Friday, September 7, 2018

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week I have picked
Book 2 in the Kebob Kitchen Mysteries
by Tina Kashian

Lucy Berberian has taken over her family’s Mediterranean restaurant on the Jersey Shore after an unsatisfying stint at a Philadelphia law firm. It’s great to be back in her old beach town, even if she’s turning into a seasoned sleuth . . .
Catering a high-society wedding should bring in some big income for Kebab Kitchen—and raise its profile too. But it’s not exactly good publicity when the best man winds up skewered like a shish kebab. Worse yet, Lucy’s ex, Azad—who’s the restaurant’s new head chef—is the prime suspect. But she doesn’t give a fig what the cops think. He may have killer looks, but he’s no murderer. She just needs to prove his innocence, before he has to go on the lamb . . .
Recipes included!

(Derevee Dolma)

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Your finished dish will vary in appearance.


1 jar (12 oz) grape leaves

Meat and Rice Stuffing

1 lb ground beef
½ cup long grain rice
1 chopped tomato
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 large chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

   Combine all ingredients and mix well. 

Cooking Liquids

juice of ½ lemon
2 tablespoons tomato paste
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups hot water

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   Rinse grape leaves.
   Line the bottom of a large saucepan with a few leaves, shiny side down. Then, on a cutting board, roll out each remaining grape leaf, shiny side down and put a spoonful of meat and rice stuffing in the center. Fold over both sides and roll from bottom until it looks like a small sausage. Continue with each grape leaf. 
   Place the stuffed grape leaves in rows on the bottom of the pot. 

   Prepare the cooking liquids by combining the lemon juice, tomato paste, salt, and water and pour over the stuffed grape leaves. 
   Place a small inverted plate on top of the leaves to keep them in place during cooking. 
   Cover the pot. Bring to boil, then simmer gently for an hour until rice is tender. 
   Serve warm with cold garlic yogurt sauce (optional). 

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With cooler weather coming, 
this will be a great way to warm up!

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

"Did you see who's at table three?"

Lucy Berberian set down a tray of wrapped silverware and looked where her sister, Emma, pointed from behind the waitress station.

My 56
Was it all a farce?

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  1. Lisa, Yay! I finally figured out how to comment. I have been busting to say something. I LOVE your reviews. They are so fun! I love the recipes. My reading list has grown by leaps and bounds—thanks to you!
    Barbara Silkstone

  2. Interesting. Thanks, Lisa, and happy Friday!

  3. Sounds like a fun read! I am intrigued by the 56 and the farce question. I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

  4. I was hoping that your recipe would be for baklava. I am allergic to walnuts so i really should learn to make that treat for myself so I can leave out the offending nut. Enjoy your book and your eats! My Friday Quotes

  5. Love the title! The recipe looks good too. This week I am spotlighting Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima. Happy reading!

  6. OOH, Who is at table three? lol

    Here is my Friday post! Have a lovely weekend. Enjoy !!

  7. This recipe looks amazing. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Can't wait for the opportunity to read "STABBED IN THE BAKLAVA" by Tina Kashian. Love the cover!
    Recipe sounds good to me but don't think hubby would eat it. :(

    My first line -
    He was there.
    For what? Harry Bronson couldn’t answer that, but somehow he knew the man sat somewhere behind him, eyes scrutinizing him.
    By L. C. Hayden

    My 56 -
    The lock clicked and Swanson opened the safe. The empty safe.

  9. Thank you so much for featuring STABBED IN THE BAKLAVA and for cooking the stuffed grape leaves recipe! The pictures look delicious. Hope you enjoyed it!