Grandma Sophie’s Banana-Walnut Muffins by Peggy Jaeger

When private investigator Joshua Keane is hired to protect chef-lebrity Kandy Laine from a stalker, it’s a recipe for home cooking…and hot loving! Mix a dash of The Bodyguard with Top Chef Masters, toss in a handful of colorful and scrumptious relatives, add a cup of heart-stopping danger and a pound of delicious, romantic tension, and you’ve got Cooking with Kandy, the first book in Peggy Jaeger’s Will Cook for Love romance series.


1 ¾ cups all purpose white flour, sifted
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk (whole is best for baking)
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1-2 overripe bananas, mashed (should yield ¾ cup total)
1 cup chopped walnuts for topping


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray, preferably a brand used for “baking.”

In a mixer, combine all the dry ingredients, then add the wet.

Mix until moistened completely- the batter will not be smooth.

Depending on the size of the muffin tins you use, fill each 2/3 of the way from the top and then top with enough walnuts to almost cover

Once oven is heated, bake on the center rack ( so the nuts don’t burn) for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from tins. Serve warm with butter.


Sugar and spice and everything sexy make the perfect recipe for romance in this brand-new series by Peggy Jaeger. Look for exclusive recipes in each book!

Kandy Laine built her wildly popular food empire the old-fashioned way—starting with the basic ingredients of her grandmother’s recipes and flavoring it all with her particular brand of sweet spice. From her cookbooks to her hit TV show, Kandy is a kitchen queen—and suddenly someone is determined to poison her cup. With odd accidents and threatening messages piling up, strong-willed Kandy can’t protest when her team hires someone to keep her safe—but she can’t deny that the man for the job looks delicious…

Josh Keane is a private investigator, not a bodyguard. But with one eyeful of Kandy’s ebony curls and dimpled smile, he’s signing on to uncover who’s cooking up trouble for the gorgeous chef. As the attraction between them starts to simmer, it’s not easy to keep his mind on the job, but when the strange distractions turn to true danger, he’ll stop at nothing to keep Kandy safe—and show her that a future together is on the menu…