The Way To A Man’s Heart

Guest Blogger-Luanna Stewart

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!

Luanna2_LRsmallWe’ve all heard the saying, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. Well, in my husband’s case, it was true. Or at least one of the ways to his heart. I also have a love of the outdoors (we went back-country camping on our honeymoon) and I play a mean game of cribbage.

My mother-in-law was a good cook of the meat and potatoes variety, but there wasn’t much variety. She had a dozen dishes that she cooked well, and she didn’t experiment. So when hubby and I started dating, and he’d come to my house for supper, he was in for a treat. I still lived at home, and my mom and I would whip up a feast. We were always trying out new cuisines and new recipes, and quite often hubby was the guinea pig. He did not mind at all.

I still love to cook and am always on the hunt for something new. Our two boys were eating suppers from many ethnicities when their friends were eating chicken fingers. Not that there’s anything wrong with chicken fingers, we ate our fair share of those too. (Both boys went through a phase where the food had to be brown. I grew tired of oven-roasted potatoes very quickly.)

To this day hubby says he’s the luckiest husband around because he comes home to a gourmet meal every day (he does the clean-up), and there’s always dessert.


Luanna Stewart has been creating adventures for her imaginary friends since childhood. As soon as she discovered her grandmother’s stash of romance novels, all plots had to lead to a happily-ever-after.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Luanna now lives in Maine with her dear husband, two college boys and two cats. When she’s not torturing her heroes and heroines, she’s in her kitchen baking something delicious.

Writing under the pen name Grace Hood, she has two novellas published with The Wild Rose Press. Now she is excited to have a book published under her own name with Entangled Publishing.

Luanna’s website:


PortraitOfAGirlFinalPortrait of a Girl:

When her wealthy art dealer father died, Heather James was expecting a fortune. Instead, his bank account was empty and Heather’s working in a bakery, wondering exactly what happened to her father’s millions…until someone tries to kill her.

Tony Simons is on the trail of an art theft cold case that’s practically giving him frostbite. He’s hoping that by sticking close to Heather—the daughter of his deceased prime suspect—he’ll find the answers he needs. Instead, he’s finding himself distracted by a gorgeous woman who drives him crazy in every way imaginable…

Now Tony’s in serious trouble. Even if Heather can’t—or won’t—tell him where the stolen paintings and money are, she may well have stolen his heart.

And now someone wants her dead…



Do you like to cook or bake? And do you make tried-and-true recipes or do you experiment? Leave a comment. One lucky commenter will receive a $5 Amazon gift card.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

50 thoughts on “The Way To A Man’s Heart”

  1. Maria Karniewicz says:

    I like to cook a big complicated meal when I have time. I love trying new recipes especially since there’s nothing my husband won’t eat (except blue cheese). My boys are more “I’ll eat what I know” so rarely try my experiments. I enjoy baking the most around the Holidays. That, they don’t have a problem trying new creations!

    1. Oh yes, with enough time and no one bothering me, I love to create a feast. I’m with your husband on the blue cheese front – just too intense for me. And yet I love parmesan cheese. Holiday cooking is my favourite too. I have a few old family recipes for cookies and other treats that I make every year, and then I try a few new things, just for variety.

  2. Mary Preston says:

    I like to cook & bake if I am not rushed. It’s not fun then. I tend to stick to recipes that I know well.

    1. I’m the say way, Mary – I don’t like to be rushed. Back when we had kids playing sports I either relied on the slow cooker, or a few tried and true recipes that I knew could be on the table in 30 minutes. Now that the boys are in college, I don’t have that time constraint and can take my time. Which means some days we’re dining quite late, hehe.

  3. Jess dimovski says:

    I love to cook new dishes on the fly

    1. A kindred spirit! I’m always discovering new recipes I want to try. Last evening I made carrot-ginger salad dressing – delicious!

  4. TrishJ says:

    I love to bake and try new recipes! I even take pictures of the result. So far only a few look like the magazine or cookbook picture. They taste good tho. So I guess that makes me good at baking, not presentation.

