Welcome!! Cait Jarrod is here today and she’s brought more than a yummy excerpt, she's sharing her recipe for "Two Beer Chili" mentioned in her newest novel, Breaking All Barriers.
How’s that for a double treat?
Be sure to check out all the other places Cait will be popping up this week for more tasty nibbles and maybe an autographed copy of Breaking All Barriers!! J
It's all yours, Cait!!
A Romantic Suspense
Businessman Cole Dunbar breaks away from inventing the latest gadgets when the woman who has broken through his protective walls turns up missing. Mother Nature and a sex trafficking ring have Cole racing against time and breaking all barriers to find Dina Wright. But does Dina need saving?
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Can anyone say comfort food?
Before all hell broke loose in Breaking All Barriers, Vince had planned to cook his famous chili for his best friend, Dina, her love interest Cole, and Dina’s roommate, Monique. They planned to eat chili and watch movies while they waited out the storm hitting New York City. Eh, sometimes things don’t go according to plan, but here’s the recipe for you to enjoy!
Two Beer Chili
2-4 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 pounds boneless beef chuck, cubed
2 large onions
3 green peppers
2 teaspoons of moist garlic
3 28 oz cans of tomatoes-diced or whole
2 cubes of beef bouillon
1 large can of red kidney beans
A dash of Salt
A couple shakes of pepper
1/3 cup chili powder
½-1 teaspoon of granulated garlic
Jalapenos-the number depending on how hot you like it.
Thickening—either flour or cornstarch—*always mix with water before adding to soup. Otherwise, the broth will turn out lumpy.
In a large pot, brown the cubed beef in vegetable oil over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of moist garlic. Once done, transfer meat to a plate.
Add more oil to the pot, if necessary. Add the chopped onions and peppers. Add another teaspoon of garlic. Cook until the onions are golden and the peppers are tender.
Once done, add tomatoes with juices, chili powder, kidney beans-no need to drain, jalapenos, and return the beef back to the pot. Add salt and pepper and thicken the broth a little with either flour or cornstarch—*check the note above. Drop the beef bouillon into the pot.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered for 2-4 hours. Stir often, making sure you’re mixing the ingredient off the bottom of the pot so nothing sticks.
I test taste the chili in about an hour and add more salt, pepper, garlic, or chili powder according to your taste.
Toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream or macaroni elbows.
Years ago, my then boyfriend—now husband—would make the chili extremely hot. It took me two beers to get through one bowl, hence the name Two Beer Chili.
Below are a couple of excerpts from Breaking All Barriers, stuff about me J, and a raffle!
Hope you enjoy!
The elevator dinged and the doors parted.
Champagne hair filled Cole’s vision. A sultry smile stretched across Dina’s face.
She came back.
The implications of what her actions meant expanded his heart and had him wanting to dance a jig. He lifted off the wall. “Di…” Unexpectedly, his throat clogged with emotion. He cleared it and tried again. “Dina.”
Smoldering violet eyes seized his gaze while her tongue moistened her lips, the act drawing him, torturing him. “Follow me.” Her sultry voice ran over him like a warm tropical night as she headed toward her apartment at the end of the hall.
The doorknob twisted easily under Cole’s hand and he peeked inside.
Dina reclined against the back of the tub as if asleep. He thought about leaving to give her privacy, but he had the niggling sense something was off.
Kneeling on the floor beside her, he set the glasses and beads on the floor. “Dina,” he said, lightly caressing two fingers to her arm. “Sweetheart.”
The stillness and paleness of her body sent a panic through him comparable to a blazing fire. “Dina, wake up!” He didn’t raise his voice but spoke stern and loud enough to get some sort of reaction.
Still, she lay in the tub of hot water comatose.
With each passing second, his thoughts worsened to the unthinkable. Pressing two fingers to the pulse point in her neck, he held his breath.
She jolted awake, backhanding his arm. Her other hand hit her chest. Water splashed over the sides of the tub. A long moment passed before her eyes focused on him. “Geez, Cole,” she gasped. “You scared the hell out of me!”
Relief washed over him in waves, knocking him onto his butt. He chuckled, the laughter rolling out of him in such a way he couldn’t control.
A little about myself, I married my best friend years ago. We have three beautiful daughters, ranging in ages from 16-22. I love the country, love land around me, and love a glass of wine.
I started writing five years ago, not long after I lost my mother to cancer. Before then, I only read for information. I picked up a book to read for leisure, only to fall asleep. Having active children could do that to a person. When my mom died a month after her diagnoses from the dreaded C word, I felt differently. With the ‘year of first’ behind me, I wanted a way to feel closer to her, so I picked up her favorite pastime—reading!
I consumed books. A year after that, I started writing. The journey has been exciting, depressing, and eventful. I’ve met amazing writers, made wonderful friends, and hope to meet and make plenty more.
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