Jessica E. Subject’s Favorite Holiday Recipe Guest Post (Holidays with the Authors)

Jessica E. Subject’s Favorite Holiday Recipe

It’s great to be here at In The Pages of a Good Book to help celebrate the holidays. Thank you to Beckey for having me over! There are many recipes I make every year for Christmastime, some that my mother made when I was a child, and others, like my secret recipe peanut butter cups, that I started making for my own family in recent years.

Today, I’m going to share a recipe for tortière, a meat pie my mother used to make for Christmas Eve. After I moved away from home, I longed to learn to make this meal on my own, but didn’t until many years later. Now, I make it quite often, not waiting until Christmas Eve anymore. Though, I will still make it for that evening.

TortiereRecipe for Tortière

I use store bought pie crusts. But, if you want to make your own, here’s a recipe for the crust…

Pie Crust:

5 1/2 cups flour 1 lbs lard ie. Tenderflake 1 tsp salt (cut lard into flour/salt until well combined using a pastry cutter) 1 egg 1 tbsp vinegar water

Take a measuring cup, gently beat the egg, add vinegar and up to the one cup mark with very cold water.  Slowly pour into dry mix using enough only to moisten the dough until it sticks together into a ball. Divide into six equal portions and wrap for later. If needed refrigerate for 1/2 hour.

Tortière filling:

2 lbs lean ground pork

1 lb ground beef 1 tbsp butter or margernine

1 large or two medium potatoes (cooked and mashed)

1 large onion (chopped into tiny pieces)

2 teaspoons allspice pepper to taste

1 tsp cinnamon

Melt butter in a large skillet, add onions until they’ve turned clear. Add the ground pork and beef until well cooked.  Add the mashed potato and mix well. Add the allspice, pepper, and cinnamon, and mix well. Add enough water to totally cover the mixture and let simmer for a few hours allowing the potato to thicken the mixture. Add more allspice, pepper, and cinnamon to taste. When mixture is thickened (very little water left), divide equally into prepared pie crusts. (I use deep dish pie shells, so I find this mixture is only enough for two pies). Cover with dough and pinch the edges. I always cut a star shape into the top of the pie.    Bake at 425 degrees F until edges are golden brown and pie dough cooked. Usually about 35 minutes. I will undercook one (25 minutes), so I can freeze  it and pop into the oven to reheat without the pie dough getting burned during reheating.

The review for this book can be found here:

JES-AA-BK3-432x648Alien Attraction

Alien Next Door book three

By Jessica E. Subject

Erotic Sci-Fi Romance

ISBN: 978-0994843111

She wants to be more alien.

He wants to be more human.

Born a galaxy apart, will Angela and Chal have a chance at love, or will their extraterrestrial secrets leave them running to stay alive?

Available From:

Amazon US / UK / Canada / Germany / Australia

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Add to Goodreads:

 Alien Next Door series

Related titles:

Alien Adoration (Alien Next Door book one)

Alien Admirer (Alien Next Door book two)


Excerpt (PG):

“We need to talk.”

Tossing the clothes and keys inside, she stood in the entrance, blocking his view of her home. “No, we needed to talk last Saturday, last Sunday, or Monday even. Not today. It’s too late. I get the message. You’ve avoided me all week, because you weren’t away on business. I heard you enough times slamming cupboards, drawers, and arguing with the voices in your head.”

“With my brother.”

“Whatever. Plenty of time to come over and talk.”

She ducked inside and shut him out, but couldn’t quite latch the door, Chal obviously pushing on it from the other side.

“I know what you are.” The words came out in barely a whisper, but loud enough for her to quit fighting him. “I know what that thing is on the floor behind you, and even though it’s giving me a killer headache, I’m still here because, as I said, we need to talk.”

Grabbing the front of his shirt, Angela yanked him inside, and locked the world out. “Fine, what do you know?”


Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica is not reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at and on twitter @jsubject.

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