Brenda Jackson Makes White Chicken Chili [VIDEO]

Bestselling author Brenda Jackson dishes on her career, her marriage, and her cooking in Harlequin’s new video series, Books & Cooks. (Photo courtesy Harlequin Books, YouTube)

We know our readers love two things: a great read and a delicious recipe. Apparently our friends over at Harlequin realized this is the perfect pairing too, because they recently launched a new Web series called Books & Cooks, which pairs one of their bestselling authors with a culinary expert. In the first installment, actress and singer Princess Elmore teaches New York Times bestselling novelist Brenda Jackson to make her yummy white chicken chili.

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Jathan and Heather’s Split Pea Soup [RECIPE]

Jathan and Heather's Split Pea Soup
Our updated split pea soup is heartier and silkier than the original. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Time has a way of changing things, including some of our tried and true recipes. A decade after publishing our original split pea soup recipe, we have improved upon the classic by adding more herbs, fresh veggies, and a reserved ham bone which lends our revised version an even silkier texture and robust flavor. Perfect for any time of year, this recipe makes for a hearty lunch or light supper, and goes perfect with a grilled cheese sandwich or tossed salad. Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Taco Soup [RECIPE]

Try something new for taco night this winter. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

One of our favorite kitchen gadgets is our slow cooker, especially when the weather is cool. This recipe uses lots of pantry staples to make a delicious, spicy soup that will warm your belly and thrill your taste buds. Best of all, you don’t have to slave over a hot stove to make it!

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Simon Fairfax’s Pasta Schizophrenica [RECIPE]

(Photo courtesy Simon Fairfax)

Simon Fairfax, author of the new Medieval saga that begins with A Knight and a Spy 1410, is not only a very capable writer, he also knows his way around a kitchen. He received this recipe from “Alice’s” (the Contessa’s) mother (see our recent interview for details), who calls it Pasta Schizophrenica, as it turns out differently each time! The good thing is, like so many typical Italian dishes, there’s really no right or wrong when preparing this dish, hence the name. In essence, this is very simple and quick to prepare, and can be made in about 10 minutes. “But you must use good quality, fresh ingredients,” Simon says. “This recipe includes what works on a regular basis. However, you could use no basil or more pepper; passata rather than chopped tomatoes; pasta instead of gnocchi; sliced pancetta rather than cubed; etc., etc. Well, you get the picture! Pork, especially wild boar—Cinghiale—is very popular around Tarquinia/North Lazio and features in many dishes.” We hope you enjoy this recipe, as written and photographed by Simon himself. —J&H

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Gillian Harvey’s After School Sugar Cookies [RECIPE]

Gillian Harvey's After School Sugar Cookies
After School Sugar Cookies are a busy parent’s best friend. (Photo courtesy Gillian Harvey)

Writer Gillian Harvey is a busy woman. Not only is she the author of the upcoming Everything is Fine (which you can pre-order now before it hits US bookstores in January), but she is also mom to five adorable, energetic kiddos. So when we asked her to share one of her favorite recipes, it came as no surprise when she offered up this one for her after school sugar cookies. After all, what parent doesn’t need a quick cookie recipe in their culinary arsenal? We hope you love baking up this batch of sweet goodness with your little ones! —J&H

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