Friday, January 22, 2021

I'm having a Cozy Food Friday Flashback!
And this one has me feeling all warm inside.
I hope you enjoy!

NOTE: From this point on, everything you see in this post is just as l posted it on September 11, 2014.


Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring a recipe from the cozy book 
Book 1 in the delightful new 
Food Festival Mystery series. 

How many of you had some wonderful crab this summer? With Fall around the corner, who says crab season has to end? 
Penny offers us a perfect solution. 


1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter
3 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup flour
 2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
2 cups clam juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoon seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound crabmeat
1 (14-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon water
tartar sauce (secret ingredient)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Melt 2 tablespoon of the butter in a large pan over medium heat

Add the onions. celery, carrots, and peas, and cook for 5 minutes

Add the potatoes, clam juice, lemon zest, seafood seasoning, and salt; bring to boil

Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender

Remove from heat

Melt the remaining 1/2 cup butter in a frying pan over low heat; cook and stir for 3 minutes until golden brown

Combine butter and crabmeat, add the vegetable mixture, and stir

Unroll the piecrusts, place 6 ramekins on the crusts and cut out circles of piecrust the same diameter as the ramekins to cover the pies 

Spoon crab mixture into the ramekins

Whisk the egg with the water and brush the cutout piecrusts with the egg wash

Place a crust circle, egg wash side down, over each ramekin of crab mixture and seal the edges of the crust to the edges of the ramekins

Pierce the crusts a few times with a knife or fork to create vent holes

Place the ramekins on a foil-lined baking sheet

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown

Top with tartar sauce

Serves 6

Please note that all food photos are from Google Images. Your version may vary in appearance

Do I hear stomachs growling out there? 
I know I sure got hungry typing this up!

You can purchase DEATH OF A CRABBY COOK by Penny Pike at your local bookstore or order it online

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

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading

Keeping my Cozy Food Friday theme going with... 
Book 1 in the Food Festival Mystery series
My Book Beginnings for this week...

Life sucked.

Forget counting calories. I needed this cream puff.

It would have been the perfect spring day in San Francisco---no fog, sunshine, with a light, salty breeze coming off the bay---if it weren't for the news I'd just received from my editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. 

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.

Continuing with DEATH OF A CRABBY COOK theme
My Friday 56...

Aunt Abby tilted her head, almost coquettishly, and finally returned my gaze. "I wouldn't call it 'blackmail', exactly. More like...'leverage.' "


At the San Francisco Seafood Festival, someone is steamed enough to kill a cook.... 

When restaurant reviewer Darcy Burnett gets served a pink slip from the San Francisco Chronicle, she needs to come up with an alternative recipe for success quickly. Her feisty aunt Abby owns a tricked-out school bus, which she’s converted into a hip and happening food truck, and Darcy comes aboard as a part-timer while she develops a cookbook project based on recipes from food fests in the Bay Area.

But she soon finds someone’s been trafficking in character assassination—literally—when a local chef turns up dead and her aunt is framed for the murder. The restaurant chef was an outspoken enemy of food trucks, and now Darcy wonders if one of the other vendors did him in. With her aunt’s business—and freedom—on the line, it’s up to Darcy to steer the murder investigation in the right direction and put the brakes on an out-of-control killer….


Penny Pike/Penny Warner

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Let me know if you give this potpie a try!

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  1. Yum! Looks good.
    Thanks, Lisa.

    Pat T.

  2. First line - “Ever notice that Cupid rhymes with stupid?” Hands jammed on my hips, I surveyed the five-star hotel ballroom decorated with porcelain cupids and scarlet hearts.
    My 56 – A crash shattered the window beside me. Frank knocked the table over and jerked me down behind it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Sounds like a fun read!! Happy weekend!

  4. cool, cozy mystery WITH recipes! Plus, I love shepherds pie, thanks for sharing. My post is here:

  5. The quotes for Death of a Crabby Cook got my interest. Have a great weekend!

  6. I've never had a crab potpie but that sounds good!