In Problems in Paradise, the third book in my Texas Nights series, the heroine—Eden Durant—owns Paradise Garden Café. People around the small town of Shelbyville are a little suspicious of her healthy fare, but they’re slowly trying her “clean food” menu. But when three men in town get hit with food poisoning after eating at her restaurant, Eden’s future and her lover’s election chances are jeopardized.
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Eden’s Killer Quiche
(adapted from Rachel Ray’s Basic Quiche Recipe)
· Store bought or homemade pie crust (I favor the refrigerated ones from Trader Joe’s)
· Chanterelle powder (only if you want to recreate Eden’s quiche. If not, you can omit.)
· 6 eggs
· 1 cup milk
· 2/3 cup cream
· 1/2 cup of chevré (goat cheese)
· 1 cup prosciutto, chopped
· Pinch of nutmeg (optional)
· Pinch of salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 425ºF. If your oven is anything like mine, that’ll take half an hour J.
Whisk the eggs in a decent sized bowl. Then dump in the milk and cream and whisk again. Stir in chevré, prociutto, and spices (except for the chanterelle powder, which really isn’t a spice).
Sprinkle the chanterelle powder over the crust (It’s a mushroom powder. And yeah, I have no idea if you’ll ever be able to find this so don’t get all hyped up about it because it’s the ahem…killer…ingredient in the book – LOL).
Pour your eggish mixture into the piecrust and bake for 30ish minutes. If it’s still jiggly in the middle, pop it back in for another 10 minutes or so. If you don’t like your crust too brown, consider wrapping the edges in aluminum foil after about the first 15 minutes the quiche is in the oven.
Okay, now it’s time for me to admit I’ve yet to cook this exact quiche, but if you try it, let Eden and me know what you think! Happy quiche-ing, y’all!
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Eden Durant hasn't always been Eden Durant. She's made a fresh start in Shelbyville, Texas, far from her mother's notoriety. Running the Paradise Garden Café is as much excitement as Eden wants—or it was, until she meets Beck Childress. Although he's the one man who could expose her past, she's willing to open up enough to see if he might be her future.
Chief Deputy Childress is determined to get to know the real Eden, when he isn't busy cleaning up after the sheriff and running in the election to replace him. When several men fall sick after eating in Eden's café, he investigates even as her mysterious past raises both his suspicions and his protective instincts.
As their relationship heats up, so do the pressures of Beck's campaign. When Eden's secrets are revealed, jeopardizing his dream of becoming sheriff, he'll need to choose: serve and protect the town he loves or the woman who makes it home.
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