Friday, October 13, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
Book 13 in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mysteries
by Dianne Harman

She wasn't swimming in the wine vat, she was dead!

When Angela, the beloved award-winning winemaker at the Moretti Winery, is found floating face down in a wine vat, law enforcement authorities are suspicious about the cause of her death. Was it murder or a tragic accident?

If it's murder, who did it? Was it her husband, Matteo, the winemaker at a nearby winery, jealous because his wife's wines always received the top awards and best ratings? Was it his employer, Carlos Romano, the owner of the nearby winery, because his wines always placed second to those made by Angela? Or could it have been Carlos' niece, Alessandra, who had romantic fantasies about Matteo even though he was married to Angela? Or even Signora Moretti, suspicious there was more to her husband and Angela's relationship than business. And then there was Caitlin, the ambitious master's degree student who was an intern at the Moretti Winery and wanted Angela's job.

Mike Reynolds, an Oregon county sheriff, and his wife, Kelly, decide to take a short vacation to Sonoma, California, where they were meeting their daughter and her husband for some wine tasting. Because of a sick child, they have to return home to Calico Gold, so Kelly and Mike have some extra time on their hands and offer to help the local sheriff determine if Angela's death was murder or an accident.

From USA TODAY Bestselling Author and seven time Amazon All-Star comes the 13th book in the popular page-turning Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series. As always plenty of food and mouth-watering recipes!


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USA TODAY bestselling author and seven time Amazon All Star Author, Dianne Harman, draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught and certified yoga instructors. She's traveled extensively throughout the world and loves nothing more than cooking, playing backgammon with her husband, Tom, and throwing the ball for their dog, Kelly.

Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, she couldn't resist writing about food and dogs. Dianne is the author of several cozy mystery series: Cedar Bay, Liz Lucas, High Desert, Midwest, Jack Trout, and the Northwest. Each of these books contains recipes from her travels. Alexis, the first book in the Midlife Journey Series was also recently published. She's the author of the award-winning suspenseful Coyote Series.

Murder in the Pearl District was chosen by Amazon to be one of their Mystery books in their October, 2016 homage of great writing by independent authors and several of her books have been chosen by them as PRIME books!


On to the recipe!

All food photos are borrowed from Google Images and its contributors, with many thanks. 
Your finished dish will vary in appearance.


1½ lb. lean ground beef
1½ cups shredded zucchini
1 tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. dried Italian seasoning
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp.freshly ground pepper
½ cup bread crumbs (You can use fresh, but I'm(Dianne) a fan of Panko crumbs.)
¼ cup water
¼ cup barbecue sauce (Everyone has their favorite brand. Mine(Dianne) is Sweet Baby Ray's.)
Non-stick cooking spray


Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees. 

   Lightly spray the cup in a 12-cup muffin tin.
   In a large bowl thoroughly combine all the ingredients but the barbecue sauce. 
   Place about 1/3 cup of the mixture into each of the 12 medium muffin cups.
   Press down lightly.
   Spread a little barbecue sauce on top of each one.
   Bake about 25 minutes, or until no longer pink.
Serve and enjoy!

Note from Dianne: I was worried I'd get an excessive amount of grease in the muffin cups, since I use pork when I make meatloaf. With the lean beef, that's not a problem, and they come out of the tins quite easily. You could use mini-muffin tins to make appetizers, just adjust your cooking time.


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

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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

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 Book Beginnings

Angela Lucci opened the kitchen door if her home that overlooked the Moretti vineyard just north of Sonoma, California, and inhaled the fresh smell of grapes that was still in the air from the recent harvest. 

My 56 (56%)

"I never thought for a minute the lights and the people were there because my wife had been found dead in one of the wine vats."

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  1. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm so hungry now. Can almost taste these. Yum! And what's a delicious glass of wine without a little murder? LOL Dianne writes some fun ones.

    My Friday 56 from Flesh

  3. I'm honored. What a lovely surprise. Thank you! Unfortunately, a chance to read about beautiful Sonoma before the horrific fires.

  4. You had me with 'wine'. :-)
    Sounds like a fun cozy. Happy weekend!

  5. This sounds like a fun cozy! When I saw the Sonoma setting my heart grew sad. That area has been hit so hard by recent fires. It's awful the news coming out of the area.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Thanks for mentioning the book and the recipe. Both look great.

  7. Thanks, Lisa. These sure look yummy! Happy Friday.

  8. Any book with a wine-related plot is worth the read.