Friday, October 12, 2012

Welcome Passionate Cook Ute Carbone

Ute Carbone

Over the past number of years, my husband has developed a passion for growing tomatoes. I can’t say I mind much, the end result is a crop of beautiful plums and big boys that we turn into marinara and bolognaise, with plenty left over for salads and sandwiches.

I love it when simple and delicious meet. Capri salad, the recipe I’ve included in Passionate Cooks, is the heart of simplicity—fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil with a bit of oil and vinegar. A big lot of scrumptious with a few ingredients.

The hero of my romantic comedy, The P-Town Queen, is a chef. No surprise there, I love a man who can cook!

Here’s a bit about the book—

Nikki Silva feels like she’s blown up her life even as her brothers tease her about blowing up a boat called the Mona Lisa. Divorced, funding for her shark research cut off, she’s moved back to Provincetown to live with her father in her childhood home. Nikki hopes to regain herself. She’s written a grant proposal for the newly formed Massachusetts Bay Commission to fund a study that will get her back to the sort of research she loves. The commission is run by her ex-husband Ned, who would rather have a migraine than give money to his ex-wife.

Marco Tornetti wants to turn a hole-in-the-wall Newark spaghetti joint into a trendy bistro. His silent partner, Fat Phil Lagosa, wants to use the place to meet questionable people for questionable business deals.  When Fat Phil accuses Marco of a double cross and has him taken for a ride by one of his hit men, Marco knows he’s in too deep.

Marco escapes the hit man and takes the first bus out of the Tri-state area, a bus chartered by the Greater Teaneck Gay Men’s Choir and headed for Provincetown. Marco  figures that Phil would never look for him in Provincetown‘s gay community. But when he meets Nikki and falls hard for her, he finds that pretending to be gay isn’t as easy as it would seem.

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Happy cooking!

Thank you, Ute for stopping by my blog and talking about our  book and recipe.


  1. Thanks for having me guest Jacqueline. Happy Cooking!

  2. My pleasure, Ute and thank you for joining me. Happy Cooking and wishing you much success.