Darned If You Do | A Needlecraft Mystery | Monica Ferris

Darned If You Do

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Series: A Needlecraft Mystery (Book 18)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley (February 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425270114
ISBN-13: 978-0425270110


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After a tree falls on Tom Riordan’s house, landing him in the hospital, the police discover a mountain of junk piled high in his home. Locals in Excelsior, Minnesota—including Betsy Devonshire and her Crewel World Monday Bunch—offer to help with the cleanup while Tom recuperates. 

But when Tom is found murdered in his hospital bed, the sole heir to his property—his cousin Valentina—becomes the number one suspect. Betsy believes there’s more to the case than meets the eye, but finding clues to the killer’s identity in the clutter Tom left behind will be like looking for a needle in a haystack…

A Finely Knit Murder | Seaside Knitters Mystery Series | Sally Goldenbaum

A Finely Knit Murder | Seaside Knitters Mystery Series | Sally Goldenbaum

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Series: Seaside Knitters Mystery (Book 9)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: NAL (May 3, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 045147161X
ISBN-13: 978-0451471611


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Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza is thrilled that her granddaughter Gabby will be visiting for the fall and attending the Sea Harbor Community Day School. Gabby loves the school, with its newly-adopted progressive curriculum, and she loves that the Seaside Knitters are teaching knitting as part of the enrichment program. It’s a huge success, and on crisp autumn days, girls camp out on the terraces, knitting up hats for charity.

But not everyone is happy with the direction the school is taking. Outspoken board member Blythe Westerland has sparked tempers with her determination to unravel the current administration. Then, on the evening of an elegant school event, Blythe’s body is found near the school boathouse.

With a killer on the loose, Birdie is determined to keep Gabby safe. Working together, the Seaside Knitters carefully unravel the layers of Blythe’s complicated life, bringing faculty members and town residents under scrutiny. Before the cast-off rows are made on the students’ projects, the knitters will need to stitch together the evidence to see if a murderer has been walking beside them all along.

The Postman Always Purls Twice | Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series | Anne Canadeo

The Postman Always Purls Twice | Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series | Anne Canadeo

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Series: A Black Sheep Knitting Mystery (Book 7)
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (April 28, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1476767491
ISBN-13: 978-1476767499


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When the cast and crew of a Hollywood movie arrive to film on location in quiet Plum Harbor, the village is aflutter at the A-list actresses. The Knitters are dazzled by the glamour and since Maggie’s shop is an important set, they are privy to the backstage excitement and inside gossip. But from the first day of filming, accidents and menacing coincidences abound. The show must go on, but no sooner have the lights, action, and stitching begun when the killer strikes again—this time, cutting one character from the script for good.

Bahia Shrimp Recipe

A tasty Brazilian inspired dish from the city of Bahia. It's a kind of shrimp curry, with a sauce made from onions, coconut milk, peanuts, cashews, and thickened with breadcrumbs. Other ingredients also include dried shrimp, which give it a much stronger flavor, and palm oil, which gives the dish its beautiful yellow/orange color, but we have made this simpler using frozen shrimp (you can use fresh).  A food processor also comes in handy to grind the nuts, rather than trying to chop them.

Serves:  4
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes



10 oz torn pieces of white bread
4 oz coconut milk
4 oz  roasted, salted peanuts
6 oz roasted, salted cashews
1 pint water or fish stock
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lime
1 pound of frozen shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 large onion, chopped
1 red chili pepper, roughly chopped with seeds removed
1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons palm oil, or vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste



Soak the bread pieces with the coconut milk for 10 minutes. Place them in the blender (with the coconut milk) and blend until smooth. Set aside.

Grind the peanuts and the cashews in a food processor until finely ground. Set aside.

Bring fish stock or water to a boil. Season with salt and pepper, and add the garlic and juice of one lime. Add the shrimp and boil until pink, about 5 minutes. Remove the shrimp and set aside. Reserve cooking liquid.

In the same food processor, add the onion, chili pepper, and garlic, and process until finely chopped.

Heat the palm oil (or vegetable oil) in a skillet, and sauté onion mixture for about 5 minutes, until soft and golden.

Add the ground nuts to the skillet and sauté a few minutes more, adding a little oil if necessary, until golden.

Add the bread crumb and coconut milk mixture and 1½ cups of the shrimp cooking liquid to the skillet. Cook, stirring, until sauce has thickens, about 5 minutes, adding more liquid if necessary.

Add shrimp to sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve warm, over rice.

Scallops in a White Wine and Cream Sauce Recipe

More commonly known as ‘Coquilles St. Jacques’ this is a delicious starter or could be turned into a main course quite easily. Soft, melting scallops are the focal point of this tasty meal with a lovely creamy mashed potato. Try to get scallop shells from your fishmonger or supermarket, they make the dish look so attractive.

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes



1 lb shelled scallops
6 oz fish stock
¼ bottle of white wine
6 oz button mushrooms, cut into quarters
Juice of ½ lemon
2 tbsp breadcrumbs, toasted
1 tbsp melted butter
12 oz mashed potatoes (made with cream and butter)

For the sauce
1 shallot, finely diced
1¼ oz butter
1 oz plain flour
2 oz double cream (or crème fraiche if you prefer)
Remaining fish stock



Make the mashed potato using plenty of cream and butter until the mixture is smooth, with no lumps. Add seasoning and set aside, covered, until ready to use, or place in a piping bag and place to one side ready for us. (The dish looks much more professional if you pipe the potatoes!)

