We’re Texan. We Bring Food. It’s What We Do by BA Tortuga – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes back BA Tortuga who is visiting with us today.

We’re Texan. We Bring Food. It’s What We Do.
Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and the person voted most likely to bring food to any possible emergency.

You see, I’m a Texan.

Wedding? I bring food.

Illness? I bring food.

Death in the family? Lots of food.

Kidnapped baby? OMG, call the Ladies’ Auxiliary. That requires a metric shit ton of food.

Honestly, Southerners are obsessed with pot lucks and Texas cookin’ is one of the greatest things you’ll ever experience (I would kill from my stepmom’s homemade tortillas right now).

Food features hugely in my stories, and in Trial by Fire, it’s set outside my hometown and I let those beloved folks that I grew up with tell me what all they brought to the ranch when the shit hit the fan.

They responded with recipes.

Grape Jelly Meatballs

1 big jar of grape jelly
1 bottle Heinz chili sauce
1 bag frozen meatballs

Dump these in the crockpot and stir. Low for 6 hours.

Chicken Spaghetti

1 lb. spaghetti noodles, cooked
1 lb. cooked, cut up chicken
12 oz Velveeta cut up
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can RoTel
1 can mushrooms
1/3 c milk
1 c. shredded cheddar

Heat up chicken, cheese, soup, RoTel, mushrooms and milk until melted. Add spaghetti noodles and mix. Put in a greased 9×13 pan. Top with cheddar cheese.

Cook at 350 for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Pie

4 tablespoons cocoa
3/4 cups sugar
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks, beaten slightly
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon of butter
1 unbaked 9-inch piecrust

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

In a saucepot, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, salt, egg yolks, and milk.

On medium heat, cook while stirring until it bubbles and thickens, about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter.

Poke holes in the piecrust with a fork and bake it until it’s brown, about 20 minutes.

Pour the chocolate custard into the baked pie shell and bake 10 minutes. Serve cooled with whipped cream.


I have to admit, I’m starving now and I’m thinking about making chili for supper (that recipe’s not up for sharing, sorry. You want some, come on and visit. I’ll cook).

Much love, y’all.


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When his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, Aussie cattle station owner Lachlan McCoughney rushes to Texas to rescue their infant daughter, Chloe. He expects to find his niece living in squalor with the Sheffields, a rodeo family.

Instead, Lachlan finds Holden Sheffield, a salt-of-the-earth cowboy running a huge business operation. They want to explore their mutual attraction despite the many problems thrown their way, and together, they must find a way to give Chloe a new family and find a love that spans thousands of acres and two continents.

See our review here.

About the Author: Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds and her beloved wife, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has heard the call of the high desert and lives in the Sandias. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head. Find her at her website.

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