Friday, July 21, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
Book 9 in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries
by Lee Hollis

Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell is off on a girls’ getaway with her two best friends. But soon they’ll have to get away from a killer...

The quaint fishing village of Salmon Cove, Maine, seems like the ideal location for a girls’ weekend with Hayley’s gal pals, Liddy and Mona. Liddy’s on the rebound from a breakup, but when she meets a handsome tourist, it looks like a little romance might liven things up.

Unfortunately, Liddy’s new sweetheart is found dead on the beach the next morning at the town’s Lobster Bake, next to an overturned cooking pot. The liberated lobsters may be scrambling back to the sea, but Hayley’s not about to let a murderer escape so easily. To crack the case, she’ll need to blow the lid off some serious undercover activity—or risk becoming ensnared in a killer’s trap...

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!


I’m at my happiest when I’m lost in the pages of a good cozy mystery. The Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries by Lee Hollis makes me deliriously ecstatic! No . . . really! They do!

When I first read that DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER would have protagonist Hayley Powell and her BFFs, Liddy and Mona going on a girl’s weekend, I knew that I was in for a hysterical read. I was right! LOL I don’t know how they have been friends so long without Liddy and Mona trying to kill each other!

Things go from bad to worse for the ladies. As if having Hayley’s friends at each other’s throats wasn’t enough drama for their weekend, romance creeps into the group. Oh yeah . . . they also find a dead body. It may have been bad for the ladies, but it’s great for the readers!

There was never a dull moment. Energetic, and fast moving, I flew through the pages of this book, drinking in every word. DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER had me laughing very hard (and loud) during some parts, and holding my breath, or biting my nails during others. There were scenes that took me by surprise, and more than one mystery to keep me guessing. Add to all of that Hayley’s wonderful column, and the fantastic recipes, I didn’t come up for air until the book was done. 

On to the recipe!



All food images are borrowed from and the rights of Google Images and it's contributors.


16-ounce box of pasta shells (or your favorite pasta)
¼ cup flour
3 cups milk
1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1 cup shredded Fontina cheese
1 teaspoon each: salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder
2 cups crushed Ritz crackers


   Cook your pasta to almost al dente according to the directions on the box.
   Drain and set aside.
   While your pasta is cooking, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, then slowly add your milk. Whisk until it begins to thicken a bit, add your cheeses, and keep stirring until they are melted. Remove from heat and add your salt, pepper, and garlic.

   In a large bowl add your pasta, chopped lobster, and cheese sauce. Stir to combine, making sure all the pasta is evenly coated in the cheese sauce. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. 

   In a small saucepan melt the remaining three tablespoons butter and mix with the cracker crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the lobster and pasta. 

   Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes until hot and bubbly and cracker crumbs are golden brown. Remove from oven and let the dish sit for at least 10 minutes before digging in!

Bon appetit!

Did I just hear Mmm mmm mmm?
Oh, maybe that was coming from me. ;-)


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"I must confess, I am guilty of a bit of online stalking."

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  1. The book sounds like a great read. The recipe looks fantastic too! How much lobster do you use?

    1. Kim, Lee says it's two cups, or to taste. It got left out of her recipe when published.

  2. Kim, that is a most excellent question. I never noticed in typing the review that the lobster wasn't in the ingredients. Lee does yet know that I posted this. I'm about to tell them. (Lee is two people) I should have the answer for you today.

    1. Answer for lobster Mac recipe. 2 cups of chopped lobster, or to your taste.

  3. Thanks, Lisa. Happy Friday, to you!

  4. Tempting book and food! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “MRS. SAINT & THE DEFECTIVES”

  5. I love the Lee Hollis books. I've read the Haley Powell series in order. I was intriqued by the very first book and have looked forward to each next book in the series. Haven't gotten to the newest one yet but have no fears, I will.

  6. My 56 Friday is from Death By Coffee by Alex Erickson. I was panting by the time I reached her and I hadn't run all that .far. Maybe it was time I started going for a jog in the mornings or perhaps stopped eating a tub of Rocky Road every time I got depressep about something. If working out wasn't such hard work, I very well might have started already.

  7. Thanks for sharing Lisa. Really enjoyed this book.

  8. The book sounds good. It is a new series for me. I love the recipe too. I am reading The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert this week. Happy reading!

  9. Hi Lisa,

    You commented that my psychological thriller probably wasn't one for you, but I have to say that I too, enjoy a good cozy mystery from time to time and this series looks really tempting.

    I probably wouldn't spend too much time reading the recipes, but this dish does look and sound delicious and incorporates some of my most favourite ingredients (I am a pasta and cheese fiend!).

    I am left wondering just which one of the protagonists has just confessed to being something of an online stalker!

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend :)


  10. This book looks interesting, thanks for mentioning it!

  11. I love the play on lobster. One of my favorite things! :-)
    Happy weekend!