Monday, December 11, 2017

Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire by Josie Riviera

Well, how about chestnuts just roasting?

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for roasting chestnuts in the oven:

1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. On the flat side of the chestnut, cut a large X with a sharp paring knife to the skin.
3. Place your pared chestnuts on a shallow baking pan. Roast in oven for 30 minutes and shake pan to rotate chestnuts for even roasting.
Peel chestnuts as soon as they are cool enough to handle, because once they cool completely, they will be difficult to peel.


And, did you know that in Europe, Asia, and Africa, chestnuts are often used as a substitute for potatoes?

In Candleglow and Mistletoe, my sweet romance novella set in the mountains of North Carolina, the hero and heroine stop for roasted chestnuts at a street side vendor.

Here’s the blurb:

Noelle Wentworth doesn’t mind getting away from St. Augustine to fill in at her ailing aunt’s candle shop. A few weeks in Snowing Rock will help her get past the humiliating memory lapse that ruined an important piano concert—and, ultimately, her marriage to her overbearing duet partner.
She’s mentally rehearsing for her comeback performance when the bus she’s riding in slides off an icy mountain road.
And one deep, calming voice emerges from the confusion to slow her racing heart—right before his ruggedly handsome face kicks it back into allegro.
Gabe Waters is usually prepared for anything—as a professional stuntman, his life depends on it—but nothing prepared him for Noelle, the unattainable high school crush whose bravery saved him from more than just a bully’s flying fist. There’s no hint she recognizes him, but Gabe knows that face, those eyes…and he sees something that wasn’t there before. Distrust and apprehension.
Their unexpected attraction kindles something as warm and sweet as a holiday candle. But the weight of their pasts could turn the promise of love to ashes.

Candleglow and Mistletoe is also available in paperback and audiobook.

Check out the video here.

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

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  1. I need to try a chestnut. Never have. Thanks for sharing, Josie.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Margaret.

  3. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Now I just need to find some chestnuts.

    1. Kathy,
      You should be able to find them at any grocery store. Hope that helps and enjoy!

  4. Thanks for this, Josie! It's been years since I've roasted chestnuts!