Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Shot At Love by Peggy Jaeger @goddessfish @peggy_jaeger

Name Ten items that no kitchen should be without.
Since I’m writing a series called WILL COOK FOR LOVE, this title just called to me. Shouted, actually! I love to cook. And I love to eat, but that’s a totally other blog piece!! So. Because I love to cook, I love kitchen gadgets and anything that will help me with my cooking endeavors. My kitchen has every one of the items I’m going to mention and most of them get used daily, sometimes more than once, especially if I am trying a new recipe.
In no particular order, here are the top 10 items I think no kitchen should be without:
1.     A scale. It can be one of those fancy schmancy new digital ones that give you readouts for the weight and everything else, like protein grams, fat content, etc. Or it can be one of the old fashioned ( I call them Weight Watcher scales, because that’s who I got my first one from!) scales that simply give you the weight of the item you are measuring. Whatever type you have, a scale is beneficial, especially when you are weighing food for portions or additives.
2.      A microplainer. When you need to shred something or grate it really really fine, there is nothing like a great hand held microplaner. They are excellent for grating hard cheeses, ginger, citrus fruits, anything really that is small enough to be held in one hand and super grated with the other.
3.      A Food processor. I’m not gonna lie: CUISINART is my favorite. My husband gave me my first one as a Christmas gift and I simply could not imagine living without it now, especially when I make pestos, salsas, apple sauce and everything else that needs to be processed and mixed super-well. When my daughter left for college I bought the mini-Cuisinart processor for her and I swear she used it almost everyday at school.
4.      A StandUp Mixer. Again, not gonna lie. KITCHENAID is the end all- be all for me of mixing stands. This was another Christmas gift from Hubby – the man knows how much I love to cook and he reaps all the benefits from it! – and I use it 6 out of seven days per week. I use it for all my baking needs, plus I have all the attachments, so I cut home made pasta from it, knead dough for bread, even fill sausage casings. Mine is now almost twenty years old and still in prime condition, which shows you what a great product it is.
5.      A Citrus peeler. You might ask yourself what the heck is that, but I got my first one from Tupperwear about 150 years ago ( kidding, but close!) and it is so beneficial to my arthritic hands for easy peeling  of oranges, grapefruits, lemons – all citrus foods really – plus anything encased in a thick rind. I’ve even used it to peel back pork fat from a whole ham.
6.      A Mandolin. Remember that old Ron Popeil commercial: “It slices, it dices, it cuts everything and anything?” He wasn’t hawking a mandolin but a really sharp knife, but the thought is the same.  A professional grade Mandolin is such an asset in your kitchen if you slice food like tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini. I use mine almost daily because I make my hubby lunch to take with him to work everyday and everyday he gets sliced tomatoes on his sandwiches. I use it at night when I make salads for dinner for all the good veggies I add in. It’s a little expensive, especially if you get a professional grade one, but you can get a really good one for under $60.00 at any kitchen store or at Bed, Bath and Beyond ( my house wear Mecca!)
7.      A Veggetti. I know: it sounds a little…dirty. But a Veggetti is one of those things that just makes my life easier when I make spaghetti squash or want to cut carrots, cucumbers, anything tubular – even thin potatoes – into fabulous spirals. The first time I ever made spaghetti squash and served it to my husband with homemade red sauce ( gravy, to my fellow Italians!) he said, “These noodles taste different. Really good, but a little different. Did you make them with the Kitchenaide?” ( See why I love this man?? He knew what tool I use to make pasta!) I told him they weren’t noodles in the general sense, but squash in the shape of fettuccini. Let me tell you, from that night on, he requests this dish at least once every 2 weeks.
8.      A marble rolling pin. I can hear all of you who use a wooden rolling pin sighing. I know. But there’s a reason marble is so much better. First of all it’s heavier, which means it’s weighted differently than wood. It’s denser and therefore when you roll with it, you get an even amount of pressure along your roll line. I have arthritis, so I have to press heavily on the wooden pins. With the marble, I can use less pressure and get the same great result for my rolls. Second, over time, no matter how good the wooden rolling pin is, bacteria starts to build up on it. You need to wash it, but even doing that some bacteria – and mold – can leech in. With marble, no seepage. Everything washes off every time. And three, marble pins look really pretty in your kitchen!! Just saying.
9.      A good set of measuring cups and spoons. Try to avoid the plastic ones if you can. Mine are all metals and they clean up so much better than the plastic ones do, especially when I use them to measure things like olive oils and flours.
10.  A good set of glass mixing bowls. Sometimes you don’t need a professional Kitchenaide for mixing. A really nice set of alternating sized glass bowls is fine for whisking up eggs or stirring cheese and eggs together before putting them in a skillet. Most bowls are sold in asset of three varying sizes. I actually have 3 sets with 3 different sizes, from tiny – to hold herbs – to extra large to mix together salad items.

I know there are probably another 100 or so items that could be included in this list, but these are the ones I use daily and I simply could not live without them. I imagine Kandy Laine’s (COOKING WITH KANDY, book 1) professional television studio kitchen has several – if not all – of the above items, and I know for a fact she’s gifted some of them to her sister Gemma!


A Shot At Love
by Peggy Jaeger

GENRE:   Contemporary Romance


Nothing’s impossible when love is on the menu. In Peggy Jaeger’s luscious series, the only thing more tempting than a delicious meal is a truly delectable romance . . .
Look for exclusive recipes in each book!

Photographer Gemma Laine is looking for arresting faces on the streets of Manhattan when her camera captures something shocking—a triple murder. In that moment, she becomes a target for the mob—and a top priority for a very determined, breathtakingly handsome, FBI special agent. With deadlines to meet and photo shoots on her calendar, Gemma chafes at the idea of protection, but every moment she spends under his watchful eye is a temptation to lose herself in his muscular arms . . .

With two of his men and one crucial witness dead, Special Agent Kyros Pappandreos can’t afford to be distracted. But Gemma is dazzling—and her connection to Kandy Laine’s high-profile cooking empire makes her an especially easy mark for some very bad people. Keeping her safe is much more pleasure than business, but as the heat between them starts to sizzle, Ky is set to investigate whether they have a shot at love . . .


A woman stood next to the vehicle, a cell phone at her ear, her back to him. Tall, maybe as tall as him, and slender, her back tapered down to a miniscule waist, her legs clad in tight, faded jeans. When she turned Ky almost stopped midstride, the questions he intended to grill her with jumping out of his head. His breath caught as he simply stared at the loveliest woman he’d ever seen.
Hair the color of midnight, straight as a board, fell to just below her shoulders, blowing back from her face in the gentle afternoon breeze. Blunt, chopped bangs, fringed a pair of large, bright blue eyes. Plump, coral colored lips moved as she spoke into the phone and for a brief, hot second, Ky wondered if they’d taste as delicious as they looked.
Her gaze stayed on him as she spoke.
“I’ve gotta go,” she said into the phone. “Yeah. I’ll call when I’m done. Love you, too.”
“Miss Laine?”

She tucked the phone into her back pocket.

“I’m Special Agent Pappandreos. I need to speak with you about what you saw.”

“Special Agent?” Those delicate brows furrowed under her bangs. “Like, FBI?”

Jesus, where does a woman get a voice like that? Whiskey laced with honey and rolled into one smooth pitch.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.
Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
Tying into her love of families, her children's book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.
Peggy holds a master's degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer's Disease during her time running an Alzheimer's in-patient care unit during the 1990s.
In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.

In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader's Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and is a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title. A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

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