Friday, March 9, 2018

Cozy Food Friday

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
Book 1 in Kebob Kitchen Mysteries
by Tina Kashian

When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . . .
Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.
She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect . . .
Recipes included!



A delicious start to a new series. HUMMUS AND HOMICIDE has me hungering for more!

I just love starting a new series, by a new to me author, and before I finish page one, I’m hooked. And by the end of the first chapter, I can’t put the book down. Author Tina Kashian has done that with this first installment in her Kebob Kitchen Mysteries!

I love that HUMMUS AND HOMICIDE is set on the east coast. The little town of Ocean Crest, New Jersey reminds me of my summers at the beach in Rehoboth, Delaware. With the book’s opening talking about the smell of funnel cake, seeing the Ferris Wheel on the pier, and the mile long boardwalk, I was yearning to jump in my car and head to the beach!

Protagonist Lucy Berberian is a wonderful new cozy lead. Her parents, and friends are a wonderful balance of personalities, that play well off of Lucy.

And then there’s the mystery. I was so happy to see this victim get what was coming to her. Of course, Lucy investigates into why Heather was killed. I mean, she died after eating at Lucy’s parent’s restaurant. There are a lot of suspects that wanted the victim dead. But it took the reveal for me to know who the killer was, and why he/she wanted the victim dead.

Fast moving, with a great plot, and yummy recipes in the back of the book, HUMMUS AND HOMICIDE is a book you’ll want to add to your reading list!

Tina Kashian, previously published as Tina Gabrielle, is an Amazon bestselling author, an attorney, and a former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. 

Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady of Scandal, was nominated as Best First Historical Romance by RT Book Reviews. Please visit her website at to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter free contests, and more!

You can also find Tina at:
Twitter: @TinaKashian1


On To The Recipe!


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Your finished dish will vary in appearance.

This parsley and bulgur salad is a favorite and a healthy alternative to any mayonnaise based potato or macaroni salad.


½ cup small bulgur (cracked wheat)
4 cups freshly chopped fresh leaf parsley
1 cup chopped scallions or onions
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/3 cup freshly chopped mint leaves or
        2 tablespoons dried crushed mint
salt and pepper to taste
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup fresh lemon juice

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   Soak bulgur in a small bowl for a half hour, then drain and squeeze out all the excess water. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. 
   Refrigerate and serve cold. 

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With summer coming, this will be the perfect
dish for so many occasions!


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

Ocean Crest, New Jersey

"Lucy Berberian! Is that you?"

Lucy was idling at a red light when the excited shout carried through her open car window. 

My 56

A look of concern crossed Bill's face as soon as he spotted her. "Are you alright, Lucy?"

Lucy worried her bottom lip. "I've been better."

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Interesting recipe. Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Hi! Thank you for featuring "Hummus and Homicide" and the recipe for tabbouleh salad. It's a perfect dish for upcoming spring. It's light and healthy and delicious. Thanks again and have a great weekend!

  3. Thanks for the review and information on "HUMMUS AND HOMICIDE". Love to read this book!

    My first line is-
    Ada Rupp balanced on her chair and reached overhead to finish stapling the row of alphabet letters across the front of the classroom.
    By Rachel J. Good

  4. People often ask me where they can get bulgur for the tabbouleh salad. Bulgur is becoming more and more common as people realize it's high in fiber and has health benefits. You can get it at most supermarkets now. Yay!

  5. Sounds like a fun cozy -- and I love tabbouleh!
    My Friday post features The Marsh King’s Daughter.

  6. Sounds like a very good cozy!! Happy weekend!

  7. Not only an appealing book but also a yummy looking salad. Enjoy! My Friday Quotes

  8. Thanks for the tabbouleh salad recipe. I'm on my library's wait list for HUMMUS AND HOMICIDE.

  9. That recipe sounds good for the summer!