Friday, March 2, 2018

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring a recipe from
Book 9 in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktail Mysteries
Lee Hollis

Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell is off on a girls’ getaway with her two best friends. But soon they’ll have to get away from a killer...

The quaint fishing village of Salmon Cove, Maine, seems like the ideal location for a girls’ weekend with Hayley’s gal pals, Liddy and Mona. Liddy’s on the rebound from a breakup, but when she meets a handsome tourist, it looks like a little romance might liven things up.

Unfortunately, Liddy’s new sweetheart is found dead on the beach the next morning at the town’s Lobster Bake, next to an overturned cooking pot. The liberated lobsters may be scrambling back to the sea, but Hayley’s not about to let a murderer escape so easily. To crack the case, she’ll need to blow the lid off some serious undercover activity—or risk becoming ensnared in a killer’s trap...

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!


On to the recipe!


Photos  found via Google Images, and its contributors, with many thanks. 
Your finished dish will vary in appearance.


2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 lobster tails, cooked and chopped into small pieces
3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
8 ounces mushrooms, stems removed (chop up the stems and set aside)
1/3 cup Gouda cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons chives, diced

   In a skillet heat the two tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add your shallots and sauté until caramelized.

   Add the chopped lobster meat, cream cheese, chopped mushroom stems, and Old Bay seasoning, and turn the heat to medium low. Stir until all the cheese is melted and everything is combined.

   Place your mushrooms on a baking sheet open side up and spoon your cheese mixture into the mushroom.
   Sprinkle your gouda over the tops of the mushrooms.Heat your oven broiler to high heat, then put your mushrooms in the oven and broil until cheese is melted hot and bubbly. Remove from oven and garnish with the chives and serve and get ready for a lobster inspired treat!

Okay, I don't like mushrooms,
but this has my mouth watering.



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I’m at my happiest when I’m lost in the pages of a good cozy mystery. The Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries by Lee Hollis makes me deliriously ecstatic! No . . . really! They do!

When I first read that DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER would have protagonist Hayley Powell and her BFFs, Liddy and Mona going on a girl’s weekend, I knew that I was in for a hysterical read. I was right! LOL I don’t know how they have been friends so long without Liddy and Mona trying to kill each other!

Things go from bad to worse for the ladies. As if having Hayley’s friends at each other’s throats wasn’t enough drama for their weekend, romance creeps into the group. Oh yeah . . . they also find a dead body. It may have been bad for the ladies, but it’s great for the readers!

There was never a dull moment. Energetic, and fast moving, I flew through the pages of this book, drinking in every word. DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER had me laughing very hard (and loud) during some parts, and holding my breath, or biting my nails during others. There were scenes that took me by surprise, and more than one mystery to keep me guessing. Add to all of that Hayley’s wonderful column, and the fantastic recipes, I didn’t come up for air until the book was done. 


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  1. Thanks for the review and information on "DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER" by Lee Hollis. This book sounds like one I'd love to read.

    Like you, I don't care for mushrooms. However, put lobster on anything and it's bound to be delicious. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book!

    My first line of the book I'm reading is:
    The smack of the baseball against an aluminum bat sounded like summer.
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  2. I bet these lobster stuff mushrooms are delicious. I love lobster, but not the cost. :)

  3. Lobster anything and I'm in! Thanks for the recipe! The cozy looks good too! I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

    1. Thank you, Freda. I didn't add it today because the past couple of weeks I haven't made it to the other blogs to comment. I didn't want to be unfair.

  4. This does sound like a great story. The recipe also sounds really yummy. I'm spotlighting Lake Silence by Anne Bishop - her latest set in the world of The Others. Happy reading!

  5. Great review! This series is on my wish list with the library. Thanks for the chance to win! mlduffer(at)att(dot)net

  6. Thanks for sharing about the book and the recipe. Both of them look interesting.

  7. I'm so going to have to check this series out!! Thanks for the great review!!