Friday, February 14, 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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All food photos are property of  Jenny Kales

This is the groom's cake at George and Kathy's wedding. The olive oil complements the citrus for a light, fruity cake with a moist texture. Note: this is a sweet cake, not savory, but it's not "too sweet". It's just right. ~ Jenny Kales


2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ teaspoon salt (fine sea salt is perfect)
3 large eggs
1½ cups sugar
1 cup extra virgin Greek olive oil, available at many-stocked supermarkets. Use fresh oil for best flavor. 
1 cup milk
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ orange liqueur
2 tsp. lemon zest
2 tsp. orange zest
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


   Preheat oven to 350 degress F. Spray an 11-inch cake pan with baking spray (I use Pam baking spray with flour). Alternatively, use a regular-sized Bundt pan or tube pan, but your baking time will be slightly different. 

   In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

   In another large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, olive oil, milk, lemon juice, orange liquor, vanilla extract, plus lemon and orange peels. Mix well until sugar is dissolved. You can mix by hand or use a standing mixer with the paddle attachment.  

   Mix flour mixture into the olive oil mixture, until well blended. Do not overmix. 

   Pour into your prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If using a Bundt or tube pan, check after 38-40 minutes. 

   Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes. 

   Run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake. Turn cake onto wire rack and let cool completely. 

   If serving the cake immediately, prepare the glaze. If not serving until the next day, make glaze and drizzle on cake right before serving.

Prepare the glaze.


1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon milk or water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest


   Combine all ingredients and drizzle over cooled cake. If you like, sprinkle more citrus zest on top for decoration. 

   Makes 8 - 10 slices  

Mmmm . . . I may have to ask for this for my next birthday!

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 (This is from the 12% mark on Kindle and is an excerpt from SPICED AND ICED - Book 2 in the Callie's Kitchen Mysteries.)

"Sweetie, I was thinking of making spanakopita but I think the phyllo dough is still frozen. I've got spinach, eggs, feta cheese, onions - all the good stuff. Do you think you could make something with that?"
"You kidding? Sweetie asked, a broad smile showing off the dimple in her left cheek. "I have just the things. I call it lazy spanakopita."

My 56 86 (This is from the 86% mark on Kindle and is an excerpt from A STEW TO KILL - Book 4 in the Callie's Kitchen Mysteries.)

Or maybe he regretted saying what he'd said before. She shook her head. He wasn't the type to throw around words he didn't mean. In fact, he could be downright reticent.


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  1. Cake and pie are my favorite food groups! LOL This sounds like a fun cozy and a new author for me too.

    1. LOL I have never been a pie fan, but cake is a whole other story. I am for sure a cake girl. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Spinach pie is one of my favorites, and that olive oil cake looks irresistible.

    1. Hi Catherine! I can't lie, not a spinach or pie person, but I'm all in for that cake!

  3. Yummy looking food and interesting cookbook...thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    1. That's for stopping by! Cozy mysteries and cookbooks are my favorites, so mixing the two for me is my happy place.

  4. I like this one so much, I entered the giveaway! Thanks for that, by the way! Happy valentine's weekend!

    1. Hi Freda! I'm so happy to hear you entered! Good luck! Have a great Valentine's weekend yourself!

  5. Nice post. The olive oil cake sounds very interesting.

    1. Hi Lisa. I wouldn't have thought it myself, but when I first read the recipe, I knew it was one I'd love to try!

  6. I haven't made an olive oil cake before. It looks delicious. Thanks for mentioning the recipe. :-)

    1. Hi Breana! This recipe has received a lot of attention. I have a feeling there's going to be a run on olive oil at the grocery stores!

  7. These sound so good! Fingers crossed for the giveaway - thanks for offering it, Lisa!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Lauren! It's great that you entered the giveaway. Good luck!

  8. This sounds like a fun book! I admit I am not much of a cook and prefer to leave the cooking to other people, but I do enjoy cozy mysteries and I like to eat (maybe a little too much). Have a great weekend!

    1. LOL I love to cook in theory, but I often find excuses to get out of it. ;-) Thank's for stopping by!


  9. That cake looks delicious but not one I'm likely to make. Any baking I do is almost always from a box, lol.