Friday, December 2, 2016

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
Book 2 in the Taste Of Texas Mysteries
by Rebecca Adler

Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan is about to serve up some Lone Star justice in this spicy Taste of Texas Mystery from the author of Here Today, Gone Tamale.
Tourists are pouring into the town of Broken Boot for the annual Homestead Days Music Festival. Opening the celebration at Two Boots dance hall is smooth-talking country singer Jeff Clark, the ex-boyfriend of Josie’s best friend, Patti Perez. When the charming Clark woos Patti onstage in an attempt to rekindle some sparks with his old flame, Josie fears her friend will end up as just one more notch on the singer’s guitar strap.
To impress her editor at the Broken Boot Bugle, Josie and her Chihuahua, Lenny, pursue the singer to Patti’s house, hoping for an interview. Instead, they discover Clark facedown in a bowl of guacamole with a bloodied guitar at his side. With Patti suddenly a murder suspect, Josie must use her reporter skills to find out who had a chip on their shoulder—before the killer double dips....


About Rebecca

Rebecca Adler grew up on the sugar beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast. Drawn to the Big Apple by the sweet smell of wishful thinking, she studied acting on Broadway until a dark-eyed cowboy flung her over his saddle and hightailed it to the Southwest.

Prior to writing women's fiction, Gina always found a way to add a touch of the dramatic to her life: dinner theatre in Mississippi, can-can club in Florida, and playing a giant Furskin in the New York Toy Fair, plus the occasional play and musical.

She's currently content to pour her melodramatic tendencies into writing her Taste of Texas culinary mystery series. Set in far West Texas, her humorous stories are filled with delicious suspense and scrumptious Tex-Mex recipes. Her alter ego, Gina Lee Nelson, writes sweet contemporary romances with a sweet, Southern-fried flavor.


If you liked book one, HERE TODAY, GONE TAMALE, you’re going to love this second offering in the Taste of Texas Mystery series.

It was so fun to be back in Broken Boot, Texas. With me being an “I love cold weather” kind of gal, this series allows me to enjoy the Texas climate. Of course I wouldn’t enjoy it half as much without main character Josie Callahan and her best friend Patti Perez. These two besties get into a little bit of everything. Even murder Come on, it is a mystery after all. ;-) Oh, I almost forgot, Lenny, Josie’s Chihuahua I just love that pup!

Like its predecessor, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE GUACAMOLE is a witty, wonderfully written mystery with eclectic characters and plenty of mayhem to keep the reader glue to their seats. From the discovery of the victim, through the investigation, until the shocking reveal, if I wasn’t holding my breath, I was laughing out loud. Author Rebecca Adler knows how to really bring it.

You’re going to want to read THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE GUACAMOLE.

This book includes growling tummy inducing recipes!

On to the recipe!

Milagro's Sopa de Lima
(Mexican Lime Soup)

All photos courtesy of Google images
Your finished dish may differ in appearance 

Makes 8 servings

Prep time: 20 minutes. Cook time: 45 minutes


9 cups chicken broth
5 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 large red onion, quartered
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon dried thyme or 2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 green onions, chopped
1 large green chile pepper, seeded and diced
2 large tomatoes, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup fresh lime juice
½ lime
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
tortilla chips or tortilla chip strips, for topping


In a large pot, combine the chicken broth, chicken breasts, red onion, garlic, black pepper, and thyme and bring to a boil. 
Reduce the heat and simmer until the chicken breasts are no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear. 
Removed the cooked chicken and shred, and then return it to the simmering pot. 

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
Cook the green onions and chile pepper in the oil until tender.
Add the tomatoes and continue cooking until soft. 
Add the mixture to the pot with the chicken soup. 

Season with the salt. Return the soup to simmer. 

Add the lime juice and ½ lime. 
Cook 10 minutes. 
Remove from the heat and remove the lime half.
Add the cilantro.

Serve with tortilla chips.

It's the perfect time of year for a bowl of piping hot soup. Let me know what you think if you try this one out. 


Please keep reading and check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56

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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
"Ride 'em cowgirl!"
Diablo lurched, twirled a half turn, bucked his rider, and reeled the opposite way.
"Shut your mouth before I jump off this contraption and belt you one across the kisser," hollered Patti Perez, her jet-black hair flying is all directions.

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 is a rare opportunity for you to gain some much needed experiemce. . . . Oh, heck. You know what I mean."

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. The soup looks yummy! Happy Friday, to you.

  2. Yum! The book and the soup are just what I need on a chilly day. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  3. Both the book and the recipe sound good. I am reading Enemy Games by Marcella Burnard from my TBR mountain this week. Happy reading!

  4. I like the sound of the book and that recipe looks great.

  5. I should never read your blog posts before lunch! Now I'm really hungry. That soup looks scrumptuous. The book sounds good too.
    My Friday post features THE LAST ANNIVERSARY.

  6. Ooh, that soup looks yummilicious! I have this book on my 2017 cozy challenge. Love the characters already and haven't even met them yet.

    My Friday 56 from Gemina

  7. That soup's really making me hungry! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!