Friday, February 27, 2015

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 

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

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...

Today's recipe is from 
Kate Collins
author of the 
Flower Shop Mysteries



1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup onion, 1/4 inch dice
2 diced leeks, well rinsed
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
5 cups chicken stock
4 cups dice Idaho potatoes or 1 5-pound bag new red potatoes
1 large carrot, diced
salt and pepper to taste
chives (optional)
bacon bits (optional)
bouquet grani (see below)

   Melt butter in a saucepan over medium high heat.

   Lower the heat; add onion and carrots and cook gently for 2 minutes. 

   Add the leeks and cook for 6-7 minutes or until the onions are soft but not brown. 

   Add flour and stir for 2 minutes to thicken, making a roux, without browning. 

   Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. 

   Add the bouquet garni. 

   Add the potatoes and simmer over medium heat for 40-45 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked thoroughly.

   Remove from the heat and discard the garni. 

   Garnish with bacon bits or chives.

   Finished soup -  Yield: 4 servings 


   1 bay leaf
   2 tablespoons chopped parsley 
   1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
   1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns

   Tie the ingredients in a small piece of cheesecloth or wrap in foil pricked with small holes.

NOTE: All images are from Google Images and/or Pinterest. 
Your dish may vary in appearance.

I think a bowl of this with some warm crusty bread would be perfect on a snowy day like I have here in DE. 

But I bet it would also be very refreshing in the summer time if served chilled. 

 Author Kate Collins
The Flower Shop Mystery series. 
The newest book in the series, 
is available now!

Abby Knight's marriage may be in full bloom, but house hunting is no bed of roses in latest novel in the New York Times bestselling Flower Shop Mystery series...

Now that they’ve tied the knot, flower shop owner Abby Knight and her husband, Marco, want to put down roots. When it comes to picking a house, Marco can’t wait to get his hands dirty, while Abby isn’t ready for a fixer-upper. But conflict really sprouts when they’re checking out a dilapidated Victorian and watch a construction worker take a life-threatening tumble.

Since witnesses claim the man shouted for help, suggesting that the fall was no accident, the victim’s flamboyant wife hires Marco to find the person responsible. Meanwhile, Abby keeps secret from Marco her own investigation into the home’s inhabitants, a family whose off-kilter behavior has aroused her suspicions. If only Abby’s very pregnant cousin, Jillian, will stop distracting Abby with false labor pains, she can conclude her own inquiries before Marco finds out…and her case blossoms into a disaster.


I found A ROOT AWAKENING to be every bit as entertaining as the other volumes in this series. With the same great writing style, it’s packed with mystery, fun, and colorful characters.

It’s hard to believe this is already the sixteenth installment in the Flower Shop Mysteries. Yet, somehow, Ms. Collins has kept this series as fresh as the flowers she writes about. For indeed, it is a wonderful bloom in an ever growing bouquet.

There is a superb “whodunit” with plenty of false leads to keep you guessing. I had no idea who the culprit was until lead character, Abby Knight, knew herself. While I do love to be able to guess sometimes, I really enjoy when a book like this one leaves me with my mouth hanging open and saying, “No way!”

One of my favorite parts of the story was the house hunting involving Abby and her new husband, Marco. It reminded me so much of looking for a new house a couple of years ago. Some of the “fixer uppers” we were shown were in pretty rough shape. Like Abby, I was not enthused with the prospect of being the one to do the fixing.

You’re really going to enjoy A ROOT AWAKENING. If you haven’t read this series yet, please start adding them to your TBR stacks! You won’t be sorry. And if you already read this series, well, you are in for the same wonderful treat you always get when reading the Flower Shop Mysteries.

Check out the end of the book for a blurb on, FLORIST GRUMP, coming in November 2015!

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
A ROOT AWAKENING by Kate Collins
Book 16 in the Flower Shop Mystery series


"Are my newlyweds ready to go inside for a look?"

Our Realtor pressed her hands together as though praying, her smile as desperate as her enthusiastic nods, as if to say, Of course you're ready! At that price, you'd be fools not to be. Please, please, please?

