Friday, January 8, 2021


Cozy Food Friday!

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

This week's recipe is from
Book 2 in the Edmund DeCleryk Mysteries
by Karen Shughart

Residents of a charming, quaint, maritime village on Lake Ontario are shocked when they learn that another murder has occurred in their bucolic coastal town. This time the victim is the childhood friend of the criminal consultant hired by the police chief to investigate the crime. The quiet setting of a bright spring morning is the antithesis of the appalling way the victim was killed in an historic cemetery where casualties of the War of 1812 are buried. This suspenseful thriller with an historical subplot and surprise ending will make lovers of maritime cozy mysteries want to read more.

In this page-turner of a tale of murder and deception, Ed and Annie discover a collection of artifacts, with one missing piece, during a visit to a museum in London, England. The discovery gives them clues as to why the victim was murdered, but they still don’t know whodunit. Now back in their quiet village, a chance encounter at the museum and the appearance of a dusty, out-of-print book written by a former New York governor in the 19th century, start to bring the pieces of the puzzle together. But the killer is still out there plotting and planning until the very end.

This clean fiction novel contains no graphic violence, explicit intimate scenes, or cursing, but there are lots of exciting twists and turns, and a surprise ending.

Helping Ed discover secrets that have risen from the grave and the reason for his friend’s murder doesn’t deter Annie from cooking for friends and family, and the book offers gourmet recipes she prepares for them.

If you are wondering about the story of the previous murder case, consider reading Murder in the Museum.



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Serves 6-8- recipe can be doubled or halved


1 pre-roasted chicken cut into pieces or strips or three or four packages or roasted or grilled chicken strips

1 bunch asparagus (about a pound), ends removed, blanched or microwaved until crisp tender and cut into thirds diagonally

2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded and cut into strips

A bunch of scallions, white and green parts, sliced

2 T. white sesame seeds toasted (can purchase pre-toasted or “toast” in microwave for a minute or so until they become golden brown

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1 C. vegetable oil (I use canola)

¼ C. apple cider vinegar

1/3 C. soy sauce

3 T. dark sesame oil

1T. honey

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ tsp. dried ginger

1 T. toasted white sesame seeds

½ C. smooth peanut butter

Salt and pepper to taste.


 Combine shredded chicken, asparagus, and peppers in a large bowl ( can use snow peas instead of or in addition to asparagus). Whisk all the ingredients together for the dressing and pour over the chicken and vegetables. Add scallions and sesame seeds and season to taste. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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Did I just hear a bunch of tummies growling?

Karen Shughart is the author of the maritime-themed Edmund DeCleryk Cozy mystery series ( Cozy Cat Press) with an historical subplot and recipes prepared by the sleuth's wife, Annie, head of the local historical society. She has also co-authored two Cozy Cat mysteries, Wheel of Death and A Map for Murder, and is the author of two non-fiction books. Her passions include her family, cooking, gardening, writing, photography, walking, and learning new things. Follow her monthly blogs on Ladies of Mystery:; learn more about her books and download recipes and discussion questions at her website:

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  1. Thanks, Lisa.
    Enjoy your weekend.

    Pat T.

  2. Yes you did! Can't wait for the chance to try out the recipe for CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD. Would be awesome if I could enjoy it while reading MURDER IN THE CEMETERY. :) Probably better to fully enjoy each separately so as to give each my full attention.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. I make something similar to this salad. It's delicious. Thank you for this recipe.