Passionate Cook Sharon Kleve Shares a Romantic Menu

Besides writing, cooking is my passion and I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. A few years ago we remodeled it and now I have a large kitchen that inspires me to do even more.

A couple weeks before our sixteenth year wedding anniversary this year instead of going out I created a romantic dinner for two. We drank a couple glasses of chardonnay and looked longing into each other eyes. My husband says that’s cheaper than an upgrade on a diamond ring. Ha ah!

I thought I share the rest of the dinner menu, minus the looking into each other eyes; you’re on your own with that one.

Lip Smacking Pork Roulade is a main dish in the Passionate Cooks cook book. Below are the two side dishes I served with it.

New Red Potatoes with Parsley


  • 1 (1-pound) new red potatoes
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Wash and cut the new potatoes into quarters and dry.
  3. Put the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and new potatoes in a bowl and toss.
  4. Add salt and pepper and toss again.
  5. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the potatoes in a single layer.
  6. Chop the bunch of parsley and set aside
  7. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until tender.
  8. Put alongside the Pork on a pretty platter and top with the parsley.

Sautéed Garlic Broccoli


  • 1 (1-pound) fresh, washed and dried broccoli
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon of butter
  • 4 large finely chopped cloves of garlic
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat the olive oil and butter in a large non-stick pan
  2. Add the garlic and slowly soften it, but don’t burn it.
  3. Add the broccoli and sauté until tender.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cut the lime into quarters.

Put alongside the Pork on a pretty platter and top with lime juice.

Find out more about Sharon Klev and the The Corny Myers Series on her website at

Book One, FLAMINGO BLUES, Available Now!

Book Two, BE MINE, Available Now!

Book Three, KLUTZY LOVE, Available Now!

Cooking with Passion

I was excited to learn that my recipe was included in the Passionate Cooks cookbook which will be available as a free download from AllRomance /Omni Lit. In a few weeks, you can get your copy and try out some dishes by your favorite romance authors. (I’ve had a sneak peek and the recipes are great.)

My entry is Second Chance Tortillas. This is a hearty breakfast that can carry you through a busy morning of errands and your shift as mommy chauffeur without having to refuel until a late lunch. Usually though as I’m gathering my ingredients, my mind is far from the grocery store and the cleaners.

The romantic in me is envisioning a couple waking up late on a chilly morning. Maybe he would pull out that never worn pair of green plaid pajamas that had lain in the drawer for months. Bottoms for him and top for her.

Just something she’d bought when the weather had turned cold one day. Was it last year? Already?

“Are you hungry?” He would ask.

She would only nod, not yet ready to test the strength of her voice.

“I’ll make something.” He would scramble out to the kitchen, thankful that she hadn’t looked at him for too long. What would he say?

She would follow close behind while he assembled his items and tackled the chore of cooking like he was preparing for battle. She would bite back the urge to tell him how to do it right and concentrate on the empty pitcher before her.

Perhaps, she would reach for the rest of the champagne from last night and a bottle of orange juice. Brush against him as he reached for the lone pepper.

“Oh, sorry.” They would chime in unison.

“I thought we could have mimosas like we did when went to San Francisco. Remember?”

He would smile, nodding. He remembered.

There would be a sip of the libation and then he would swipe a crumb from her mouth.

Her hand would meet his as she helped. “Is it gone?” Their fingers would stay intertwined.

And it’s game over for these two. No matter how they lost sight of what was important, they’ve ended up where they began.

But that’s just me…

Happy Reading, Writing and Cooking this week!