Friday, August 16, 2019


It's
Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
PENNE DREADFUL
Book 1 in the Italian Chef Mysteries
by Catherine Bruns


Tomato sauce isn't the only thing that runs red...
Local chef Tessa Esposito is struggling to get back on her feet following her husband's fatal accident. And when the police knock on Tessa's door, things just get worse. They've discovered Dylan's death wasn't an accident after all, and they need Tessa to start filling in the blanks. Who would want her beloved husband dead, and why?
With the investigation running cold, Tessa decides it's time to save her sanity by reconnecting with her first love-cooking. And maybe the best way back into the kitchen is to infiltrate Dylan's favorite local pizza parlor, which also happens to be the last place he was seen before he died. But the anchovies aren't the only thing that stink inside the small family business, and with suspects around every corner, Tessa finds that her husband's many secrets might land her in hot water.

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GOOD TO THE LAST BITE STROMBOLI

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Your finished dish will differ in appearance. 

Ingredients

10-ounce package pizza crust dough (or use recipe from PENNE DREADFUL)
½ pound lean ground beef
1 cup cooked ham, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 14-ounce jar pizza sauce
1 4.5-ounce can mushrooms, drained
¼ cup butter, melted
1 8-ounce package sliced pepperoni or sausage
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 

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Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef until no pink shows, then drain. Mix in the ham, bell pepper, onions, pizza sauce, and mushrooms. 

Lay pizza dough flat on a cookie sheet. Distribute the pepperoni slices over the dough. Place a heaping pile of sauce mixture on one side of the dough (some may be left over). Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Fold dough over, and pinch the ends and sides together. Poke holes in the top of the dough, and brush melted butter over the surface. Cook in a preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. 

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Slice into individual sections to serve. 

Makes about 6 to 8 servings.

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When I was younger and my family and I vacationed at the beach, we had to have at lease one these during our visit. You could choose all sorts of fillings. Now we can make them at home!

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MY REVIEW


Well done to author Catherine Bruns for penning a cozy mystery unlike any other I have ever read. Her seemingly effortless writing once again ensures this will be another big hit for her.

PENNE DREADFUL was an intriguing mystery with more twists than corkscrew pasta. With each new chapter came jaw dropping revelations that made this story so much more than it originally seemed.

Love, loss, deceit, betrayal, grief, hope . . . there was so much going on in this tale that I was left emotionally drained by the last page. However, the author included wonderful recipes at the end, so I bounced right back. 😉

If you’re a fan of cozies, surprises, and a good tomato sauce, look no further than PENNE DREADFUL!

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

Both the BB and 56 are from


PENNE DREADFUL

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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

The rich aroma from the mixture of tomatoes and onions cooking wafted through the air, hitting my nose with a distinct perfume. It was a soothing smell that blanketed me in it's warm hold. If alone, I would have been content to stand in front of my stove all day.

My 56

Even though we'd grown up in different households, we were as close as sisters and had always been each other's main confidante. 


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

COZY MYSTERY THEMES


August 31 is 
BUY A FRIEND A BOOK DAY.
What better theme to celebrate than bookstores!


Bookstore Themes Part 2

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TOURIST TRAP MYSTERIES
by Lynn Cahoon










COMING NOVEMBER 12

 NOVELLAS





COMING OCTOBER 29

MAGICAL BOOKSHOP MYSTERIES
by Amanda Flower



COMING OCTOBER 29

COMING DECEMBER 10

DEATH ON DEMAND MYSTERIES
by Carolyn Hart



























Keep checking back for part 3 of 
Bookstore Themed Cozies!

























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