PINE NUT-APPLE-CRANBERRY SALAD WITH BACON-WRAPPED GOAT CHEESE

Have I mentioned I really like goat cheese? No? Well, if it isn’t obvious yet, it’s bound to become so the farther out I take this blog. In fact, as I was putting together this salad, I wondered if anyone has made a cheesecake using goat cheese in place of cream cheese. Now that. . . Okay, back on track. This salad tasted amazing–and was eye-pleasing too! 8 oz goat cheese, sliced into 8 pieces and formed into 1/2″ thick squares 8 slices bacon (I almost always use turkey bacon) 1 tbsp olive oil 6 cups romaine lettuce, torn 1/4 cup pine nuts 1/4 cup pistachios 1/4 cup Craisins 1 crisp red apple, diced 1 avocado, sliced thin 1) Cut each bacon strip in half; wrap goat cheese in bacon using two halves for each piece to make little “packets” 2) Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat; place bacon-goat cheese packets seam-side down in pan; cook approximately 3 minutes each side; remove from stove and gently transfer to a plate and let “set” while you put the salad together 3) Divide lettuce between 4 plates; scatter pine nuts and pistachios over lettuce; place 2 pieces of bacon-wrapped goat cheese on salad (yes, the picture shows 3–Junior wasn’t home so his portion was divided between Senior and Junior Too); scatter Craisins, apple, and avocado over salad; serve with dressing of your choice (we used Ken’s Steakhouse Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette); Enjoy! Serves: 4

THE UNVEILING ~ AVAILABLE ON AMAZON

The Unveiling, Book One in the new Age of Faith series is now available at Amazon. To read an excerpt, visit Amazon or my website: www.tamaraleigh.com

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12TH CENTURY ENGLAND: TWO MEN VIE FOR THE THRONE: KING STEPHEN THE USURPER AND YOUNG DUKE HENRY THE RIGHTFUL HEIR. AMID CIVIL AND PRIVATE WARS, ALLIANCES ARE FORGED, LOYALTIES ARE BETRAYED, FAMILIES ARE DIVIDED, AND MARRIAGES ARE MADE.

For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind—to avenge her brother’s murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith. But when she holds his fate in her hands, her will wavers and her heart whispers that her enemy may not be an enemy after all.

Baron Wulfrith, renowned trainer of knights, allows no women within his walls for the distraction they breed. What he never expects is that the impetuous young man sent to train under him is a woman who seeks his death—nor that her unveiling will test his faith and distract the warrior from his purpose.

DREAMSPELL COVER CONTEST

The cover of DREAMSPELL, my medieval time travel romance, is up for “best cover” at In D’Tale magazine.

Dreamspell: A Medieval Time Travel Romance

Dreamspell: A Medieval Time Travel Romance

For those who would like to vote, here’s the lovely link: In D’Tale Magazine

STEALING ADDA, my first inspirational novel, featured on Edgy Inspirational Romance

Stealing Adda: An Inspirational Romance

Stealing Adda: An Inspirational Romance

Today, Serena Chase features STEALING ADDA on Edgy Inspirational Romance. My hero, Nick Farnsworth, is her pick for “My Book Boyfriend.” Here’s a peek at what she had to say: “If you like chick-lit romance and have been missing it, check out this novel ASAP… and Nick! (PS: The updated Kindle version is only $2.99 on Amazon! Money well spent!) Be prepared to laugh out loud and to let your heart get tugged a little, too. You’ll also enjoy some particularly awesome kiss scenes and be glad for the tastefully edgy way Tamara Leigh pens desire.”

To read full article: Edgy Inspirational Romance

To read an excerpt: Stealing Adda