Friday, April 17, 2015

Cozy Food Friday!

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

Today's recipe comes from
Book 3 in the Sugar Grove Mystery series 
by Jessie Crockett

The author of Maple Mayhem returns to Sugar Grove, New Hampshire, where the Greene family—including Dani's irksome Aunt Hazel—are busy preparing for the annual Maple Festival. But nothing kills the festive spirit like murder…
Aunt Hazel isn’t exactly sweet, but she’s not the only one putting syrup maker Dani in a sour mood. Her family is trying to help renovate the town’s Opera House, but their contractor Russ Collins seems to specialize in finely crafted excuses. And his latest one is killer.
In the Opera House basement, Russ uncovers the remains of Spooner Duffy, a charming drifter thought to have skipped town decades ago with a hefty sum of the town’s money. Tapping into some unpleasant memories, Spooner’s bones also threaten to reveal a murderer’s secret, and now it’s up to Dani to catch a killer before the town is stuck with a deadly reputation. 

Recipes included!


A STICKY SITUATION was a sweet delight of a mystery and left me hungry for more.

There was no doubt after DRIZZELED TO DEATH, the first book in the Sugar Grove series, author Jessie Crockett had a hit series on her hands. Main character Dani and her family are so much fun. I come from a big family and could relate to many things, family meals for one.

One of the things I love about cozy mysteries is learning about so many different and new subjects. Crafts, professions, recipes (and there are some yummy sounding recipes in this book). I really enjoyed reading about making syrup. I never realized all the steps that go into the process.

The mystery involving the body of a drifter, thought gone from town decades before, was really intriguing. I’ve always liked mysteries stemming from the past. They’re so much harder to investigate with all the years passed. The Nancy Drew living inside me was thrilled with this one.

A STICKY SITUATION is a very appropriate name for this book. It was stuck to my hands from the moment I picked it up until the last page! 

Today's recipe can be used on 
many different things. 
Meat, burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches or simply on bread or crackers. 


This makes a wonderful housewarming gift or something nice to have on hand in the fridge when guests happen to drop by. 


1 pound bacon
3 cups thinly sliced sweet onions 
1/4 cup maple syrup 
3 sprigs fresh rosemary 
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste


In a large skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Remove from pan.

Remove and reserve 2 tablespoons melted bacon fat from skillet and discard the rest. Return pan to burner and add reserved fat. 

Reduce heat to low and add onions and sprigs of rosemary, cooking slowly and stirring occasionally until they are very soft and golden in color.

Chop bacon into small pieces and add to pan. Stir in maple syrup and continue stirring until it is reduced and the entire mixture is sticky and thickened. 

Remove rosemary sprigs. Add cracked pepper too taste. 

Serve with crackers and cheese or add to sandwiches. 

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

Does this sounds like something you'd like to try?

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


My Book Beginnings and Friday 56 
are from 
Book 1 in the Deep Fried Mystery series 
by Linda Reilly


Talia Marby serves up delectable English deep fried fare in the heart of the Berkshires—but she soon discovers there’s something fishy going on…
Sometimes in this life, you have to fish or cut bait. After walking away from a miserable job and an even worse boyfriend, Talia Marby has no regrets. She’s returned to her hometown and is happy to help her dear friend Bea Lambert by working at Lambert’s Fish & Chips, a cornerstone of a charming shopping plaza designed to resemble an old English village.
But not all the shop owners are charming. Phil Turnbull has been pestering Bea to sign a petition against a new store opening up, and his constant badgering is enough to make her want to boil him in oil. When Talia and Bea stumble upon Turnbull murdered in his shop, the police suspect Bea. Now it’s up to Talia to fish around for clues and hook the real killer before her friend has to trade serving food for serving time…
Includes delicious recipes!

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

Book Beginnings
FILLET OF MURDER by Linda Reilly

"Don't do it, Bea. He's not worth it." Talia Marby clamped her hand firmly around her employer's wrist, preventing Bea from pitching a chunk of fresh haddock at the man on the opposite side of the counter.

