Friday, November 25, 2016

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
Book 1 in the Killer Coffee Mysteries
by Tonya Kappes

After a bitter divorce, Roxanne Davis (her friends, though few call her Roxie) has moved back home to Honey Springs, Kentucky where she's opened the tourist lakefront town's first coffee house, The Bean Hive. 

With the excitement of the Bean Hive opening and rush of business, Roxie is moving on with her life until she finds that one of her best customers, Lilia Walters, was found dead after eating one of Roxie's best-selling doughnuts after Roxie's aunt Maxine gave Lilia as a peace offering.

Gossip in Honey Springs is as hot at the coffee served at the Bean Hive and Roxie has to uncover who is behind the murder not only to save her shop, her aunt, but her life.

About Tonya

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On to the recipe!

Photo courtesy of Tonya Kappes
All other food photos courtesy of Google Images unless otherwise marked


1 package (16 oz.) of bulk ground sausage. I like a little spice to mine so I get a mild or hot sausage.

1 onion (chopped or you can buy a bag of the frozen already chopped)

1 red pepper (chopped or you can buy a bag of the frozen already chopped)

3-4 cups frozen square hash browns

2 cups cheddar cheese

3/4 cups Bisquick (I use gluten free Bisquick because Eddy is gluten free and it's the same measurements)

2 cups of milk

6 eggs

Optional black pepper


I preheat my oven to 400

Spray a 3 quart baking dish ( 13 x 9 inches) with cooking spray

Over medium heat, cook the chopped onion and red pepper along with the sausage until the sausage is cooked with no pink. 

Drain the meat. 

Add the meat mixture, frozen hash browns, and 1.5 cups of the cheese in the baking dish.

In a bowl, combine the milk, Bisquick, eggs, and pepper (optional). Pour over the sausage mix in the baking dish.

Bake for around 30-35 minutes. 

Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over top and bake another five minutes or until the cheese has melted. 

Photo courtesy of Tonya Kappes

I'm a big believer in letting the food stand for 5-10 minutes after taken out of the oven.


Mmmmm...What a great way to start any day!
I'm not against eating breakfast for dinner either.😉


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

Both are also 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

My Book Beginnings
Drip, drip, drip. There is something about coffee that brings people together. And they don’t even have to like coffee. Is it the smell? Is the comforting sound of the drip? I don’t know. All I did know was that my new coffee shop in tourist lake town of Honey Springs, Kentucky, The Bean Hive, had been welcomed with opened arms. “I’m telling you something is wrong,” Bunny Bowowski waddled into The Bean Hive with the black pocketbook hung in the croak of her arm. “She didn’t answer her phone all night last night.” “You know, I was by there just around eight o’clock and I did notice the strangest thing.” Mae Belle Donovan stopped just inside of the door and put her hand on Bunny’s forearm. “You know those little plug in candles that are in each one of her windows?” “Do I?” Bunny rolled her eyes. “We downright got into a fight over them candles. I told her that it was not Christmas and she needed to take them things down. In fact, it was hotter than a firecracker and in July when I told her that. She said it was year round decoration.”

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 Friday 56 

“I wanted to thank you for the coffee. My men appreciate your kindness.” His features were familiar. His big brown eyes warm and matched the tender smile. “I’m glad to see the two of you have mended.” Aunt Maxi walked over to the door. “I’ll have these back to you in a couple of hours. See you later, Patrick.” Patrick? I took a deeper look at the man standing in front of me. Patrick Cane? I looked a little deeper. Patrick Cane.

I don't have this book in my grubby little hands yet,
so, a big thank you to author Tonya Kappes
for supplying the BB and 56.

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  1. Yum! I'd love to have that this morning. Thanks, Lisa! Happy Friday, to you.

  2. I so can't wait to read this one!!!

  3. I am so looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for sharing such a great post, Lisa.

  4. Both the book and the recipe sound good, Tonya!

  5. I already like the characters in this book ... just from reading the opening! Your posts always make me hungry too. Yummy recipe.
    My Friday post features KEY LARGO BLUES.

  6. If you asked me to predict a new series for Tonya, I'd have said something with 'coffee!' I follow her on several sites and often she has a 'cuppa' in her hands. I am excited about this and can't wait...

  7. The books sounds good despite the fact that I hate coffee. So does the breakfast casserole. Happy reading!

  8. Hi Lisa,

    This series may be a little to much on the 'cozy' side for me, however I love the title and the cover art. The opening lines are also intriguing and the smell of freshly brewed coffee definitely has to be one of the best. I must admit that I am not the Starbuck's quality of coffee officienado, as a straight, black, one-shot Americano is my limit!

    I am assuming that Patrick is a face from Roxanne's past and if I had to hazard a guess, I would say that he is going to become a 'close' friend very soon.

    Thanks for sharing :)


    We definitely wouldn't have the casserole for breakfast in my part of the UK, it would be a lunch or dinner dish. When we stayed in Florida, this type of dish was available at every breakfast and we used to get some very strange looks when we only queued up for cereal or toast in the mornings!

  9. That recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing about it. :-)

  10. I really want to read this one. I love this author.

  11. I love books set in coffee shops...and cozies set there are fun to read. Thanks for sharing...the excerpts and the goodies. Thanks for visiting my blog, too.

  12. The breakfast casserole looks so yummy and the book sounds great too! Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

  13. That casserole is making me hungry! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  14. That 56 snippet really does make me want to know more :)

    Raven@everywhere and nowhere