Somehow, food and romance often seem to be associated. “A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou” (Omar Khayyam) dates back to the 11th century, and I’m sure people were enjoying those particular pleasures long before that!

Food and wine definitely feature in my books, so I’m sharing some of my characters’ favorite recipes.


Bad-Boy Cocktail (from Sex on the Slopes)
Beef Kabobs (from Dare to be Dirty)
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes (from Blue Moon Harbor Christmas)
Chicken Fajitas (from Love Me Tender)
Chicken Paprikash (from Gentle on my Mind)
Cheese Puffs / Gougères (from Come Home With Me)
Chocolate Cake (from The Firefighter)
Chocolate Chip Happy Face Pancakes (from Yours, Unexpectedly)
Chocolate Soufflé (from Bound to be Dirty)
Chocolate Walnut Squares (from Finding Isadora)
Crepes Suzettes with Grand Marnier (from Body Heat)
Dark Christmas Cake (from The Naughty List)
Dolmades (Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves) (from Touch Me)
Double-Chocolate Brownies (from Champagne Rules)
Egg Rolls (from Hot in Here)
Eggnog (from Unwrap Me)
Fajitas (from Love Somebody Like You)
Fire and Ice Cocktail (from Sex on the Slopes)
Greek Chicken Casserole (from Stand by Your Man)
Greek Salad (from Fly Close to the Sun)
Grilled Salmon with Rice Pilaf and Cabbage Salad (from Sail Away With Me)
Hawaiian Coconut Pie with Lime and Rum (from Sex Drive)
Heat Wave Cocktail (from Heat Waves)
Hidden Salmon (from His, Unexpectedly)
Lasagna (from Ring of Fire)
Lebanese Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce and Pine Nuts (from Some Like it Rough)
Linguine Alfredo (from The Dirty Girls Book Club)
Maple Glazed Salmon (from Love, Unexpectedly)
Meat Loaf (from Caribou Crossing)
Nanaimo Bars (from Men on Fire)
Pollo al Limone (Lemon Chicken) (from She’s on Top)
Quinoa Salad (from Finding Isadora)
Raisin Pie (from Holiday in Your Heart)
Rasperry-Oat Muffins (from Fly Away With Me)
Sex on the Beach Cocktail (from Sex on the Beach)
Sex on the Slopes Coffee (from Sex on the Slopes)
Shrimp, Mushroom and Avocado Salad (from Sex on the Beach)
Slippery Slope Cocktail (from Sex on the Slopes)
St. Nick’s Hot Chocolate (from Unwrap Me)
Strawberry Shortcake (from Home on the Range)


“Blue Moon Harbour Christmas” in Winter Wishes
Body Heat
Bound to be Dirty
Caribou Crossing
Champagne Rules
Come Home With Me
Dare to be Dirty
Dirty Girls Book Club
Finding Isadora
Fly Away With Me

Fly Close to the Sun
Gentle on my Mind
Heat Waves
His, Unexpectedly
Holiday in Your Heart
Home on the Range

“Hot Down Under” in The Firefighter
Hot in Here
Love Me Tender
Love Somebody Like You
Love, Unexpectedly
“Too Hot to Handle” in Men on Fire
Ring of Fire
Sail Away With Me
Sex Drive
Sex on the Beach
Sex on the Slopes
She's On Top

“Private Eyes” in Some Like It Rough
Stand by Your Man
Touch Me
“Unwrap Me” in Unwrap Me
“Tattoos and Mistletoe” in The Naughty List
Yours, Unexpectedly


Portrait of chick lit author Susan Lyons, in a hot pink window



The HEART of Cooking, a book containing over 170 recipes from over 130 authors. Proceeds benefit Snap4Kids

Susan has a recipe in The HEART of Cooking, a book containing over 170 recipes from over 130 authors. Proceeds benefit Snap4Kids. The organization’s mission is assisting families of children with special needs, especially the physically challenged, in helping their child reach his/her maximum potential through information, referral, education, and modest grants for medical and therapeutic equipment. For more info, and to order see here.