Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cozy Food Friday!

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

The Cozy Chicks are back!
Every Friday in October I'll feature a recipe from 
A Killer Collection of Recipes by the 
Bestselling Authors of the Cozy Chicks Blog 

This fantastic cookbook contains recipes from cozy mystery favorites, 
Ellery Adams / J.B. Stanley
Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett/ Lorna Barrett
Deb Baker / Hannah Reed
Kate Collins
Mary Kennedy
Mary Jane Maffini/Victoria Abbott
Maggie Sefton
Leann Sweeney

Lisa's Note: Author Duffy Brown is also a Cozy Chick and will be featured on Cozy Food Friday, however, she is not in The Cozy Chick's Kitchen. 

You can follow The Cozy Chicks blog here...

Today's featured recipe is from 
Ellery Adams
author of the Book Retreat Mystery series, Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series, and the Books By The Bay Mystery series. 
Ellery has also penned series under the names Lucy Arlington (The first three Novel Idea Mysteries with Sylvia May), J. B. Stanley and Jennifer Stanley. 

On to the recipe!


Laurel Hobbs, the over-scheduled working mom in the BOOKS BY THE BAY MYSTERIES, doesn't have much time to spend in the kitchen. She tries to fix quick, easy meals that are good for her family and this is one of their favorites. Serve on toast, a nice croissant, or on a bed of fresh greens.


3 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 cup green seedless grapes halved (Lisa's Note: The only photos I could find have purple                                                                                            grapes)
1 cup sliced celery (optional)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except for the grated cheese and the breadcrumbs

Spoon mixture into the baking dish

Mix the cheese and breadcrumbs together and sprinkle them over the chicken mixture

Bake in the preheated oven until warm and the cheese is melted, approximately 20 minutes. 

Yield: 4 servings

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

I can hear you all yumming now! ;-)

You can find THE COZY CHICKS KITCHEN and other great books written by the wonderful authors at your local bookstore or online at

Welcome to our kitchen! The kitchen is the heart of the home. This sense of warmth and companionship is what The Cozy Chicks try to invoke in our novels. And now, our cookbook will allow you to enter the heart of our cozy mystery worlds—the stories of our characters, of their authors, told through food. For a short while, our heroines have taken a break from crime solving to don aprons and wield spatulas and wooden spoons. And they’d like nothing more than to spend some time with you. THE COZY CHICKS KITCHEN is chock full of mouthwatering gems. Everything is here: main dishes, desserts, salads, soups, drinks, and did I mention desserts? Don’t miss this fabulous collection. I’ve got both the ebook version and a hardcopy. Get yours today! --Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef and Manor House mysteries The Cozy Chicks Are Bestselling Authors: Ellery Adams / J.B. Stanley, Deb Baker / Hannah Reed, Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett, Kate Collins, Mary Kennedy, Mary Jane Maffini/Victoria Abbott,  Maggie Sefton, Leann Sweeney

Keep reading to check out my installments of 
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 Ellery Adams theme going...
Book 1 in A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series
My Book Beginnings for this week

Ella Mae LeFaye Kitteridge slammed a ball of dough onto the countertop, sending a snowstorm of flour into the air. With angry fingers, she worked pinches of flour into the moist dough and the flattened it with her palm, her hazel eyes flashing a dangerous crocodile green. 

"And then what happened?" asked a tiny woman sitting on a stool at a safe distance. She had eyes and hair the color of wet tree bark and always smelled of strawberries. 

Smoothing a film of flour onto the surface of a scarred wooden rolling pin, Ella Mae paused in her work. "After class, I stopped by Whole Foods and bought organic lamb and eggplant so ripe I could still smell the sunshine on it's skin. All the way home, my mind was already in the kitchen, humming as I slid Moroccan lamb pie into the oven, the pecans and maple syrup waiting to be made into dessert, Chewy gnawing on a bone instead of my new leather gloves."

"But you never made it to the kitchen. . . ." the pixielike woman prompted and bit into a red licorice twist, her expression a mixture of avid curiosity and genuine worry. 

