Friday, March 23, 2018

Cozy Food Friday

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
Book 4 in Liv and Di in Dixie Mysteries
by Vickie Fee

Las Vegas knows how to party, and for once, event planner Liv McKay won’t be entirely behind the scenes. The Dixie gang is in Sin City to celebrate Mama and Earl’s rockin’ Elvis-themed wedding. And between juggling the botched bachelorette party and a problem-plagued soirée back home, Liv’s ready to double down on some fun. 
Mama & Earl’s happily-ever-after seems like a sure thing, but all bets (and nuptials) are off when they get to the Burning Love Wedding Chapel. Their Elvis-impersonating minister has left the building . . . permanently. And even worse, Liv’s cousin, Little Junior, is suspected of his murder. 
With Mama’s happy ending on the table and Little Junior about to lose it all, the stakes are higher than ever. Liv and her best friend, Di, must hit the Strip to find the real killer before he finally plays his ace...


Vickie Fee writes the Liv and Di in Dixie mystery series--humorous cozy mysteries, featuring killer parties and Southern charm. The first book in the series was released Dec. 29, 2015. The second book, It's Your Party, Die If You Want To, was released Sept. 27, 2016 and Book Three, One Fete in the Grave, comes out May 30, 2017 and is now available for pre-order. Vickie is currently at work on the next entry in the series, Til Death Do Us Party (March 2018).

Vickie grew up on a steady diet of Nancy Drew, daydreams and sweet iced tea. Like most people born and raised in Memphis, she didn't tour Graceland until she was in her 30s--and then only as a host to out-of-town guests. She now lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with her husband, John. If she cranes her neck slightly, she can see beautiful Lake Superior from her office window.
After earning a journalism degree from the University of Memphis, she spent many years as a reporter covering small Southern towns populated with colorful characters, much like those in her books' fictional town of Dixie, Tennessee. 

Visit to learn more about the author and her books.


On To The Recipe!


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Your finished dish will vary in appearance.


1½cups uncooked long grain rice, rinsed until water runs clear
1 20-oz. can crushed pineapple in pineapple juice
13.5-oz. can unsweetened coconut milk
3 tablespoons sweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon red curry paste
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon onion powder 
1 teaspoon great ginger
salt and pepper to taste


Fresh squeezed lime juice to taste
½ cup salted roasted cashews


   Drain can of crushed pineapple. Measure ½ cup pineapple juice. Add 
2½ cups coconut milk. Pour liquids into saucepan and bring to a simmer.

   Stir in pineapple and remaining ingredients (except garnish).

   Bring to a boil, cover, lower heat, and simmer about 20 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked. 

   Take off heat and leave covered for 5 minutes.
   Fluff rice with fork, garnish, and serve. 

Yields: 6 to 8 servings

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How does this tropical rice sounds to you?


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  1. Yum, I could enjoy that rice dish this morning. Happy Friday, Lisa!

  2. Love everything in PINEAPPLE-COCONUT RICE but never had it all in that combination. Definitely want to try it.

    Would love the opportunity to read "TIL DEATH DO US PARTY". The book sounds like an amazingly great read and I love the cover.

    My first line is:
    The tantalizing odor of pumpkin spice scented the air as Danielle Sloan watched her neighbor Ivy Drake stuff leftover Halloween cookies into her mouth.
    By Denise Swanson

  3. That rice looks delicious! I think it would be nice with some grilled fish or chicken. Congrats to Vickie on her release.

    1. Grilled fish sounds like a nice addition! Thanks, Ellen -- I'm excited about the new release!

  4. I'm totally intrigued and sucked in by that 56! I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

  5. Yummy book...and I love anything with coconut. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  6. Love that recipe--thanks! Can't wait to read the book.

  7. Til Death Do Us Party sounds fun! I've only been to Las Vegas a couple times, even though it's a quite popular vacation spot around here. Have a great weekend.

  8. Is the pineapple rice more of a dessert or a side dish? It sounds delicious. My Friday Quotes

  9. I think I could really go for that recipe minus the coconut. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me