I glanced at Marco, who was studying the dilapidated Victorian home with a shrewd and, yes, disdainful eye. Good. We were on the same page. 

"No," I said, just as Marco said, "Sure."

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 A ROOT AWAKENING theme
My Friday 56

He wasn't hard to locate. There was only one laborer in the back, a broad-shouldered man with coal black hair tied back in a ponytail, a square-jawed face, and a well proportioned body. 

Book 16 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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Whodunit Wednesday Solution

   "According to Bernidi's story, he lay down in the narrow space behind one of the display counters. His face was to the wall, and the lower wooden panels of the counter would have obstructed his vision even if he turned. Since he supposedly did not arise until after the thief left, he could not have known that the thief used a burlap sack." 

   Business had been bad for Bernidi. He fabricated the entire robbery for the insurance money and was sent to prison for his trouble. 


  1. Thank you for the recipe and book review. I have added A Root Awakening to my list. Oh! I am thrilled I got the solution for the Wednesday Whodunit mystery right. :D

  2. Happy Friday, that "happy face"! Yum, to the soup...I need some, today!

  3. Love this series and recipe!!!! X x x x

  4. I'm always looking for new, good recipes and your Irish Leeks and Potato Soup looks like a winner. Thank you, Lisa. Great review by the way for A Root Awakening.


  5. Looking forward to getting Kate's latest release. Glad that I got the answer to the Whodunit this week. This was an easy one compared to the previous week. 😀 Another wonderful review Lisa. Have a great weekend.


  6. I am pinning this recipe. I need to get the cookbook! Thanks!

  7. Oh, I love a good cozy...and potato soup! Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “AMHERST”

  8. I haven't read the books in this cozy series, but they sound like fun.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. Oh that sounds like a cool book. I love cozies and I noticed that a lot of them have recipes but I haven't ever tried one

    Friday Memes

  10. I want to read the book and eat the soup!

    Thanks for participating in BBOF!

  11. Book sounds great and the soup sounds yummy! Have a great weekend!

  12. Both Cozy Chicks Kitchen and A Root Awakening sound like books I'd enjoy. My husband makes a yummy potato-leek soup, but this one sounds good too. I'll copy the recipe.
    My Friday post features A QUILT FOR CHRISTMAS.

  13. That soup sounds amazing and Cozy Chicks Kitchen is a cookbook I want to check out! I've been wanting to check out Collins' series for awhile so I'm excited to see the excerpts. I'm looking forward to reading it!

  14. Great descriptive #56 and review. I love leeks in soup. They're the best!

  15. I like the the beginning! Makes me want to keep reading! :) Also that soup looks so good!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  16. I like the looks of the soup and the book looks fun, too. Anne's Friday Quotes

  17. I definitely want to read this series. Sounds great.

  18. I would live to get that cookbook. Is it available at Barnes and Noble?

  19. I love Baked Potato soup... what I call it. :-) I make it often.
    Looks like a great cozy too!
    Happy weekend!

  20. Hi Lisa,

    I love leek and potato soup and the addition of the bacon looks and sounds like a fantstic idea to zing things up a little!

    I don't read too many 'cozy' mysteries, so a series of this length would probably put me off a little, unless they work well as stand alone stories.

    I do like the opening lines of this one though. I apologise up front to anyone who appears in this post, who is an estate agent (realtor), but aren't they professionals you just love to hate. I can just picture her wondering how hard she is going to have to work to sell this heap of rubbish to the unsuspecting couple!

    When we were younger and house hunting, we used to collect any information details for properties we wanted to view, then drive past them and around the locale first, before committing to a viewing. You could bet your bottom dollar, that the house which was up for sale, was always the worst one in the street!

    A lovely long and vastly informative post, thanks for sharing and I hope that your weekend is going well :)


    1. LOL Yvonne, I have had a few trying to convince me just how wonderful the little "Fixer-upper" was and why I just had to make it mine.

  21. Oh gosh that food looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Thanks for coming over to Guiltless Reading ;) and sorry it took so long for me to pay you a visit. Now that I have I think your combo of food and books is going to entice me to keep coming back!