Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cozy Food Friday!

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

Today's recipe comes from
A Killer Collection of Recipes by the Bestselling Authors of the Cozy Chicks Blog 

This book contains recipes from cozy mystery favorites, 
Ellery Adams / J.B. Stanley
Deb Baker / Hannah Reed
Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett/ Lorna Barrett
Kate Collins
Mary Kennedy
Mary Jane Maffini
Maggie Sefton
Leann Sweeney

You can follow The Cozy Chicks blog here...

On to the recipe!

The Flower Shop Mysteries' Grace Bingham, Abby Knight's British assistant who runs the coffee-and-tea parlor in the shop, shares one of her scone recipes which are always served in the coffee-and-tea parlor side of Abby's flower shop, Bloomers. 
Says Grace, "Having a scone spread with clotted cream or jam, and a cup of tea is a lovely way to start the day. Scones can be made with a variety of dried or fresh fruit such as currants, raisins, blueberries, or chopped nuts like pecans. I will share a very traditional yet simple recipe with you and let you decide what to put in it."
by Grace Bingham
Based on a recipe from
The Flower Shop Mysteries
by Kate Collins


1 large egg
6 tablespoons cold butter cut into pieces
1/3 cup milk or half and half cream
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups quick oats, uncooked
2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (preferably sea salt)
1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit, or nuts

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

In a small bowl, whisk the milk and egg together and set aside

Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl

Add butter, and mix with your fingers until crumbling, not smooth

Add milk mixture and stir until evenly moist

Add dried fruit until distributed throughout

On a lightly flowered surface, shape the dough into an 8-inch circle

Cut and separate into pie-shaped wedges (8-10)

Bake on a greased baking sheet 12 to 15 minutes or until golden on top

Serve warm with jam, honey, or Devonshire cream

(Best eaten the day they are made)

Yeilds: 8-10 servings

These sound fantastic! 
I know I'm going to be giving them a try!
How about you?

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 Cozy Food Friday!

You can find THE COZY CHICKS KITCHEN and other great books written by the wonderful authors at your local bookstore or online at

Welcome to our kitchen! The kitchen is the heart of the home. This sense of warmth and companionship is what The Cozy Chicks try to invoke in our novels. And now, our cookbook will allow you to enter the heart of our cozy mystery worlds—the stories of our characters, of their authors, told through food. For a short while, our heroines have taken a break from crime solving to don aprons and wield spatulas and wooden spoons. And they’d like nothing more than to spend some time with you. THE COZY CHICKS KITCHEN is chock full of mouthwatering gems. Everything is here: main dishes, desserts, salads, soups, drinks, and did I mention desserts? Don’t miss this fabulous collection. I’ve got both the ebook version and a hardcopy. Get yours today! --Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef and Manor House mysteries The Cozy Chicks Are Bestselling Authors: Ellery Adams / J.B. Stanley, Deb Baker / Hannah Reed, Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett, Kate Collins, Mary Kennedy, Mary Jane Maffini, 
Maggie Sefton, Leann Sweeney

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

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

Keeping my Cozy Food Friday theme going... 
Book Beginnings this week is from
MUM'S THE WORD by Kate Collins
Book One in the Flower Shop Mystery series

Most people hate Mondays.

Not me. I see them as portals to untold prospects, gateways to golden opportunities, pristine canvases awaiting bold splashes of color.  And this particular Monday seemed to epitomize all that was good about them. Robins warbled merrily in the maples along Franklin Street, a warm June sun glinted off the hood of my vintage 1960 yellow corvette convertible, and I had nabbed a prime parking space right across the street from my shop.

Slinging my bag over my shoulder, I climbed out of the car, pulled off my tortoise shell sunglasses, and regarded the wooden sign mounted above the door of the old brick building.


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.

Continuing with the MUM'S THE WORD theme
My Friday 56

"Okay, first, tell her the protective order forbids harassment of any type, including phone calls. Second, tell her she needs to alert the police immediately. Third, tell her to stop answering the phone. And fourth, tell her to call___________."

Sorry, you'll have to read the book for the rest. ;-)

MUM'S THE WORD is book 1 in the 
Flower Shop Mysteries. 

You can find the rest of the great titles in this series at your local bookstore,

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  1. I've tried these and they are delicious!! Highly recommend them, thanks so much for sharing our Cozy Chicks recipes, Lisa!

    1. Mary, the hardest part is choosing which ones to share!

  2. These sound really good!

  3. Yummy pictures! I have to dig out my copy from one of the many boxes I have yet to open since we've move ... oh wait. I have it on my Kindle too. Must find it! Thanks for highlighting a wonderful author! :-)

    1. Leann, I can only hope the photos do Kate's scone justice. But I know they made me hungry!

  4. Oh, I used to hate Mondays...not anymore. Not since I retired and started my "freelance" lifestyle. Tempting excerpts...and those scones are making me hungry!

    Here's mine: “SAVE THE DATE”

    1. Mondays don't bother me either, but some times, Tuesdays can really get me.

  5. i've never heard of Cozy Mysteries before yesterday and now I'm run into them twice in two days. Must be good. Please visit my blog. Anne's Friday Memes

    1. Anne, I was introduced to cozies almost two years ago and I've been hooked since!

  6. Those scones sound delicious (and so does the recipe book). I'll have to try both.
    Mum's The Word sounds like a delightful story. I like Mondays too -- so full of possibilities for the coming week.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: MADE FOR TWO.

  7. Welcome to the world of cozies, Anne Bennett!
    These scones look delish! Yummmmm! love recipes others recommend then I know they’re good. Great site, Lisa!! What fun.

  8. So do I Vicki. I've never had a scone either, but after this and seeing ones my friend makes, I'm going to have to try them! And thank you. I have fun!

  9. I love a good cozy and while I've seen this series around I've yet to read one. I love scones and after reading the recipe I may have to visit Panera and buy one or make a quick batch. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I so want to read this series. It sounds like my kind of books. I love my cozies.

  11. I've not had oat scones before... have to try them.
    The cozy looks fun too!
    Happy weekend!

    1. Freda, I've never has a scone at all. But I want one now!

  12. Adding this to my TBR. I love cozy mysteries, especially when there's food! Have you read Death on Eat Street? It was fun and had some good recipes.
    Here is my 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/08/15/the-friday-56-32-waking-the-merrow-by-heather-rigney-not-so-nice-mermaids/

  13. She needs to make a list on paper. Recipe looks good.

  14. Mum's The Word sounds fun.

    Those scones look pretty darn good too. I never get them right when I try to make them.

    ENJOY the rest of your weekend.

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