Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring a recipe from the cozy book 
Book 1 in the delightful new 
Food Festival Mystery series. 

How many of you had some wonderful crab this summer? With Fall around the corner, who says crab season has to end? 
Penny offers us a perfect solution. 


1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter
3 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup flour
 2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
2 cups clam juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoon seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound crabmeat
1 (14-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon water
tartar sauce (secret ingredient)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Melt 2 tablespoon of the butter in a large pan over medium heat

Add the onions. celery, carrots, and peas, and cook for 5 minutes

Add the potatoes, clam juice, lemon zest, seafood seasoning, and salt; bring to boil

Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender

Remove from heat

Melt the remaining 1/2 cup butter in a frying pan over low heat; cook and stir for 3 minutes until golden brown

Combine butter and crabmeat, add the vegetable mixture, and stir

Unroll the piecrusts, place 6 ramekins on the crusts and cut out circles of piecrust the same diameter as the ramekins to cover the pies 

Spoon crab mixture into the ramekins

Whisk the egg with the water and brush the cutout piecrusts with the egg wash

Place a crust circle, egg wash side down, over each ramekin of crab mixture and seal the edges of the crust to the edges of the ramekins

Pierce the crusts a few times with a knife or fork to create vent holes

Place the ramekins on a foil-lined baking sheet

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown

Top with tartar sauce

Serves 6

Please note that all food photos are from Google Images. Your version may vary in appearance

Do I hear stomachs growling out there? 
I know I sure got hungry typing this up!

You can purchase DEATH OF A CRABBY COOK by Penny Pike at your local bookstore or order it online

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Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56

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

Keeping my Cozy Food Friday theme going with... 
Book 1 in the Food Festival Mystery series
My Book Beginnings for this week...

Life sucked.

Forget counting calories. I needed this cream puff.

It would have been the perfect spring day in San Francisco---no fog, sunshine, with a light, salty breeze coming off the bay---if it weren't for the news I'd just received from my editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. 

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.

Continuing with DEATH OF A CRABBY COOK theme
My Friday 56...

Aunt Abby tilted her head, almost coquettishly, and finally returned my gaze. "I wouldn't call it 'blackmail', exactly. More like...'leverage.' "


At the San Francisco Seafood Festival, someone is steamed enough to kill a cook.... 

When restaurant reviewer Darcy Burnett gets served a pink slip from the San Francisco Chronicle, she needs to come up with an alternative recipe for success quickly. Her feisty aunt Abby owns a tricked-out school bus, which she’s converted into a hip and happening food truck, and Darcy comes aboard as a part-timer while she develops a cookbook project based on recipes from food fests in the Bay Area.

But she soon finds someone’s been trafficking in character assassination—literally—when a local chef turns up dead and her aunt is framed for the murder. The restaurant chef was an outspoken enemy of food trucks, and now Darcy wonders if one of the other vendors did him in. With her aunt’s business—and freedom—on the line, it’s up to Darcy to steer the murder investigation in the right direction and put the brakes on an out-of-control killer….


Penny Pike/Penny Warner

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  1. When do we eat? :)

    I just love Penny's idea of food truck mysteries!

  2. Oh my goodness, that sounds yummy! Is the recipe in the book? I love books like that. That's why I like Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Bear mystery stories.
    Check out my Friday 56

    1. Lisa, it is in the book, along with other great recipes!

  3. Looks yummy. I love books with recipes. Penny's book almost to the top of my TBR - have to read faster!

  4. I think I might have to put this in TBR pile for when I need a cozy mystery.

  5. Oh, you had me at San Francisco, one of my favorite settings....and the delicious crabby dishes added to the pull for me. Thanks for sharing!

  6. "Forget counting calories. I needed this cream puff."

    Yes!! Let's forget counting calories!! Ha ha ha!! I like this one :) Also, thanks for the recipe as always ;)

    Sparrow's BB & Friday 56

  7. I love the excerpt! I've had this book on my TBR but I may have to move it up a few spots. Sounds like a good dash of humor is mixed in with the food and the murder which always means lots of fun!

  8. I had a hard time reading the memes after looking at the pot pie. It looks delicious. I never met a cozy I didn't like.:)

  9. Yum Yum! I love crab. Just had some soft shell crabs and swooned! Thanks for the delicious recipe.
    The excerpt cracked me up. This is on my wishlist. A friend recommended it to me and I can't resist a good foodie cozy!
    Here is my 56 -

  10. What a funny coincidence, I just picked up this book at the library yesterday but haven't started it yet.

  11. This recipe looks awesome! I love crab meat so I am sure that I would love this! The excerpt from the book sounds great and I am adding it to my "need to read" list!

  12. Great post. I love the recipe and the mystery is intriguing.

  13. I love cozies and I love pot pie, great combination!
    Happy weekend!

  14. Aunt Abby sounds like my kind of girl. 'Leverage' it!

  15. The potpie looks delish.

    The book sounds so cute.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  16. I enjoy using the work "sucky" occasionally, too. Sounds fun. Here are my quotes---Anne

  17. I hope I get to this one soon! I'm hungry just reading this post.

  18. Hi Lisa,

    I love a good murder / mystery, although I don't tend to read the 'cozies' on too regular a basis, as I generally prefer a slightly more gutsy storyline. It really does depend on what mood I am in and if a particular book is an author review request or not.

    I loved the sound of the Crab Potpie. I love crab meat and pastry, so that's a winning combination for me. The cream puff for dessert perhaps?

    It is a shame that the secret of those great first lines, was rather given away in the synopsis, however I am intrigued to know just who Aunt Abby is 'leveraging!'

    I shall keep this author in back up for a rainy day, so thanks for the introduction.