Friday, May 13, 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 1 Nick & Nora Mysteries
T. C. LoTempio

First in a new series!

Nora Charles doesn’t believe in fate, even if she is a crime reporter who shares a name with a character from The Thin Man. In fact, she’s moving back to Cruz, California, to have a quieter life. But after finding an online magazine eager for material, and a stray cat named Nick with a talent for detection, Nora’s not just reporting crimes again. She’s uncovering them… 
Back in her hometown, Nora reconnects with old friends and makes some new ones, like Nick, the charming feline who seems determined to be her cat. But not everything about Cruz is friendly. Writing for a local online magazine, Nora investigates the curious death of socialite Lola Grainger. Though it was deemed an accident, Nora suspects foul play. And it seems that her cat does too. 
Apparently, Nick used to belong to a P.I. who disappeared while investigating Lola Grainger’s death. The coincidence is spooky, but not as spooky as the clues Nick spells out for her with Scrabble letters—clues that lead her down an increasingly dangerous path. Whether fate put her on this case or not, solving it will take all of Nora’s wits, and maybe a few of Nick’s nine lives.  

On to the recipe!

In the Nick and Nora mystery series the lead character, Nora Charles, owns a specialty sandwich shop called Hot Bread.  In between solving mysteries, Nora rustles up delicious sandwiches named after famous people: i.e, her Antionio Banderas Cuban or her Sly Stallone Meatloaf Sandwich.  But by far the most popular dish on her menu is – you guessed it – the Thin Man Tuna Melt!
Not only is it an homage to Nora’s favorite fictional detective, it’s a favorite of Nick’s, her tubby tuxedo cat!  He loves to lick the bowl after Nora’s finished spooning out the tuna!  It’s a quick easy recipe that the whole family – even your cats – will enjoy! Bon apptite!



1 (6 1/2 oz.) can of tuna, drained
1/2 c. finely chopped celery
1/3 c. mayonnaise, regular or low-fat
2 tbsp. diced onion
2 tbsp. crumbled bacon bits
1/2 tsp. garlic salt or powder
4 slices cheese, Swiss or cheddar
4 thin-cut tomato slices
8 slices of your favorite bread
butter or margarine


Combine tuna, celery, mayonnaise, onion, and garlic salt and blend.

Butter one side of bread, place in toaster oven. 
Cover with tuna mixture and spread out, then top with cheese slice. 
Sprinkle liberally with bacon bits. 
Place under broiler for one minute, then put tomato slices on top. 
Butter one side of remaining bread and place on top of cheese, buttered side up.

Grill until golden brown on both sides, or cheese is melted. 
Remove, cut and serve. 
Serves two humans and one tubby tuxedo cat.

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 is 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


Lola never knew what hit her.

I think that's all I'll give you on this one. Take it how you will. ;-)

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 thought of this two-hundred-something-pound black man in one of Lady Gaga's outrageous outfits made me want to laugh out loud. 

I have decided to double up on my BB and 56 this week. My second book featured is

Book 2 in the Nick & Nora Msyteries
by T. C. LoTempio

Since inheriting her mother’s sandwich shop, Nora Charles is more about hot grilled paninis than cold-blooded murder—until her sister Lacey is arrested. The victim, an esteemed art collector and Lacey’s bullying professor, was stabbed in the heart. Apparently, all over a lousy grade.  
Off campus, things were just as dicey. The prof had an ex with secrets, a trophy wife set to inherit a fortune in masterworks, and a scorned student mistress. Going undercover, Nora realizes that investigating this crime is the biggest test of her sleuthing career. Because if she fails, even Nick’s animal instinct won’t be enough to rescue Lacey from a perfectly executed framing.

My Book Beginnings

"Chérie, I don't think you have a choice. You have to get rid of him."

My Friday 56

We exchanged a few more pleasantries, and then I hung up and pulled my laptop out of my tote. I settled in at the small table near the window and decided now was as good a time as any to start my research on other possible suspects.

And coming December 6, 2016

Book 3 in the Nick & Nora Mysteries
by T. C. LoTempio

Nick and Nora aren’t just pussyfooting around this time as they deal with a missing person’s case and murder.
While catering a gala for the Cruz Museum, Nora Charles agrees to look into the disappearance of director Violet Crenshaw’s niece, a case previously undertaken by her frisky feline friend Nick’s former owner, a private eye whose whereabouts are also currently unknown. 
As Nora and her curious cat Nick pull at the string of clues, they begin to unravel a twisted tale of coded messages, theft, false identities, murder, and international espionage. Nora dares to hope that the labyrinth of leads will not only help them locate the missing young woman, but also solve the disappearance of the detective. That’s if Nora can stay alive long enough to find him...


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About the author

Toni, T.C., Lotempio is the author of the national bestselling Nick and Nora Mystery series. When she’s not writing or trying out recipes, she and her blogging cat ROCCO fundraise for Nathan Fillion’s charity, KIDS NEED TO READ.  Book 3 in the NN mystery series, 
CRIME AND CATNIP, is out December 6!

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

  2. Kitties everywhere! LOL That sandwich has me drooling. Another fun cozy series I'm wanting to read.

    My Friday 56 from Rebel Belle

  3. Her kitty kitty. A mystery and a snack, can't beat that.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  4. Love this feature, thanks for sharing. Another series to add to my pile.

  5. Wow, what a lovely combination of goodies! Thanks for sharing...I really love the covers and excerpts...and the food! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. Thanks for sharing about the book and the recipe, both look great. :-)

  7. That cover made me giggle... a cat spelling out murder with bread. :-)
    Happy weekend!

  8. I do like the beginning and 56 of Meow If It's Murder - sounds like a cute book - I don't think that tuna recipe is for me but I do like Tuna for visiting

  9. That recipe looks very good! Thanks for the review!

  10. I enjoyed the first book and I need to catch up with the series. That tuna melt looks yummy!

  11. FYI this recipe is cat approved LOL.