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Friday Feast | Crock Pot Chili and a New Book by Nancy Lee Badger

I'm delighted to introduce my very first guest in the Tavern for Friday Feast! Please make welcome my friend and talented author, Nancy Lee Badger! Not only does she have a delicious recipe to share, but she also has a new book release, Heaven-sent Flame. I'm eager to try her recipe and her new book!


A Message from Nancy Lee Badger

I know. It is officially spring in the southern United States, but we have been through a long hard March and April. A little comfort food goes a long way to brighten the day. With the Coronavirus pandemic raising its ugly head and with our stove disconnected (3 months!) I had to resort to my toaster oven, microwave, crock pot, or take-out. This is a recipe which I use for my 4-quart electric crock pot.

1 ½ lbs. hamburger, cooked, chopped, drained (I use 80/20)

1 28 oz. can petite diced tomatoes

1 6 oz. can tomato paste or puree

1 10-16 oz. can chili beans or kidney beans, liquid poured off (optional but a good source of protein)

1 or 2 diced yellow onions (my hubby LOVES onions)

1 Tablespoon Cumin

2 Tablespoons Chili powder

Hot sauce, to taste

Add all ingredients to the crockpot and set on high. As it cooks, stir hourly and taste-test. If you want it spicier, add more chili powder and hot sauce. I turn it to low once it bubbles and its ready any time after 4 hours. If you need to leave it unattended all day, cook on low setting. Serve with cornbread. Since my oven wasn’t hooked up (that is a long story!), I served it by adding shredded cheddar cheese on top.

My chili hit the spot and it is featured in my new book, Heaven-sent Flame, when my hero, Sam, takes Marigold to his cousin’s home. Here is a short excerpt:

“These are stainless-steel appliances, a heavy-duty metal. The countertops are carved from granite,” Gwen added. “The green and yellow wallpaper is not really our style, but this is a rental home.”

Marigold sat where Sam pointed and gobbled whatever Gwen had placed in a bowl in front of her. The stew was hot and spicy, like nothing her coven cooked in their pots over a fire pit. The bread was warm and crusty, slathered with butter. She knew the hours it took to churn sweet butter.


An English lass grows up in a Scottish coven only to awaken in a strange new world with sculptures, a handsome man, and a hate-filled demon. Falling in love while saving the world was not the plan!

Heaven-sent Flame is the 3rd book in the Warriors in Bronze series and is a paranormal time-travel romance set in both ancient Scotland and present-day North Carolina. It was released April 22, 2020 by Soul Mate Publishing.

Available from these online retailers


Meet the Author

Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington on New York’s Long Island, where school field trips to lofty museums were the norm. After attending Plymouth State, in New Hampshire, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and met and married her college sweetheart. They raised two handsome sons in Rumney, New Hampshire, where Nancy volunteered as an EMT and firefighter while working full-time. When the children had left the nest, and shoveling snow became a chore, she retired from her satisfying job as a 9-1-1 Emergency Medical Dispatcher and moved with her husband to North Carolina, where she writes full-time.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. She loves to travel and attend Scottish Highland Games and is never far from her laptop. She finds story ideas in the most unusual places.

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