Friday, August 24, 2018

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week I have picked
Book 8 in the Key West Food Critic Mysteries
by Lucy Burdette

Perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier, national bestseller Lucy Burdette's eighth Key West Food Critic mystery sees the return of fan-favorite food critic Hayley Snow, who must once again get to the bottom of a bitter murder.

When a killer strikes just before flan time, beloved food critic Hayley Snow is forced to sniff out the killer before someone else bites the dust.

Hayley Snow, fiery food critic for Key Zest magazine, has just landed a ticket to one of the most prestigious events in Key West: a high-brow three-day conference at the Harry Truman Little White House. Even though she’ll be working the event helping her mother’s fledgling catering business, there’s plenty of spicy gossip to go around. But just before her mother’s decadent flan is put to the test, Key West’s most prized possession, Hemingway’s Nobel prize gold medal for The Old Man and the Sea, is discovered stolen from its case. 

Unsavory suspicions point to Gabriel, a family friend and one of the new busboys working the event, who mysteriously goes missing moments later. Anxious to clear his name, Gabriel’s family enlists Hayley to help find him, but right as they begin their search, his body is found stabbed to death in the storeroom. 

Hayley has no shortage of suspects to interrogate and very little time before the killer adds another victim to the menu in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s delectable eighth Key West Food Critic mystery, Death on the Menu.



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Your finished dish will vary in appearance.

All the most authentic Cuban black bean soup recipes I came across shared two instructions: First, soak the beans in a pot the day before you plan to cook, along with an onion and a green pepper. Second, cook these vegetables along with the beans, and then puree them and add them back into the soup. I was dubious, but I followed these instructions and was very happy with the results. ~ Lucy Burdette  


1 pound dries black beans
2 onions, peeled, one halved, one diced
2 green peppers, one halved, one diced
2 bay leaves
¼ to ½ teaspoon salt
2 jalapΓ±o pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups good beef stock
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon sugar
a tablespoon red wine vinegar

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   Cover the beans, the halved onion, and halved pepper with water in a pot and refrigerate overnight. The next day, simmer with the bay leaves until tender, up to an hour. Stir in salt. 

   Make the sofrito:

   SautΓ© the diced onion, diced green pepper, jalapeΓ±os, and garlic in olive oil until soft. Stir this mixture into the beans. 

   Remove bay leaves. Take the mushy onions and green pepper along with 2 cups of beans and process them in a blender until smooth. Add this back into the pot along with the beef stock. Stir in oregano, cumin, sugar, and red wine vinegar. Simmer at least another 30 minutes, though the dish can go longer. 

   Serve with white rice, sour cream, and sprinkle of fresh cilantro. 

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Cool weather is coming (soon please!). What better cool weather meal than a hot hearty soup?


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"Why isn't anyone doing anything? Where in the world are the paramedics?" I asked, feeling a rising tide of panic.

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  1. Sounds intense!! I like that recipe for Black Bean soup too, will have to try it! I added you to the LInky. Happy weekend!

    1. Thank you, Freda. Heading over to check out your blog now!

  2. Sounds like a good series. The soup sounds good too. This week I am featuring Second Chance on Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer from my review stack. Happy reading!

  3. Yum! The cozy looks good...and I LOVE black bean soup! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  4. I shall have to try your black bean soup recipe, too. I'd be dubious of the pureed veggie, too. My Friday Quotes and review of SPEAK

  5. I need to check out this series because this sounds like a great mystery! Hope you have an awesome weekend! :)

  6. Mmm, I have happy childhood memories of black bean soup. My mom usually made cornbread to go along with it. Once, I realized with some indignation that it was a meatless meal . . . but only after I'd consumed half the my bowl already.

  7. I read the first couple of books in this series and loved them. I have to pay catch up. This sounds really good.

  8. The soup sounds good and healthy. I hope you have a great weekend!

  9. I love cozy mysteries and black bean soup. See what I'm featuring at Girl Who Reads