Friday, March 23, 2018

Cozy Food Friday

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
Book 4 in Liv and Di in Dixie Mysteries
by Vickie Fee

Las Vegas knows how to party, and for once, event planner Liv McKay won’t be entirely behind the scenes. The Dixie gang is in Sin City to celebrate Mama and Earl’s rockin’ Elvis-themed wedding. And between juggling the botched bachelorette party and a problem-plagued soirée back home, Liv’s ready to double down on some fun. 
Mama & Earl’s happily-ever-after seems like a sure thing, but all bets (and nuptials) are off when they get to the Burning Love Wedding Chapel. Their Elvis-impersonating minister has left the building . . . permanently. And even worse, Liv’s cousin, Little Junior, is suspected of his murder. 
With Mama’s happy ending on the table and Little Junior about to lose it all, the stakes are higher than ever. Liv and her best friend, Di, must hit the Strip to find the real killer before he finally plays his ace...


Vickie Fee writes the Liv and Di in Dixie mystery series--humorous cozy mysteries, featuring killer parties and Southern charm. The first book in the series was released Dec. 29, 2015. The second book, It's Your Party, Die If You Want To, was released Sept. 27, 2016 and Book Three, One Fete in the Grave, comes out May 30, 2017 and is now available for pre-order. Vickie is currently at work on the next entry in the series, Til Death Do Us Party (March 2018).

Vickie grew up on a steady diet of Nancy Drew, daydreams and sweet iced tea. Like most people born and raised in Memphis, she didn't tour Graceland until she was in her 30s--and then only as a host to out-of-town guests. She now lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with her husband, John. If she cranes her neck slightly, she can see beautiful Lake Superior from her office window.
After earning a journalism degree from the University of Memphis, she spent many years as a reporter covering small Southern towns populated with colorful characters, much like those in her books' fictional town of Dixie, Tennessee. 

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On To The Recipe!


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Your finished dish will vary in appearance.


1½cups uncooked long grain rice, rinsed until water runs clear
1 20-oz. can crushed pineapple in pineapple juice
13.5-oz. can unsweetened coconut milk
3 tablespoons sweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon red curry paste
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon onion powder 
1 teaspoon great ginger
salt and pepper to taste


Fresh squeezed lime juice to taste
½ cup salted roasted cashews


   Drain can of crushed pineapple. Measure ½ cup pineapple juice. Add 
2½ cups coconut milk. Pour liquids into saucepan and bring to a simmer.

   Stir in pineapple and remaining ingredients (except garnish).

   Bring to a boil, cover, lower heat, and simmer about 20 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked. 

   Take off heat and leave covered for 5 minutes.
   Fluff rice with fork, garnish, and serve. 

Yields: 6 to 8 servings

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How does this tropical rice sounds to you?


Please keep reading to check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56

Both the BB and 56 are from

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading.

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Book Beginnings

Landing in Las Vegas was somewhat akin to touching down in oz.  

My 56

 He never pulled a gun on anyone.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018


 Bargain Cookbooks!

Cookbooks are my new addiction.
I've become a bit obsessed with them.
Sadly, my purse doesn't often allow me to purchase them. I find many for free for my Kindle, and that's great. But what about those precious print books? I find them at such places like Dollar General, The Dollar Tree, even Barnes & Noble on the bargain and clearance tables. Just last week I found several at a library book sale that look brand new! 
Of course, you can also find them online.
My favorite online place to shop for cookbooks is 
The Book Outlet!

(I'm not an affiliate of the Book Outlet. I just love the place!)

Take a look at just some of the 
cookbooks you can find!

Direct from Italy's best chefs and finest cooks, here are authentic recipes that have been treasured and passed down for generations. Each recipe is developed and tested in the test kitchens of the Academia Barilla's own cooking Institute, and each easy-to-prepare dish is bursting with the rich, satisfying flavors of Italy.

