Friday, January 29, 2016

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 17 in the Tea Shop Mysteries
Laura Childs

The New York Times bestselling author of Ming Tea Murder serves up heists, homicides, and herbal blends in the latest in the Tea Shop mysteries.
Catering a high-class trunk show at Heart's Desire Jewelry is a shining achievement for Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop. After all, a slew of jewelers, museums, and private collectors will be there to showcase their wares and sip some of Theo's best blends. But just as Theo settles in to enjoy the fruits of her labor, the party is crashed by a gang of masked muggers who steal the precious gems and jewels on display. The thieves disappear almost as quickly as they arrived, leaving shattered glass, scattered gemstones, and a dead body in their wake.  
Although the last thing Theo wants is to get involved, she can't help but intercede when her dear friend Brooke, aunt of the victim and owner of Heart's Desire, begs for help in figuring out who committed the brutal burglary. Though the FBI believes this daring "smash and grab" is the work of an international gang of jewel thieves, Theo is convinced that the felon is someone much closer to home...


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On to the recipe!



½ cup water 
2 cups potatoes, diced 
1 cup carrots, sliced
1 cup celery, chopped 
1 tsp. salt 
¼ tsp. pepper 
2 cups cream-style corn 
1½ cups milk 
2/3 cup Cheddar cheese, grated


In a saucepan, combine water, potatoes, carrots, celery, salt, and pepper. 
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. 
Add cream-style corn and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. 
Add milk and grated cheese and stir until heated through (do not boil).

Yields 4 servings.

How easy is that? 
And doesn't it look yummy?

Want to make it even heartier?

All photos courtesy of Google Images. 
Your dish may vary in appearance.

Serve it in a bread bowl!
Perfect for a cold winter's meal!

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 also from 

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...

Crusted with emeralds, diamonds, rubies, and amethysts, the butterfly brooch glittered enticingly before Theodosia Browning's eyes. Perched in its own glass case, looking as if it had just landed on some tasty, succulent flower, the butterfly's lithe wings were a virtual aurora borealis of precious gems. 

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...

The agents shuffled toward the table, looking stodgy and staid. They realized they were somehow being handled by this small Southern woman, but weren't sure what to do about it. 


Laura Childs has bagged me again with this fantastic mystery steeped full of action and intrigue!  

Talk about a book starting off with a bang. DEVONSHIRE SCREAM had me gasping in shock only a few pages in. Seriously, I sat up straighter in my chair, and remember saying out loud, “No way!” 

DEVONSHIRE SCREAM takes the reader through a jewel hyst and murder, and carries us through as investigation brewing with ever increasing questions, all leading to an intense conclusion that left me absolutely breathless!

Book after book, author Laura Childs continues to write brilliant stories in this delightful series. Each new story is fresh, entertaining, and fun.

Returning fans, and new readers of the Tea Shop mysteries are in for a wonderful treat with this latest installment.

Make sure to check out the back of this book for recipes, Tea Time Tips, Tea Resources, and an excerpt of LITTLE GIRL GONE, a thriller y Laura Childs writing under her own name, Gerry Schmitt!

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  1. Thanks for posting that recipe. I love basic corn chowder so this will be a nice twist.

  2. Thanks, Lisa. Love the recipe and the book sounds great. Tea-riffic Friday, to you!

  3. I'm not wild about cheesy corn chowder, but I do love tea and scones and Devonshire cream. Love the title DEVONSHIRE SCREAM. Thanks, Lisa for the review. Have a great weekend!

  4. Thanks for the enticing review, and for the delish recipe! I'm looking forward to adding this one to my TBR pile.

  5. Both the book and the chowder sound yummy! Thanks for another foodie Friday and a wonderful book review. The chowder sounds like something I need to make this weekend since it is so cold. Have a fantastic weekend everyone.

  6. I am going to have to try that recipe. We have soup weather going on. I am spotlighting Blood Cross by Faith Hunter this week. Look for my review tomorrow. Happy reading!

  7. Gorgeous cover and blurb! And I adore corn I must have! LOL. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  8. If it's Laura Childs, I read it! For my money, one of the best cozy series out there!
    Thanks for the review!

    Kathleen Bylsma

  9. I haven't read Laura Childs in far too long though I used to love her books! I love the sound of this one and I've always enjoyed this series. That corn chowder sounds delicious!

  10. That chowder looks yummy. Making me hungry. Happy Friday!

  11. Lovely cover art and your food photos are gorgeous. Thanks for the recipe, too. I especially like the 2 descriptive words, stodgy & staid. Great post!

  12. Just had corn chowder two nights ago. Don't think I'd like it with cheese though.
    I've heard a lot about Laura Child's mysteries, but never read any yet. I'd like to though.
    Happy weekend!

  13. I like the idea of the agents being "handled" by the small southern woman.

    My Friday 56

  14. The recipe sounds good and easy - I also liked the beginning of the book and the description of the jewelry. Here's my Friday meme

  15. I've read Steeped in Evil in this series and liked it well enough. :) The chowder sounds delicious!

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).