Friday, May 15, 2015

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 3 in the Baker's Treat Mystery series
Nancy J. Parra

The author of Murder Gone A-Rye and Gluten for Punishment returns to Oiltop, Kansas, where gluten-free baker Toni Holmes has to separate the wheat from the chaff to clear her brother of murder… 

It’s never a good time for a crisis. Toni’s busy whipping up gluten-free holiday treats when a murder forces her to put baking on the back burner. A dead man has been found in the bathtub of a local inn—in a room registered to her brother, Tim.

With her sibling now a prime suspect in a mysterious homicide, Toni is determined to find out who set him up. But she’s about to get some unwanted assistance from former investigative journalist Grandma Ruth, who won’t let anything slow her progress in running down a killer.


FLOURLESS TO STOP HIM is a delectable addition to the Baker’s Treat Mystery series.

This book had me with the first three sentences . . . I love my family. I do. But there are times when I sincerely wish they would take a day off . . . Ha! I know that feeling well! But I do love the concept of a home where extended family members are free to come and go. That they will always have a roof over their heads.

The cast of characters are every bit as much a treat as the delicious recipes that are included. I think anyone would have a hard time not loving lead character Toni’s Grandma Ruth, the ninety something ex-investigative reporter, lifelong member of Mensa. And Grandma Ruth is in great form in this installment!

This was a real page turner of a mystery that kept me reading past my bedtime. I just had to know whodunit, and once I did, I couldn’t believe it!

I also love that in today’s world, with more and more people developing food allergies, author Nancy J. Parra had the idea to do a gluten free bakery. The fact that it is set in the middle of wheat country . . . priceless. As I mentioned above, there are wonderful recipes, gluten free, included in the book.

I look forward to the next book in the Baker’s Treat Mystery series. Ms. Parra has a real job on her hands topping this one!

Today's recipe



1 cup water 
1/2 cup butter
1/8 teaspoon salt 
1 cup tapioca flour 
4 eggs 
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped 
1 tablespoon raisins 
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 
1/3 cup mayonnaise 
1/4 cup plain yogurt 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon dill 
(Lisa's note: Prepare chicken however you normally would for chicken salad. A rotisserie chicken from your local market is great for chicken salad!)


Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). 

Grease a baking sheet.

Combine the water and butter with 1/8 teaspoon salt in a saucepan. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium, and pour in the flour all at once. Stir vigorously until the mixture forms a semi-translucent ball. 

Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Mix in the eggs into the dough, one at a time, adding the next egg only after the first has been completely incorporated. 

Drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet by the heaping tablespoon. 

Bake in the preheated oven until puffed and golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. The puff's should be hollow on the inside, and just browned on the bottom. 

Remove from the oven, and cool to room temperature on a wire rack. 

To prepare the filling. stir together the onion, celery, raisins, mustard, mayonnaise, yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and dill in a bowl until combined. Fold in chopped chicken meat until evenly combined. 

Cut the tops from the puffs and spoon the chicken filling inside. 

Replace tops before serving. 

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

Wouldn't these be wonderful for a tea party
 or shower?

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Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56


My Book Beginnings and Friday 56
 for this week are from 

Book 9 in the Domestic Diva Mystery series
by Krista Davis

The New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Wraps It Up unwraps an all-new tale in which chocolate is the kiss of death… 

Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company’s CEO, Joe Merano—and Sophie is running the show. With cookies, candy, and five kinds of chocolate cake, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream! But when Joe goes missing, the celebration becomes bittersweet. And when Sophie discovers the body of a competing chocolatier in the guesthouse, the event turns downright deadly.

As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie’s been receiving daily boxes of sweet treats. After ruling out her new beau and her exes, Sophie wonders if someone’s trying to send her a message—and if she’s next on a chocoholic’s hit list…

Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!

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

My Book Beginnings...

Dear Sophie, 

My mother-in-law gave me a box of chocolates that she made herself. They've turned gray! I think she's trying to poison me. My husband insists they're fine but I don't believe him. What if they're in cahoots? Is it normal for chocolate to turn gray? 

-Suspicious in Graysville, Tennessee 

Dear Suspicious, 

It's so common that it has a name. The powdery gray on your chocolates is called a bloom. It's caused by moisture and often happens when chocolates are stored in the refrigerator. Chocolates with a bloom are perfectly fine to eat but not very attractive.  


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 Friday 56...

In the morning, the sun shone in a clear blue sky, making the events of the night before seem impossible. I knew they were true, though. 

June 2
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  1. Great posts - the book titles alone just make my day! Thanks, Lisa.

  2. I love the beginning of THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS. I enjoy all of Krista Davis' cozies.

    The GLUTEN-FREE CHICKEN SALAD PUFFS look delicious. Perfect for a tea. With so many readers or their family members gluten intolerant, I bet Nancy Parra's cozy FLOURLESS TO STOP HIM with recipes will be a big hit.

    Lisa, I always enjoy your Cozy Food Friday. And all your other days as well. :)

  3. Great post! The books sound really interesting :)

  4. Yum! Thanks, Lisa. I was lucky enough to win an ARC of The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss, on Goodreads, and LOVED it! Have a great weekend!

  5. I love the titles! The books sound fantastic, I really like the idea of gluten free recipes in the book too, it makes it quirky! I hope you enjoy them :) thanks for visiting my blog.
    Happy reading,
    Amy x

  6. Chocolate Kiss sounds delightful -- and so does your puffs recipe! I'll try both.
    My Friday post features DANCING AT THE RASCAL FAIR.

  7. Thanks for sharing about the book and the recipe!

  8. I love the Domestic Diva series! Looking forward to reading this one ~

  9. Nancy Parra's book have the most adorable names. I have not bought any in this series yet, but I definitely plan on doing so very soon. The stories sound so great. And Krista Davis' book sounds wonderful as well. Have enjoyed all other cozies by her so I am sure this will be fabulous too. LOVE the covers on both of them. Thank you.

  10. I love that cover and the puffs sound and look delicious! :)

  11. I love the quirky titles for cozies, don't you?! They always make me smile. Probably why I'm addicted to them.
    Those chicken salad puffs look yummy. And they get bigger, and then bigger, and then there's a whole bunch of them. LOL It's time for a snack! I'm keeping this recipe:)

    My 56 -

  12. The books sound great! And I really do like the idea of a gluten-free bakery. And that it takes place around the holidays. I will definitely have to look for that one.

  13. Nice 56 quote. I hope you're enjoying it. Have a lovely week.

  14. I've never had chicken salad. Have to try those puffs, thanks!
    Like the looks of the cozies too! Happy weekend!