfelt LGBTQ+ narratives. KD grew up all over the United States, bouncing from North Carolina to Hawaii to Illinois, and finally settling in Maine where they spend far too much time at the beach. When KD isn’t writing they can usually be found hiking with their overly enthusiastic dog, obsessing over plants, or cooking elaborate meals. KD loves classic country, perfectly ripe tomatoes, and falling asleep in the sun.





31 comments posted.

Re: Fall Recipe Potluck | THE SECRET INGREDIENT by K.D Fisher

I love to make many different things. I love making soup,
Italian sausage, ribs, steak, and cauliflower casserole. My
favorite dessert is chocolate buttermilk cake and pumpkin
chocolate chip cookies.
(Meredith Winn 1:13am September 7)

My favorite thing to cook is meatloaf with mash potatos.
(Abigail Gibson 3:30am September 7)

shepherds pie . ..MMMMMmmmm......
(Martin Bodnar 10:46am September 7)

I'm a comfort food type of cook,
(Cynthia St. Germain 4:46pm September 7)

I love to make casseroles.
(Jessica Whitacre 6:40pm September 7)

It's such a versatile appliance that I love cooking new things in my InstaPot!
(Tracy Urschler 9:27pm September 7)

Any kind of dump cake I'm a pro at, just ask my Mom and Dad
(Robert Young 11:41pm September 7)

I enjoy making vegetarian chili and serve it over rice with
sour cream and cheddar cheese.
(Alyson Widen 11:58pm September 7)

I love to make "stir frys" - where I create with anything I
have at hand.
(Nancy Reynolds 9:46am September 8)

(Sherry Haut 12:33pm September 8)

I Love making homemade Vegetable Soup and grilled cheese sandwiches!
(Sarah Taylor 4:25pm September 8)

i make a really good meatloaf and always serve it with
mashed potatoes
(Vickie Couturier 6:21pm September 8)

I love making anything and adding olive oil.
(Rebecca Shields 7:44am September 10)

Looking forward to reading...and trying the recipe!
(Renee Collins 4:43pm September 12)

I have not had squash made like this. Thanks for sharing! Good luck with
the book!
(Kathleen Kelly 6:26pm September 12)

look forward to trying this recipe i love squash
(Kellie Demarsh 6:41pm September 12)

My favorite thing to cook is Scottish shortbread biscuits.
I intend to make this squash delicata, since it sounds
(Debra Mowatt 8:53pm September 12)

I like to make comfort foods like chicken pot pie and pork stew. I also like to bake with yeast. My M-I-L taught me how to make the best apple cake and cheese strudel. She came over to the USA from Hungary.
(Laurie Gommermann 8:25am September 13)

My favorite thing to cook is leftovers from my 93 year old
mother-in-law! But, I guess I enjoy cooking para dishes
because everyone seems to enjoy eating them.
(Lisa Sabatini 11:06am September 13)

I love to cook anything Italian!
(Shannon Capelle 5:58pm September 13)

I'm not much of a cook, honestly. LOL. But I love to make zebra cake. (My family always called it cookie cake.) It's layers of chocolate wafers in whipped cream allowed to set in the fridge, so the cookies get soft and it's sliceable.
(Zarah Robinson 6:11pm September 13)

I love to make big pots of soups and stews because they're
easy and last a long time.
(Jennifer L. 6:16pm September 13)

Anything that is easy to prepare.
(Jana B 6:35pm September 13)

I love to cook enchiladas and shepherd’s pie. And I love to bake almost
(Megan Gustafson 8:11pm September 13)

Casseroles...I can come up with anything for one.
(Katrina Dehart 11:17pm September 13)

I love making soups, especially split pea soup.
(Diana Hardt 12:38pm September 14)

I have a crab sandwich recipe that I really like!
(Linda Herold 2:05am September 14)

Probably tacos. My husband is the skilled cook in the
family. Thanks for the chance.
(Lynn Brown 2:08pm September 14)

Comfort food for my hubby. His favorite is meatloaf.
(Sandra Stipins 3:34pm September 14)

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(Kelly Edwards 4:21am September 22)

Tacos. I love tacos and I suck at cooking!
(Renee Olichwier 12:10pm Saturday)

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