I originally bought "The Cozy Chicks Kitchen" cookbook collection to support the mystery authors whose books I love to read. I have read the books and usually passed them on without copying the recipes. Well, now I have them all in one volume. There's an impressive number of them and they all sound delicious. These days easy to prepare dishes appeal to me and this book is big on easy, because these cooks are writers who don't always have all day to spend at the stove. With that in mind, I have a list of dishes I will try next:
Mr. Cabrera's Tasty Chicken Cordon Bleu by Heather Webber/Heather Blake - only five ingredients and baked in the oven,not fried!
Since I'm always looking for healthy chicken recipes - Kate Collins Mystery Grilled Chicken Strips either grilled or oven baked will do nicely. The spicy mustard and smoky paprika sound delicous!
My plan is to serve fish at least twice a week. Salmon is a favorite, but now for something different - Baked Flounder with Fresh Lemon Pepper by Leanne Sweeney sounds wonderful.
Andy's Coleslaw will go good with the flounder. That recipe is from Lorraine Bartlett (also known as L.L. Bartlett and Lorna Barrett, depending on the mystery series.) this coleslaw has the same veggies as the one made by my daughter's mother-in-law, but instead of mayonaisse mixed with creamy slaw dressing "Andy" uses oil, vinegar, sugar, celery seed, which I am fond of, and a bit of salt. The one thing I will do differently is cut the sugar in half. When I make my own recipe I don't use any sugar, so this may seem sweet enough for us.
For dessert - wow, what a hard decision! I make an easy pineapple cake using a cake mix and adding crushed pineapple and sometimes coconut, but don't often have a cake mix available. Leanne's South of the Border Cake solves that problem. This cake is a simple recipe and uses crushed pineapple and I could add coconut, couldn't I? There is a recipe for a creamy frosting which my family will like, but I also like this cake without frosting, along with a cup of tea or coffee.
Or - should I bake Ellery's Chocolate Mocha Cake? It sounds decadent and delicious.
If it's for a family gathering I could make both. Yes!
You can't miss with this cookbook. In the last pages there is a section on the authors and their books, so you will have a handy reference for fun, new new mysteries to sample.