I write novels of adventure and romance set in the Southwestern United States. The novels touch on local culture, including food.
For my most recent romantic suspense, The Dead Man’s Treasure, I put together a recipe booklet of foods mentioned in the book, including this delightful breakfast classic.
2 bacon strips per person
1/2 cup hash browns per person
2 eggs per person
Salt and pepper to taste
Green chile to taste (or salsa if you can’t find green chile)
1 (8-inch) flour tortilla per person
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese per person
1 thinly-sliced green onion per person (optional)
Red or green chile sauce or chopped chiles (optional)
- Use your favorite method to cook the bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1-2 tablespoons drippings.
- Add the hash browns to the bacon drippings in a skillet at medium heat. Cook until browned.
- Lightly beat the eggs with salt and pepper. Add to the skillet. Mix in the green chile and stir until the eggs are set.
- Divide the egg mixture between the tortillas, spooning it down the center.
- Sprinkle cheese, green onions, and bacon over eggs.
- Fold the tortilla into a burrito. Eat it out of hand, or smother the burrito with red or green chile sauce and eat it with a knife and fork.
- Use crumbled, cooked sausage, cubed ham, carne adovada (pork cooked with red chile), or chorizo instead of the bacon. Try different cheeses. Or make a veggie version with sautéed mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and diced tomatoes.
- For a group, you can let people add their own choice of meat, cheese, and veggie.
- You can make a large batch, wrap each burrito in waxed paper and aluminum foil, and freeze for up to a month. To heat, remove the foil and place the waxed paper-wrapped burritos on a plate. Microwave at 60% power until hot, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Rebecca Westin is shocked to learn the grandfather she never knew has left her a bona fide buried treasure – but only if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. The hunt would be challenging enough without interference from her half-siblings, who are determined to find the treasure first and keep it for themselves. Good thing Rebecca has recruited some help.
Sam is determined to show Rebecca that a desert adventure can be sexy and fun. But there’s a treacherous wildcard in the mix, a man willing to do anything to get that treasure – and revenge.
Action and romance combine in this lively Southwestern adventure, complete with riddles the reader is invited to solve to identify historical and cultural sites around New Mexico. See the DMT page of Kris Bock’s website for a printable list of the clues and recipes from the book.
The first book in the Southwest Treasure Hunters series is The Mad Monk’s Treasure. The Dead Man’s Treasure is book 2. Each novel stands alone and is complete, with no cliffhangers. This series mixes action and adventure with “closed door” romance. The stories explore the Southwest, especially New Mexico.
Maybe she could use the tire iron to smash the brake lights and get some more airflow. She tried to wriggle into a suitable position. The small trunk didn’t give her a lot of room to maneuver. She tapped at the hard plastic of the brake lights a couple of times with no results. She needed a lot more force.
Rebecca closed her eyes, turned her face away, and drew the tire iron back over her shoulder. Holding her breath, she rammed at the light. The force of the blow jolted her shoulder, and the tire iron bounced back, narrowly missing her head. The plastic cracked and a chip flew out, nicking her hand. The majority of the light stayed firmly in place.
Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea. She had enough trouble without injuring herself. If only the trunk weren’t so hot and stuffy. But then, it would be hot outside as well. And she wouldn’t get much airflow from the back of the car, without a vent at the front to draw in outside air.
She sighed and lay back. Nothing to do but wait.
Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods. The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com or visit her Amazon page.
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