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Tabitha Trumbull’s Vanilla Bread Pudding by Carol J. Perry

Tabitha Trumbull’s Vanilla Bread Pudding

(adapted by Aunt Ibby)

1 quart of milk
2 ½ cups firm bread cut into ½-inch pieces
½ cup of sugar, divided into two ¼ cups
4 eggs
½ teaspoon of salt
3 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups thinly sliced peeled apples
½ cup seedless raisins

Scald milk in medium saucepan, stir in bread and set aside. In mixing bowl beat two of the eggs plus two egg yolks, setting aside two whites. Stir in ¼ cup sugar and the salt. Slowly pour in the cooled milk mixture, stirring constantly. Add butter and vanilla extract. Stir in apples and raisins. Turn into 1 ½ quart buttered casserole and set it in a large baking pan. Pour hot water into the pan within an inch of the top of the casserole. Bake in 350-degree oven about one hour, 15 minutes and remove from oven. With clean bowl and beaters, beat reserved egg whites and remaining ¼ cup of sugar until soft peaks form. Spoon meringue over pudding, spreading well. Return to oven and bake until meringue is light brown—about 15 minutes.

Serves 6 to 8

Continue reading “Tabitha Trumbull’s Vanilla Bread Pudding by Carol J. Perry”


Comfort Food By Sally Goldenbaum

Are there frustrating days in your life when the only thing that brings relief is a generous helping of your favorite comfort food? Days that you would give up winning the lottery for a helping of your mother’s mac and cheese or Aunt Eunice’s mashed potatoes?

Nell Endicott feels this urge in Murder Wears Mittens when the seaside knitters are faced with a grisly death—a crime that pulls a young mother of two into its suffocating web.  To bring calm and focus while they ponder the perplexing murder of Dolores Cardozo, she arrives at Thursday night knitting with Izzy, Cass, and Birdie carrying her favorite comfort food.

 Q: Is Nell’s comfort food the same as yours? Can you identify it from this sprinkling of details?

  • A splash of red wine. . .
  • Sweet, caramelized onions. . .
  • Bacon and savory tomato sauce?

 It proves to be the perfect choice one Thursday in autumn in Murder Wears Mittens.

A: Nell’s wine, bacon, and caramelized onion meatloaf (Serves 6 to 8) Continue reading “Comfort Food By Sally Goldenbaum”

Happy Birthday Carrot Cake by Edith Maxwell

Edith Maxwell’s MULCH ADO ABOUT MURDER is the fifth Local Foods mystery. She recently threw a fifth birthday party for the series, and baked a (local organic) carrot cake for the celebration.

Happy Birthday Carrot Cake

Recipe adapted from the Victory Garden Cookbook by Marian Morash.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


2 cups unbleached white flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cup safflower or canola oil (Option: use 2 sticks softened butter instead of oil)
4 local eggs
3 cups finely grated carrots (about five-seven medium) Continue reading “Happy Birthday Carrot Cake by Edith Maxwell”

Dark Moon Coffee and Murder Go Round

Carol Perry is visiting today to take us on a ride on a merry go round, for her latest in the Witch City cozy mysteries, Murder Go Round. With all of that spinning, Carol has treated us to a caffeinated beverage with a bit of a kick.  

Murder Go Round is the fourth book in the Witch City Mystery series (Kensington Publishers.) In this one Lee Barrett agrees to attend a storage locker auction with her librarian Aunt Ibby—even though she suspects the forgotten rooms will yield more junk than treasure. But the two, with one lucky bid, uncover a trove of wonderful curiosities, including a stunning carousel horse with gentle eyes and fading paint After Lee leaves the fairground relic at a local repair shop for some cosmetic work, another of the dusty treasures, a Russian silver samovar, awakens Lee’s psychic abilities and shows her visions of murder.

With her detective boyfriend Pete Mondello, and with the aid of her wise ginger cat O’Ryan, Lee follows a trail of deception and death as intricate as the antique nested matryoshka dolls she found in the storage locker. Mystery Scene magazine says “Murder Go Round is entertaining fare, replete with compelling characters and a unique plot.”

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When friends drop by, Lee and Pete like to make a big ice cold pitcher full of Dark Moons. Readers of the Witch City Mystery series know how much Lee and Pete love their coffee and a Dark Moon is a heavily caffeine-laced version of that old New England favorite, Rum and Coke! The recipe will serve eight. Continue reading “Dark Moon Coffee and Murder Go Round”

Lemon Ice Cream with Strawberries by Meera Lester

1 cup superfine sugar
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup whole milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
Combine the sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a large bowl.

Slowly pour the cream, milk, and salt into the lemon-sugar mixture and stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes.

Pour the lemon-cream mixture into freezable individual molds or bowls or into an ice cube tray, and then cover with foil and freeze until the ice cream is completely firm, about 3 to 5 hours, depending on the type of mold used.

Unmold the ice cream, garnish each serving with the sliced strawberries, and serve at once.


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Luscious Lobster Mac & Cheese by Lee Hollis

1 16-ounce box pasta shells (or your
favorite pasta)
¼ cup flour
3 cups milk
1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
1 cup shredded fontina cheese
1 teaspoon each: salt, ground black
pepper, garlic powder
2 cups crushed Ritz crackers
Cook your pasta to almost al dente according to the directions on the box. Drain and set aside.

While your pasta is cooking, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan over
medium, heat.

Whisk until it begins to thicken a bit, add your cheeses, and keep stirring
until they are melted.

Remove from heat and add your salt, pepper, and garlic.

In a large bowl add your pasta, chopped lobster, and cheese sauce. Stir to combine, making sure all the pasta is evenly coated in the cheese sauce.

Pour into a greased 13×9 baking dish. Continue reading “Luscious Lobster Mac & Cheese by Lee Hollis”

Nell’s Wine, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Meatloaf by Sally Goldenbaum

3 cups sliced yellow onions
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat leafed parsley
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup canned chicken stock or broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
21/2 pounds ground chuck
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs (Nell likes to use Panko crumbs)
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup ketchup
½ cup milk
1¼ red wine (Nell always uses wine she likes to drink, not cooking wine)
6 ounces thin sliced bacon
Good quality olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Continue reading “Nell’s Wine, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Meatloaf by Sally Goldenbaum”

Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens by Maya Corrigan

4 tablespoon orange marmalade
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon balsamic
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 Cornish hens approximately 1.5
pounds each
Vegetable cooking spray
[Orange slices, optional]
For this recipe, use marmalade made with sugar. It can be the low-sugar type, but not marmalade made with corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. If you have larger hens, increase
the baking time.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the marmalade, the vinegar, and the thyme in a microwavable cup.

Microwave the mixture for 1 minute at half power.  Continue reading “Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens by Maya Corrigan”

No Bake Spicy Chocolate Oat Bars by Nancy Coco

I love to bake. Today I’m sharing an easy microwave recipe from my kitchen to you.


1 cup of butter
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups of rolled oats
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
1 cup of dark chocolate chips
¾ cup peanut butter


Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper.

In a medium glass bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, vanilla. Microwave on low in increments of 30 seconds stirring between until butter has melted and sugar dissolved. Add oats and salt. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stir, repeat for two more minutes. Continue reading “No Bake Spicy Chocolate Oat Bars by Nancy Coco”

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