Friday, August 11, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
Book 3 in the Liv and Di in Dixie Mysteries
by Vickie Fee

Party planner Liv McKay has outdone herself this time. She’s put together an unforgettable Fourth of July celebration for the town of Dixie, Tennessee—including breathtaking fireworks and an exciting Miss Dixie Beauty Pageant. Maybe a little too exciting.

As the party is winding down, Liv’s sense of triumph fizzles when the body of town councilman Bubba Rowland is discovered on the festival grounds. And now the prime suspect in his murder is Liv’s mother’s fiancΓ©, Earl, who had a flare-up recently with Bubba. To clear Earl’s name, Liv and her best friend Di burst into action to smoke out the real killer before another life is extinguished . . .


ONE FETE IN THE GRAVE is a cozy festival of mystery, mayhem, and fun!

In this third installment of Fee’s series, ONE FETE IN THE GRAVE started off with one of, if not the best murder scenes I have read. In keeping with cozy guidelines, it’s not gory, but that doesn’t mean the image won’t stick in your head for a while. Oh yeah, you’ll see this one every time the victim’s name is mentioned.

Author Fee kept a steady stream of intrigue going, while also keeping the story fun and light, and everything moving along with a great flow. I became lost in her world of Dixie, TN. Seriously, more than half way through this book, I finally came up for air and food. I was so engrossed in the story, I lost all track time!

Since reading book one, DEATH CRASHES THE PARTY, I have loved everything about the Liv and Di in Dixie Mysteries. Author Vickie Fee has created wonderfully fun and richly written southern characters that always make me smile. She also has a real feel for what makes a mystery cunning and exciting. ONE FETE IN THE GRAVE is no different. This is the strongest, and best of the series by far. As a matter of fact, I think Ms. Fee has set a new bar for herself.

Oh! You have got to check out the back of the book when you’ve finished the story. There are pages of tips on throwing a great Fourth of July part, and for a baby shower! And these tips also come with recipe ideas!


On to the recipe!


All food photos are borrowed from Google Images and its contributors, with many thanks. 
Your finished dish will very in appearance.


2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 cup mayo
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
4 tablespoons chopped sweet pickles
Salt and pepper to taste
Smoked paprika 


   Place eggs in pan and cover with cold water. When water starts to boil, reduce heat to a low simmer uncovered for one minute. Remove from heat and cover. Let stand for 12 minutes. Move eggs to an ice bath to cool.

   Peel and dice the potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Cover them with water in a large pot and bring to a boil for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain in a colander. Let potatoes cool completely before mixing, so they don't crumble.

   Peel and roughly chop hard-boiled eggs.

   In a separate bowl, mix together all the other ingredients except the paprika. Add potatoes and eggs and stir gently until the dressing coats the potatoes. Sprinkle paprika liberally on top. 

We don't make our potato salad with eggs and pickles in my family, but this sure does sound good.

What ingredients do you use in your potato salad?


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

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 Book Beginnings

There was a series of deafening explosions. Babies were crying. A dog was howling. And out of the corner of my eye, I could see the outline of a man, no doubt intoxicated, relieving himself in the bushes. 

My 56

I cleared my throat and searched for the right words.

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  1. I love the Liv and Di series. The potato salad sounds just like my mom's, so i know it must be delicious!

  2. Thanks, Lisa. I don't usually make my potato salad with eggs and pickles, either. I've eaten some, though, and it is good. Happy Friday.

  3. Still another new cozy series. I will never catch up. This one sounds like a lot of fun. Our potato salad comes straight from Betty Crocker with celery, eggs and Italian dressing. This week I have Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. Happy reading!

  4. That's how my Mom made potato salad. I try to imitate it and everyone says it's close. My Mom never wrote anything down. She was from West Virginia. I'll have to try this recipe and see how the family likes it.

  5. What a delicious looking/sounding book...and the potato salad has me drooling. I'm a big fan of this kind of potato salad. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  6. As usual I come to visit from Book Beginnings and I ignore the quote and pay attention to the food. My potato salad is almost exactly that recipe and I didn't realize it is "Southern". Sounds yummy. Please visit my Friday Quotes Page.

  7. Sounds like a great read!
    Ironically, I've been making that potato sald my whole life and didn't know it was a Southern recipe! :-) MMM!
    Happy weekend!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing, Lisa! Potato salad without pickles?!

  9. My family makes ours with lots if hard cooked eggs, finely chopped mild onion like Vidalia and lightly microwaved, and I sprinkke a bit of champagne vinegar over the hot potatoes too. If I don't get to put the vinegar on the potatoes I mix it into the mayo. I usually put fresh chopped green onions or chopped chuves on top too.


  10. This looks like a fun one. I enjoy a good cozy now and then. :-) I wish my 4th of July had been that exciting! Well, without the murder.

    I'm afraid I don't cook much. I'm more a wash the dishes after type. LOL My husband does though. I can't say we use eggs or pickles in our potato salad either. I don't think my husband would go for the pickles, but he might try it with eggs . . .

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  11. This book sounds like a blast! I love ones that focus on food. Thanks for sharing it. :)

  12. This sounds like a great book! I'm definitely gonna look this series up! And that potato salad looks delicious! Happy reading! :)

  13. Every time I visit your blog for the 56, I giggle inside. I just can't with all these cute book titles. Happy weekend!

  14. I always enjoy your books and recipes. Thanks!

  15. I always feel so hungry after I see your posts! :)
    Lauren @ Always Me