Friday, May 27, 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 2 in the Brewing Trouble Mysteries
Joyce Tremel

Another intoxicating mystery featuring brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara—from the author of To Brew or Not to Brew.
Brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend Jake Lambert are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for best craft beer—but even if she doesn’t, the festival will be great publicity for her Allegheny Brew House.
Or will it? When notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a last-minute replacement judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley literally spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the cranky critic drops dead right after trying one of Jake’s burgers. Now an ambitious new police detective is determined to pin Mobley’s murder on Max and Jake, who must pore over the clues to protect their freedom and reputations—and to find the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.

is available for pre-order 
October 4, 2106

About the author

Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. She is a native Pittsburgher and lives in a suburb of the city with her husband and a spoiled cat.

Her debut mystery, To Brew Or Not To Brew has been nominated for the 2015 Reviewers' Choice award for best amateur sleuth by RT Book Reviews. The second book in the series, Tangled Up In Brew is scheduled for release in October 2016.

On to the recipe!


Photo courtesy Joyce Tremel

1 cup butter
1 12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla
4 large eggs
1 cup flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Line a cookie sheet or mini-muffin pan with approximately 48 foil cups (2 inch size). 

Photo courtesy Joyce Tremel

Melt butter in large saucepan. 
Add chocolate chips and stir until melted. 
Add sugar and vanilla and mix thoroughly.

Photo courtesy Joyce Tremel

Remove from heat and add eggs one at a time, stirring thoroughly after each one. Stir in flour gradually until mixed well. Fill cups to approximately ¾ full. Bake for 25 minutes. Do not over bake.


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25 pieces chewy soft caramel candies, unwrapped
1 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. Vanilla

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Melt caramels and water in saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

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Drizzle caramel over cooled brownies and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

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You drooled a little with this one, didn't you?
I know I did!

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 1 in the Brewing Trouble Mystery series

An all-new mystery series set in a Pittsburgh craft brew pub, featuring a brewmaster with a head for sleuthing.
The Allegheny Brew House is a dream come true for Maxine “Max” O’Hara, who went all the way to Germany for her brewmaster certification, and is now preparing to open her own craft brew pub in a newly revitalized section of Pittsburgh. But before she can start pouring stouts and lagers to thirsty throngs, there’s trouble on tap. Suspicious acts of sabotage culminate in Max finding her assistant brewmaster and chef Kurt Schmidt strangled in one of the vats.
Between rescuing a stray gray tabby she names Hops and considering a handsome ex-hockey player as her new chef, Max doesn’t have a lot of time to solve a murder. But with a homicide detective for a dad, she comes to criminal investigation naturally. And if someone is desperate enough to kill to stop her from opening, Max needs to act fast—before her brand-new brew biz totally tanks...

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

If looks could kill, the plumbing inspector giving me the bad news would have been in big trouble. "What do you mean there's a crack in the water line?" I said. "That's just not possible."

"Right here." He pointed. "You're going to have to replace the whole piece."

Sure enough, there was a one-inch gash in the line running to the brand-new stainless steel brew kettle, which we'd just installed a few days ago. I was hoping to brew a batch of pale ale tomorrow, but that was now out of the question.

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

He kissed me on the cheek and squeezed my should. "And I will see you here on Sunday."

I watched him drive away and returned to my Corolla. I'd just started the engine when my cell phone rang. I didn't recognize the number. I answered anyway, ready to yell at whatever telemarketer was calling me even though I was on the Do Not Call Registry. I was wrong about who the caller was. It was the alarm company. My motion detectors had been set off. 

Except for the kiss on the cheek, seems like protagonist, Maxine "Max" O'Hara is going to be in for a rough time. 

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  1. Those brownies look amazing! I really want one. Mmmm...

  2. I just told my husband about Joyce's mystery Tangled up in Brew. He brews beer and often reads the cozy mysteries that I do.

    Yummy recipe.

    Have a great weekend, Lisa and Joyce!

  3. Thanks, Lisa. I sure would like to have some of these brownies. Happy Friday!

  4. I have got to make these! They looks awesome!

  5. From pg 56 of Killer Takeout by Lucy Burdette - "We decided to order from the Cafe," said Miss Gloria. "Mmmm, good choice." As I sat down to spoon spicy noodles with stir-fried vegetables onto my plate, I realized I should call Danielle and invite her over.

  6. Those brownies sound great. The book sounds good too. My 56 book is Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs. Happy reading!

  7. Those brownies look absolutely delicious!!
    That looks like an interesting read, not sure it's for me, but I do like the title haha!!
    Happy reading!

  8. Wow, those brownies look good enough toe at. And the book sounds good enough to read. :) Thanks Lisa and Joyce.

  9. Oh, the brews and burgers festival sounds wonderful! Count me in...and I will also happily take one of those brownies. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  10. I love cozies and this series sounds like a good one. :)

  11. Love the colorful cover art. Thanks for introducing me to the series and for sharing the yummy recipe. Have an awesome weekend!

  12. Those caramel pecan brownies look delicious. Thanks for sharing about the recipe and the book. :-)

  13. Just popping in to say hi and thanks! Those brownies are really, really good--and probably a gazillion calories. They were a big hit when I made them.

  14. Lovely title, and yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. Here's my Friday Book.

  15. Looks like a great cozy, and those brownies look delicious! Happy Memorial day long weekend!

  16. I loved the first book so much, and I can't wait to read the next one. And these brownies. ...yum. I will be making some very soon.

  17. I don't which is cuter, the titles for these books or that squirrel! LOL Thanks for visiting my post and have a fab holiday weekend!

  18. Honestly, that recipe would be perfect without the pecans. :D

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  19. It's certainly good I don't have those brownies here now, because there would not be any left for anyone else! Yum!

  20. I totally drooled! And that 56, I don't know if I should interpret that as a threat or not. Happy weekend!

  21. I hate to say it, but that picture of caramel has melted my impression of everything else from this post... I'm one of those strange people who doesn't like chocolate, though, so I am sure most people would be equally interested in the whole recipe!

  22. Brownies look amazing. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. I will have to make these. I am looking forwrd to reading this book. Thanks for sharing. Happy reading.

  23. Oh that brownie looks good. Haven't heard of this author yet but that certainly is a nice cover.