Friday, May 22, 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 5 in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery series
Lee Hollis

Who better than food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell to book a caterer for the Island Times holiday party? But Hayley's quest for a cook turns into the pursuit of a killer who caters to no one. . .

Office Christmas parties can sometimes mean career suicide--but they rarely lead to murder. Hayley thought Garth Rawlings would be the perfect caterer for this year's bash, but when the gourmet sees her budget, he goes galloping. 

Unfortunately his run is short-lived. Garth is found dead on the floor of his kitchen, with his delectable creations burning in the oven. Faced with a spread of suspects, Hayley is determined to discover who would want to take out the Christmas caterer, because--no matter what the season--justice must be served. . .

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley's kitchen!

I've had Christmas on my mind, so I picked today's recipe because it reminds me of a cozy Christmas morning. I think you'll enjoy it.



1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted 
1 teaspoon granulated sugar 
1 teaspoon brown sugar 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
Pinch of salt 
1 cup nonfat buttermilk 
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg 


Stir together the first 8 ingredients. 

Whisk together your buttermilk, oil, and egg in a bowl. Add to flour mixture; stir until just moistened. 

Pour about 1/4 of a cup of batter for each pancake onto a hot, lightly greased griddle.

Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until the tops have bubbles and the edges are crispy. Turn and cook other side. 

Top with caramel-apple topping. (below)

Caramel-Apple Topping


2 (12oz) packages frozen spiced apples, thawed 
1/2 cup packed brown sugar 
2 tablespoons butter 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1/4 teaspoon salt  


In a saucepan, bring all your ingredients to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. 

Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. 

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

I think I gain 5 pounds every time I type up a 
Cozy Food Friday.  ;-)

Please keep reading and check out my installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56

My Book Beginnings and Friday 56 are from
Book 6 in the Museum Mystery series
by Sheila Connolly

In the latest Museum Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Razing the Dead, a suspicious death has Nell Pratt down in the dumps…
Nell Pratt, president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society, has something to smile about thanks to a generous donation from a major Philadelphia developer who’s willing to help update their museum. But renovations have barely begun when a man is struck by a car in front of the building and killed.
The victim is a construction worker who found a curious metal object while excavating an old privy in the museum’s basement. Nell thinks the death is somehow connected to the Society, and her suspicions are confirmed when an antiques expert reveals a link between the objects from the cellar and a fellow staff member’s family.
Now Nell must unearth a mystery with ties to the past and the present. Because when someone is willing to kill over scrap metal, there’s no telling what they’ll do next…

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...

As I looked around the long table, I realized it was the first time I had ever seen the board members of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society look happy all at once. I was tempted to take a picture, just to remind myself of the moment when darker days returned, as no doubt they would.

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...

"And you will be free and clear of any involvement whatsoever. That's fine by me. We are in agreement to do nothing right now except eat ice cream. And maybe watch a rerun of "Law & Order."

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Tuesday, June 2 
release date.

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  1. Nice BB! I love it when you find a bunch of serious people smiling, it's like you've caught them in the act! Lol. Thank you for visiting my blog :)
    Have a great day,
    Amy x

  2. If only those pancakes where pecan free they would be perfect. :) I like the sound of the mystery in the museum.

  3. The pancakes look very good! And I love books that take place around Christmas. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Thanks, Lisa! I sure would love to have those pancakes. I love Christmas-themed cozies. Have a great weekend!

  5. Ohhh. Now I need some pancakes! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love caramel apples. I should love these pancakes. Sounds like a good Christmas catering cozy.

  7. I think we're having pancakes tomorrow.. lol.. YUM!
    Looks like a couple great cozies! Happy weekend!

  8. Those recipes are amazing! Enjoy your Friday pick and thanks for stopping by mine.


  9. Oh my goodness. Trying these tomorrow.

  10. Hi Lori,

    All those scrummy looking desserts and then I get to the bottom of the post to find some of my most favourite biscuits in your 'sign-off' picture. Who doesn't love the pink wafer biscuits, although bourbon's must be something of an acquired taste, as none of my family and friends are overly keen. They have to be my all time favourites, especially when dunked in tea or coffee!

    I do read cozy mysteries from time to time and both your featured books sound so good, although I am a little worried that you are thinking about Christmas in May!! Would this be reminiscing about last Christmas, or thinking ahead to the next one!!

    The board of just about any company, only seems to become animated, when there is a mention of monetary gain involved, let's just hope they don't live to regret it!!

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend :)


  11. Okay, now I'm craving pancakes! Those look amazing!

  12. How am I to get to the 56 when I'm drooling all over my keyboard ha ha! I so love and appreciate your posts; truly I do. With regards to the 56 though, ice cream is always a wise and excellent alternative :)

  13. Those pancakes look delish! Awesome 56 - I've been wanting to read this series.

    My 56:
    Brooke Blogs

  14. Oh yum your Friday post always makes me hungry.
    Hope you're enjoying your current read.
    Happy weekend.

  15. If I'd stopped by earlier, we would have been eating pancakes for dinner. LOL Yummy!
    And that 56 doesn't fool me. They may say that, but then the snooping begins. LOL

    My 56 -