Friday, July 17, 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
Book 3 in the Liz Lucus Cozy Mystery series
Dianne Harman

Six time Amazon All Star Author with her third book in the best selling Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series. 

Seth Williams, the bumbling and incompetent police chief of Red Cedar, calls Liz Lucas and asks her to help him solve the murder of his deputy, Leroy. He’s worried he might be a suspect because Leroy was going to run against him in the upcoming police chief election. His alibi is that he was getting a tarot card reading from Madame Dika when the murder occurred, but she vehemently denies that the reading ever occurred. 

Liz and her protective dog, Winston, follow numerous and sometimes conflicting clues as they try to discover who killed Leroy. Was it the tarot card reader, Madame Dika, who had served time in prison for a psychic scam involving jewelry? Her brother, Anton, who has ties to a Southeastern European stolen credit card ring? Tom Rice, an ex-felon who had been in prison for wife-beating? Donna, Leroy’s ex-wife, who wants to get the back alimony Leroy owed her by making a claim against his life insurance. Or Ratface, Leroy’s bookie? And yes, it might even be the police chief himself. 

And what about the relationship between Liz and Roger, the San Francisco lawyer she’s in love with. He gives her advice and helps her solve the case, but will their long-distance relationship turn into something more? 

As usual, mouth-watering recipes are included. 
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On to the recipe!



1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
3 tbsp. maple syrup, divided
¾ lb. thick cut bacon, preferably applewood-smoked, sliced crosswise into
   1/4 inch pieces
½ cup light brown sugar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. cream cheese
2 tbsp. butter
½ cup plus 2 tbsp. sifted powdered sugar
2 tbsp. milk for thinning glaze

Silpat cookie sheet liner or parchment paper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Open the can of rolls and separate them into triangles. Place them on a silpat or parchment paper lined cookie sheet, approximately ½ inch apart. 

Fry the bacon for about 15 minutes until crisp. Reserve 2 tbsp. bacon grease.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter and add 2 tbsp. maple syrup. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the brown sugar and cinnamon together. Set aside.

Brush the crescent roll dough triangles with the butter-maple syrup mixture and sprinkle with the brown sugar mixture. Top with bacon bits keeping 1 inch empty along the long side of the dough triangle. Roll each triangle into a tube beginning with the long side and ending with the point. Place the rolls, seam side down on the lined cookie sheet. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes or until brown. Remove the rolls from the cookie sheet and cool for a few minutes on a baking rack.

While rolls are cooking, make the glaze. In a medium bowl with a hand mixer combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, 1 tbsp. each bacon grease (melted) and maple syrup. If too thick, add milk until the desired consistency is reached.
Plate and drizzle the glaze over the rolls. Enjoy!

NOTE:  These can be assembled the evening before and refrigerated. Take them out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature, then bake as directed.

All food photos from Google Images. Your dish may very in appearance. 

(Sorry about the different color backgrounds. I'm not sure what happened.)

I can smell these! I am going to have to make sure not to make these. It would be far to dangerous to have them in the house!

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 2 in the Dream Club Mystery series
by Mary Kennedy

The national bestselling author of Nightmares Can Be Murder once again gathers together the members of the Dream Club in Savannah, Georgia, where the book tour of a famous chef becomes a recipe for disaster… 

Behind her down-home folksy persona, celebrity chef Sonia Scott is a real Dixie diva who’s made plenty of enemies in her climb to the top of the culinary world. One of them is the newest member of the Dream Club, Etta Mae Beasley, who claims Sonia stole her family’s recipes and used them in her latest cookbook.

After Sonia’s suspicious death from anaphylactic shock at a book signing held at Taylor and Ali’s retro candy store, Etta’s revelation sows seeds of doubt in Taylor Blake’s mind. Now the Dream Club needs to put their heads together to determine if one of their own decided to give the chef her just desserts…

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 this week...

"Do you suppose she'll pose for pictures with us? Or give me a few quotes for my book newsletter?" Lucinda Macavy flashed a shy smile at Sybil Powers, her eyes bright with excitement. "It's not everyday a celebrity chef like Sonia Scott comes to town," she added breathlessly. "It would be such an honor to meet her."

Lucinda, a thin woman wearing an expensive but unflattering clay-colored shirt, leaned forward to inspect the goodies Ali had arranged on the coffee table. With a quick, birdlike movement, she added a napoleon, a lemon bar, and a blueberry scone to her bone china plate and then sat back, waiting for the group to respond. 

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 this week...

We both knew that even though Noah was a private investigator he had strong ties to the police and he'd helped us out before in our investigations.

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  1. Sounds like a great mystery, and the maple bacon cinnamon rolls look so yummy!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. Thanks for the great recipe. I hope to try it out.

  3. thank you for this giveaway..........
    I cannot wait to start this series...

  4. Thank you for this great giveaway and the wonderful recipe. :)

  5. The recipe sounds divine and I'd love to win the book. :) Thank you!

  6. Hi!
    Sounds like a great book. Have a great day!

  7. Both books look fun and I'm drooling now. All I had was toast with my tea this morning. LOL

    Here's my 56 -

  8. Sounds like a good series--I love the setting. Savannah is such a beautiful city.

    My Friday post:

  9. Tasty sounding recipe. Who doesn't love bacon? I'm spotlighting Silver Mirrors by A. A. Aguirre this week. Happy reading!

  10. Thanks, Lisa! My daughter bought me cookies with maple and bacon. They were delicious!

  11. Interesting premise for The Death Card. Dream a Little Scream sounds exciting. I love culinary mysteries.

    Love Cinnamon Rolls. I've never had them with bacon. Interesting.

    Thanks, Lisa. Have a great weekend! :)

  12. The books sound so delightful...and the goodies so tempting! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  13. Dianne Harman's books are a real venture for the reader. I've enjoyed the previously written books and am sure this book will be the same.

  14. That recipe just may be worth the diabetic coma! Love all of her books.

  15. I havne't read any of these cozy mysteries but it seems there are always cats on the covers. Do the cats play a role in the plots?

  16. I have read the first two books in this series and enjoyed both of them. This one is on my wish list.

  17. Oh my gosh, Maple Bacon Cinnamon rolls sound like the perfect confluence of flavors for breakfast or brunch! Thanks!

  18. I love the title for this one and I hope you are enjoying it. Happy weekend!

  19. Love all Dianne's books! I just downloaded this and getting ready to read! Good luck all!

  20. Love the title...enjoy the read and your weekend.

    Not sure I would like bacon cinnamon rolls, but thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  21. Wow, two great authors, books, and an awesome recipe :) Thanks Lisa you rock!

  22. All these cozies are new to me but Scream sounds like one I'd enjoy. :) Happy reading!

  23. Sounds like a great cozy series!
    YUM to the maple bacon cinnamon rolls too. I am Canadian after all and there are two of our favorite things on it... lol
    Happy weekend!

  24. For your next mystery.... death by BACON!

  25. Your next mystery... death by BACON!

  26. OMG that looks delish! Dream a Little Scream makes me think of ice cream though hahahaha!

  27. Interesting 56, I hope you're enjoying it.