July 27, 2011

Wednesday's Chow - Land of Enchantment Salsa

The Priceless Gift by Anna Kathryn Lanier


Gavin Holloway was a leg man and the legs standing beside the information desk had more than his attention on alert. A short skirt showed off nearly all of her sexy, lightly tanned legs and molded the cutest ass he’d seen in quite a while…not since he’d been with Lynn on that cruise in June.

He adjusted the Stetson on his head and stepped further into the small municipal airport waiting room. He was fifteen minutes late and hoped Jacob’s sister didn’t mind the delay.

Michael Martin Murphey sang Two Step 'Round The Christmas Tree through the overhead speakers as Gavin scanned the waiting area decorated with holiday greenery. The other six occupants were either male or too old to be the woman he’d been sent to pick up. His eyes landed on the long-legged blonde. She had to be Christina Scott.

His boots pounded out a tattoo as he crossed the concrete floor. The attendant behind the information desk turned his way, an appreciative look in her eyes. Gavin tipped his hat but turned his attention to the blonde. The familiar scent of lilac swirled around him. He closed his eyes briefly and thought of Lynn. Shaking his head, he pushed away the memories and concentrated on the present.

“Christina Scott?” he asked a moment later.

She turned and his back stiffened. It couldn’t be.


Hazel eyes widened in surprise. “Oh, my God. Paul?”

She threw her arms around his neck and hugged—tight. He wrapped his around her waist and held her
close, the feel of her body against his awaking memories he’d relived many a night in the past six months.

Her lips brushed his neck, then she pulled back to look into his face. “What on earth are you doing here?”


When I wrote this story, I left out a bit of the Christmas atmosphere. I believe my editor wanted me to add a carol playing in the background. But, it’s a western, so I went looking for something ‘westerny’ and found Michael Martin Murphey’s song and added it to the story.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Denise gave me a cookbook, THE ALL AMERICAN COWBOY COOKBOOK: HOME COOKING ON THE RANGE, which I’m really trying to decide if I’m going to keep or give away as a prize some day. In the meantime, I’m scouring it for interesting recipes. And guess what? It has a recipe in it by Michael Martin Murphey, the above named singer.  Sok, yeah, I had to put in the excerpt and hook ya'll into the story, then post Michael's recipe.  See below the recipe for a chance to win a copy of THE PRICELESS GIFT.

Michael Martin Murphey, singer/songwriter


2 onions, chopped
5 large cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 16-oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 10-oz can chopped hot green chilies or
10 large fresh chilies, roasted, peeled and chopped
3 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt


Sauté onions and garlic in oil until soft. Add tomatoes and chilies and simmer until thick. Add cumin and salt to taste. Cool and serve. Freezes well. Makes approximately 6 cups.

CONTSEST: I’ll give away a copy of THE PRICELESS GIFT (ebook) to those who leave a comment, and include telling  what the “Land of Enchantment” is. I know this without looking it up, cause I used to live there (hint). I’ll draw for the winner on Friday.


Anonymous said...

I have The Priceless Gift, so I don't need to be in the drawing, but I love this salsa recipe...just got to find the chili's...I think my grocery store has them roasted already...I'll check today...Thanks, Anna!

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Hi, Tess. Yes, I'd need to find them roasted already, too. But if you do do it yourself, be sure and wear gloves when you peel and chopped...getting the juice on your hands, and possibly into your mouth or eyes is not good!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Ah chihuahua, I'll bet that's hot, but it sounds perfect for my family. Thanks for sharing! I have your book also, Anna Kathryn, so don't count me in on the drawing.

Ilona Fridl said...

Hi, Anna!

Loved the excerpt! The recipe sounds delicious. I have to try it.

Becky said...

The Priceless Gift sounds like a great story. I will have to give this Salsa a try. I think the Land of Enchantment is New Mexico.

dragonfly said...

Great excerpt, Anna Kathryn, It made me want to read more.
I used to go to the SW Writer's Conference every year in Albuquerque and loved to try the salsas. One year I ate green salsa (salsa verde) on just about everything and took jars home. The next year I returned and the salsa verde nearly took my head off. The locals explained that the heat of the peppers depended on the amount of rain. Wow! Hot stuff. I do love to go to the Land of Enchantment but I haven't been for quite a while. Good luck on your writing career.