Friday, February 2, 2018

Cozy Food Friday

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

Book 4 in Country Store Mysteries
by Maddie Day

For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana—until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .
As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes—and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer?


On To The Recipe!


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Your finished dish will vary in appearance.

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees


1 large head of garlic
2 cups cooked chickpeas
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons tahini
¼ cup warm water
1 lemon, juice of
½ teaspoon salt
Dash soy sauce to taste
A few drops of hot sauce to taste

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Cut off a quarter inch from the top of the garlic so that the tops of most of the cloves are exposed slightly. Set on a square of tin foil, drizzles a bit of olive oil into the cut top, and seal foil around garlic into a packet. Roast in oven for forty-five minutes or until soft. Remove and allow to cool.

Using your fingers, squeeze the soft, roasted garlic out of each clove into food processor. (Options: use only half if you like a milder garlic flavor, or none at all, as desired.)

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Rinse and drain chickpeas. Add the chickpeas, oil, tahini, water, lemon juice, and salt to the food processor and blend until completely smooth. Tip: Measure the oil and add it, then use the same tablespoon for the tahini so it slides off the spoon and doesn't stick. Add a dash soy sauce and a few drops of hot sauce. 

Stop and scrape ingredients off sides of food processor several times to make sure it blends evenly. If the hummus is too thick, drizzle in additional olive oil at this time. Add it very slowly, allowing the mixture to combine fully before adding more liquid. 

Serve at room temperature with triangles of pita bread, raw vegetables, or crackers, or us as a spread on sandwiches. Refrigerate extra. 

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Roasted garlic. Mmm! 
You know that hummus has to be tasty!


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

Both the BB and 56 are 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

The banner outside Pans 'N Pancakes proclaimed "JOIN MAPLE MANIA!" The Brown County Maple Festival's logo of a grinning bottle of syrup beamed its invitation.

My 56%

"Mmm, garlicky. So it's chickpeas, tahini, roasted garlic," she said. "What else? A little citrus?"

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  1. I was fortunate enough to be able to read an ARC of BISCUITS AND SLASHED BROWNS. All I can say is GREAT COZY! Loved it and can't recommend it enough. Can't wait to make the ROBBIE'S ROASTED GARLIC HUMMUS.

    The first sentence from the book I'm reading now is -
    “Bailey Bird, stand still for a minute!” I said.
    By Daryl Wood Gerber

    1. Hi Kay! Thank you for say how great BISCUITS AND SLASHED BROWNS is. I've read it but I haven't written me review yet. It is a great cozy!

      PRESSING THE ISSUE is in my TBR. Love the first sentence! I may rename Emmy, Bailey Bird! ;-)

  2. Thanks, Lisa. I love the book cover! Happy Friday.

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    1. Hi Edith! You're most welcome. I adored your book! I still have to get the review done, but it was fabulous!

  4. I love hummus, thanks for sharing the recipe. The book sounds fantastic too! I added you to the Linky, Happy weekend!

    1. Hi Freda! You'll have to let me know if you try the hummus! Thanks for adding me to the Linky. I'm off to a late start today.

  5. That hummus recipe sounds good. So does the book. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy reading!

    1. Hi Kathy! Thanks for stopping by! The book is wonderful! I haven't tried the hummus yes.

  6. Great recipe! I go to a local restaurant that serves garlic like that instead of butter with its bread plate.

    1. Hey Catherine! Thanks for visiting. That sounds delicious and stinky all at the same time!

  7. Roasted Garlic and hummus are a very happy combination! I haven't read this series yet but I really want too. I've seen some really glowing reviews and it just looks so good!

    1. Hi Katherine! I've never had hummus, but this recipe really makes me want to try it. As for the book, the whole series is wonderful!

  8. I've never made hummus before, but that recipe looks pretty easy.

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    1. Mary B is in the house! Thanks as always for visiting, Mary!

  10. I've been wanting to start this series. I will soon. Have a great weekend!

  11. The book and the food are tempting me! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

    1. Hey there, Laurel! I think you'll love both! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. That recipe just looks delicious! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me