Some people cope with mulled wine or an escape to a tropical island. I, on the other hand, kick on the oven. I'm from a long line of cooks and bakers. While I can hold my own in the spatula wars, I can't hold a candle to my mother or grandmothers. So when nostalgia creeps in, as it does sometimes when the holidays approach, I like to leaf through the old family cookbooks and recall the great times we had together at the table.
In my new release, "Sweet Lies and Mama's Pie," Hannah Drummond heads for the kitchen when she gets stressed. And trust me, there's a lot of stressful moments in this romantic suspense set in Kentucky. Her first moment comes when her daughter Elise suddenly shows up on her brother's command to get rid of the man living with her mother. Since that man is Elise's own secret high school love, "stress" doesn't begin to describe the situation.
The first thing Elise does is open the cookie jar and grab one of her mother's ranger cookies. It just so happens that Hannah uses the same exact recipe as my grandmother. And to honor them both, here it is!