Friday, April 27, 2018

Cozy Food Friday

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
Book 10 in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktail Mysteries
by Lee Hollis

Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell will be cooking alongside top chefs at a cookbook author's party. But a killer plans to ruin her appetite . . . 
When Hayley's idol, cookbook author and TV personality Penelope Janice, invites her to participate in a Fourth of July celebrity cook-off at her seaside estate in Seal Harbor, Maine, Hayley couldn't be more flattered. She just hopes she can measure up. With a who's who of famous chefs whipping up their signature dishes, this holiday weekend has all the ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience.
Instead, Hayley gets food poisoning her first night and thinks she overhears two people cooking up a murder plot. The next morning, a body is found at the bottom of a cliff. Tragic accident or foul play? To solve a real cliffhanger, Hayley will need to uncover some simmering secrets—before a killer boils over again . . .

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!



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When I hear there is a new Hayley Powell Mystery available, my hands start to itch from wanting to hold it, and my toes start to wiggle at the thought of reading it. DEATH OF A COOKBOOK AUTHOR was totally worth the wait!

 Having been invited to participate in a celebrity cook-off, protagonist Halley Powell spend most of her time in this book out of her normal environment. The only down part of this was a 99% lack of Hayley’s best friends Libby and Mona. If you’re reading this Lee Hollis, please don’t do that to me again!

An absolutely excellent mystery, DEATH OF A COOKBOOK AUTHOR was a fast moving, I-don’t-want-to-put-this-book-down story. Twists, turns, and surprises were on just about every other page of this book. There were times when I found myself holding my breath for what felt like chapters. The only reason I didn’t pass out from a lack of air was because I was laughing out loud during the other parts! So very well done!

As always, you’ll find seven wonderful recipes from Hayley. Fourteen if you count the cocktails that go with each dish!

Hayley Powell diehards, you don’t want to miss DEATH IF A COOKBOOK AUTHOR. If you haven’t read this series, it really is time you started. You’re totally missing out on so many good reads!


On To The Recipe!


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Your finished dish will vary in appearance.

2 zucchini, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil 
1 32-ounce container of ricotta cheese
2 16-ounce tubs of fresh baby spinach
1 egg
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
2 25- ounce jars of your favorite marinara sauce, or homemade
1 12-ounce box of no-boil lasagna noodles

Preheat your oven to 400°F.


   Add one tablespoon of olive oil into a large skillet and heat on medium heat. Add your spinach, and cook until it is soft and wilted. Remove spinach to a separate bowl to cool. 

   In the skillet, add the rest of the olive oil and cook the zucchini and onion 7 minutes on medium heat, or until soft. Then add your garlic and stir another 30 seconds, or until you can small the garlic. Remove from the heat and set aside. 

   Combine your egg, ricotta, cooked spinach, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir to combine and set aside. 

   Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and layer tomato sauce, noodles, ricotta mixture, zucchini mixture, and mozzarella cheese. Continue layering in that order, ending with mozzarella cheese. 

   Place the baking dish on a cookie sheet to catch anything that may drip and cover with aluminum foil. Bake 45 minutes, remove foil, and bake 15 minutes more, or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. 

   Remove from oven and let it sit at least 15 minutes before serving. 

I'll admit, I'm not a fan of zucchini or spinach. But my mouth was watering the entire time I was working on this post!


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

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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

Hayley stared numbly at the inscription that had been scribbled inside her book cover only moments before.
She couldn't believe what she was reading. 

Friday 56

"No. She's not dead. Yet."


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  1. First line -
    “Thank you, Hope Early, for joining us and sharing all of your tips for spring cleaning.
    My 56 –
    “Is it true?” Wallace leaned in after removing his baseball cap that had the logo of his company embroidered on it. He ran his fingers through his thinning brown hair. “Peaches was murdered?”
    UNINVITED CORPSE by Debra Sennefelder
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. I've been wanting to try this series and the lasagna looks delicious!

    My 56 from Shadowfall

  3. ”What’s for supper, Lisa?” :) This recipe sounds yummy! Thanks and happy Friday, to you.

  4. I've never had zucchini lasagna, but it sounds and looks good! Have to try that recipe.
    Very intriguing snippets too! The books sounds intriguing right from the start! I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

  5. Thanks for featuring Death of A Cookbook Author on your Blog. It sounds like a good read, and the zucchini lasagna looks amazing!

  6. Thank you for the recipe and the contest!

  7. I have been wanting to try this series too. Looks good thank yu for the review.

  8. This sounds like a great series. And I must try that zucchini lasagna recipe!

  9. The book and the food look very tempting! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  10. Great teasers. I definitely need to check this series out. And that Lasagna looks so delicious. It's making me hungry, lol.

  11. Well now I want to know what that inscription was! This is an author I've been wanting to read but somehow have yet to actually get one of the books.

  12. thanks for the recipe, can't wait to read your book

  13. Sounds like a lot of fun to read. I’m new and I’m interested can’t wait to read it. The recipe sounds delicious Donamae

  14. Love the cover. Sounds like a fun storyline.

  15. That recipe is making my mouth water!

    Lauren @ Always Me