Friday, July 14, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
Book 2 in the Callie's Kitchen Mysteries
by Jenny Kales

The holidays can be murder! Greek-American restaurateur Callie Costas finds herself on thin ice when a colleague is killed. Recipes included!

The season is bright when Calliope “Callie” Costas agrees to contribute her Greek snowball cookies to a December bridal shower at The English Country Inn in the scenic waterfront town of Crystal Bay, WI. But when Callie finds a colleague dead, she's sucked into another murder investigation -- all while juggling her growing business and staggering holiday workload. 

As she reluctantly agrees to help the Inn’s owner track the killer, Callie is soon up to her spiced Greek biscotti in difficulties. For one thing, the hotel staff is freezing her out as she tries to uncover information, helped by her feisty Grandma Viv and her sweet but nosy aunt who’s visiting from Greece. And then there’s her deepening relationship with the suave and mysterious Detective Sands, a British expat now living in Wisconsin, who seems to have a few secrets of his own.

The icing on the cake is a host of simultaneous family mayhem including her father's surprising fixation on a real estate agent and her ex’s plans to move back to Crystal Bay. As the Inn’s annual Christmas Tea approaches, things are heating up in Callie’s Kitchen, but she’s on thin ice! Will Christmas be a festive celebration this year – or will it be murder?

Turn to the end of the book for six delicious recipes, including Greek cookies and savories, plus traditional Midwestern holiday favorites!

On to the recipe!



Courtesy of Karen Owen, creator of A Cup Of Tea and A Cozy Mystery blog.

This photo courtesy of Karen M. Owen
All other food photos with thanks to and courtesy of Google Images and it's contributors


2½ cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
¼ cup of white sugar
Zest of one medium sized orange
Juice of one medium sized orange
½ cup of cold butter or margarine
1 egg
½ a cup Greek yogurt
3 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (in Wisconsin, in the wintertime, it's easier to find frozen!)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

   In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Zest orange and add it to your mixture. Squeeze the juice from your orange and set it aside.

   Cut up the butter and add it to the rest of the ingredients. Blend it in with a pastry cutter until the consistency of bread crumbs.

   In a separate bowl, beat eggs. Add your yogurt to eggs, then ass vanilla and orange juice. Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture and gently combine. Add blueberries, folding them gently. 

   Use a spoon to drop the size scones you wish to enjoy (smaller for an afternoon tea or larger for a coffee shop sized scone) on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake until golden brown edges and tops appear.

   Depending on the size, makes a dozen or so scones.

What do you think?
Would this be a tummy pleaser in your home?


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

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(Chapter One, paragraph two)

"Because they enjoy making everyone as stressed out as they are?

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My Friday 56%

Only her hands pulling cookie sheets out of the ovens remained---and they were covered in mitts.

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  1. You sure pack a lot into a Friday! I love this blog, and will definitely try this recipe as a girl can never have too many 'bakes' recipes.
    I think all the good food is taken (When it comes to cozy series!) have a great weekend, everyone!

    1. Thank you, Debra! It's my favorite blog day. :-)

  2. That scone recipe sounds good. So does the book. This week I have an urban fantasy - Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson. Happy reading!

    1. Thank you for visiting, Kathy! I'm still making my rounds.

  3. Replies
    1. Hey Catherine! Yeah, I was a little hungry while posting this one.

  4. Yum! Thanks, Lisa. Happy Friday, to you.

    1. Pat! Since you visit me everyday, I should ask your advice on which recipe to post next. Any suggestions?

  5. Those scones look amazing! The book looks like a fun read too!
    I fixed your link to head to this post.
    Happy weekend!

    1. Freda, my friend Karen Owen created the recipe, so I know they are good! And thank you for fixing the link. I have days where I just plain forget.

  6. Thanks, Lisa! I always love it when I show up on Cozy Food Friday. I shared this post on my FB author page. I can't wait to share more recipes (and mystery) with you when I release SECRETS AND PIES later this year. Happy Friday!

    1. Jenny, you're most welcome! I always love having you on my blog! :-) Oooohhhhh.....SECRETS AND PIES?!?! I can't wait!

  7. Those scones looks delicious!

    1. Breana, when I work on a post this yummy, I can almost smell them baking! :-)

  8. I just picked blueberries yesterday so I think I will try your scones, thank you. My Friday Quotes

    1. Hi Anne! Let me know how your scone turn out!

  9. Thanks for sharing, Lisa. Sounds delicious.

    1. Hey Mary! I haven't had them, but I know Karen can bake!

  10. I'm always so hungry after I look at these posts! :)

    1. Lauren, the purpose of my blog is to make people hungry for books. On Cozy Food Friday it's to make people hungry for books and just plain hungry! :-)

  11. Oh, I adore that cover! Another cozy series to add to my list:) Did you intentionally make those scones larger and larger. LOL YUM!

    My Friday 56 from A School For Unusual Girls