The Arizona Republic

From the Romantic Meals Feed Love's Flame series of articles
February 9, 2000

Author of the Outlander series of historic adventure novels.

    Tuna fish.

    For Diana Gabaldon one little sandwich sparked a romance that has lasted 26 years.

    In 1972, Gabaldon and her husband, Doug Watkins met in the French-horn section of the Northern Arizona University marching band. A Flagstaff girl, she invited him home for lunch one day and found nothing but tuna in the pantry.

    But she made the sandwich to his specifications Bumble Bee chunk tuna, mayonnaise, pickle relish, Roman Meal whole-wheat bread, and served on a colorful plate left over from the days when her parents operated a Mexican restaurant. He was impressed. "This is the first time anyone cared how I like my food," he told her.

    She was 20; he was 21. They began dating and married five years later.

     Gabaldon, who holds degrees in zoology and biology and a doctorate in ecology, writes novels that really can't be described as "romance" but are full of passion.

     Her sexy stories are customarily set in 18th-century Scotland and described with such words as "smart, historical, sci-fi, adventure-romance."

     Her idea of a romantic evening is to watch her husband drag racing, one of his passions. He also works as a developer of commercial real-estate properties.

     Her idea of romance is "anything you do together."

     And her idea of a romantic meal is something that can be prepared ahead "so you can sit around, sip wine and be congenial."

     She recommends her enchiladas rich and spicy: "It makes the blood flow."

Click here to see Diana Gabaldon's recipe for Enchiladas in a page suitable for printing.

Thank you, Lady Lucy, for sharing this article!

© Arizona Republic, 2/9/2000
Reprinted for educational purposes only, and not for profit


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