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A Best Recipe from a Best Friend by Jennifer Scott

May 14, 2015

Last year I read, and adored, THE ACCIDENTAL BOOK CLUB by Jennifer Scott so I’m looking forward to reading her latest novel, SECOND CHANCE FRIENDS.  I’m also thrilled to welcome her here with a fun guest post.

In my newest novel, SECOND CHANCE FRIENDS, four ladies meet at a diner on the day a horrible bus crash takes place. Each of them are there alone, but they continue to come back to the diner to meet. Much of their friendship solidifies in a booth by the window of that diner. Karen drinks coffee. Joanna has a thing for Boston cream pie. And Melinda will forever be haunted by the huge breakfast she’d been eating at the time of the crash.

Friendships and food seem to go together. It is over our late aunt’s famous brownies and our gooey pizza dips and our secret recipe chicken fingers that we have some of our best friend moments. So I thought I would ask my best friend, Sonya, who is an amazing cook, to share with me her favorite meal. We have been best friends since 7th grade, and we live far apart now. But when I read the recipes she sent, it’s almost as if we’re sitting across that diner table from one another—sharing, comforting, bonding, loving. Enjoy!

Sonya’s Crab Cakes
1 Tbsp. Butter
½ Cup Sweet Corn Kernels
1 Cup diced and washed leeks
½ cup yellow onions
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp. basil chiffonade (thinly sliced)
1 Tbsp. chives (or more, to taste)
1 Tbsp. parsley, chopped
¾ cup mayonnaise
½ tsp. Kosher salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
1 ½ cups Panko bread crumbs, divided
2 Tbsp. canola oil
1 lb. lump crab meat

Melt butter in skillet. Add corn, leeks, and onion. Cook for two minutes. Transfer to another bowl. Stir eggs, herbs, and mayo into the veggies. Stir in salt, pepper, and ½ cup Panko. Fold crab meat into the veggies and form 8 crab cakes. Place 1 cup Panko in shallow dish. Coat crab cakes to cover. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Saute crab cakes in batches 1-2 minutes each side. Serve with champagne buerre blanc sauce.

Champagne-Citrus Buerre Blanc sauce
1 cup finely sliced shallots
2 cups dry champagne or white wine
3 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
½ tsp. whole black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. orange juice
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 ½ cups unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine first 8 ingredients in a 2-quart saucepan on medium-high heat. Cook 15-20 minutes or until liquid has almost evaporated. Reduce to low; gradually add one piece of butter at a time, whisking after each addition until melted. Strain mixture through a fine wire mesh strainer, discarding solids. Season with salt and pepper. Makes 1 ½ cups.

Brain Salad
6 cups spinach
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1 red onion, sliced
½ cup chopped pecans
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
4 tsp. honey
1 tsp. curry powder
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste


Second Chance FriendsKaren Freeman, Melinda Crocker, and Joanna Chambers have never met—but every morning they get their coffee at the Tea Rose Diner.  Karen stops in on her way to the office job she’s held for more than twenty years, wondering how her sweet-faced boy turned into a misguided young man.  EMT Melinda fuels up for her days helping others, after nights spent worrying her fear of having children could drive her husband away.  And Joanna, with her long blonde hair and bohemian flair, digs into the Boston cream pie and hides—from her friends, from her family, and most importantly, from herself.

Their paths may have never crossed. But one morning, on the lawn of the Tea Rose, the three women collide during a searing event in the life of twenty-something Maddie Routh. In the nine months that follow, they return to the spot over and over. To discover what it means to be a mother, a wife, a lover, a friend. To find Maddie Routh. And to find themselves.  Despite the challenges they’ve faced, these four women unite to show us second chances do exist, if only we have the courage to see them.

weekend cookingI will link this up to Weekend Cooking which is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2015 7:01 am

    I’m going to look for these! They sound like the perfect antidote to what I’m reading now — Summerhouse with Swimming Pool — which is making me feel sick!

  2. Beth F permalink
    May 14, 2015 7:20 am

    Both these books sound great! I love the guest post. I love making recipes I got from friends and family — makes me remember all the good times. I make a similar strawberry/spinach salad; one of the best spring dishes!

  3. May 14, 2015 7:25 am

    This sounds good. I will look for it also!

  4. May 14, 2015 7:26 am

    The crab cakes and the book both sound delicious!

  5. May 14, 2015 7:26 am

    I get hungry when I read cook books like this. The second book definitely one for me.

  6. May 14, 2015 7:52 am

    Great post! I haven’t read this author before but this book sound right up my alley!

  7. Patty permalink
    May 14, 2015 8:46 am

    This book is on my must read list!

  8. May 14, 2015 9:00 am

    YUM! and the book sounds like wonderful.

  9. May 14, 2015 11:18 am

    I want to read this book! And I will give the crab cakes a try, too. Tell your friend thank you for the recipe.

  10. May 14, 2015 12:02 pm

    This is my kind of book! The recipes (Brain salad!) sound wonderful.

  11. May 14, 2015 3:14 pm

    Those crab cakes sound like something my mom would love!

  12. May 16, 2015 3:37 pm

    Definitely going to make those crab cakes, and love that Champagne sauce!

  13. May 16, 2015 4:08 pm

    So glad the brain salad didnt include brains! Cheers from Carole’s Chatter!

  14. May 16, 2015 6:10 pm

    Hadn’t heard of this author before. Will have to add these books to my TBR list. Yum, crab cakes :).

  15. May 17, 2015 8:38 am

    I love crab cakes. Love them. That recipe looks so good and that salad as well. I’d leave out the onions, but everything else is wonderful. Yep, will have to read the book. Does it come with samples of the recipes above? LOL

  16. May 17, 2015 12:28 pm

    Hi Kathy and Jennifer,

    I love crab cakes and this recipe sounds delicious, so say “Thanks” to Sonya for me!

    I love the sound of the book as well, as I particularly enjoy character driven stories, so it has been duly added to my ‘Want To Read’ list.

    I shall definitely be on the look out for a copy for review, on my travels.

    Great post 🙂


  17. May 17, 2015 12:33 pm

    I’m going to pin this post, this meal sounds fabulous. The book sound good too, I’m going to be looking for those.

  18. May 18, 2015 6:23 am

    Sounds like a delicious meal to share 🙂

  19. May 20, 2015 12:27 pm

    I copied the recipe for the Brain Food. It sounds different but good. I also like the sound of both books.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    May 24, 2015 5:38 pm

    Great guest post! I can’t wait to read her new novel either!

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