Rory Donovan’s life is a hot mess. His marriage is failing and he’s in intensive psychotherapy, working through the unfortunate side effects of memories from a childhood trauma. The only thing good in his life right now is his job—teaching photography to gifted high school students.
Harbor Patrol officer Bennett Foster is co-parenting his teenage daughter with his high school best friend Jessie. When he meets Addison’s teacher and realizes they’ve met before, he can’t get the sexy stranger out of his head.
Striking up a sexual-tension-filled friendship, together they must help an angsty teenager deal with a dying friend. Bennett must keep his little family from falling apart while Rory struggles to come to terms with his new reality. Somewhere along the way, most unexpectedly…love happens.
Rory stops by today with a delicious sounding recipe for Beef and Tater Tot casserole! Gotta say it sounds really good so I might just try this recipe and see if the family likes it. Read and enjoy!
Hi, guys. It’s me, Rory. Some of you know that I was diagnosed with Celiac disease a few years back. I couldn’t figure out why I was so sick all the time until my friend and roommate Rich remembered seeing symptoms like mine before. I had to completely cut out gluten from my diet or suffer a debilitating reaction.
I was pretty useless in the kitchen at the time, so Rich ended up doing a lot of the cooking. Yeah, I know. Eventually I had to put on my big boy pants and learn a few things so I didn’t starve to death. My boyfriend Bennet t found this recipe for me, saying it was perfect for the dudebro I am at heart.
I give you… Ground Beef and Tater Tot Casserole!
I mean, beef? Good! Tots? Good! What’s not to like?
First, you brown ground round and onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring to crumble, then drain it.
After that, stir in peas, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, sugar, cornstarch, salt and pepper, and whatever other yummy gluten free stuff you can think to put in there. If you can find a GF cream of mushroom or chicken soup, dump that in too for a heartier version.
Pour the whole load into a lightly greased 13×9-inch baking dish. Of course, I use my Little Mermaid ceramic one—it’s a prized possession.
Add a layer of cheese—read, the whole bag—then slap a layer of tots on top.
Bake in preheated oven (it’s best if you remember to do that first, ‘cause I never do), at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour until the tots have turned into golden-brown bits of perfection.
The result should look something like this:
Here’s the ingredient list, in case you weren’t paying attention:
1 1/2 lb ground round
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup frozen peas, thaweds
1 1/2 tablespoons gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper
32 oz package frozen potato tots *gotta check for GF*
8 oz package of shredded cheese
Well, I guess that’s the end of cooking gluten free with Rory. Ha! Hope you enjoy!
Dr. Conlan treated me to a rare fond smile, almost motherly in its warmth. “I’m pleased to see you happier than you have been.”
I grinned back, but then my brow furrowed. “Does this make me gay?”
“Does that matter?”
“I don’t know. Should it?”
“I’ll never understand the fascination with labeling things that our society seems to have. To me, sexuality is as intangible as the universe. There’s no way to truly know what’s out there, and how it all relates to everything else.
“As humans, we seek to know, to understand, and somehow we feel that putting things in boxes and labeling helps us do that. But some things are fluid, changing and developing with the tide of the evolution of life. Do me a favor, Rory. Don’t put yourself in a box.”
I was dumbfounded, stunned speechless. I knew I’d remember Dr. Conlan’s words for the rest of my life, and I would try to stay as true to them as I could. “I won’t,” I whispered.
J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them. J.K. is hoping to one day have a little something for everyone, so she’s branched out from m/f paranormal romance and added m/m contemporary romance. Who knows what’s next?
J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives in the country with her husband and young son, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert. In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visit http://www.jkhogan.com.
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