Friday, April 12, 2019

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
Book 20 in the Tea Shop Mysteries
by Laura Childs

Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out. 

As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers.

Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on.

Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO's soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO's personal assistant, who also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques' dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancΓ©e of one of Theodosia's dear friends, who turns out to be an employee—and whistle-blower—at SyncSoft?




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12 fresh sea scallops
Sea salt
Black pepper
¼ cup oil
3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. finely chopped shallot
Juice of half a lemon
½ cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

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   Pat scallops dry with paper towels, then season lightly with salt and pepper. Heat a large sautΓ© pan over medium heat and ad oil. SautΓ© scallops on one side until well-browned (about 2 minutes), then turn and cook on the other side. Transfer scallops to a platter and keep warm. Carefully wipe any remaining oil from pan, then add shallot. Cook for 1 minute, then add lemon juice and chapped parsley. Place 3 scallops on each of 4 warm plates. Spoon butter and shallot mixture over scallops.
   Serves 4.
   (Hint: Serve with rice, salad, or your favorite vegetable.)

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I love scallops! This has made me soooo hungry!


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

Red and yellow flames belched from propane burners, inflating the hot-air balloon to heroic proportions and propelling it skyward.

My 56

He sounded as intense as he looked. Tall, with an aristocratic nose and cheekbones, cobalt blue eyes. Quite a hunk. 

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  1. Excuse me while I get a napkin for the drool. I'm like you, I love scallops.

    My BB -
    Lexie Grant’s father had to pick today, of all days, to come back from the dead.
    My 56 –
    “You thought I was covering for him?” She recoiled. “With my relationship with him, how could you think that?”
    HOLIDAY SECRETS by Susan Sleeman
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Yum! Thanks, Lisa. Happy Friday!

  3. MY 56 - The coin warmed against her skin, yet she wasn't so sure she wanted a second chance to reveal the snarly mess inside her head and heart. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  4. I've never read anything by her but it sounds like a fun read! I should try something soon. Happy weekend! I added you to the Linky.

  5. This sounds like a good series. I haven't read it yet. This week I am featuring The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. Happy reading!

  6. I love scallops but very rarely buy them since they are so expensive around here and if they aren't fresh, well, ugh. But this recipe sounds simple and delicious. My review and quotes for SHOUT

  7. Broken Bone China seems interesting. Enjoy your current read!

  8. Delicious food and book. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  9. I read this one and loved it. I always love Laura Childs' books.