Maureen Lang's Sunday Chicken


 Maureen Lang writes stories inspired by love of history and romance. An avid reader since childhood, she started at a very young age to write the stories she wanted to read. Before publication she won RWA’s Golden Heart and ACFW’s Genesis, and her published books have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, a Holt Medallion, and have finaled in the Christy, Rita and Carol Awards. She is also a member of the disability community since her son was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome when he was an infant. Maureen lives in the Midwest with her husband, children and Labrador retriever. Visit with Maureen at
Maureen's Latest Book Release: All in Good Time

Can one impatient woman with a dream to provide a refuge for women in need melt the heart of an impervious, stingy banker?

Dessa Caldwell has a dreamto open Pierson House, a refuge for former prostitutes in Denver’s roughest neighborhood. But after exhausting all charitable donations, Dessa still needs a loan. Her last hope hinges on the owner of Hawkins National Bank.

Henry Hawkins has a secrethe owns the most successful bank in town, but his initial capital came from three successful stage coach robberies. Though he’s Denver’s most eligible bachelor, to protect his past, he’s built a fortress around his heart that no one can penetrate . . . until the day Dessa Caldwell strolls into his bank requesting a loan.

Though he’s certain her proposal is a bad investment, Henry is drawn to Dessa’s passion. But that same passion drives her to make rash decisions about Pierson House . . . and about whom she can trust. One man might hold the key to the future of her mission—but he also threatens to bring Henry’s darkest secrets to light. As the walls around their hearts begin to crumble, Henry and Dessa must choose between their plans and God’s, between safety and love.

Maureen's recipe for Sunday Chicken

Here’s a recipe my brother David calls his “Sunday Juicy Chicken” which he prepares before leaving for church, then finishes when they get back. (He’s a lot more comfortable leaving his oven on and unattended than I am! Is that a guy thing?)

Large Roasting Chicken, about 5 lbs.
1/4 cup butter, melted
Italian herb seasoning mix
Celery salt
Garlic powder
2 carrots, cut in 1” pieces (no peeling necessary)
2 celery stalks, cut in 1” pieces
1 small to medium onion, quartered
½ lemon, cut in four pieces

Rinse chicken and pat dry; brush with melted butter, then seasoned with Italian herb seasoning mix, celery salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stuff chicken cavity with carrots, celery, onion, and lemon. After filling bird cavity with the above, lace or skewer closed. Place bird breast side down on rack in open roasting pan. Do not cover, as this will cause the bird to cook faster.

Place in 300º oven for one hour and 15 minutes, then turn the bird over, breast side up, and increase oven temperature to 350º. Continue baking for 20 minutes longer for skin to brown. Remove bird, enjoy the meat, then use carcass and vegetable “stuffing” to make chicken stock, as follows:

Chicken Stock Bonus Recipe:
Place vegetables/lemon and chicken carcass in stockpot (break carcass into pieces). Add enough water to cover the carcass, then cover the pan and simmer for 2 – 4 hours. Drain and reserve liquid for broth, discard the carcass and vegetables/lemon. Chicken stock can be used for soup, gravy, or in place of water in sauce recipes for extra flavor.

June Foster's Catalan Pot Roast


 June Foster is a retired teacher who travels full time with her husband in their RV. Her adventures provide a rich source of information for her novels. She grew up in El Paso, Texas but moved to the magnificent northwest after she retired from teaching. She penned her first novel on her Toshiba laptop in 2010 as she and her husband sailed along the interstate. Now June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. Her novel Ryan's Father will be available from WhiteFire Publishing in January 2014.

June's Latest Release: Deliver Us

The young fraternity man who coaxed Jillian Coleman upstairs that night is only a blur in her memory. Now she lives with the unrelenting guilt that she aborted her baby. God might forgive her, but she can't forgive herself. As Bellewood's premier gynecologist, she hopes to open the Jeremiah House to offer teen girls an abortion alternative. Though the handsome and successful Dr. Jett Camp wants to marry Jillian, he believes her plan is a waste of her skills. 

Riley Mathis spent ten years in jail for dealing drugs. Now as a Christian, he's trying to put his life back together. Working as a janitor at night, he attends college by day. When he meets Dr. Coleman, he recognizes her from the sapphire necklace she wore the night he stole something precious from her. When she confesses the choice she made to abort her baby, Riley can't tell her he's the father of her child. Purchase the book HERE.

June's Recipe for Catalan Pot Roast

This recipe comes from my Aunt Gina who just passed away in January at age 93. I have made this recipe over and over so now I have it memorized. It's easy and tastes like a gourmet dish. 
Serves 8-10 

1/4 teaspoon marjoram
1 tablespoon minced parsley
2 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon powdered cloves
4 tablespoons olive oil
4-5 pound rump roast
1 green pepper (chopped)
2 onions (chopped)
2 cups canned tomatoes
1 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice.

Make a paste of the herbs, salt, garlic and spice. Beat in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Rub this into the meat on all sides and let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Heat remaining olive oil in large pot. Add meat and brown on all sides. Add green pepper and onions, and cook about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, orange juice and vinegar. Cover and cook over lowest heat for 3-4 hours. Remove meat and thicken sauce if desired with a teaspoon of cornstarch. Serve with boiled or mashed potatoes.