    1. Trish, I feel your pain at the picture taking. Food bloggers definitely have some tricks up their sleeves, because my food pictures NEVER look that good. Although, that could be because I’m using my phone camera, hehe.

  5. Mary Pitre says:

    Yes, I love to cook and bake also like to try different recipes and experiment on my own with different foods.

    1. I love to experiment too, Mary, but usually with a recipe in front of me. I’m fairly good at combining veggies and herbs on a whim, but most things–let’s just say I’m more comfortable with some guidance. My family is happier too, hehe.

  6. Good morning! Thank you for inviting me, Rebecca. I had a lot of fun remembering how I trapped–erm–got to know my husband.

  7. Lori Meehan says:

    I like to cook and love to experiment with different thing in the kitchen.

    1. Another fellow experimenter! My computer file of recipes I want to try grows daily. I’d have to be in the kitchen all day to make even a dent in my “to-be-baked” list.

  8. I’m right there with you, Luanna. My husband grew up with plain chicken and tough over-cooked steak (in the oven, gah!). I introduced him to seasonings and herbs and other concoctions while we were dating in college, and am still experimenting today. Just like yours, my kids are spoiled with good food and used to ask, “Are you going to make the REAL Mac-n-Cheese tonight or your stuff?” REAL to them was the stuff in the box. Blech.

    Anyway, your book is downloaded and waiting to be read. I can’t wait to dive in. Congrats on this wonderful release! I look forward to reading many more books by the wonderful Luanna Stewart 😉

    1. Oh yes, the debate over home made vs boxed mac and cheese. I’m happy to say that the boys prefer the home made version, now that they’re older. Although, it could be that ANYTHING cooked my mom would be preferred over what they throw together while at college, hehe.

  9. Luanna, I envy you your love of baking. I struggle to bake anything and gave up years ago on pie crust. My hubby has adapted, but don’t tell him yours gets dessert every night, please!

    1. I think it’s genetic, Susan. I was raised by a baker, who was raised by a baker, etc. Growing up, we always had dessert after every supper and I’ve just continued that tradition. Believe me, it’s as much for my benefit as for anyone’s, hehe.

  10. Nina Pierce says:

    My husband is a trooper. I’ve fallen in love with the Food Network and I’m always trying new things. Some of them work. Some of them don’t. But he eats them anyway. (Well except the asparagus apple enchilidas … but we won’t go there.) Your book sounds wonderful! It’s already on my to-be-read list. I love romantic suspense stories!

    1. I’m happy to say my failures in the kitchen have decreased over the years. I’ve gotten pretty good at judging whether a recipe will work for me. Those things that don’t quite work I eat anyway and hopefully learn from my mistakes. My hubby is also a trooper, or he’s so hungry he’ll eat anything, hehe. Though probably not the asparagus apple enchiladas.

  11. Donna says:

    Experimentation in the kitchen is always more fun. The only problem is trying to recreate an experiment that was particularly good!

    1. Donna, yes! I made a particularly scrumptious macaroni and cheese using a variety of cheeses, but all I can remember was that one of the cheeses was fontina.

  12. Janhvi says:

    I don’t cook much but I love to bake! Cookies and brownies are my speciality 🙂

    1. Baking is my passion, Janhvi. I especially like trying new cookie recipes from different cultures around the winter holidays.

  13. Judy Contino says:

    I love to “play with my food” and am always open to trying something new. After all, you can’t know if you’ll like something unless you try it. I like to bake too, but don’t often because baked goods are my downfall. I like them too much!

    1. Yes, Judy, I understand your baking conundrum. Now that the kids are off to college for most of the year it’s up to hubby and me to finish the cake, or the cookies, or the brownies. I could freeze some I suppose, but then I’d just bake something else, and pretty soon the freezer would be full. I usually “take one for the team” and make sure nothing goes stale, hehe.

