Friday, February 21, 2020

Cozy Food Friday!

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

This week's recipe is from
Book 3 in the Handcrafted Mysteries
by Holly Quinn

Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane must piece together a patchwork of clues when a "live" mannequin ends up stone-cold dead.

Snowcapped pines and glittery dusted sidewalks adorn tranquil Heartsford, Wisconsin, while residents cuddle beneath heirloom quilts in front of cozy wood fires. But come the next day, the below-zero temperatures won't keep the locals away from Heartsford's annual Fire & Ice event. To boost customer traffic at Community Craft's one-night-only sale, Samantha "Sammy" Kane persuades a few of the craftspeople who sell their wares at the store to participate in a live mannequin window display contest.

Local quilter Wanda Wadsworth emerges as a favorite to win the contest, as she manages to not move a muscle for an unusual amount of time. Onlookers outside the window try everything to get her to crack--tapping on the glass and making funny faces--but nothing disrupts Wanda's stillness. When the eagle-eyed spectators realize Wanda isn't breathing, a blanket of grief and fear descends upon the wintry town.

Detective Liam Nash can't seem to piece the clues together. Fortunately, Sammy's cousin, Heidi, and her sister, Ellie, are on hand to reconvene their detective team, S.H.E. They set out to solve Wanda's untimely death before the case grows as icy as a sub-zero Wisconsin winter. But they are all too aware that the killer is too close for comfort.



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Ingredients for meatballs
(purchase frozen meatballs to skip this step)

1 pound ground chuck
1 pound tube Jimmy Dean sage sausage
1 egg
½ Vidalia onion, finely chopped
¼ cup premade apple sauce
¼ cup bread crumbs
½ tsp basil
½ tsp oregano
Lawry Seasoned salt to taste


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2.  Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Form into walnut-size meatballs.
3. Bake until no longer pink. Freeze meatballs in freezer bags until ready to    
    prepare soup.

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Ingredients for soup

1 46-ounce bottle V-8 juice (or 1 quart Ellie's Aunt B's gardened canned tomato juice)
32-ounce container beef broth
1 sweet onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
 1 or 2 stalks celery, chopped
1 or 2 carrots, chopped
2 or 3 golden-yellow potatoes, peeled and chopped
15-ounce can petite diced or diced chopped tomatoes
 green pepper, finely diced
bay leaf
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon basil

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1. Place all ingredients except potatoes on high in slow cooker until it comes to      a simmer.
2. Add potatoes after the mixture is bubbly so they don't become too mushy.      
    Cook until potatoes are fork tender. 
Note: Can replace potatoes with white minute rice if desired. And if Aunt B's canned green beans are still available, add a mason jar's worth to taste. Cook on low until veggies are tender. Enjoy!

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I've never had meatball soup. 
But this sure makes me want to give it a try!

Less than half way through the first book in this series, I knew and said it was going to be one of my favorites. Having now finished this third book, I stand by my word.

Author Holly Quinn has created something special with her Handcrafted Mysteries. With a good number of cozy mysteries getting “edgier” (Not a word I think of when I think of cozies), Ms. Quinn has stayed true to the roots of the genre, and I for one am thrilled.

A CRAFTER QUILTS A CLUE was a fast paced read from cover to cover. Feeling as though I was a participant in every scene, I was totally invested in finding out who killed a local woman and why they did it. With skillful plotting and a knack for knocking the reader off track, the author had me duped right up until the reveal.

I’m sure I said this about the second book of this series, but I think A CRAFTER QUILTS A CLUE may be my favorite book in this series so far. It’s been delightful watching the characters grow from book to book, and I feel this story shows them at their best and strongest yet. The feeling of community was palpable and I enjoyed being a part of it.

With A CRAFTER QUILTS A CLUE is the perfect book to treat yourself to a dose of cozy.


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

Both the BB and 56 are 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.

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.
Since I've featured this book before, this time my BB with be the beginning of Chaprter Two, and my 56 will be from page 156. 

My Book Beginnings 

Sammy Kane clutched the navy scarf closer to her neck, hoping to rebuff the frigid air threatening to penetrate any air pocket in her winter coat.

My 56

Was he hurt? Had he been in a car accident due to the inclement weather? Where was he?

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  1. That soup looks yummy! Thanks, Lisa. Happy Friday, friend!

  2. "CRAFTER QUILTS A CLUE" is on my TBR list and I can't wait for the opportunity to read it. Love the cover!

    Thanks for the recipe. Sounds so yummy especially on a cold day like today.

    My first line -
    Moosetookalook, Maine’s annual town meeting almost always took place on the second Saturday in March.
    My 56 –
    He staggered up the steps of the Emporium’s porch, shaded his eyes with his hands, and peered owlishly at her through the glass panel in the door.
    A VIEW TO A KILT by Kaitlyn Dunnett
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Cozy covers are too cute for their own good! Haha. This sounds really cute. Have a great weekend, Lisa!

  4. My mom is a quilter so I immediately think of her. She loves mysteries too! :-) Happy weekend!

  5. Those meatballs look so good.

    I loved the first book of this series. I need to get back to reading the following books.

  6. I know I say it every week, but I love these recipes. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  7. Mmmm the meatball soup looks scrumptious! This sounds like a cute, cozy read (and perfectly complemented by that soup, for optimum cold winter day enjoyment). Thanks for sharing!

    Here's my Friday post.