Friday, January 8, 2016

Cozy Food Friday 
with a 

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring a recipe from
Book 8 in the Cedar Bay Mysteries
Dianne Harman

Cuba - a land of classic cars, beautiful beaches, salsa music, and the best cigars in the world. As diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States starts to improve, everyone wants a piece of the action. When Mike’s friend, Jack Trout, asks Kelly and Mike to join his wife and him on an exploratory trip to a Cuban island, it’s an invitation they can’t resist. Mike’s dream of fly fishing the saltwater flats on the exotic island is quickly replaced when he’s asked by the local constable to help solve the murder of a British fly fishing guide, Dudley Samms. Jack becomes a suspect and his wife, Carola, asks Kelly to help solve the crime. 

Plenty of quirky characters have reasons to wish Dudley dead, but who killed him? The Englishman who is the head of one of the largest international banks in the world? The American with no visible means of support, but who has plenty of money to fish all around the world? The victim’s wife? One of the Cuban fishing guides? Or was it Jack? 

This is the eighth book in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series. Dianne is also the author of the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series and the High Desert Cozy Mystery Series, all of which are best sellers. 

To find out more about Dianne and her books, visit her web site at  

Dianne is giving away 3 Kindle copies of 

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On to the recipe!

(Black Beans And Rice)


1½ cups dried black beans 
¼ cup olive oil 
2½ cups diced onions
2½ cups green pepper, seeded and diced 
4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped 
3 tsp. ground cumin 
1 tsp. oregano 
1 bay leaf 
3 tbps. white vinegar 
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tsp. salt 
½ tsp. freshly ground pepper
4½ cups chicken stock 
3 cups long grain white rice 
2 tbsp. chopped parsley or cilantro for garnish 


Cover the dry beans with 4 cups of water in a large saucepan. 
Bring to a boil for 20 minutes. 
Remove from heat and let stand covered for one hour. 

Drain and rinse the beans. 
Add enough water to cover them and bring to a boil. 
Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until tender about 45- 60 minutes. 

Rinse the rice with cold water until the water runs clear. 
Use a large covered stockpot and sauté the onion and green pepper in the olive oil until tender. 
Add garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes.
Add tomato paste, black beans, oregano, cumin, bay leaf, and vinegar. 
Cook for about five minutes, stirring gently.
Add the chicken stock and rice. 
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes until rice is fully cooked.  

Adjust seasonings by adding salt and pepper to taste.
Remove bay leaf and serve.

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

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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 (From Chapter 1)

"Stay here and watch our luggage. I'll go find the taxi that's supposed to pick us up and take us to the hotel. Jack, you speak a little Spanish. Give me a hand," Carola said. 

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

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  1. Murder in Cuba sounds like a great read! Thank you for the giveaway and recipe.

  2. I have some of Dianne's books and the one I read I enjoyed. All her covers are eye catching and make me want to read them.

    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  3. Thanks, Lisa. Happy Friday, to you!

  4. What a gorgeous cover and lovely setting...and the food makes me hungry! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  5. Great post! This book is right up my alley! I love playing salsa piano music and Mexican food is my favorite. The cover art is gorgeous and the snippet is perfectly clever! Thanks for sharing the recipe and giveaway.

  6. This sounds like a delightful cozy and a series I should read. Love that black beans and rice recipe too. Yummy!
    My Friday post features THE TIME IN BETWEEN.

  7. Happy Friday! The recipe looks great!

  8. I've been wanting to try Dianne's books for a long time. They look great.

  9. I like my characters to be sarcastic, haha. Happy weekend!

  10. Sounds like a good mystery. Love the rice recipe too! Happy weekend!

  11. What a summery cover, I love it :D

    Our BB