Jodie Bailey – Recipe for Romance – Part 2 of 2

Shannon here: Jodie Bailey shares her recipe for Salt Potatoes plus a chance to win a copy of her latest Romantic Suspense, Smokescreen. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated August 3 – 5 to enter the drawing. Deadline: August 15th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Jodie:

Smokescreen by Jodie BaileyJodie Bailey

I had never heard of salt potatoes until we lived in upstate New York. They are a downright delicacy up there. In Smokescreen, Ashley and her cousin talk about salt potatoes and they’re a source of comfort in Ashley’s chaos. The salt crusts on the potatoes and makes a texture like you wouldn’t believe. Some people dip them in melted butter, but I never saw a reason to. It seems that everyone’s family makes them slightly different up there, but this is a common recipe:

3-4 pounds of small potatoes
4 quarts of water
1 cup of salt

In a large pot, pour water over the potatoes, then add the salt. (Yes, the whole cup.)
Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat to medium. Boil for 25 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
Drain and serve with melted butter if you’re feeling extra adventurous.

About Jodie: Jodie Bailey writes novels about freedom and the heroes who fight for it. Her novels include 2014 RT Reviewers Choice Award winner Crossfire, from Love Inspired Suspense and the 2015 Selah winner in Contemporary Romance, Quilted by Christmas, from Abingdon Press. She is convinced a camping trip to the beach with her family, a good cup of coffee, and a great book can cure all ills. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs. You can find her on the web at

About the book – Smokescreen: When her life is on the line, Ashley Colson is rescued by the last person she ever expected to see again. Military officer Ethan Kincaid might have disappointed her once in the past, but now he’s the only person who can keep her safe. They’re under the gun to decode top secret files that can save the life of a friend who is in enemy hands. But the killers will pull out all the stops to get their hands on the files…and Ashley. With time running out, can they put aside their past and find the answers that could give them a future?

Question for readers: In Smokescreen, Ashley suffers from panic attacks that have derailed her career, her personal life… everything. Fear can be unbelievabley powerful. Have you ever been afraid to do something you knew God wanted you to do? What did you do?

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10 Responses to “Jodie Bailey – Recipe for Romance – Part 2 of 2”

  • Stella Potts says:

    I have not ever suffered a panic attack of this nature but I can imagine how terrible it would be.

  • Shelia Hall says:

    Yes, file for a divorce because i was afraid I couldn’t make it as a single mom but my parents were a great help with her

  • Susieq says:

    I remember that for a few seconds during our wedding, standing there as we said our vows, thinking that I was putting my trust; my life in this man’s (my hubby to be) hands and feeling a little panicked…then I realized that it actually was in God’s hands that we were putting our trust in and it has been a wonderful 26 years!

  • Terrill Rosado says:

    I think those potatoes would be a hit in my family. There are only certain foods I like with a good amount of salt – French fries and potato chips. Both potatoes, so I should like this, too. 🙂 I have been busy planning my week’s menu, so I’m fitting this in to it, as well.

    In regards to the question about fear, I was told early in my Christian walk that fear doesn’t come from God (2 Timothy 1:7.) I have tried to take comfort in that. If fear does get a stronghold on me, I try to disarm the attack by strengthening myself in God’s truth.

  • Yes. I don’t like being the center of attention and public speaking always scared the daylights out of me. But God gave me a nudge and I’m a public speaker now. I was nervous as all get out at first. Now, it doesn’t bother me at all.

  • Jan Hall says:

    I had never heard of sat potatoes before. I am afraid to try them because of the sodium content. I might like them too much. I have suffered panic attacks. I finally gave in and realized I didn’t have to be in control and do so much for so many different people. It was very liberating.

  • Jodie Bailey says:

    Hope you all enjoy the recipe! And I hear you on the salt, Jan Hall. This is an every-so-often treat for sure. And it’s true… it is all about control. Surrendering to God is hard. It’s the ultimate loss of control, in a way. But it’s the ultimate freedom also.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    I have never suffered a panic attack and I feel sympathy for those who have. Jodie, I have served boiled potatoes for many years, but NEVER with that much salt!

  • Agnieszka says:

    Depends, in times of deep depression I just try to pretend the fear is not existing other times I try to pray or look for a solution or still pretend 🙂

  • I have a winner! Jan Hall won the drawing. I appreciate Jodie for being my guest and everyone else for stopping by.

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