February 7, 2019

a recipe from 'playing house'



When I briefly moved to Texas, I noticed a bunch of restaurants selling kolaches. Curious, my mom stopped by one of the stores and came with a few for us to try. We were a little surprised to discover that these were sausages wrapped in a yeasty dough, kind of like pigs in a blanket, rather than what we were used to having at home.

As a Nebraska girl (and one with family roots in the Wilbur-Claytonia area) I was familiar with the Czech dish. Pictured to the right, they use that same yeasty dough, though instead of being filled with savory sausages, they are topped with preserves like a danish (only not quite so sweet). The prune are my favorite.

While writing "Playing House," I included a scene where the heroine, Bailey, stops by her sister's with a bag of breakfast and coffee. Since they're Texas girls, I decided to have them dine on this savory dish while they gossiped about the state of their relationships.

I shared the excerpt of that scene on Tuesday (click here to read it) but you can try the recipe out for yourself.

Make Your Own Kolaches

Ingredients

1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3-4 cups all-purpose flour
Sausage links, preserves

Directions

1. Dissolve yeast into warm water and let stand for 10 minutes.

2. Scald milk on stovetop. Add butter and sugar. Allow to cool.

3. Add in salt and egg. Combine with yeast mixture. Stir in flour 1 cup at a time, kneading. Dough will be somewhat sticky, but it will come clean from fingers. Leave dough to rise until doubled in size (about one hour).

4. Cut dough into strips and wrap around sausage to make Texasstyle kolaches. Or roll into small balls and flatten, making a deep impression in center to fill with preserve of choice. Rise for 1 hour.

5. Bake on lined pan for 15-20 minutes at 375 F.


She’s a work in progress, and he’s a fixer upper.
Sparks fly when Bailey meets Wilder on the set of a home-improvement TV show.

Click here for more information about Playing House.


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February 4, 2019

#teasertuesday: an excerpt from 'playing house'


The past two days had been nothing short of spectacular. Even though Bailey knew this was temporary, she’d probably replay some of those moments forever. 

See? Thinking like that proved she needed a hard reality check from her sister. Otherwise, she was setting herself up for disappointment. 

Armed with two cups of coffee and sausage kolaches, she was about to ring the bell when the front door swung open. Her hand froze over the buzzer and she came face-to-face with a man she’d never seen in her life.

“Uh . . .” 

She stepped back and double-checked the numbers over the door in case she’d lost her mind and landed on a stranger’s front porch. Nope. She was in the right place. Who the heck was this guy? What was he doing on her sister’s porch with his fly undone and shirt half-buttoned? And why wasn’t he Felix? Not that Bailey wanted to see Felix’s washboard abs. Or lack of them—she hadn’t really considered what he was working with under those work shirts. But he was the one who should be doing the walk of shame from her sister’s house at this hour. Not some stranger.

Her heart sank. Had something happened between Paige and Felix? Wilder said Felix was making a trip back to Houston for the weekend to visit his parents. The last she’d heard they were going strong. If everything was fine, then . . .

Paige suddenly appeared behind Mr. Six-Pack. Wrapped in a robe, her messy hair was a tell-tale sign she’d just pulled herself out of bed. She offered a welcoming grin even as Bailey’s eyes turned to slits.

“What a nice surprise.” Her eyes traveled to Bailey’s hands, and her grin grew even brighter. “You brought breakfast.”

“Enough for two. Sorry.” Bailey directed a quick glare at her sister’s guest, who was still standing around half dressed. “I didn’t realize there would be a third.”

Check back on Thursday to get my recipe for Texas-Style Kolaches!


She’s a work in progress, and he’s a fixer upper.
Sparks fly when Bailey meets Wilder on the set of a home-improvement TV show.

Click here for more information about Playing House.


***Let's take this relationship to the next level. Join my Facebook Reader Group for in-depth discussion on everything from books to our favorite binge-watches. Follow me on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for day-to-day shenanigans. Subscribe to my monthly newsletter AND score a free copy of one of my books as my thanks to you. You can also find me on Amazon and BookBub.***