"But that wanker won't leave us along, Talia!" Bea spoke as if the man weren't standing six feet away, glowering at them. "He comes in here nearly every day to harangue me, and he's gone to the hospital twice to bother Howie. I won't have it!" 

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.

Friday 56
FILLET OF MURDER by Linda Reilly

For the second time that day, visions of a wardrobe designed around a single color scheme---orange---flashed through Talia's head. "Jill, we have got to get out of here. Do you want to grab a coffee somewhere?"

"Let's go to my shop. I'll brew us a pot of tea. I just have to to fetch my gun."

I haven't started reading FILLET OF MURDER yet. It's next in my TBR and now that I have posts my Beginnings and 56, I'm looking even more forward to it than I was. :-)

My review will be posted on my blog on an upcoming date. 

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  1. Tbh, sometimes fish has to be thrown at people, especially men! The book sounds really good but the chutney is what really catches my eye! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  2. The maple syrup series is on my TBR but I hadn't heard of Filet of Murder. I love the 56. It's so intriguing! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I just finished FILLET OF MURDER, and loved it! My review will be up this weekend. It releases May 5.

  3. Thanks, Lisa, and HAPPY weekend!!

  4. Uh-oh, that beginning can only lead to trouble....when someone makes a threat, or feels like striking I want to know what happens! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

    1. LOL Yeah, you know someone is going to get it! Thanks for visiting!

  5. I love Fridays, because it's Cozy Food Friday on Lisa Ks Book Reviews! :)

    Great review, Lisa, of A STICKY SITUATION and thanks for the new recipe. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you, Susan! CFF is always fun for me too! I have to try this chutney!

  6. 2 good things about that recipe: sounds yummy and even I could make it!
    Your book snippets feature a very feisty character' I think!

    1. Elizabeth, I know! Sounds so easy! I'm wanting to try it one a hotdog and maybe with a nice steak. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Thanks for posting the blurbs from Fillet of Murder, Lisa! Jessie Crockett's recipe looks luscious ~

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Linda! just finished your book and I adored it! As so as it releases, I'm featuring a recipe from it on Cozy Food Friday. And yes, I need to make that chutney. Made my tum growl!

  8. I am definitely trying the chutney! YUMMMMMMM!
    Looks like a great cozy too! Happy weekend!

    1. Thanks for visiting Freda. LOL I have a feeling a lot of people are going to be eating Bacon Maple Chutney this coming week! You have a great weekend as well!

  9. Great post! Wonderful recipe! Oh, my goodness... I love it all!

  10. I love the cat on the cover of "Fillet of Murder"! Good book covers are so important!

  11. I have Fillet of Murder waiting to be reviewed. It sounds good.

  12. Lisa, your blog is so great. I feel so badly when I am tied up with so many other things and cannot always get to read it on time however. Life is just so hectic sometimes. I would make the chutney but would leave out the herb. I like sweet and savory sometimes but to me, in this particular recipe, I would like both the maple syrup and the bacon to shine, not have the herb overpower that. Just my opinion however.

    Keep up the great work Lisa and I will catch up somehow in a week or so. Will miss readying your column for sure. And will miss entering a giveaway too. :)

    The books featured this week all sound great. I am always drooling when I see each cover wishing for every one of them; how sad is that???? :)


    1. Cynthia, thank you so very much. Your kind words and support mean so much to me.

  13. Both of these look fantastic and I can't resist adding new cozies for some summer reading. I had to laugh about throwing fish. My sister is doing the annual Mullet Toss held on the Florida/Alabama state lines next week and it's such fun!
    I'm leaving your post with a growling tummy! LOL
    My 56 -

    1. LOL Laura, what are the chances your sister is going to be throwing fish and you read this?

  14. The excerpts have me curious to find out more. Thanks for visiting my post last Friday. Sorry for the delay in responding...I've been having computer issues.