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 PIES AND PREJUDICE theme
My Friday 56

"Gum? You used those pockets to conceal your cigarettes back in high school," Adelaide teased. 

"And other things," Sissy added with an enigmatic wink. 

When the going gets tough, Ella Mae LaFaye bakes pies. So when she catches her husband cheating in New York, she heads back home to Havenwood, Georgia, where she can drown her sorrows in fresh fruit filling and flakey crust. But her pies aren't just delicious. They're having magical effects on the people who eat them--and the public is hungry for more.

Discovering her hidden talent for enchantment, Ella Mae makes her own wish come true by opening the Charmed Pie Shoppe. But with her old nemesis Loralyn Gaynor making trouble, and her old crush Hugh Dylan making nice, she has more than pie on her plate. and when Loralyn's fiancé is found dead--killed with Ella Mae's rolling pin--it'll take all her sweet magic to clear her name.

As always, please leave a comment and 
let me know what you think!

You can follow my blog by 
clicking on the link in the 
upper right hand corner of this page.

Continue reading for the answer to the 
Wednesday Whodunit!


Answer to Whodunit Wednesday

The Commercial Break Break-In


   "You don't have to get snippy," Sherman said. His feelings were hurt, but not enough to keep him from showing off. "First off, this was an inside job. When Trent stepped on the ladder, it crunched through the snow, proving it had never supported any weight."

   Amelia Warner gasped. "You're saying it was one of us? Let me tell you, Mr. Sherman Holmes . . ."

   Sherman scurried behind Trent, as if looking for protection. And then, in a split second, he pulled the revolver from the guard's holster.

   Sherman trained the gun on the startled guard. "It couldn't have been someone from inside the house because there were o snowy footprints leading to the door. So, whoever put up the ladder didn't come out of the house or go back into it. If you'll all check Mr. Trent's coat pockets, I believe you'll find the jewelry and cash."

   "Me?" Trent bristled. "I'm the one who discovered the ladder."

   "After you planted it there. While we thought you were so bravely searching the upstairs rooms, you were actually robbing them,"

I was so proud of myself. I knew I had this one right! 
Ummm...but I didn't. :-(
Did you?

Check back next week for another 
Wednesday Whodunit! 


  1. I would like to read this one. By the way, that second dish looks delicious. Have a good week.

    1. This is a delightful series. Ellery Adams is a wonderful author.

  2. That warm chicken salad looks absolutely amazing! I actually own this book but have yet to get to it. It sounds great so now I'm really looking forward to it! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Kathrine, doesn't it sound yummy? It's from her Book By The Bay series. The other book I featured is from her Charmed Pie Shoppe series. Both are excellent!

  3. Thank you for sharing that yummy looking recipe. And thanks for introducing me to a cozy series I didn't know about. I will have to check it out!

    Angie Young

    1. Angie, you're welcome. All of Ellery's series are wonderful!

  4. So glad you featured Ellery!! Love Cozy Food Fridays!

  5. Pies and Prejudice sounds like such a delightful book. Great opening and pg 56 excerpt. And the cookbook is definitely one I'll buy. I enjoyed your post a lot.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: House Rules.

    1. Sandra, thanks for stopping by. The cookbook is wonderful, as are all the authors in it.

  6. I ate before I came to your post and now I'm hungry again! The pictures have me drooling. I can almost smell and taste the ymminess:)
    I am going to go check out Pies and Prejudice. I just can't resist a cute cozy:)
    I just finished A Crafty Christmas, and am reading By Cook or by Crook and Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses.
    Here is my 56 -

  7. I am "yumming" here.

    Thanks for that great recipe.

    Pies and Prejudice sounds good too.

    ENJOY your cooking, reading, and your weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  8. I didn't have the WDIW solution right. (I did know the crunching of the snow was a big thing, though. I just didn't clue in to what it was supposed to tell me.) Thanks for the challenging puzzles every week, Lisa. I'm going to keep trying.

  9. I'm not into chicken salad but the cozy looks good!
    Happy weekend!

  10. Totally missed the footprints leading to the sidewalk.