Friday, January 17, 2020

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
Recipes from Callie's Kitchen & More
by Jenny Kales

You’re invited to Callie’s Kitchen, where Greek food meets Midwest comfort cooking…

The Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries Cookbook is filled with Mediterranean-meets-Midwest comfort food recipes! You’ll find every delicious recipe from each one of the books in the popular culinary cozy mystery series, plus many new bonus recipes. Also included are book excerpts, brand-new scenes, family lore and kitchen tips from Callie "Calliope" Costas herself, Greek-American foodie, business owner and amateur sleuth.

Now you can share Callie’s Greek specialties with your family and friends, including:

George’s Spanakopita (Spinach-Feta Pie with Phyllo)
Kourabiethes (Greek snowball cookies)
New Year’s Meat-Leek Pie with Phyllo
Zucchini Fritters with Greek Yogurt Sauce
My Big (Low) Fat Greek Salad

You’ll also find Callie’s Midwestern favorites, such as:

Wisconsin Supper Club Cheese Spread
Callie’s Sour Cherry Pie
Pumpkin Spice Scones

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Callie’s fictional Wisconsin eatery, this cookbook is the next best thing. Bring the scrumptious flavors of Callie’s Kitchen right into your own home by ordering today!



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(Greek Chicken and Lemon Soup)

All food photos are property of Jenny Kales

This delicious soup is a Greek restaurant classic. There's just something soul-soothing about avgolemono. Plus, with its bright lemon flavor and rich broth, it's good year round. 


8 cups chicken broth or stock
1 cup to 1½ cups coked white rice
1 cup cooked chicken, shredded or in bite-sized pieces
3 large eggs
cup fresh lemon juice (please use fresh for best flavor, no bottled juice!)
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
Salt and white pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


   In a large saucepan, bring the stock to a boil over medium heat. Place the eggs in a mixing bowl and whisk until blended, then add lemon juice and zest. Whisk until well-combined. Reduce the heat of the chicken stock to very low.

   While whisking the soup in the pan, slowly pour the egg-lemon mixture into the broth, whisking all the time to prevent curdling. The soup should thicken slightly. 

   Alternatively, use the following method, created by my husband's Yiayia (grandmother).

   Add the eggs, lemon juice and zest to blender and blitz until well combined. Take one cup of the hot stock and gradually add to the mixture in the blender. Cover the blended and zap again. Then, slowly and carefully pour this mixture back into the broth and gently stir in, whisking all the while. This will help "temper" the broth so that it doesn't curdle. 


   Add cooked chicken and rice and gently cook for several more minutes at low heat until flavors blend. Don't set the heat too high, or you will curdle the soup (like Josh did in SECRETS AND PIES)! Have patience and you will have a delicious soup. 

   If there's any left over and you want to reheat it, put in a saucepan or top of the stove over very low heat and stir frequently, to prevent curdling. 

   Sprinkle with parsley. Serves 6-8.

I don't know about you, but my stomach
 is growling for a bowl of this soup right now!

Anyone who knows me knows that I have two favorite genres of books. Cozy mysteries and cookbooks. I am in Heaven when I have the chance to read a cookbook based on a cozy mystery series. I mean, come on! It’s the best of both worlds! So, when the CALLIE’S KITCHEN MYSTERIES COOKBOOK hit my radar, I knew I had to have it. Again, best of both worlds, and, I’m a huge fan of the Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries!

Author Jenny Kales of course brings wonderful Greek recipes from her Callie’s Kitchen series, but that’s not all. As she says in her Note from the Author . . . “While the book contains several delicious and authentic Greek recipes, it is not a comprehensive Greek cookbook . . .” “. . . this cookbook is meant to be a window into the world of my character, Callie . . .” So, you’re going to find a little bit of everything!

Within the pages of this book you will find Tips from Callie’s kitchen, new recipes, new scenes, and excerpts from her books! And you’ll drool over recipes such as Feta Cheese Bites, Fried Zucchini, Spring Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice), Speedy Skillet Pastitsio, Greek Coffee, Greek Roasted Lemon Potatoes, Callie’s Perfect Pie Crust, Beat on the Bay Blueberry Pie, Chi Spice Cake and so much more!

Rather you get CALLIE’S KITCHEN MYSTERIES COOKBOOK, for the recipes, or for the new scenes from the wonderful cozy mysteries, you just can’t go wrong with this book!

Note: You know I love photos in my cookbooks. However, recipe books based on series books, seldom if ever have photos included. So, go into it knowing that, and enjoy this wonderful cookbook!


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

Hello, and welcome to Callie's Kitchen! Let the aromas of cinnamon, lemon and melted butter wash over you as you step inside.

My 56

Callie swallowed the lump that suddenly had appeared in her throat.


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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Happy Friday, to you. (Love your snowy photo. Looks like it could be a scene from a good book.)

    1. Hi, Pat! That's what I thought about the picture too! I'd love ti be there.

  2. Sounds like a great mix of mystery and cooking!!! I added you to the linky. Happy weekend!

    1. I'm a sucker for cookbooks. Mix cozy mysteries with them, and I'm a happy girl! Thanks, Freda.

  3. This soup definitely sounds yummy. Just what this cold winter's day needs.

    Book beginning -
    Police chief Mitchell Rainbolt shook his head as he slid into the front seat of his departmental SUV and tried to remember why we was still in Rebel, Oklahoma, running a department with less staff than the Arrowhead Diner across the street.
    My 56 –
    Her heart fluttered and she rebuked the response. She was a practical woman, and practical women’s hearts did not flutter.
    FINDING THE ROAD HOME by Tina Radcliffe
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Hi, Kay! Thank you for sharing your BB and 56. Sounds like a good book!

  4. I'm not entering the giveaway because I already have the cookbook (yay!), but I had no idea that Cozy Food Friday was a thing! Can I make it a thing on my blog, too?

  5. Sounds like a great book and that soup looks yummy!

  6. The soup is making me

    The book looks good, too.

  7. Thank you for the chance to win this book. Congratulations to Jenny and great job, Lisa.

  8. I always looking at the recipes you share. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me