Today we’re happy to have author of the Maverick Junction series, Lynette Austin, stop by and share with us and our readers a little something that plays a big role in her books; the food. Lynette has shared some lovely photos of some of the main foods and drinks that are discussed in her the series. She’s also sharing some recipes with us today as well. We hope you enjoy today’s post! Many thanks to Lynnette for taking the time out of her busy schedule in order to write this up for us.
I’m delighted to be here today! Thank you so much for inviting me. I thought we could talk about A Taste of…Maverick Junction.
Philadelphia, London, San Francisco, and Maverick Junction, Texas. So many places to choose from when deciding on the setting for a story. So many things to consider. Besides the actual topography, the sights, and the weather, I always take into account the people who live there, the idiosyncrasies that make them unique—their accents, local customs, and, of course, their food.
Philly without the cheesesteak sandwich and soft pretzels? No way. London. The city is almost synonymous with fish and chips. San Francisco? Sourdough bread and, yes, Ghirardelli chocolate.
My new series is set in Maverick Junction, Texas. The third book, Can’t Stop Lovin’ You, finds Brawley Odell and Maggie Sullivan, ex-high school sweethearts, still battling it out. One thing they can agree on? Food, whether it’s the sweet tea at Sally’s Café, Bubba’s pulled pork, or Ollie’s homemade pies at the Cowboy Grill. Dottie, landlady extraordinaire, bakes cookies, cookies, and more cookies. Being a good Southerner, she, of course, uses lots of pecans. Brawley’s mom makes a mean green chile enchilada, and Grandma Trudy’s chocolate pie? I have one word to describe it. Mmmm. I’ve included that recipe in Can’t Stop Lovin’ You. Of course, all of these can be washed down with a margarita—or two.
Sally’s Sweet Tea
Brawley loves a tall glass of this after he’s been out for a long ride on his horse Black Jack —or while he’s sitting on the front porch swing with his favorite girl.
3 family-size tea bags
2 cups cold water
1 cup sugar
Place the cold water and tea bags in a pot. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat and let steep. Do not continue boiling it. Pour the still-warm tea into a pitcher, add the sugar, and stir until it’s dissolved. Fill the pitcher with cold water or ice to taste.
Here’s the secret: You might want to add a pinch of baking soda to the water and tea bags. It won’t change the taste, but it takes out any bitterness and darkens the tea.
When any of the Maverick Junction gang wants great barbeque, they head to Bubba’s Roadhouse. Psst. If you don’t tell anyone, I’ll share his secret recipe for pulled pork. It’s made in a slow cooker, so it’s not only the best ever but the easiest. Talk about taking the blue ribbon at the county fair!
1 (2 lb) pork tenderloin
1 (12 oz) can or bottle root beer
1 (18 oz) bottle BBQ sauce—I love Sticky Fingers myself!
Place the pork in a slow cooker and pour the root beer over it. Cover and cook on low until well-cooked, about 6 to 7 hours. Drain well. Shred, then stir in the BBQ sauce. That’s it. You’re good to go!
Wishing you happy eating and many wonderful books to read! Thanks again for sharing today with me.
And now, an excerpt from Can’t Stop Lovin’ You!
Her sigh filled the garden. “I really do have to go. I’m a business woman, and I have to be up early.”
She stood. “This was nice. Thanks.”
He took both her hands in his. She swayed toward him, started to kiss his cheek.
“No.” He met her lips with his. Hunger, raw and deep, ripped through him. He tasted the same emotion on her lips, in her. One kiss led to another and another.
Breathing hard, she broke away, running her fingers through her hair to push it off her face. “I can’t do this. It was never a question of chemistry. We had that in spades.”
“We still do.” His voice was husky and ragged.
“I can’t and won’t deny that.”
“Come upstairs with me. Stay the night.” He trailed kisses along her neck, her collarbone. She shivered, and he knew she was close.
But she put her hands on his arms and pushed away. “I can’t.”
“I know I handled things badly, but how can you hold it against me so long?”
She didn’t answer. Simply turned to walk away.
He grabbed her hand and kissed it before she melted into the night, leaving him standing in the dark, wanting more. So much more.
About the Author: Lynnette Austin
The luxury of staying home when the weather turns nasty, of working in PJs and bare feet, and the fact that daydreaming is not only permissible but encouraged, are a few of the reasons middle school teacher Lynnette Austin gave up the classroom to write full-time. A finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest, PASIC’s Book of Your Heart Contest, and Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie Contest, she’s published five books as Lynnette Hallberg. She’s currently writing as Lynnette Austin for Grand Central Publishing. Somebody Like You, Nearest Thing to Heaven, and Can’t Stop Lovin’ You are the first three books in her Maverick Junction series, a contemporary romances set in Texas.