Friday, April 24, 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 Sugar & Spice Mysteries
by Mary Lee Ashford

As co-owner of Sugar and Spice Cookbooks, Sugar Calloway has seen simple confections bring friends together and spark fiery feuds. Except this time, the recipe truly is to die for . . .
After losing her job as food editor at a glossy magazine, Rosetta Sugarbaker Calloway—aka “Sugar” to friends—isn’t sweet on accepting defeat and crawling back to her gossipy southern hometown. So when she has an opportunity to launch a community cookbook business with blue-ribbon baker Dixie Spicer in peaceful St. Ignatius, Iowa, she jumps at the chance to start over from scratch . . .
But as Sugar assembles recipes for the local centennial celebration, it’s not long before she’s up to her oven mitts in explosive threats, too-hot-to-handle scandals, and a dead body belonging to the moody matriarch of the town’s first family. With suspicions running wild, Sugar and Spice must solve the murder before someone innocent takes the heat—and the real culprit gathers enough ingredients to strike again . . .
* Includes delicious recipes! *



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Kosher salt, to taste
2 lb. Broccoli
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
½ small yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 bay leaf
1 cup grated Gruyère cheese
Freshly ground pepper
1 cup panko
¼ cup greated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons of olive oil

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   1. Bring a large saucepan of well salted water to a boil over high heat. Cut the heads from the broccoli stalks and cut the heads into small florets. Add the broccoli to the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the broccoli to a bowl filled with ice water, then drain well. 
   2. In a 10-inch fry pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add flour and stir well. 
   3. Slowly whisk in the milk and bring to a boil.
   4. Reduce heat to low, add the onion and bay leaf and simmer, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens. 
   5. Remove and discard the bay leaf and add the Gruyère, stirring until the cheese is melted. 
   6. Carefully fold in the broccoli and spread in an even layer. 
   7. In a small bowl, stir together the panko, Parmigiano-Reggiano and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. 
   8. Sprinkle the panko mixture over the broccoli mixture. 
   9. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes. 

You can make this in a stove-top to oven pan as Dixie does.
Or if you don't have that type of pan this recipe works just as well in a casserole dish. 

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The Friday 56

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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 

"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen," my Aunt Cricket is fond of saying. And though that is great advice, everybody can't actually leave, can they? I mean, someone has to stay in the kitchen and take the or nobody eat.  

My 56
"It sure makes the fact that she's gone less worrisome, doesn't it?"

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  1. Yum! That looks delicious. Thanks, Lisa, and happy Friday!

  2. YUMMY!

    My first line -
    August 1952
    He had parked his cruiser in the muddy verge of the county highway, a little way from the circus that was going on up the road.
    My 56 –
    Even her dog came with baggage.
    HID FROM OUR EYES by Julia Spencer-Fleming
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. True beginning... LOL. I added you to the linky. Happy weekend, stay safe!

  4. This Broccoli Gratin seems mouth-watering! I'll try this recipe, thank you for sharing it :)
    Konna @ The Reading Armchair

  5. Love that title and the recipe sounds tasty. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  6. Sugar sounds like a great character. This sounds like a fun read! I hope you have a good weekend. Stay safe and well.