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Shirley Jump

Genre: General Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance

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Could you turn down a devilishly delish dish? Maria Pagliano has never said no to men or carb-laden food—until now. Her 10-year high school reunion is coming up, and she wants to fit into that sexy new dress. But she's about to meet the devil in disguise, the tempting and delectable chef Dante Del Rosso, Jump's title character in The Devil Served Tortellini (Mar., Zebra). Dante sets out to break down Maria's resolve using every culinary trick he's got. Here's a recipe straight from the devil himself:

Dante's Taste-of-Heaven Tortellini Temptation

2 tb. unsalted butter
2 oz. minced ground pork
2 oz. minced ground turkey
2 oz. finely chopped sausage
2 oz. minced mortadella
H c. grated Parmigiano Reggiano
1 pinch grated nutmeg
1 lb. fresh pasta dough, made with your own two hands
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat, watching
it melt while you're thinking of the beautiful woman you want to impress. Add the meats and sauté until cooked thoroughly. Remove from heat, add the remaining filling ingredients, choosing only the best quality for her. If needed, dice additionally in a food processor so everything is even and beautiful. Set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pasta dough (or use a pasta machine) to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Drop H teaspoon of filling along the length of the dough, about two inches apart. Then carefully cut the dough into squares with a pastry wheel.

With a pastry brush or your finger dipped in water, moisten the dough around the filling. Don't overdo this because you want it to be a perfect tortellini circle. Fold the squares into triangles and press the dough to mold around the filling.

Shape into the sexy curves of a belly button with your pinkie, pressing the ends together very well—you don't want this to come undone; much better for her to do that when she eats this delight.

Allow tortellini to rest on a floured tea towel for at least an hour while you cook up something else with the pretty lady at your table. Later, boil in salted water, being careful not to crowd the tortellini.

Serve with a meat sauce and a good red wine. Cap the meal with a kiss and a promise of more dessert to come.

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