Friday, January 10, 2020

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
Book 1 in the Cider Shop Mysteries
by Julie Anne Lindsey

Apples are at the core of the family business run by Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe. But this year’s crop is unseasonably ripe with murder . . .
Blossom Valley, West Virginia, is home to Smythe Orchards, Winnie and her Granny’s beloved twenty-five-acre farm and family business. But any way you slice it, it’s struggling. That’s why they’re trying to drum up business with the “First Annual Christmas at the Orchard,” a good old-fashioned holiday festival with enough delicious draw to satisfy apple-picking locals and cider-loving tourists alike—until the whole endeavor takes a sour turn when the body of Nadine Cooper, Granny’s long-time, grudge-holding nemesis, is found lodged in the apple press. Now, with Granny the number one suspect, Winnie is hard-pressed to prove her innocence before the real killer delivers another murder . . .



photo property of www.familyfreshmeals


6 large or 8 medium-size potatoes
4-6 hard boiled eggs
1½ cups real mayonnaise
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoon yellow mustard
½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup onion, chopped
Paprika as garnish

photo property of www.itsyummi


   Peel and boil potatoes. Cool. Dice.

   Peel and chop eggs.

   In medium bowl, blend mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, pepper, and garlic powder until smooth

   Add potatoes and coat well.

   Mix in onions and eggs.

   Dash with paprika for pizzazz. 

photo propriety of wwwtheseasonedmom

With being the time of year it is, I think this would be wonderful served warm. Just dice the potatoes before boiling, drain super well after cooking, and mix everything together while potatoes are hot. 

I loved the thought of this book when I first heard about it. Everything from the cover to the setting had me sold. When I found out the author, using pen names, writes two of my other favorite series, I couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough! It lived up to everything I hoped for and more!

APPLE CIDER SLAYING is the first book in the Cider Shop Mysteries. Having started and finished this book in October, it was exactly what the doctor ordered for cozy fall reading. Filled to bursting with mystery, great characters, a beautiful setting, and a bushel full of everything I look for in a book, I didn’t want it to end.

Author Julie Anne Lindsey has delivered with APPLE CIDER SLAYING a delicious story (speaking of delicious, there are recipes included) that is one of my favorite picks of the year, and is sure to be just the beginning of a delightfully wonderful crop of books!


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.
Since I've featured this book before, this time my BB with be the beginning of Chaprter Two, and my 56 will be from page 156. 

My Book Beginnings

"Miss Montgomery?" A slow southern drawl poured under the door with such assured authority I nearly wept. "This is Sheriff Colton Wise. I'm going to need you to open up."

My 56

I laughed. And that, I thought, is one small reason the orchard is in deep financial trouble. Granny hated to take money for anything. Not the strongest business model.

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  1. Replies
    1. You're welcome! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Hey, have you ever tried warm potato salad?

  2. You had me at Apple Cider...and potato salad. Love that book cover, too.

  3. That tater salad looks yummy!
    The book looks like a fun read too! Happy weekend!

  4. Absolutely loved "APPLE CIDER SLAYING"!

    Also love potato salad and this one sound yummy enough to stir up a batch soon.

    My first line
    For Maggie Crozat, there was nowhere lovelier than Pelican, Louisiana, during the holidays.
    My 56 -
    Helene Brevelle may be our town voodoo priestess, but Old Shari is definitely the Pelican cocktail psychic, a grateful Maggie thought to herself.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Great, simple recipe, Kay. Love your snippets from the book you're reading. I love Ellen Byron!

  5. I have been wanting to read this book every since I heard about it. Like you, the title and cover sold me right from the start. Hopefully I will get to it soon. That recipe sounds yummy! Have a great weekend!

    1. Yvonne, I think you'll love it. It's a true cozy in every way!

  6. Just finished this book. Can't wait
    for the next episode. Recommend it
    highly. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. I'm so happy you enjoyed it, Mary. The author writes under the pen names Bree Baker, and Jacqueline Frost. Both of those series are wonderful as well! And they're cozies too.

  7. I'm so in love with that cover. Have a great week and Happy Reading!

  8. Such fun teasers! It sounds like a perfect cozy. Have a great weekend. :)

  9. I love cozy mysteries and I love the recipes that I find in them.

  10. Cozy mysteries are my favorites, as you may have guessed. ;-) And I love the recipes as well! Thanks for visiting!