Saturday, June 30, 2018

Kathi Daley
has a new book!
Book 2 in the Haunting By The Sea Mysteries

Amanda Parker has returned to the small seaside town where she lived for two years while in witness protection. Now that she has settled in and solved the murder she returned home to solve, she has decided to stay in Cutter's Cove for an extended vacation. Of course it isn't long before she stumbles across a surprising secret that will require the help of the entire gang to solve.

Mac has returned to her job in California, but has promised to return as soon as she can wrap things up at work. Mom and Tucker are due to arrive for a visit in just a few days, and Trevor has indicated that he is ready and willing to do what it takes to help Amanda and her ghostly sidekick Alyson, figure out who killed the young woman buried on the bluff.



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Friday, June 29, 2018

It's Cozy Food Flash Back Friday!

I love going through my blog archives and reading some of my old posts. I enjoy seeing what books and authors I have featured. 

Cozy Food Friday is my longest running feature! I've been doing a CCF since almost the beginning of my blog. 

Today I'm going back to June 20, 2014.
This Flashback features one of my very favorite all time series, the

Soup Lover's Mysteries by author Connie Archer.
Connie's second book in this wonderful series, A BROTH OF BETRAYAL, features the perfect summer time soup!



June 20, 2014

Cozy Food Friday!

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

I don't know what the temperatures have been like where you live, but here in Delaware it's been hot, hot, hot! 
Cooking a hot meal just won't do on high temperature days. And you don't want another salad or sandwich. So what do you do?
Make soup!
You read that right. Make soup. 
Chilled soup!

Today's recipe comes from Connie Archer's second book in her 
Soup Lover's Mystery series, 

Cucumber Yogurt And Walnut Soup
(Serves 4)

1 cucumber
1/2 garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup cooked white rice
1 teaspoon walnut or sunflower oil
2 cups plain yogurt
1 cup cold water
2 teaspoons lemon juice
fresh dill sprigs

Cut cucumber in half lengthwise, and remove peel from one half. 

Dice both the peeled cucumber flesh and the unpeeled cucumber and set aside separately. 

Blend garlic and salt together in food processor. 

Add cooked rice, peeled diced cucumber and 1 cup of chopped walnuts to food processor and blend again. 

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Slowly add the walnut or sunflower oil, stir, then mix in yogurt, and diced unpeeled cucumber. Add cold water and lemon juice to the mixture.

Pour the soup into chilled bowls to serve. 

Garnish with remainder of chopped walnuts and sprigs of dill. 
Serve immediately.

This soup can be served so many ways. 
Instead of bowls you could use wine glasses, snifters, Martini glasses. 

Having a party? 
How about using shot glasses for perfect appetizer shooters!

Even a town called Snowflake, Vermont, has a summer season. In August, Lucky Jamieson’s By the Spoonful serves chilled soups—celery and green onion, cream of asparagus—and salads. The shop also serves as a gathering place to talk about cold-blooded murder…A protest to stop the construction of an ugly car wash in the middle of the town’s picturesque Village Green is interrupted by the discovery of a skeleton that may date back to the Revolutionary War. While the remains pose a historical mystery, a present-day murder shakes the town to its core when local auto mechanic Harry Hodges is found dead in his shop.

Straining the patience of Chief of Police Nate Edgerton, Lucky soon finds herself in the soup again when her dear friend Elizabeth, the Mayor of Snowflake, goes missing. No matter how much trouble she has to stir up, Lucky is determined to use her noodle to uncover a killer and recover her friend…

Recipes included!

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Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader

My Book Beginnings on Fridays this week will be 
will be from
A BROTH OF BETRAYAL by Connie Archer.

Neigeville 1777
Nathanael Cooper crept slowly, staying as close as possible to the trunks of the larger trees. He moved silently, fearful of giving his presence away. 
His heart beat so heavily he through his chest would burst. 

Don't be fooled by the date in the beginning. For those of you who do not like historical books, rest easy. This book does take place in present day.

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice

My Friday 56 this week will be 
will also be from
A BROTH OF BETRAYAL by Connie Archer.

"Are you hurt?" she asked. Jack shook his head. He opened his mouth to speak, but couldn't seem to form any words. He looked helplessly at Lucky. 

A BROTH OF BETRAYAL in the second book in the Soup Lover's Mystery series. I've read all three books in the series so far and love them. 
Connie Archer is a go to author for me now and the 
Lover's Mysteries are in my list of favorites.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018


 Bargain Cookbooks!
Part 2!

Cookbooks are my new addiction.
I've become a bit obsessed with them.
Sadly, my purse doesn't often allow me to purchase them. I find many for free for my Kindle, and that's great. But what about those precious print books? I find them at such places like Dollar General, The Dollar Tree, even Barnes & Noble on the bargain and clearance tables. Just last week I found several at a library book sale that look brand new! 
Of course, you can also find them online.
My favorite online place to shop for cookbooks is 
The Book Outlet!

(I'm not an affiliate of the Book Outlet. I just love the place!)

Take a look at just some of the 
cookbooks you can find!

More than a million home chefs have devoured Ron Douglas’s ingenious copycat recipes. From desserts to low-calorie and grilled meals, he’s proven how simple and cost-effective it is to prepare mouthwatering restaurant dishes at home. In America’s Most Wanted Recipes Kids’ Menu, he shares the ingredients to more than 100 of the most frequently ordered dishes from the country’s most popular children’s menus: Buca di Beppo’s Cheese Manicotti, PF Chang’s Crispy Honey Chicken, Applebee’s Kids’ Mini Hamburger, Chili’s Cinnamon Apples, Così’s Mississippi Mud Pie, Friendly’s Chicken Quesadillas, Panera Bread’s Mac and Cheese, Uno Chicago Grill’s Safari Nuggets, and much, much more.

