Friday, November 21, 2014

Cozy Food Friday!

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

Today I'm featuring a recipe from the cozy mystery 
Book 5 in the Library Lover's Mystery series
Jenn McKinlay 

The New York Times bestselling Library Lover's mysteries continue with a hot new case...

Loving a good cup of coffee runs in the family for Briar Creek library director Lindsey Norris. But when her brother, Jack, a consultant for a coffee company, goes missing, her favorite beverage becomes a key clue in a dangerous mystery.

Between preparing the library for the holidays and juggling the affections of ex-boyfriend, Captain Mike Sullivan, and her new crush, actor Robbie Vine, Lindsey has her hands full. But the mysterious disappearance of her world-traveling playboy brother takes precedence over all.

Afraid that involving the police could brew trouble for Jack, Lindsey takes matters into her own hands. But as her quest for her brother embroils her in a strange case involving South American business dealings and an enigmatic and exotic woman, it’ll take the help of both her library book club—the crafternooners—and her eager-to-please suitors to keep Jack from ending up in hot water…


On to the yummy recipe!



1 (10 - ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
1 (16 - ounce) container sour cream
1 (8 - ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 cup mayonnaise 
1 package Knorr vegetable soup mix
3 green onions chopped (optional)

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and let chill for 2 hours.

Serve in the bowl with dipping options such as bread cubes, crackers or fresh veggies on the side. 

You can also hollow out a large loaf of sourdough bread and put the dip inside.

Tear up the removed inside of the bread for dipping. Yum.

                                                             Please note that all food photos are from Google Images.
Your version may vary in appearance.

This sounds like a nice change from all the hot versions of this dip. And so easy to make! 

Perfect for all the holiday dinners and parties coming up!

You can purchase 
ON BORROWED TIME by Jenn McKinlay 
at your local bookstore or order it online

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Keep reading and 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 with 
Book 5 in the Library Lover's Mystery series
My Book Beginnings for this week..

Lindsey Norris, director of the Briar Creek Public Library, strode across the library with her keys in hand. It was lunch hour on Thursday, which meant book talk, crafts and snacks, as their weekly crafternoon book club gathered in a meeting room on the far side of the building. 

Out of all the activities the library hosted, this was by far Lindsey's favorite. She figured it was the book nerd in her that loved it so, but truthfully, these ladies had become her dearest friends since she'd moved to Briar Creek, Connecticut, a few years ago, and any afternoon she shared with them was time well spent. 

"Lindsey, wait up!" a voice called to her from the children's department. She spun around to see an old-fashioned aviator charging toward her. 

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 ON BORROWED TIME theme
My Friday 56...

"Isn't it dangerous?" she cried over the wind that clawed at her hair and clothes.

"More so for them than us," Sully shouted. "I know where the rocks are!"

The speedboat was gaining speed and disappearing around Clover Island, named not for its shape but for the first family to live there. Sully cursed under his breath and yelled, "Hang on!" 

Praise for the Library Lover's Mysteries

“Sure to please cozy readers everywhere.”—Ellery Adams, 
New York Times bestselling author

“Terrific…Intelligent, fun, and lively.”—Miranda James,
 New York Times bestselling author

“Fast-paced and fun…An endearing protagonist.”—Kate Carlisle, 
New York Times bestselling author

“A sparkling setting, lovely characters, books, knitting, and chowder! What more could any reader ask?”—Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author

“A winning formula.”—Library Journal

The Author
The hardest decision New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay ever had to make was what to major in during college. Then she discovered the sanctuary of the library and library science—a major that allowed her to study all the subjects. She loves working as a librarian. After all, what other occupation allows you to research the ethnobotanical properties of agave, perform a puppet show for twenty wiggly toddlers, and try to answer why the rabbit’s foot is considered lucky, all in the same day? Jenn is the author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, including Sugar and IcedGoing, Going, Ganache, and Red Velvet Revenge, the Hat Shop Mysteries, includingDeath of a Mad Hatter and Cloche and Dagger, and the Library Lover's mysteries, including Read It and WeepBook, Line, and Sinker, and Due or Die. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a house that is overrun with books, pets, kids, and her husband’s guitars.

Learn more about Jenn on her website 

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. I love spinach dip! Have a great weekend.

    1. Pat, do you know what makes me very happy? Seeing a comment on my blog before I have even posted about the blog for the day! I love that you check it out every day and want to thank you so much for your friendship and support. You have a great weekend too!

    2. Aww, thanks Lisa! I'm so glad I found your blog and love following you on Fb. You brighten my day!

  2. Replies
    1. I know, Dawn! And so easy! You could also add other ingredients to it to make it more your own. I'm thinking about making it to take to my sister's house wither Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

  3. On Borrowed Time sounds like a delightful cozy. The spinach dip looks yummy too. Thanks for introducing me to both!
    My Friday post features a legal thriller: BODILY HARM.

    1. Hi Sandra. Jenn's books are all good. She has several different series, and I love everyone. She has a great sense of humor, which is a fun break when reading a mystery.

  4. What fun! And I always enjoy the food presentations....thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine: “FINDING JAKE”

    1. I just checked FINDING JAKE on your page. Wow. Sounds like a very deep, emotional read.

  5. The Library Lovers Series has been on my radar for a while now. The book covers are fabulous. I really must get to this series soon. Thanks for sharing the latest installment and for visiting my blog.

    1. Catherine, you can't go wrong with any of Jenn's books. She also writes under Josie Belle and had a series out under Lucy Lawrence. ALL wonderful!

  6. I love Jenn McKinlay's books. They are what got me into the cozy genre.

    1. Me too, Angie! My sister handed me the second in the Cupcake Bakery series and I have been a cozy fan ever since!

  7. This sounds like a novel I would really enjoy! Plus the cover is so pretty! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :) Happy Friday!

    1. Laura, not only does Jenn write great mysteries, she has a really fun sense of humor that comes through in her books!

  8. Now I'm hungry! LOL Looks delicious.
    I'm lovin the series. A cozy about libraries and books. What could be better. Thanks for sharing this one.
    Here's my 56 -

    1. Laura, it's a wonderful series. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Sounds like a good cozy.
    I do like spinach dip too, though have only had it once. :-)
    Happy weekend!

    1. It's excellent Freda. I haven't been able to read for a few days. Been feeling just awful. Picked up this and couldn't put it down!

      I've only had hot spinach and cheese dip. I can't wait to try this!

  10. This is one of my favorite series though I'm a few books behind! The spinach dip looks super tasty. I only get it occasionally because I'm the only one who likes spinach dip in my house and I definitely don't need to eat a whole batch on my own though. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Katherine. This is one series I can't let myself get behind on! Or any of Jenn's series for that matter.

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