Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jon Keys on Home Grown and... Recipes!

Today... the perfect blog post, courtesy of Jon Keys. He has a hot new book AND a recipe! Welcome, Jon!

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Hi Tali! Thanks for letting me visit! I’m excited about the release of Home Grown from Dreamspinner Press. Home Grown is all about dealing with the history we all have and for the right combination it just doesn’t matter. Ethan and Peter are hardcore foodies. So as part of the blog tour, I’m going to talk about some of the dishes from Home Grown and share the recipes. Hot guys and great food, what could be better! 

So here’s another recipe. This time it’s the Fish Pepper Aioli, the secret ingredient for Ethan’s BLT sandwiches.

Fish Pepper Aioli

It’s pretty easy to make homemade aioli (garlic mayonnaise) using a blender. The trick is to add the oil very slowly. It definitely is the highlight of a great BLT.

Ingredients:
  • 1 egg (farm fresh eggs give it great color and a richer taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 or 2 finely minced fish peppers (any mildly hot pepper should work)
Preparation:
  1. Buzz the egg, lemon juice, garlic, and mustard in a blender until combined.
  2. Run the blender at low speed and drip the oil in slowly. Let each addition of oil be incorporated before adding more.
  3. Once the aioli is finished, add the minced peppers and blend until combined.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. I think the flavor is better after it’s chilled. It has a great tangy flavor.

~ Jon ~

Blurb

Peter Stevens believes nothing tastes better than a vine-ripened tomato tended by a farmer’s hands. The craving for heirloom tomatoes leads him to his local farmers’ market and his favorite vendor, Ethan Hart. As Peter becomes a regular customer, the two find they have more in common than a love of good food. Just as Ethan begins to relax, Peter's ex, Jay, appears and is all the things Ethan is not.

A perfect storm of mistakes and poor choices, as well as Ethan’s haunted past, has him ready to admit defeat. With the guidance of friends and a goat far too smart for her own good, Ethan realizes he needs to have a tender hand and patience to grow a home for Peter.

Excerpt from Home Grown.

Ethan’s stomach fluttered, his anticipation building as he scanned the early morning farmer’s market crowd. Stop it. Peter will show up when he shows up. Ethan snapped his attention back to the present when the small gray-haired woman who ran the booth beside him tucked herself under his arm and hugged him tight.

“Morning, good-looking.”

“Morning, Maggie. How are things going?” Ethan kissed the top of her head and returned her embrace.

“Not bad, not bad. I’ve put out all the soaps. I hope everyone feels dirty today and stocks up.”

Ethan chuckled at the image of mud people gathering around Maggie’s stall. “Well, my customers can be clean. But I think business today will be good. The late season tomatoes are finally ripe, and I’ve had lots of people asking about them.”

 “Including Peter?”

Heat crept up Ethan’s cheeks. “Peter? I don’t know. Probably. You know he has a thing for my tomatoes.”

“Uh-huh, yeah. I might have been born at night, but it wasn’t last night. Admit it to Auntie Maggie, you have the hots for the boy, and I think he has a thing for more than your tomatoes.”

Ethan brushed off her speculation with a wave of his hand. “Maggie, you’re crazy. That man’s some kinda high-powered muckety-muck downtown. He’d never know I lived in Wisconsin if I didn’t have the best tomatoes in the market.”

Ethan studied the forming crowd, their sounds echoing through the building. “It looks like it’s getting busy, I’d better check to make sure I got everything from the truck.”

He embraced her again and trotted out the side door to his pickup. I’m not ready to talk to anyone about my feelings about Peter.





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Bio:
Jon Keys’ earliest memories revolve around books; with the first ones he can recall reading himself being “The Warlord of Mars” and anything with Tarzan. (The local library wasn’t particularly up to date.) But as puberty set in he started sneaking his mother’s romance magazines and added the world of romance and erotica to his mix of science fiction, fantasy, and comic books.

A voracious reader for almost half a century, Jon has only recently begun creating his own flights of fiction for the entertainment of others. Born in the Southwest and now living in the Midwest, Jon has worked as a ranch hand, teacher, computer tech, roughneck, designer, retail clerk, welder, artist, and, yes, pool boy; with interests ranging from kayaking and hunting to painting and cooking, he draws from a wide range of life experiences to create written works that draw the reader in and wrap them in a good story.

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