Friday, January 20, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
Book 5 in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries
by Daryl Wood Gerber

Things heat up for bookstore owner Jenna Hart in the latest Cookbook Nook mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of Fudging the Books.
As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Cookbook Nook store owner Jenna Hart is ready to indulge her appetite for grilled and barbecued treats and maybe even try the Texas skip. But when the body of one of her father’s neighbors is found the next morning smoldering in a bonfire, the rodeo revelry is extinguished. 
Sylvia Gump had acquired plenty of enemies with her practice of illegally encroaching on her neighbors’ properties—including Jenna’s dad, who was off fishing by himself and has no alibi for the murder. Now it’s up to Cary Hart’s dutiful daughter to clear his name before the real killer turns up the heat and rakes someone else over the coals...





Be prepared to get your mystery senses fired up over this delicious read!

Ever since read book one, FINAL SENTENCE, the Cookbook Nook Mysteries have been one of my very favorites.

Getting back to Crystal Cover is like going back to visit old friends. The characters in this series are so richly written, it’s hard to believe they’re fictional! The family, and the friend dynamics are something we all should be graced with in our lives.

GRILLING THE SUBJECT is another fabulous installment of this great series. A fun, fast, intriguing read. I read this is one setting, breaking only for food and drink. (These books make me hungry!) Filled with twists, turns, and all around “Whats?”, I didn’t even come close to guessing whodunit.

Author Daryl Wood Gerber certainly knows what it takes to give readers the best time they can have. She sure has a real fan in me!

Don’t forget to check out the back of the book for some great recipes!


About Daryl

Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER ventures into the world of suspense with her gripping debut novel, GIRL ON THE RUN. Daryl also writes the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries. As AVERY AAMES, she pens the bestselling Cheese Shop Mysteries.


On to the recipe!


Photos courtesy of Google Images

Serves 4 to 6


1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 cups uncooked white rice
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with their liquid
1 cup beef broth, plus more if needed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon white pepper


   In a sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter. 
   Add the rice and stir until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. 

   Add the diced tomatoes with their liquid, beef broth, chopped onion, minced garlic, bay leaf, sugar, salt, black pepper, and white pepper. 
   Bring the mixture to a boil.
   Reduce heat to low.
   Cover and simmer the rice for 25 to 30 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. 
   Add more beef broth if needed. 

   Remove the bay leaf before serving.

   Isn't that easy?

This sure would be fantastic for dinner on a cold winter evening. And there are so many things you can do with it, or serve it with! ðŸ™‚


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

Both 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

I didn't mean to. It was an accident.

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 

Unless she's guilty of murder sailed through my mind.


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

  2. I have enjoyed books by this author, most recently, Girl on the Run, so I'm eager to get this one....and bookstore settings are also favorites of mine.

    I like how you spotlighted the book (and your handwritten review). Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

    Love the food, too!

  3. I love foodie cozy mysteries. Here is the link to my Friday 56:

  4. The recipe and book sound good. I haven't read any in this series yet. I'm adding the series to my wishlist. Happy reading!

  5. I haven't started this series yet, but it sounds really interesting.

  6. One-sitting books can be a lot of fun. Seems there's a lot of suspicion floating around in that 56. I love stories where everyone is a suspect. Happy Friday!

  7. Spanish rice is great with baked chicken. MMM.
    Happy weekend!

  8. This series is on my wishlist. :)