Monday, May 8, 2017

Food For Thought...

I love to cook, it’s one of my favorite hobbies. Whether I’m preparing new recipes or tweaking some old classics, cooking is a passion, just like writing.    

One of my favorite recipes is Spaghetti and Meatballs? It’s like a comfort food at our house, especially when it’s cold out or when you have to feed a big hungry crowd.  Serve it with some garlic bread and you’ve got yourself a meal.

Here’s a secret about my writing. In just about all my books, you’ll find my characters preparing one of my favorite recipes. The same was the case in Rocky Mountain Pursuit.   

My main characters Jase and Reyna share a romantic meal of spaghetti while hiding out from some very bad guys. Jase and Reyna didn’t have much time to prepare their meal. They used premade sauce, but I guess if you were on the run, it would taste wonderful. I hope you’re not on the run and can take the time to try out this recipe and enjoy it. It’s well worth the prep.    

Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs





          1 pound lean ground beef

          1 cup fresh bread crumbs

          1 tablespoon dried parsley

          1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

          1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

          1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

          1 egg, beaten


          3/4 cup chopped onion

          5 cloves garlic, minced

          1/4 cup olive oil

          2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes

          2 teaspoons salt

          1 teaspoon white sugar

          1 bay leaf

          1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

          3/4 teaspoon dried basil

          1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


1.         In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and beaten egg. Mix well and form into 12 balls. Store, covered, in refrigerator until needed.

2.         In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent. Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar and bay leaf. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 90 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, basil, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and meatballs and simmer 30 minutes more. Serve.

I found this and many other of my favorite recipes at:  
About Rocky Mountain Pursuit:


Everyone believes agent Jase Bradford is dead—everyone but Reyna Peterson. Only he can protect her now that someone wants the information her CIA husband died to secure. As the one member of their spy team not killed, Jase must remain in the shadows. Yet when Reyna leads the enemy right to his mountain refuge and blows his cover, Jase risks his life for hers. As his best friend's beautiful widow scales the walls around his heart, whether out of loyalty or love, he makes it his duty to secure her safety. But when their pursuers trap them in the snowy Colorado mountains, will it become his final mission?

All the best...

Mary Alford

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