Guest post and Giveaway: The Bride Wore Chocolate by Shirley Jump

Posted 26 June, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Blog Tour, Giveaway | 14 Comments

Today, we welcome Shirley Jump, author of THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE, to the blog as part of the Kismet Blog Tour. This is one of those books that made me hungry, made me crave chocolate and other sweeties (I’m easily influenced when it comes to sweets, I’ll admit). Luckily, Shirley’s kind enough to share a couple of yummy-sounding recipes with us. I’ve got to try that Lemon Garlic Chicken and, hey, I even have a dutch oven!

Oh, hey! Don’t forget to enter the fabulous giveaway

THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE (Recipes with Romance #1) by Shirley Jump
320 pages, ebook
Available now
Publisher: TKA Distribution

Life couldn’t be more perfect for Candace Woodrow. Her gourmet gift basket company is thriving, and she’s set to marry steady, dependable Barry. There’s just one wrench in the fairytale. Two weeks before her wedding she wakes up in the wrong man’s bed. Candace thinks she’ll be able to run out the door and forget all about Michael Vogler, but the Boston millionaire has other plans for the jittery bride.

As the wedding approaches, Candace’s life is further complicated by a thrill-seeking grandma and a meddlesome mother whose marriage track record rivals Elizabeth Taylor’s. She attempts to drown her sorrows in chocolate, but with a sexy bachelor appearing on her doorstep at every turn – she finds herself wondering if there’s enough of the sweet stuff in the world to stop her heart from racing every time he comes near.

*Special bonus material: Recipes written by the characters inside!*
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When I’m on deadline, my meals are usually one of two things—take-out, or five-minute wonders. Meaning, I can throw it together in five minutes and then not worry about it. My favorite cookbook for that right now is Michael Symon’s 5-in-5. It’s chock-full of quick, easy recipes (5 ingredients, 5 minutes of prep). I’ve sort of tweaked one of his recipes, and had great success with it with my family, which is where this GO-TO EASY LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN came from:

6 boneless chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup red onion, minced (or shallot; I never have shallot on hand)
2 lemons, juiced and zested
¼ cup parsley, chopped
Olive oil

Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Drizzle olive oil over the bottom. Trim the chicken thighs, then sprinkle each side with salt and pepper. Layer in the pan, and cook until browned on either side—about 6-8 minutes per side. Add the garlic and onion, cook for 30 seconds, then add ¼ cup of water and use a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan. Add the lemon juice and zest, cook for another minute, then add the parsley and a small drizzle of olive oil to complete the sauce. Serve with steamed vegetables—broccoli, zucchini, carrots, asparagus, all pair well with this.

That’s it! Easy and quick 🙂 And if that’s not easy or quick enough for you, keep the local pizza place on Speed Dial. 🙂

Another easy one I like (especially for lunch), is jazzed-up Ramen Noodles. I LOVE Thai food, and this is a quick and easy substitute.

One package Ramen Noodles, cooked according to package directions

Pinch cayenne pepper or ground red pepper flakes
1 wedge lime
1 scallion, minced
1/4 cup cilantro, minced
fresh veggies like green beans, optional

Make the Ramen noodles. Add remaining ingredients. Stir. Eat. LOL. It doesn’t get any easier than that! And it’s really good and tastes fresher than just the plain old Ramen.

Tell me, what’s your favorite quick and easy recipe? Any that would work for stressed writers under deadline?

We have a fantastic giveaway accompanying this tour! Up for grabs:
1)  Two (2) Le Creuset Heart-Shaped Ramekins
2)  One (1) Le Creuset Square Covered Casserole
3)  100$ Amazon/iTunes/B&NGift Card (your choice)
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About Shirley Jump
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women’s fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners.

Look for her new and improved re-released Sweet and Savory Romance series, including the USA Today bestselling book, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE, on Amazon, and her Sweetheart Sisters series for Berkley, starting with THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN and continuing in April 2014 with THE SWEETHEART RULES. Visit her website at or read recipes and life adventures at

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14 Responses to “Guest post and Giveaway: The Bride Wore Chocolate by Shirley Jump”

  1. Love the lemon chicken recipe! I love to cook, but during the week I have no time, so my cooking is restricted to weekends!

  2. I’m miserable at cooking, MISERABLE, but I feel like even I could probably make both of these. Score. I lived off Ramen noodles in college, and surprisingly, I still haven’t tired of them. So salty and delicious:) Thanks so much for sharing these Shirley!

  3. The chicken recipe looks really good, and I have boneless breasts in the freezer. I can see this young lady’s problem… She can’t make up her mind… A steady guy or a life of fun, fun, fun. Hell,

  4. I love love books which have recipes or descriptions of food of some sort. They usually make me thoroughly hungry, but I love them more so when they play a significant part in the story too. Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes with us! 🙂

  5. I’m vegetarian but I love the Ramen one. I use to make Ramen w/ butter and soy sauce. It sounds weird but it’s pretty good. I hate cooking so the easier, the better!

  6. Love these recipes! I’m a huge fan of anything I can prep in 5 minutes 🙂 And I even have a dutch oven so it’s perfect! This sounds like a cool story, thanks for introducing me to it!