FEEL THE HEAT
Five Reasons Why Chefs Do it Better
Guest post by Kate Meader, author of Feel the Heat
Thanks to the folks at My Book Addiction and More for letting me talk hot chefs and why they do it better! Feel the Heat is the first in my Chicago-set Hot in the Kitchen series about an Italian restaurant owning family and the sizzling, sexy chefs who love them. The hero of Feel the Heat is British celebrity chef Jack Kilroy, who knows just how to take his kitchen skills and translate them to other areas of his life in all sorts of sexy ways.
1. It can’t be stated strongly enough: a man who cooks is pretty damn sexy! And when that man happens to look like Jack Kilroy, then let’s just say, the kitchen is now the hottest room in the house. An award-winning chef who’s willing to risk grease burns while he cooks shirtless at the stove? Sign me up!
2. Professional chefs are often overbearing alphas who rule with a velvet fist in the kitchen. Take that guy away from the burners and into the bedroom, and he’s bringing that bossiness with him. Taking charge when he hits the sheets is his default setting—and Lili DeLuca, heroine of Feel the Heat reaps the full benefits.
3. Food invokes all manner of emotions: nostalgia, satisfaction, comfort, and arousal, to name a few. When Jack cooks for Lili, he seduces her with his food and she seduces him right back with her sensual reaction. Chefs have a talent for crafting a visceral experience, creating emotion, and making people feel special—and this is exactly how Lili feels when eating Jack’s food.
4. The hands! Those fast-moving hands can do wondrous things to vegetables, so just think of all the good they could do with a woman’s body. Not to mention that rough, callused skin from years of hard work and kitchen abuse. A chef’s hands are his tools—and in the Feel the Heat, Jack Kilroy is happy to use those instruments in torturously skillful manipulations of Lili’s body.
5. Creativity and adaptability are part and parcel of the chef’s stock in trade. In Feel the Heat, Jack shows up at Lili’s apartment ready to woo with his goat cheese salted caramel gelato, and before long he’s feeding it to her AND using is as a topping on her overheated skin. Want to seduce with gelato? Recipe provided below!
One of Jack’s tools for seduction is goat cheese caramel gelato. Here’s a very simple recipe for this tangy, almost cheesecake-like frozen treat.
For the gelato:
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
8 oz. fresh goat cheese (crumbled)
6 large egg yolks
1. Prepare an ice bath and set aside
2. Place the goat cheese in a bowl with a mesh strainer over it
3. Mix the sugar and milk over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves
4. Whisk the egg yolks lightly until thickened
5. Add the milk/sugar liquid to the egg yolks slowly, stirring constantly to prevent the egg from scrambling
6. Return the egg/milk/sugar mixture to the pan and heat, again with constant stirring. When the liquid steams and the custard coats the spoon, it’s ready
7. Add the hot mixture to the goat cheese through the strainer. Stir until the goat cheese is melted and the combination is smooth
8. Set the bowl over the ice bath and stir until cool. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours
9. Make the ice cream/gelato in your ice cream maker
Salted caramel sauce
2 cups granulated sugar
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
1 teaspoon sea salt
1. In a heavy-bottomed 2-3 quart saucepan, cook the sugar over medium-high heat. It take s a few minutes but it will start to melt and clump. Whisk it until it is completely melted, about 10 minutes.
2. Add the butter (stand back, it will spatter) and whisk until smooth
3. Remove from heat and add the cream
4. Add the salt and stir through
5. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes in the pot, then pour into a jar and refrigerate
6. Sauce will keep for 2 months in the fridge
Make the sauce ahead of the gelato so it is cool enough to mix with the frozen deliciousness. You can layer the gelato in a container and swirl the caramel through or you can drizzle over the top.
What a delicious story and recipe to go along with ,Kate. Thanks so much!
Fire up the kitchen and other things also….
Hot in the Kitchen, Book 1
IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT . . .
Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time managing her family’s Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she’s tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she’s cooked up a recipe for disaster.
. . . GET INTO THE BEDROOM
Jack Kilroy’s celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili’s oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he’s even more aroused by how unimpressed this beautiful, funny woman is with his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his bitch fork-wielding fan base. Now, as he’s about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions – and turn up the heat in his kitchen?
Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, to-die-for heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she cut her romance reader teeth on Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boons thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, and she’s there. She has a bachelor’s in law (useless), a master’s in history (not as useless), and another master’s in library and information science (yay, using). When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library. Her stories are set in her adopted home town of Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter – and where she met her own sexy hero. For news, excerpts, and recipes, check out her website at http://www.katemeader.com.
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I will be doing a Rafflecopter giveaway during the Feel the Heat release tour. One grand prize winner will get a Feel the Heat Swag Bag containing a Supper Hero-Wonder Woman apron, a Feel the Heat tote bag, a Vespa-shaped pizza cutter, a “Grate Love” cheese grater, heart-shaped measuring spoons, a Feel the Heat fridge magnet, heart-shaped pasta, delicious cookies, and a recipe card for goat cheese caramel gelato. I’ll also be giving away smaller swag bags of assorted kitchen utensils and more!
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“My Thoughts” on “Feel the Heat” by Kate Meader
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