Author:Douglas, Ron
List Price:$16.00
Our Price:$2.19 USD
Sale Price:$0.99 USD

Ground beef, chicken or turkey make for quick, easy meal solutions. These 100 easy recipes cover ground meat in all its forms, from comfort food classics to more impressive meals. Many dishes can be made ahead and reheated when you need them, and are the ideal solution to family mid-week suppers or home entertaining. There’s a wide selection of traditional and international recipes for all tastes and occasions, with plenty of delicious and inventive meals for frugal but fabulous dinners.

Author:Parragon Books
List Price:$7.99
Our Price:$3.19 USD
Sale Price:$1.19 USD

Bette Hagman has brought tasty food back into the lives of more than one million people who are intolerant of the gluten in wheat, oats, barley, or rye, or who are allergic to wheat. The premier creator of delicious gluten-free fare, Hagman has spent more than twenty years developing recipes using special flours for pizza, pasta, breads, pies, cakes, and cookies. Containing some 200 recipes updated to include new flours, ingredients, and tips, the revised edition of The Gluten-free Gourmet makes cooking gluten-free faster and more fulfilling than ever before. This book is more than just recipes, however. A complete sourcebook on how to live healthily with celiac disease, or wheat allergy, it features new information on developing a celiac diet, raising a celiac child, avoiding hidden glutens, eating well while traveling or in the hospital, and locating and ordering from suppliers of gluten-free food and flours.

Author:Hagman, Bette
List Price:$20.00
Our Price:$3.19 USD
Sale Price:$1.19 USD

In 2012, over 6.5 million viewers watched Shelina triumph in the MasterChef final: with her instinctive spicing and intense flavors, she brought Mauritian food to TV for the first time, inspiring legions of home cooks to try out her recipes at home. Mauritius is a melting pot of cultures, and Shelina's food reflects that, encompassing Creole, French, Indian, African, British, and Chinese influences. Sunshine on a Plate showcases the food of this beautiful island in Shelina's unique home cooking. With family-friendly, time-saving recipes and beautiful photography on location in Mauritius, this book will make Shelina a true star of the cookery world.

Author:Permalloo, Shelina
List Price:$38.95
Our Price:$4.29 USD
Sale Price:$1.79 USD

The ULTIMATE collection: Over 200 recipes for burgers, sliders, sloppies, fries, and sides. The Queen of Burgers has drawn together her tastiest recipes for the ultimate between-the-buns experience. Whether you're cooking for one or for one hundred in your own backyard burger bash, The Book of Burger has you covered for bringing family and friends together for the love of burgers!
Please 'em all; big and small; with everything from burgers to sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, sliders, and sloppies, and so much more. Start with Rach's "Big Spicy Mac," tempting you from the cover, or go with the heavenly French Onion Burgers. And if beef isn't your thing, there are plenty of chicken, pork, salmon, veggie, and lamb patties. Want a mind-blowing sandwich? Whip up the BEST one Rachael has ever made: the 7-Hour Smoked Brisket Sandwich with Smoky BBQ Sauce. Rachael even shares her legendary pickle recipe and her own homemade burger blend. Want a fun, cute, tasty bite-size treat to pass around? Rachael is slider obsessed and you will be, too: try the Mexican Pulled Pork Sliders.
Rachael's friends from the New York and South Beach Wine & Food Festivals' Burger Bashes also contribute their award-winning recipes, including Bobby Flay's Louisiana Burger and Masaharu Morimoto's Kakuni Burger.
uthor:Ray, Rachael
List Price:$24.99
Our Price:$3.19 USD

With Betty Crocker Decorating Cakes and Cupcakes, you can turn a delicious cake into a work of edible art. Inside, you'll find everything from basic cake-baking tips and delicious recipes (including many that can be made with cake mix and ready-to-spread frosting) to detailed illustrations showing how to add the decorative finishing touches. The simple yet innovative decorating techniques and ideas here will make decorating a piece of cake!

Author:Betty Crocker Editors
List Price:$19.95
Our Price:$3.19 USD

Start with one basic recipe - finish with at least FOUR sensational variations! Based on a monthly column in Woman's Day magazine, "Recipe Remix" takes a basic recipe, technique, or ingredient and shows you how to make multiple exciting variations. Master the perfect chicken cutlet and you have the tools to create an amazing chicken parmesan, a baked chicken, ham and Swiss, and two other delicious dinners. Or try whipping up a basic breakfast scone, then choose one of five tasty flavor combinations. From savory to sweet, this book provides countless ways to mix it up in the kitchen.

Author:Hearst Books
List Price:$16.95
Our Price:$4.29

Easy to make with everyday ingredients, Christy Bright's shaggy dog eats deliver big flavor for four-legged best friends.
In this cookbook, she offers 30 of her recipes, all researched and developed in her own kitchen. Try them at home and then look for some rewarding tail-wagging approval!
Includes: * Sweet Potato Crunch * Liver Treats * Cheese Biscuits * Salmon Patties * Pizza! Pizza! * Cheesy Spinach * Apple Pupsicles * No Bake Snacks * and more

Author:Bright, Christy
List Price:$14.95
Our Price:$4.79

These books about are only 8 of over 1000
cookbooks listed. There are books that cover just about any recipes you could ask for. 

And don't stop at cookbooks. You'll find a wide variety if subjects and genres.
Including cozy mysteries!

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