Friday, March 17, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

and a


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

Today I'm featuring a recipe from
Book 3 in the Country Store Mysteries
Maddie Day

Despite the bitter winter in South Lick, Indiana, business is still hot at Robbie Jordan’s restaurant. But when another murder rattles the small town, can Robbie defrost the motives of a cold-blooded killer?
Before she started hosting dinners for Indiana University’s Sociology Department at Pans ‘N Pancakes, Robbie never imagined scholarly meetings could be so hostile. It’s all due to Professor Charles Stilton, who seems to thrive on heated exchanges with his peers and underlings, and tensions flare one night after he disrespects Robbie’s friend, graduate student Lou. So when Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing the next morning and find the contentious academic frozen under ice, police suspect Lou might have killed him after their public tiff. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie is absorbing local gossip about Professor Stilton’s past and developing her own thesis on the homicide—even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way . . .

About Maddie

National best-selling author Maddie Day writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Edith Maxwell she is a 2017 double Agatha Award nominee for her historical mystery Delivering the Truth and her short story, “The Mayor and the Midwife.” She writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries. Her award-winning short crime fiction has appeared in many juried anthologies, and she is honored to serve as President of Sisters in Crime New England.
A fourth-generation Californian and former tech writer, farmer, and doula, Maxwell now writes, cooks, gardens, and wastes time as a Facebook addict north of Boston with her beau and three cats. She blogs at, Killer Characters, and with the Midnight Ink authors. Find her at and elsewhere.



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On to the recipe!

Chicken Ezekiel
All food photos courtesy of Maddie Day/Edith Maxwell

Robbie Jordan made this dish to serve to the Sociology Department as WHEN THE GRITS HIT THE FAN opens. I got the recipe in 1982 from Professor Ellen Contini-Morava in Baltimore and have been making it ever since. Thanks, Ellen!
1 chicken, cut up, or 3 thighs and 4 drumsticks
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced across the grain to mince
3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
1 tablespoon fresh chopped or 1 teaspoon dried, crumbled rosemary
Pinch of sugar
1 pound rotini

Rinse the chicken pieces and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large, heavy skillet with a lid over medium-high heat, and brown the chicken pieces, in batches, on each side for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl or plate.
Turn the heat down to medium. Add the onion with a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze, until the onions begin to soften. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and stir, until the garlic begin to soften. Do not let it brown. Add the tomatoes, olives, rosemary, and sugar and stir together until the tomatoes begin to bubble and smell fragrant, about 5 minutes.

Return the chicken pieces to the pan. Cover and cook 25 to 30 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring at regular intervals and turning the chicken pieces so the ingredients don’t scorch and the chicken cooks evenly. The chicken will be quite tender. Add freshly ground pepper; taste and adjust the salt. Serve hot over rotini, with freshly ground parmesan on top.

It's very cold here today in Delaware as I
set up this post. I can just imagine a hot pot of Chicken Ezekiel sending glorious smells through the house!


Please keep reading and check out my 
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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

Who knew people could be so nasty to each other?

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% 

"Onc second." I took a deep breath and exhaled the tension and irrational fear, like a meditation teacher had taught me during college.  I repeated the breath, doing my best to take in the calm and well-being of the world and let out all that was negative.   


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  1. This book sounds great and the recipe looks very yummy!

  2. Thanks, Lisa and Maddie/Edith. Yum! Happy Friday, to you.

  3. MMMM A good book and some yummy grits.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  4. Thanks for sharing...both the excerpts and the yummy looking food...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. The recipe sounds good. The book sounds good too. This week I am spotlighting The Cutaway by Christina Kovac. Happy reading!

  6. Can't wait to read this book. Thanks for sharing, Lisa.

  7. Thanks for this great giveaway! I haven't read this series yet. It is on my TBR list though!

  8. How delicious! Both the book and the recipe. Thanks for sharing and for visiting today. The Undoing Project is my Friday book.

  9. Can't wait for this next installment of the series. Love it!!

  10. Can't wait for this next installment of the series. Love it!!

  11. That title cracked me up. I love my grits! Sounds like a winner and that chicken looks YUMMY!

    My Friday 56 from Bone White

  12. Love the photo of Maddie in the kitchen!

  13. I really like that book beginning because even though you know how awful people can be, it always somehow surprises you. Happy reading!

  14. Can't wait to read the book. Love the cover and the title.

  15. I've been wanting to read this series. It looks great.

  16. Hi Lisa! I've read the first two installments of Maddie's Country Store series and would love to win When the Grits Hit the Fan. Thanks for a chance in the give-a-way!

  17. this would be a new series.
    sounds like a fun read.

  18. Sounds like a fun cozy!
    Happy weekend!

  19. Thanks for the chance to win

    Becky Prazak

  20. That sounds good - minus the olives! :D

  21. I'm on the look out for a new cozy or two to get into and this looks great. Thanks!