List Price:$5.95
Our Price:$2.19 USD
Sale Price:$0.99 USD

Make every meal a celebration of family, friends, and food! New York Times best-selling author Cristina Ferrare has filled this book with more than 150 delicious recipes, personal family stories, and mouthwatering color photos. Not only does she make cooking natural and fun, she also gives you plenty of ideas for smart shopping, stocking a pantry, and using leftovers. Now you can share Cristina's passion for enjoying great food with the ones you love.

List Price:$30.00
Our Price:$4.29 USD
Sale Price:$1.79 USD


Nothing could be easier than baking a cake using a cake mix. And with the helpful hints, decorating tips and easy-to-follow recipes in The Cake Mix Bible , you can create so much more than just an ordinary cake. Inside you'll find recipes for adorable cupcakes, quick and easy cookies and bars, and elegant holiday desserts. With more than 1775 cake mix recipes to choose from, it's easy to bake irresistible cakes and treats that will delight the whole family.

List Price:$29.95
Our Price:$4.39 USD
Sale Price:$1.89 USD


Jamie and Bobby Deen, otherwise known as Paula's Boys, invite you to share some of their delicious home-style eats, whether you gather your family for a weeknight dinner, kick back with friends on the porch, or host something big like a holiday bash. It's all about great food and great folks coming together for a great time. And nothing tastes better than your own home cooking. Now, y'all come eat!

List Price:$24.95
Our Price:$5.39 USD
Sale Price:$2.39 USD

Italian cooking expert Liz Franklin offers delicious recipes inspired by Italy's coffee bars. Liz introduces you to the best way to brew coffee at home, and lists Italian coffee from espresso to caffe freddo. Her recipes start with Cookies and Biscotti, including Baci di Dama (almond biscuits with chocolate butter filling) and Toasted Hazelnut Florentines. Little Pastries are perfect with a long coffee. Try Bocconotti (chocolate and almond cakes) or Crostatine di Frutta di Basco (woodland fruit tartlets). Tarts and Cakes include Torta di Mandorie e Pistachio (almond and pistachio cake) and Crostata di Pere e Cioccolato (chocolate and pear tart)--a great dessert. Finally, Liz's Savory Bites are perfect for a light meal. Try Salatini con Ricotta e Spinaci (ricotta and spinach rolls) or Piadine con Ruccola Taleggio e Pesto (rocket and taleggio flatbreads).

List Price:$15.95
Our Price:$2.69 USD


In Comfort Food Fix, Ellie Krieger presents a healthier take on classic American comfort food - without sacrificing the comfort part. These 150 soul-satisfying recipes include such hearty favorites as meatloaf, lasagna, chicken potpie, crab cakes, and mashed potatoes, but without all the calories and saturated fat. With simple tricks and tips, Ellie serves up healthy delights like delicious sweet potato casserole with just a third of the calories and amazing buttermilk waffles with just a fraction of the fat. With full nutrition information for every recipe and gorgeous full-color photos that are sure to whet any appetite, Comfort Food Fix is the perfect cookbook for healthy eaters with healthy appetites.

List Price:$29.99
Our Price:$3.19 USD

A slow cooker makes it so easy to prepare delicious meals - and now, for the first time, here are 140 simple, scrumptious, and safe recipes developed and tested for anyone who embraces the gluten-free life - or who simply feels it's more healthful to avoid gluten. These dishes offer dozens of satisfying and effortless mealtime solutions for busy families, where celiac disease or gluten intolerance is a concern. Delicious recipes such as Louisiana Crab and Pecan Dip; Apple & Thyme Roasted Chicken; and Vanilla Poached Pears make it easy to eat healthy and are guaranteed to please even the most finicky palate.

