Friday, February 28, 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 4 in the Kebab Kitchen Mysteries
by Tina Kashian

Lucy Berberian is busy preparing her family’s Mediterranean restaurant for Easter on the Jersey Shore—but a batch of sweets is to die for . . .
Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It’s a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie Haven’s candy shop. But Melanie is about to find herself in a sticky situation.
When Melanie and Lucy attend a beach bonfire, a local landlord is found dead after apparently choking on a piece of salt water taffy. Melanie, who was known to have a contentious relationship with the victim, is quickly skewered as the prime suspect. But Lucy is determined to prove her friend’s innocence before the real killer coasts free . . .

Recipes included!



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¾ cup uncooked couscous
1 cup chicken broth
1½ cup cubed tomatoes
1½ cup peeled cucumber
½ cup halved pitted kalamata olives
¼ cups chopped sweet onions
2½ tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

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   In a saucepan, heat chicken broth to boiling. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand five minutes. Fluff with a fork. 

   In large bowl, place tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and onions. Stir in couscous. Add lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for an hour. Enjoy!

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A nice hot meal to stick to your ribs during the rest of winter, and I bet just as great served cold with spring weather coming.


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.

My Book Beginnings 

Ocean Crest, New Jersey

"Saturday night is going to be one killer night out."

My 56

"I can sense it. There is an evil presence in Ocean Crest."

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  1. Looks yummy! Hope your Friday is a fun day, Lisa!

  2. Both ON THE LAMB and the recipe sound wonderful!

    My first line -
    Officer Kaylin Poirer’s stomach lurched at the sight of the two people inside a white florist van that pulled up to her booth at the Windsor-Detroit border. The driver wouldn’t meet her gaze and his passenger couldn’t sit still.
    My 56 –
    The bomb squad had cleared their station, proving Hudson’s theory that the fake threat was only a ruse to get them to exit the building and expose the driver and dealer to assassins.
    BORDER BREACH by Darlene L. Turner
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. I like Couscous salad but have forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder. I am adding it to future menus. Have a lovely weekend. My Friday quotes from Red at the Bone

  4. Sounds like a fun cozy! Congrats again on winning the giveaway! Be sure to check your email if you haven't already. Happy weekend!

  5. Just love the puns. And the recipe sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Mediterranean food is what husband's oncologists get us when he was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer, we were in a p!an to lose weight
    before surgery for safety surgeries he needed. He had prior hernia mesh done so going in to pass required a specialist then they can proceed. We used the diet he lost 35lbs. Fabulous food :-)
    I have heard good things about this BOOK. I would love to
    Read it. Great review. Thanks so much FUN.

    1st line--> The young lady in the blue lockbox hat tire the outbound coupon from my tickey, handed the booklet back to me, and wished me a pleasant flight.

    Page 56-->With the opening ceremonies concluded,we were all directed to reconvene in the Aula Magna at the University an hour later for the actual symposium.
    Turn To Stone by James W. Austin

  7. Mmm, another scrumptious looking recipe! Love that 56 snippet, too. Sounds so ominous and interesting!

  8. I like couscous and that salad looks both good and easy.

    Happy reading and happy weekend!

  9. I think I'll have to make that salad - minus the olives for me! :)