For today’s Tasty Tuesday, how about a delicious pair of squash casserole and a poignant sister’s story about forgiveness and healing? Author Rachel Jones has just the thing for us.
Hi everyone! My first attempt at writing women’s fiction — I usually write full-length contemporary romance novels — debuted in a short story anthology last November. One of the details was to include the mention of a prepared dish that we would share with readers at the end of our stories. I chose a squash casserole recipe that I concocted a few years into my marriage while developing my culinary skills (we will be married 40 years next month). I’ve passed this recipe to family members throughout the years and decided it was the perfect recipe to include in my story about family love.
In A Sister’s Quandary, a life-threatening diagnosis triggers forgiveness between two estranged sisters. Brooke and Sophie spend weeks together as they recover from kidney donor and recipient surgery. While reminiscing, they talk about many things. Among them, the first dish Nana taught them to cook — squash casserole — because Gramps’ garden produced a bumper crop that year. When Betty offered a spot on Tasty Tuesday, I knew this was the dish I wanted to highlight.
Rachel’s Summer Squash Casserole
2 lbs. yellow squash, sliced and cooked
Salt and pepper to taste
1 small onion, chopped
½ cup butter
1 carrot, grated
8 oz. sour cream
10.5 oz. can cream of chicken soup
2 cups cornbread stuffing
1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
In a large pot, cover squash with water. Add salt and pepper. Cook until tender. Drain and mash.
Sauté onion in butter. Add all other ingredients except cheese.
Mix well and pour into a greased baking dish. Sprinkle cheese over mixture.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
A Sister’s Quandary
A life threatening diagnosis triggers forgiveness and healing between two estranged sisters.
Sophie needs a kidney and Brooke wants to provide her with one. But the past is keeping Sophie from accepting her twin’s gift and a chance for a healthy future.
Love Around the Table
Six Southern authors share six great short stories of friendship, family, and romance. Each narrative includes a recipe that the author divulges for readers at the conclusion of her story.
Love Around the Table is an extraordinary book. 100% of the eBook sales go directly to the Ronald McDonald House in Atlanta.
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Award-winning author Rachel Jones is a writer by day and a Labor & Delivery RN by night. A clarinetist for fifty-four years, Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Berry College and taught music in public and privates schools for ten years. Changing her career path in 1991, she received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing from Kennesaw State University. For the past twenty-seven years, she has cared for high-risk OB and laboring patients in the hospital setting.
Rachel’s love of reading romance novels prompted her at age fifty-seven to write her first contemporary romance manuscript. She loves composing stories about strong women and sweet romance. Her books reflect her love of the performing arts and a twenty-seven-year career in healthcare has influenced the threads of medical drama woven into her storylines.
When she’s not writing or working, Rachel loves traveling, sewing and the music enthusiast in her still believes in practicing her clarinet and piano. She lives in Kennesaw, Georgia with her husband of thirty-nine years. They have three adult children and one spoiled Labrador retriever.
Squash, both yellow and zucchini, are favorites of mine. This casserole sounds delicious to me! And the story is intriguing as well. Sisters do not always get along, do they? Maybe most of the time, but not always… Do you recall the Sisters number in White Christmas, the one that Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye pretend to sing dressed up like the original sisters in the movie? What a great scene, and the song itself is right on target. I hope you enjoy the recipe and the story!
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