Day 6 of the 10-day Countdown!

It’s day 6 of the 10-day Countdown!! Chef Blaine McKinnon is sharing a recipe for his very popular Warm Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Dressing.  

Don’t Forget the Dog is Book 2 of the Dr. Brogan Corkie Matchmaking Doctor series ~ matchmaking at its funniest! May 4 is the big day. Woohoo!


Warm Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Dressing

2 cups peeled cubed beets and sweet potatoes (1 cm cubes)

2 cups coarsely chopped kale with ribs removed

3 tsp olive oil

¼ cup whole walnuts

2 cups cooked hot quinoa

¼ cup crumbled feta

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the beets, sweet potatoes and kale separately with 1 tsp olive oil each. Roast the beets for 15 minutes, then push them to the side on the baking sheet and add the sweet potatoes for another 15 minutes, and then add the kale and walnuts for 5 minutes.


For the dressing whisk together:

¼ cup olive oil

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp mayonnaise

½ tsp minced garlic

salt and pepper to taste

Place the quinoa in the bottom of a bowl. Add the warm beets, sweet potatoes, kale, and walnuts. Top with feta cheese and drizzle with the dressing. Bon appétit!


A bit about Don’t Forget the Dog

Blaine McKinnon, owner and executive chef of an upscale restaurant in Mapleton, has an adorable Old English sheepdog named Tacos. Brogan is roped into dog-sitting Tacos at Blaine’s house. The upside is the spectacular kitchen at her disposal.

Dr. Sabrina Langfield, a newly minted doctor, is in a bind when her mom, Rue, falls and fractures her wrist. Brogan offers to help and does double-duty looking after Tacos and Rue.

Blaine and Sabrina were high school sweethearts but parted ways when Blaine pushed Sabrina to pursue a career. Sabrina hasn’t seen him since, but Rue is a huge fan and frequents his restaurant. Rue’s biggest regret is her part in Sabrina and Blaine’s break-up, and with Brogan’s help, she’s determined to get them back together. It might not be that easy – Sabrina is wary of Tacos and, more pressing, she’s decided to move a four-hour flight away to do five more years of training in emergency medicine.

Will meddlesome matchmaking, Blaine’s persuasiveness, and – don’t forget the dog – Tacos’ sweet nature be enough to convince Sabrina to stay?

Don’t Forget the Dog is up for pre-order. Only 99c on for the e-book! Release day for the e-book is May 4!


Stay tuned tomorrow for more Don’t Forget the Dog fun!