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Crabcakes by Mary McHugh

Serves eight light eaters or four very greedy people.

1 lb. fresh crabmeat
½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
½ cup chopped shallots
3 T. chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp. dried basil
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. mayonnaise
1 T. Dijon mustard
½ tsp. Tabasco sauce
Dash Worcestershire sauce
3 ¼ cups fresh bread crumbs
1 large egg
2 T. salted butter
2 T. vegetable oil
Tomato salsa Continue reading “Crabcakes by Mary McHugh”

Shots in the Dark (Mack’s Bar Mystery #4)


Shots in the Dark (Mack's Bar Mystery, #4)byAllyson K. Abbott

Published July 26th 2016 by Kensington

4.5 Stars

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Murder with a Twist (Mack’s Bar Mystery #2)


Murder with a Twist (Mack's Bar Mystery, #2)byAllyson K. Abbott

Published August 5th 2014 by Kensington

4 Stars

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In the Drink (Mack’s Bar Mystery #3)


In the Drink (Mack's Bar Mystery, #3)byAllyson K. Abbott

Published July 28th 2015 by Kensington

4.5 Stars

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Halia’s Macaroni & Cheese by A.L. Herbert

Mahalia’s Sweet Tea is known for serving the best soul food in Prince George’s County, Maryland. But owner Halia also likes to indulge in some à la carte detective work. Can she solve the murder of a former “mean girl” when a high school reunion takes a deadly turn in this second book in the Mahalia Watkins Mystery Series by A.L. Herbert?

Ingredients for 8 servings
1 Pound large elbow macaroni
8 Slices of bacon
1 Garlic clove, minced
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 Cup half-and-half
1 Teaspoon hot pepper sauce Continue reading “Halia’s Macaroni & Cheese by A.L. Herbert”

Beulah’s “Marriage Meat Loaf” by Charlotte Hubbard

From the Promise Lodge Kitchen

Rosetta Bender and the Kuhn sisters love to cook, and as they settle into their lives at Promise Lodge, they’ll be sharing favorite recipes the way you and I do! In this recipe section, you’ll find down-home foods Amish women feed their families, along with some dishes that I’ve concocted in my own kitchen— because you know what? Amish cooking isn’t elaborate. Plain cooks make an astounding number of suppers from whatever’s in their pantry and their freezers. They also use convenience foods like Velveeta, cake mixes, and canned soups to feed their large families for less money and investment of their time.

These recipes are also posted on my website, If you don’t find a recipe you want, please email me via my website to request it—and to let me know how you liked it!


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Dangling by a Thread (Mainely Needlepoint #4)


Dangling by a Thread (Mainely Needlepoint #4)byLea Wait

Expected publication: October 25th 2016 by Kensington

4.5 Stars

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Cozy Review – Dying for Strawberries by Sharon Farrow

The Book's the Thing

Dying for Strawberries (A Berry Basket Mystery #1)With seasonal crowds flocking to its sandy beaches, lively downtown shops, and the Berry Basket, a berry emporium with something for everyone, the lakeshore village of Oriole Point is ripe for summer fun—and murder.
Much has changed for Marlee Jacob since she returned to Oriole Point, Michigan, three years ago. Between running the Berry Basket, dodging local gossip, and whipping up strawberry muffins, smoothies, and margaritas to celebrate the town’s first annual Strawberry Moon Bash, the twenty-nine-year-old hardly has time for her fiancé, let alone grim memories of her old life in New York . . .
But unfortunately for Marlee, Oriole Point is muddled with secrets of its own. First her friend Natasha disappears after an ominous dream. Next the seediest man in town threatens to crush her business. Then an unknown person nearly kills her on the night of the Bash. When she discovers a dead…

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Rhubarb Pie by Nan Rossiter

From FIREFLY SUMMER by Nan Rossiter

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nan Rossiter’s touching new novel, Firefly Summer, is an uplifting story of the resilience of sisterhood and the bright glimpses of joy and solace that, like fireflies after rain, can follow even the deepest heartaches.

Rhubarb Pie Filling


1 ¼  cups sugar
2 tablespoons grated orange rind (zest)
¼ teaspoons (or less) salt
2 ½ tablespoons quick tapioca Continue reading “Rhubarb Pie by Nan Rossiter”

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