Guest Post - Dinner For Two by Eileen Griffin #NewRelease #Recipe #Excerpt

A huge thank you to Kristen for hosting me on her blog today J

In Dinner For Two, head chef Tony Mancinni prepares a special dish of Pasta Puttanesca that he hopes to share with Sonia after they've tackled the problem of saving the dinner party she’s planned for her boss and his shareholders. Even though Sonia admits the pasta is delicious, she’s hungry for more than just pasta once she gets Tony all alone. Not wanting this fabulous recipe to go to waste, I’ve copied it here so that everyone can enjoy it for a nice romantic dinner like Tony and Sonia enjoyed… or you can skip it and go straight to dessert ;)

Pasta Puttanesca Recipe
Serves 4


2 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup minced onion

3 cloves garlic, chopped

3-4 canned anchovies, chopped

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 Tbsp small (non-pariel) capers

3/4 cup pitted olives (black or green), roughly chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 pound spaghetti


Olive oil for drizzling

1. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep saute pan. When the oil is hot, sauté the onions until they're soft and translucent, about 4-5 minutes. While the onions are cooking, stir in the chopped anchovies along with some of the oil from the can. Add the garlic and cook another minute.

2. Mix in the tomato paste  and cook it for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, chili pepper flakes, and olives. Turn the heat down to a gentle simmer.

3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When you add the spaghetti to the boiling water to cook, add the capers to the sauce and continue to simmer it gently. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, to al dente, cooked but still slightly firm.

4. Drain the pasta and put in a large bowl. Drizzle a little olive oil over the pasta and mix to combine. Stir the parsley into the pasta sauce. Add a ladle's worth of sauce to the pasta and mix to combine. Serve in shallow bowls with more sauce on top.

5. Serve with a really rich wine, like a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Zinfindel, that can stand up to the spicy flavors of the sauce and enjoy!
Dinner For Two
by: Eileen Griffin
Genre: Erotic Romance
Length: Romance On The Go – Short Story
Published: December 17, 2013
Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Sonia Davenport has dreams of coordinating and planning special events. When she’s given the opportunity to plan a dinner for her boss and his shareholders, she jumps at the chance to make everything perfect. Helping her plan the special night is the head chef of the restaurant, Tony Mancinni, who is not only charming but goes out of his way to make Sonia feel special during the entire planning process.

The dinner party almost turns disastrous when an employee mixes up the orders and sets out the wrong food. In a mad rush to save the dinner, Sonia and Tony realize their attraction to each other when things heat up in the kitchen. However, Tony has to convince Sonia that he wants more than just an extra set of hands in his restaurant – he wants her to stay the night so he can convince her to stay for good.
Tony gently rubbed his finger along her bottom lip. "I had hoped everything would be perfect tonight because I wanted to impress you. When you came in for brunch that first Sunday and laid out your plans, not only were you beautiful, but you had a detailed description of what you wanted. On the catering side of things, you have no idea how attractive that is. Then, when you came in for your tasting, I didn't think I was going to make it through the afternoon without asking you out. But I have a strict rule: Don't date the clients until after the function is over. So I waited. Do you have any idea how hard it was to wait?"
Sonia shook her head slightly, then let her lips part. Instead of replying to him, she slid her tongue out to meet his finger, gently caressing the tip. He hissed in a breath, his eyes fixated on her tongue and lips. Feeling emboldened by his words, she leaned closer and drew his finger deeper inside her mouth, wrapping her lips around it as she laved it with her tongue.
"Sonia," he whispered. "You're so beautiful. But I didn't ask you up here for this."
She leaned back, his finger sliding out of her mouth. All the nerves and doubts she'd felt earlier were replaced by a heat that was coursing through her. She'd felt it all night in the kitchen with him and it was stronger now that she knew he wanted her as badly as she wanted him.
"I'm glad you asked me up here, Tony. But if we're being honest with each other, I think dinner can wait. You see, I've lost my appetite. For food, that is."
Eileen Griffin lives in the Southwest but loves to travel and has spent many summers crossing Europe with nothing but a backpack on her back. She enjoys TexMex, lives for good wine, and has a certain penchant for purple unicorns. She loves reading all genres of books, but her current obsession is writing M/M with lots of boykissing.

2 Responses
  1. Thanks for having me on your blog today :) ~Eileen

  2. Thank you for the awesome recipe. Gotta try that.

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