Friday, August 7, 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 Wine & Dine Mysteries
by Gemma Halliday

A Sip Before Dying (Wine & Dine Mysteries Book 1) by [Gemma Halliday]

From #1 Amazon, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Gemma Halliday comes a brand new series full of mystery, laughter, and romance in wine country...

The Oak Valley Vineyard has been in Emmy Oak's family for generations. So when the small Sonoma winery is suddenly in financial trouble and in danger of being gobbled up by the corporate giants, Emmy moves home to try to save her legacy with her modern culinary know-how. First step—she throws a party showcasing her latest vintage and signature tasty treats to a group of wine country's most elite enthusiasts. Only when one of her VIP guests sips a glass of poisoned wine and dies in her cellar, Emmy's name is on everyone lips for all the wrong reasons.

The victim was the young, boy-toy husband of one of Silicon Valley's most successful female CEOs... and his playboy ways and suspicious spending habits have almost no one mourning his death. Enter Detective Christopher Grant, recent SFPD transplant, who is assigned to the case and immediately homes in on Oak Valley. But Emmy is determined to clear her winery's name—even if Grant's dark eyes, sexy smile, and mysterious past threaten to distract her. After calling in the big guns to help her—a.k.a. her jewelry designer best friend and copious amounts of cookie dough ice cream—Emmy finds herself digging through a slew of suspects to uncover crimes, grudges, and secret affairs that could put a soap opera to shame. Can Emmy find out just which of the upper crust poisoned the victim's vintage...or will Emmy's next sip be her last?



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8 oz brie
½ lb. fettuccini noodles
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup onion, chopped
2 strips of bacon, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
red pepper flakes to taste
salt to taste
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese 

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   Cut the rind off the brie, then put it in a skillet or baking pan. Bake in oven at the 350°F until brie is melted and bubbling, roughly 10-15 minutes.

   While the brie is melting, cook the fettuccini noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water. When slightly al dente, drain the pasta and reserve some of the cooking liquid. 

   In a medium pan, heat olive oil, garlic, onion, and bacon. Cook until the bacon is crispy and the onion is translucent. 

   Toss the cooked fettuccini with the bacon, garlic, onion mixture. Add the fresh chopped parsley and red pepper flakes. 

   Once the brie is done, remove from the oven and immediately add the fettuccini to it, using tongs to coat. If the brie is too thick, you can add a little of the past water to thin it to a nice saucy consistency. Top with grated parmesan and enjoy!

Servies two hungry people.

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I hope my stomach growling didn't distract you.


Please keep reading to check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56

Both the BB and 56 are from

A Sip Before Dying (Wine & Dine Mysteries Book 1) by [Gemma Halliday]


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 

My best friend was waiting for me outside Silver Girl, her jewelry boutique in downtown Sonoma, when I pulled up in my Jeep.

My 56

Sure, Joe. Let's go with that. "Yes," I said defiantly, lifting my chin with false bravado.

 A Sip Before Dying (Wine & Dine Mysteries Book 1) by [Gemma Halliday]

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  1. Yum! Happy Friday, Lisa!
    Pat T.

  2. The fettucine and the book both look good!! Happy weekend, the linky is live!