Friday, May 29, 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 
A novella in the Jordan McAllister Mystery series
Liz Lipperman

Aspiring sportswriter Jordan McAllister never imagined she’d end up as a food critic for a small time newspaper. Writing the culinary column for the Ranchero Globe is a challenge, and even though she can’t make a grilled cheese sandwich without burning it, she has no trouble finding herself in hot water. 

When Rosie LaRue finds her ex in the apartment with her butcher knife in his chest, Jordan knows that she and the Empire Apartments gang must act quickly to keep their friend out of jail. Despite the fact that the deceased has a long list of people who wanted him dead, things aren’t always what they seem, and Jordan ends up in the hands of a crazed killer, desperately searching for a way to stay alive. 

Special Preview of the first three chapters of 
MISSION TO KILL (coming Sept 2015!) included.

is now available in

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Today's Recipe


Yields 12 servings



1 ½ cups chopped pecans
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 
1 ½ sticks butter


2 cans (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup lemon juice
6 egg yolks
½ teaspoon grated lemon rind


1 ½ bars (8 ounce) cream cheese
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 ½ cups Cool Whip
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla


1 small box (1.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding
1 small box (1.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding
2 cups cold whole milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice


1 container (16 ounces) Cool Whip.


Melt butter then add flour and pecans. Press into bottom of 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Let cool.

First layer: 

Mix condensed milk, lemon juice, egg yolks and grated lemon rind and spread over cooled crust. Bake another 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Second layer: 

Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar together with vanilla until smooth. Fold in 1 ½ cups Cool Whip. Spread over cooled lemon layer.

Fourth layer: 

Combine all ingredients and beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened. Spread over pie and top with Cool Whip. Chill for at least 6 hours and refrigerate any leftovers. Can use instant chocolate pudding instead of the lemon one for Chocolate Delight.

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

All I can say is....Mmmmmmmmmmmm!

About the author

National bestselling author of the THE CLUELESS COOK MYSTERIES Berkley Prime Crime
SMOTHERED, COVERED, and DEAD (Jordan McAllister mystery) coming May 11th
JAILHOUSE GLOCK (A Dead Sister Talking Mystery) Midnight Ink May, 2014
MISSION TO KILL (Garcia Girls Mystery) coming September 14th

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


My Book Beginnings and Friday 56
 for this week are from 

Book 6 in the Farmers' Market Mystery series
by Paige Shelton

The New York Times bestselling author of Merry Market Murder returns to Bailey’s Farmers’ Market where Becca Robins must get her cousin out of a jam…

This summer, Becca is looking forward to selling her delicious jams and preserves, but things are changing fast at the farmers’ market. A fleet of food trucks has arrived for a two week visit, peddling cupcakes, tacos, chicken wings, and more—including a gourmet hot dog  truck operated by Becca’s own cousin, Peyton.

Tensions between truck operators and market vendors over their required licenses reach a crescendo when the town’s  business  manager is murdered. With Peyton already under suspicion of stealing money and a secret recipe from the restaurant where she worked in Arizona, the cops start grilling her as their prime suspect. Now it’s up to Becca to clear her cousin and find out who at the market gave themselves a license to kill.

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...

"Close your eyes," he said.

I did as he instructed. 

"Okay, stick out your tongue," he said. 

I did. 

"Tell me what you think." He deposited a small drop of liquid onto my tongue.

"Mmm," I said a second later. "That is so good. Can I open my eyes now?"


(Note from Lisa: Get your minds out of the gutter!

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...
From page 58 (page 56 was blank)

He was a nice enough guy, but I always has a sense he didn't that he didn't really want to be nice, that he was thinking of less than nice things to say but keeping them to himself as he vocalized pleasant sentiments instead. 

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  1. That lemon delight looks amazing! I love lemon anything! I like the looks and sounds of your snippets from the cozy too!
    I added you to the Linky! Happy weekend!

    1. I love lemon treats too. And thank you for adding me to the Linky. I was just on my way to do it!

  2. I may have to fix those lemon things for myself they sound so good! :)

    I love the use of color on you BB and 56, too.

    Check out my 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  3. That 56 sounds interesting I hope you're enjoying it.
    This friday post always makes me hungry that recipe looks delious.
    Happy weekend.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Sharon! I'm glad you like Cozy Food Friday!

  4. Yum! Those lemon treats look delicious and just perfect for summer. I love Paige Shelton's books though I'm behind on both series.

    1. Katherine, lemon desserts are so yummy in the summer.

  5. Lisa, all I can say is, "Where's my fork!?" :)

  6. The lemon dessert looks so refreshing and yummy for this time of year!

  7. Delicious excerpts and great book covers! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Laurel! I'm happy you enjoyed it!

  8. As if my mind would ever be in the gutter :P This sounds like a fun read although I have to admit I was really thinking about the lemon pie through the whole post! I shall have to make that soon! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have  great weekend!
    My Friday Meme
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  9. As always, thank you for sharing about the book and the recipe! I really want to try that lemon dessert!

  10. Both books look like winners. And you always make me drool as each picture enlarges the yummies! It gets closer, closer... but I can't grab it. Sure looks good:)
    My 56 -

  11. The recipe looks really, really good! I am pinning it. Thanks! The books look good, too.

  12. Hi Lisa,

    Great post, you managed to pack so much into it!

    I don't read an awful lot of cozies, as I tend to prefer my murders a bit more gritty and violent. However, it is always good to have a back-up list, just in case :)

    I don't know what you mean by getting my mind out of the gutter, the thought (whatever it was), never even crossed my mind LOL

    'Myrtles Lemon Delight', looks and sounds a little like our own UK 'Lemon Meringue Pie', although the top is a layer of crunchy egg white and sugar meringue.

    Whichever version, it sounds yummy, even at 11.30pm. I shall go to bed now dreaming of it!

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend :)


    1. Yvonne, we have lemon meringue pie here too. My Mom made the best!

  13. Thanks for sharing my recipe today, Lisa. Your readers will go crazy when they taste it.

    1. Thanks for sharing it with us, Liz! Looks like we're going to have a lot of people trying it out!