List Price:$22.95
Our Price:$3.19 USD


Known by TV viewers as the Mississippi belle whose demure demeanor belied nerves of steel and true culinary skill, America watched Whitney Miller crush the competition and become the first winner of MasterChef Season 1. Now Whitney's long-awaited dream of writing her first cookbook has come true as she shares her favorite recipes and entertaining secrets in Modern Hospitality.
As a little girl in small-town Mississippi, Whitney grew up cooking at the elbows of true masters of Southern cuisine: her mother, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers. From the secret to making perfect, flaky biscuits to the art of whipping up Sunday supper for a crowd, Whitney not only learned how to create much-loved dishes for friends and family but also discovered the most essential ingredient for any meal: hospitality.
In Modern Hospitality, Whitney offers a fresh take on classic dishes passed down throughout generations of Southern women. In addition to providing more than 75 original recipes that showcase regional ingredients and authentic flavors, Whitney also shares her stories of family, tradition, and suggestions for effortless entertaining. Bring a taste of the South into your home with dishes like Oven-Fried Catfish, Shrimp and Sausage with Grits Souffle, Mississippi Cheesesteak, and Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Blondies. With recipes this simple, elegant, and delicious, it's easy to turn any occasion into something special.
List Price:$23.99
Our Price:$3.19 USD

The books about are only 8 of over 1000
cookbooks listed. There are books that cover just about any recipes you could ask for. 

And don't stop at cookbooks. You'll find a wide variety if subjects and genres.
Including cozy mysteries!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018


I felt like taking a little trip today.
So, I called on my friends Mr. Peabody and Sherman to whisk me away in their
Wayback Machine.
We landed 3 years in the past!
This is what was happening on my blog on
March 21, 2015!


The Fourth Tuesday and last Tuesday in March have some wonderful new cozies heading our way!

 The following titles are all 
available for pre-order!

Tuesday, March 24

When a local doctor is found dead in Willow McQuade’s medicinal garden, she must find the killer to clear her boyfriend’s name in this third clever book in the Natural Remedies Mystery series.

Dr. Willow McQuade, owner of Nature’s Way Market & Café, has put the finishing touches on a new medicinal plant garden for Greenport’s annual Maritime Festival and is ready for the festivities to begin. But it’s not all flowers and sunshine at the grand opening, when Willow discovers the body of another contestant, Dr. Charles White, face down in her garden.

Willow’s hunky boyfriend, Jackson Spade, immediately becomes a suspect due to a recent fight with Dr. White. Willow knows she has to remedy the situation, but it won’t be easy with the other applicants’ vendettas and vandals wrecking her garden at every turn. And when she finds buried treasure in her garden that just might belong to the legendary Captain Kidd, the stakes become even higher. Was Dr. White searching for that treasure? Did someone kill him to get to it first? With the help of Jackson and her eccentric ex-boyfriend, Willow follows the clues to uncover the truth that someone wants buried…

But can she dig up enough evidence before she becomes the killer’s next victim?

Tuesday, March 31

Her instincts may be killer--but can she catch one this wicked?

After losing her job as a TV psychic, Lee Barrett has decided to volunteer her talents as an instructor at the Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts--known as "The Tabby"--in her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts. But when the school's handyman turns up dead under seemingly inexplicable circumstances on Christmas night, Lee's clairvoyant capabilities begin bubbling to the surface once again. 

The Tabby is housed in the long-vacant Trumbull's Department Store. As Lee and her intrepid students begin work on a documentary charting the store's history, they unravel a century of family secrets, deathbed whispers--and a mysterious labyrinth of tunnels hidden right below the streets of Salem. Even the witches in town are spooked, and when Lee begins seeing visions in the large black patent leather pump in her classroom, she's certain something evil is afoot. But ghosts in the store's attic are the least of her worries with a killer on the loose. . .

Kristan "Stan" Connor is thrilled to be invited to the Groundhog Day festivities in quirky Frog Ledge, Connecticut. Her organic, home-baked pet treats are a big hit at the annual celebration, though an important guest is curiously absent . . . 

When Helga Oliver, the town's elderly historian, is found crumpled in the basement of the Historical Museum, the close-knit town is devastated. But after some tenacious digging, Stan discovers Helga was pushed down the stairs--and that this picture-perfect New England town may hide some dark secrets . . . 

Stan's dogged determination reveals Helga's ties to an unsolved death in 1948 . . . but how does that connect to Adrian Fox, who's just arrived in town to shoot an episode of Celebrity Ghost Hunters? Stan is going to have to be very careful in chasing down the killer--if she wants to live to see another winter . . . 

Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

Pet sitter Dixie Hemingway is on the prowl again in the newest installment of Blaize Clement's classic and beloved series of cozy mysteries, now written by her son, John Clement, using Blaize's notes and ideas for future adventures.

Set in the sleepy beach-side town of Siesta Key, Florida, THE CAT SITTER'S WHISKERS catches up with Dixie as she heads off for work one morning in the dimly lit hours before sunrise.

Her very first client of the morning is Barney Feldman, a Maine coon cat with a reputation for mischief who's guarding his vacationing owner's valuable collection of decidedly creepy antique masks. But someone's hiding in the house when she arrives, and they sneak up and knock her out cold. When the cops arrive at the house, there's just one problem: no one has broken in and nothing is missing.

Searching for answers, Dixie soon finds herself hopelessly trapped in a murky world of black market antiques, dark-hearted secrets, and murderous revenge… a mystery only she can solve.

Deirdre "Foxtrot" Lancaster returns--with her animal companions-for-life Whiskey and Tango--to fish for clues on the other side of death… 

When zillionairess Zelda Zoransky decides to throw one of her famous parties--with a guest list as colorful and diverse as her private zoo--it's up to Deirdre "Foxtrot" Lancaster, assistant extraordinaire, to pull the whole thing off. But even with the help of her telepathic cat Tango and ectoplasmic pooch Whiskey, it's one killer assignment. Especially when she finds a corpse in the pool…

The victim is the sister of Deirdre's boyfriend, Ben. The cause of death appears to be a plugged-in hair dryer that fell in the water. Ben, however, insists that a few volts couldn't have killed Ann. Like him, she's a descendent of the Cowichan tribe who, according to legend, has a way with lightning. One of the guests must have marked her for murder! But when the suspects include a Russian pet psychic, a schizophrenic writer, and a random rock star, it's more than puzzling to Whiskey, Tango, and Foxtrot. It's electrifying…from author Dixie Lyle.

After talking her way into a job writing for Portland's Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .

She's at Mount Hood's remote Silcox Hut, covering the the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers-- Oregon's elite high-altitude rescue team--during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer . . . but she's still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her . . . until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg's now got to find this killer quickly . . . before cabin fever does them all in!

 Plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid and her pals at the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency know a thing or two about fine dining. But when murder shows up on the menu, it's time to go back to the kitchen. . .

When the Moonlight Magnolia gang learns their friends Ryan Stone and John Gibson are planning to open a chic new restaurant, they eagerly offer their input on everything from what dishes to serve to how many calories they should contain. But all Ryan and John can think about is how excited they are to have hired the temperamental but talented chef Baldwin Norwood. Too bad the only thing being sliced and diced in the kitchen is the chef himself. . .

As Savannah turns her attention from munchies to murder, she quickly realizes the cantankerous chef left a bad taste in everyone's mouth, and any number of people could have whipped up a recipe for revenge. Could the jilted sous chef he stabbed in the back have done the same to him? Perhaps the loyal girlfriend he took for granted was finally fed up. Or maybe the business partner whose career he ruined had an appetite for blood. Savannah has her work cut out for her, and just when she thinks there couldn't be any more suspects, she uncovers a plot more precarious than a perfect soufflé. . .

There's a ghost on the loose—and a fox in the henhouse.

Four years ago, the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home put Chicken Teater in the ground. Now undertaker Emma Lee Raines is digging him back up. The whole scene is bad for business, especially with her granny running for mayor and a big festival setting up in town. But ever since Emma Lee started seeing ghosts, Chicken's been pestering her to figure out who killed him.
With her handsome boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, busy getting new forensics on the old corpse, Emma Lee has time to look into her first suspect. Chicken's widow may be a former Miss Kentucky, but the love of his life was another beauty queen: Lady Cluckington, his prize-winning hen. Was Mrs. Teater the jealous type? Chicken seems to think so. Something's definitely rotten in Sleepy Hollow—and Emma Lee just prays it's not her luck.

So many good books!

Which one are you most looking forward to?

Did I forget to mention a title?
Let me know and I'll add it to the list. 

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I hope you enjoyed this trip