Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Recipes 'n Reads:Author Marsha R. West's Yummy Pot Roast Recipe and Mystery Novel, COMPROMISE, AND JQ's New Release!


Recipes 'n Reads Series
Guest author Marsha R. West

What a great blog post today! Two important features:

***My guest is mystery author and friend, Marsha R. West.

***I am announcing my new release, Your Life with Jesus: How to Spark Memories and Write Your Spiritual Memoir is now available in eBook and paperback! Find out all the details after Marsha shares an mmmm--good recipe and her romantic suspense novel, COMPROMISE, below.

Your Life with Jesus: How to Spark Memories and Write Your Spiritual Memoir
J.Q. Rose


Series by mystery author Marsha R. West

Let's welcome mystery author Marsha R. West to the Recipe and Reads series which is scheduled every third Wednesday of the month. Marsha shares her favorite recipe and the reasons why she chose this particular one. And Marsha has brought along one of her mysteries, COMPROMISE, with twists and turns that will keep you reading! If you enjoy stories with mature protagonists, then you will be delighted with Marsha's stories.

Welcome Marsha! Thanks for sharing your recipe and book with us today. Your dish is one of my favorites! Please, tell us all about them!

Thank you so much for inviting me to stop by, J. Q. As it turns out cooking and eating play big parts in my books. But for today’s post, I chose the crock pot roast, potatoes and carrots that Kathy, the daughter of my heroine in COMPROMISE, makes when she invites her mother Jessica to her home. Kathy has an ulterior motive. Because of the “accidents” that have happened to Jessica, Kathy, her husband, and her sister want to convince Jessica to stop protesting the use of Worley Construction, the company Jessica holds responsible for her husband’s death five years ago. Comfort food like pot roast can go a long way to soften up a person.

Now this is actually a meal I prepared in a crock pot for many Sundays when our daughters were young. We’d come back into the house after church and oh, my, the yummy smells. Then we moved away from eating so much beef. Hope you will try this recipe and you’ll give COMPROMISE a try, too. It’s my Hallmarkish type book with a murder on page two!

The recipe below is from Cooking Professionally, an online site where I find lots of recipes. Originally, I made the roast the way my mother told me—a little of this, a little of that. Taste and add what’s needed. My mother was a great cook. I thought you might need something a little more specific. LOL I did use this recipe just a week ago when we had a cold front come in. The roast was fall-apart-tender. Enjoy! Thanks again, JQ.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Slow Cooker Pot Roast


• 3/4 cup low-sodium beef broth

• 2 tablespoons tomato paste

• 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

• 1 tablespoon cornstarch

• 1 pound small potatoes, scrubbed and halved

• 3 carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into 2" pieces (I use baby carrots)

• 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1/2" wedges’

• 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced• 4 cloves garlic (I used tsp of chopped garlic)

• 1 sprig rosemary (I use dried)

• 1 (3.5 pounds) beef chuck roast

• Kosher salt to taste

• Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Step 1

In the bottom of a slow cooker, whisk together broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire, and cornstarch. Add potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, and rosemary.

Step 2

Season beef with salt and pepper, then nestle into vegetables. (I put the roast in the bottom and the veggies on top.) Cover and cook on high until roast is fork-tender, 5 hours (or 8 hours on low). (I did 5 ½ hours on high.)

Step 3

Thinly slice roast and arrange on top of vegetables on a platter. Skim fat from extra juices in slow cooker and drizzle over top. Serve warm.


