Friday, October 27, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
Book 9 in the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries
by Catherine Bruns

From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes the next deadly delicious Carrie Jorgenson adventure in paradise...

Carrie Jorgenson is living the dream in Hawaii. She has a steady job as a waitress at the Loco Moco Café, a hot new love interest in her manager, and the curtain’s about to rise on her role in a local theater production. But when she's asked to deliver food to a guest at the Aloha Lagoon resort—who then drops dead!—her dreams quickly become the stuff of nightmares. 

World renowned food critic Randolph Cremshaw has no shortage of enemies. He's rude, patronizing, and famous for his one-star reviews. After the coffee Carrie delivers is discovered to have been poisoned, she and the café quickly rise to the top of the suspects list. A jealous co-worker, thefts at the restaurant, and a performance that threatens to blow up in Carrie's face only make things worse. With an already full plate, Carrie is also forced into making a decision that may change everything for her. But this all pales in comparison when she comes face to face with Randolph's killer and what might be the final curtain call…of her life. 

Recipes included!


Murder in paradise is a great thing! For us readers of the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries that is. ;-)

Author Catherine Bruns has delivered another wonderful tale of mystery. One of my favorite authors, I’m always excited when I hear she has a new release available. She did not disappoint.

DEATH OF THE KONA MAN, like Bruns’ other books, was a fast paced, quick witted story that held me captivated from the first page to the last. With great characters, a lovely setting, and a plot that kept me guessing, I loved this tropical murder mystery treat.

So, kick off your shoes, fix a fruity drink along with one of the delicious recipes included, and settle in for a terrific read! DEATH OF A KONA MAN is one you’re not going to want to miss!



Catherine is the USA Today best selling author of the Cookies & Chance mysteries. She lives in New York with her very patient husband, three sons, and assorted cats and dogs. Catherine has a B.A. in English and is a former newspaper reporter and press release writer. She also writes the Cindy York and the Aloha Lagoon (Carrie Jorgenson) mysteries. Her next Cookies & Chance mystery, Silenced by Sugar, releases in January 2018.

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On to the recipe!


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

Cooking spray 
1 pound ground beef chuck  
1 cup sliced onion  
½ cup water (to enhance the flavor, use chicken broth in place of water)  
1 12-ounce jar brown gravy  
4 eggs  
4 cups cooked rice

   Prepare a large skillet with cooking spray, and heat over medium heat. 
   Divide the ground chuck into 4 equal portions and form into patties. 
   Fry the patties in the skillet until they begin to firm and are hot and slightly pink in the center, about 6 minutes per side. 
   Remove patties to a plate, retaining drippings in the skillet. 
   Stir onion and water into the reserved drippings. 
   Reduce heat to low, and cook until the onions are slightly softened, about 5 minutes. 
   Pour gravy over the onion mixture, and stir. 
   Cook until the gravy is hot, about 5 minutes. 
   Gently lay patties in the gravy, then simmer until reheated through. 
   While the patties simmer in gravy, prepare a separate skillet with cooking spray, and heat over medium heat. 
   Fry eggs in the hot skillet until the white is opaque but the yolk remains runny, about 2 to 3 minutes. 
   Divide the rice between 4 plates. 
   Top each rice portion with a beef patty, and top the patties each with an egg.       Pour gravy equally over each portion. 

   Makes four servings. 

Talk about a stick to your ribs, 
perfect for cold weather dish!


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

Both the BB and 56 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

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

"Don't cry, Jo." I placed my hand on the girl's shoulder as she turned her face away, not wanting me to see her tears. "Please don't cry for me."

My copy of this book is a PDF
so I don't have page numbers, 
so I'm using the first sentence 
from Chapter 5 
and the first sentence 
from Chapter 6

Chapter 5

Keanu gripped the steering wheel tightly between his hands. "I feel awful that I didn't see your text right away."

Chapter 6

When we arrived at the restaurant, Keanu's parents were standing outside waiting for him. Terry's eyes narrowed when he spotted me sitting in the front seat of Keanu's car.

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Well, that recipe is interesting...not sure I could handle it all together, though. :) Happy Friday!

    1. LOL Pat. I wouldn't either. Something about the gravy on the egg just doesn't seem right to me. But it is a popular dish. Maybe we're the ones missing out? ;-)

  2. Sounds like an interesting mystery. The recipe sounds good too. I have a science fiction book this week - The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi. Happy reading!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kathy! Heading over to visit you now!

  3. Very interesting & the recipe sounds delicious, The picture IS. :)

  4. Thanks for sharing your post Lisa. And Happy Birthday to Catherine.

  5. Great review thank you, I'm looking forward to this

  6. Looks delicious! Both the book and the food, but I could feel my arteries clogging as I looked at it..LOL. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  7. That recipe looks filling. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great Weekend!
    Marie @ Pages to Explore

  8. Happy birthday Catherine!
    Happy weekend!

  9. The book sounds really good and that recipe is making me hungry, lol. Thanks for sharing! :)

  10. Is that curiosity or animosity from Terry? Hope you enjoy the weekend!

  11. OMG I need to go and make brunch now LOL

    Happy Birthday,Catherine!

    Sounds like an intriguing read, Lisa! Thanks for sharing.

  12. This looks like a really fun cozy and I've been in a seriously cozy mood right now so I need to add it to my list! This wasn't a good post to read on an empty stomach because the Loco Moco looks amazing!

  13. That does look like a good dish for this time of year! Thanks for sharing, Lisa!