  14. Timitra says:

    I like cooking and experiment on occasion

    1. I’ve always enjoyed cooking, Timitra. Some of my earliest memories are of playing with food in the kitchen.

  15. Teri Linscott says:

    I absolutely LOVE to bake! I like to cook, too… But not usually the stuff my family likes. I don’t think they’ve ever turned down my baked goodies, though! Lol

    I can’t wait to read your book. It looks awesome!

    1. Isn’t it funny, Teri, how no one ever says “I won’t like it” when offered a new type of cookie or cake? But do something different to the potatoes and they become poison.

  16. Martine says:

    I cook everyday and I bake twice a week. On the weekends I experiment using my leftovers or old recipes. My husband likes his food fresh daily so cooking is okay because it saves us money. Expermenting using what’s in the pantry and in the frig helps us cut down on grocery shopping.

    1. That’s how I approach it too, Martine. I see what’s in the fridge and pantry, and come up with something edible. I think we definitely save money, and there’s very little waste. Hubby takes leftovers to work for lunch, or if there’s a lot left over, I freeze it and we have it for supper a couple weeks later. I was brought up to be frugal, and part of that was making what we could at home, be it cookies or furniture.

  17. Kerry says:

    I love to bake but my mum was a great cook make a meal out of any thing

    1. I prefer baking too, Kerry. I have a real sweet tooth. And I love to make my own bread.

  18. Rosemary says:

    I love cooking from scratch I come from a family of seven six girls and one thing we had to learn was cooking. Now my son love to experiment in the kitchen & I’m the guinea pig.

    1. It’s great, Rosemary, that your son likes cooking. My oldest does too, and likes to try new recipes. But he also likes the things he grew up eating so he’s always asking me for a recipe for this or that.

  19. bn100 says:

    try different recipes

    1. Happy cooking/baking, bn100!

  20. Marilyn Lugner says:

    I enjoy trying new recipes – particularly when company is coming for supper!

    1. Marilyn, I love to try new recipes when company is coming. Sort of risky, but no flops yet!

  21. Laurie Evans says:

    Hubby did NOT choose me for my cooking skills, ha ha. Although I am a good baker. So he does most of the cooking now.

    1. Hi Laurie! Having a husband who cooks is a good thing. My hubby does the cooking on Sundays.

  22. patricia wright says:

    i love to cook put things together and season it besides baking cakes,bread,muffins, pizza. make our own broth useing the bones of chicken,beef, and veg.

    1. Patricia, I really should start making broth from the bones of our roasts, but it just doesn’t occur to me at the time. I’ll put it on my to-do list.

  23. Emily Allen says:

    I’m not much of a regular cook, though I do like to play with recipes and or take different ingredients and play around. My true love is backing. In fact I do most of the backing in my home.

    1. I know you like to bake, Emily! It’s what I have the most fun doing, and I especially like eating the fruits of my labours, hehe.

  24. Jennifer says:

    I prefer baking over cooking and often use the family favorites when baking but am a little more adventurous with cooking, liking to change up ingredients just to see what will happen.

    1. Tried and true recipes are always good – you know they work, and you know everyone likes the result. The five types of cookies I make every year for Christmas are those types of recipes – most of which have been in the family for generations. I think it’s easier to be adventurous with cooking – you don’t have to be quite so exact with measuring for one thing.

  25. Charly says:

    UPDATE: The winner of the contest for the $5 Amazon gift card is Rosemary. CONGRATS! I’ve sent your information to Luanna.

    1. And I have sent the gift card to Rosemary – Congratulations!!

      Thank you everyone who dropped by for a visit. Thank you, Charly, for your stellar organizing. And a huge thanks to you, Rebecca, for letting me be a guest on your blog.

  26. Joan says:

    I like to cook and bake . I’ll find a new recipe and sometimes I change it up , thinking this or that would be good in it also . Sometimes it goes out the door .HA ,no one will eat it . I do like to experiment at times .