Marsha R. West
Romantic Suspense
Back of the Book

Widowed, shopkeeper, and transplanted Texan Jessica Allen fights to protect the green in the New Hampshire town of Tidbury, settled by her late husband’s family. New Hampshire of the beautiful fall leaves, picturesque Christmases, and sometimes brutal winters. She’s angry to learn developers plan to use Worley Construction, a company she holds responsible for her husband’s death. When a member of the board of selectmen is murdered, family and friends encourage Jessica to run for the seat. Will threats force her to compromise her principles?
Developer Jeff Hudson wants to build a retirement center on the Tidbury Green. Despite Jessica’s opposition, he believes he can convince her of the need for the center and that its place on the green will leave plenty of room for all of the town’s activities. But has he partnered with an unsafe builder? How much money will he lose if he breaks the contract to please Jessica? Her position on the board of selectmen may cause a conflict of interest and force them apart. Will more people have to die to save the green?

Will Jessica be forced to compromise to find her second chance at love?

Thanks for being my guest, Marsha. I will definitely cook this. Sounds so tasty and tender. I already know I loved COMPROMISE! 

Click here to download the eBook or to order the paperback edition of COMPROMISE 

About Marsha R. West

A retired elementary school principal, a former school board member, and theatre arts teacher, Marsha R. West writes Romance, Suspense, and Second Chances. Experience Required.

Author Marsha R. West
The theme of her ten books is second chances, including a 4-part series titled The Second Chances Series. She believes in Happily Ever Afters. Her husband picked up a plaque for her on one of their several trips to Maine that states her philosophy exactly. Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it’s not the end. The Heroines and Heroes in her books are in their 40s and 50s with their parents and children often playing supporting roles.

She has her own weekly blog and monthly newsletter. Her e-books can be found on Books to Read—which lets you choose your format— AMAZON, B & N, KOBO, iTunes, and other sites. Print books are also at Draft 2 Digital, Indie Lector Stores, and Amazon. 

Sign up for her Newsletter by clicking the link here NEWSLETTER MRW Press LLC (list-manage.com) 

Connect with Marsha online:

Author website to find all of her books with links and her blog

Twitter  @Marsharwest



I am thrilled to announce my eBook, Your Life with Jesus: How to Spark Memories and Write Your Spiritual Memoir, is now published! The paperback will be available soon.
So, you're probably wondering what this book is about and how it can help you. Read on.
“Topic aimed at women from a Christian perspective.”
“Content engages the reader to recognize the power of her own stories.”
Your Life with Jesus
J.Q. Rose
“Biblical references with prompts are excellent.”

The purpose of this Christian-based book, Your Life with Jesus, is to spark memories of your life experiences so you can use them when writing your spiritual memoir. This book guides you in penning your sacred story and invites you to journey into a deeper faith experience.
Part One of the book includes information on ways to ignite your memories and tips on writing stories readers will want to read. Part Two suggests forty topics for journaling. Each topic, designed to awaken your life experiences, is accompanied by a verse from the Bible and a writing prompt. Not every topic will resonate with you. Select the ones that stir you.

This book will open your heart to know God is speaking to you as you pray, plan, remember, and compose your stories.

Take the time now to create your spiritual memoir. Download your copy so you can preserve those special memories of Your Life with Jesus

Click here to download the eBook at amazon.com
Click here to download the eBook from major digital booksellers. The paperback edition will be available soon!

Thank you!!


Marsha said...

Hey, JQ. Thanks so much for having me. What a fun series this is. Congrats on your latest release. I'll be sure to share with my friends. Happy Thanksgiving. :)

J.Q. Rose said...

Hi Marsha, You are always welcome here. Glad you came to share that pot roast recipe and your book! Thanks and a Happy Thanksgiving to you!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I bet I could just do the veggies and then add veggie beef pieces near the end.

Helena Fairfax said...

Hi Marsha and JQ, what a great idea for a blog series. I loved your recipe, Marsha. It reminds me of a similar one my mum used to make, and leave on low in the oven. I can just smell it now :)
Wishing you both a happy Thanksgiving!

Marsha said...

Hey, Diane. I'm sure you could do that. I used a whole roast, but if you used cut up pieces that would work. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Marsha said...

Hey, Helena. I agree. JQ has hit on a great blog theme. Yes, the roast, pots, and carrots are good eating, but the aroma is maybe even better. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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