If your fishmonger has not prepared the scallops (they usually do) discard the white muscle and remove the coral (the orange part) if you don’t like it. If the scallops are really large, cut each one in half, otherwise leave whole.

Heat the fish stock and wine and gently poach the scallops for about 1 minute, until they are just turning white. Put the scallops in a bowl and reserve the poaching liquid.

Cook the mushrooms with lemon juice and seasoning and a small amount of water, until cooked and no liquid remains (about 5 or 6 minutes). Add the mushrooms to the scallops.

Boil the left over stock for about 10 minutes until reduced to approx 8 oz. Meanwhile, soften the shallots in butter about 1-2 minutes.

Stir the flour into the shallots until combined and beginning to foam a little, then add the stock and whisk, gently bringing to the boil. The sauce should be thickened but still a little runny. Add the cream or crème fraiche and simmer to slightly thicken again. The sauce should coat the back of a spoon when ready.

Heat oven to 400°F/200°C/Gas Mark 6. Stir the scallops and mushroom mixture into the sauce and spoon into the scallop shells.

Pipe the potatoes in a pattern around the scallops (and slightly over), top with breadcrumbs and a little melted butter on each. Place on a baking tray and bake until browned and bubbling, approximately 15 minutes, but do not allow to burn.

Serve with a green salad or a little broccoli if using for a main meal.

Panzanella Salad Our Way Recipe

Panzanella is one of our favorite salads for the summer months, but this is equally nice in the cold weather. Try to find as many different types of tomato as you can – baby, large, red, green and yellow – it makes the salad so much more attractive.

Serves: 4-6
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: No cook



8 oz stale bread, such as ciabatta or French stick, torn into medium sized pieces
3 lbs mixed tomatoes, all sizes and colors (chop the large ones, halve the smaller ones)
8 oz roasted red peppers (roast your own in the oven, or used readymade in jars)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 large red onion, finely chopped
Handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
4 or 5 stalks of basil, finely shopped
Salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing
6 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard



Whisk together the dressing ingredients, season a little and place in the fridge until the salad is made.

In a large bowl, mix together all the remaining ingredients. Add the dressing and mix thoroughly. Season to taste.

Leave in the fridge for at least an hour so that all the ingredients have soaked up the dressing.

Serve with grilled steak, roast or barbecued chicken, any dish you want.

Pear, Roquefort and Red Chicory Salad Recipe

A very tasty starter for a dinner party, or for a light lunch. Serve with a little extra crusty bread or baguette and a delicious dressing.

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes for croutons



4 small pears, peeled, cored and sliced
4 oz Roquefort cheese, crumbled, not too finely
2 red chicory heads, split into leaves
1 slice of bread, cut into small squares
1 tbsp olive oil or rapeseed oil

For the dressing
4 tbsp olive oil
1½ tbsp red wine vinegar
1½ tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste



Make the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together.

Portion the chicory on to 4 plates. Arrange the pear slices on the top.

Crumble over the Roquefort cheese.

In a frying pan, gently fry off the croutons of bread until lightly brown.

Drop the croutons over the chicory, pears and Roquefort and spoon over the dressing.

Coddled Eggs with Spinach Recipe

Delicious creamy eggs and earthy spinach make this a tasty breakfast.

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8­-12 minutes, as you like them cooked



1½  tbsp olive oil
5 oz baby spinach, picked and washed
Sea salt and fresh coarse ground black pepper
½ oz unsalted butter, melted
Freshly ground nutmeg, to taste
5 oz pouring cream
8 free range eggs



Lightly brush the insides of 4 ramekin dishes (5 oz approx) with melted butter. Heat oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas Mark 4.

Place the oil in a pan over medium heat and cook the spinach until just wilted. Drain and squeeze out excess moisture.

Place a little seasoning in each of the ramekins, some of the nutmeg and top with spinach. Season again.

Place the ramekins in a roasting tin and fill the tin with water until the level of the water reaches half way up the ramekins.

Pour in approx 2 tbsp of the cream into each ramekin. Crack 2 eggs into each of the four ramekins, season again.

Place in the oven and cook for the required time. If the eggs are still runny, just leave to sit for a few minutes, as they will continue to cook.

Summer Berry Terrine with Crushed Meringues Recipe

A little like jelly and fruit, but with a sophisticated twist, will certainly impress your guests if served at a summer lunch or dinner party. Light and refreshing, use some sparkling rose wine for the liquid if all your guests enjoy a touch of alcohol! You will need a 2 lb loaf tin for this recipe, or a similar rectangular container.

Serves: 6-8
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 4-5 hours



13 oz sparkling rose wine (or plain water if necessary mixed with a little orange juice)
4 gelatin leaves
2 oz caster sugar
2 drops rose water (note essential, but gives a delicious flavor)
1¼ lb mixed berries – strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, hulled where necessary
1½ tbsp mint leaves, finely chopped
Sprig of mint leaves for decoration
A few small shop bought meringues, for crumbling



Soak the gelatin in a bowl of cold water for 5-6 minutes.

Put the wine and 5 oz water into a saucepan with the sugar and gently heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the rose water to taste. Rose water can be powerful, so add a little at a time.

Remove the gelatin leaves, squeeze out the moisture and add to the saucepan to dissolve. Leave to cool.

Line the loaf tin with cling film (makes it easier to remove the terrine) and fill the bottom and sides with the prepared fruit and mint leaves. (If the strawberries are large, cut into pieces).

Place in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight to set. When ready to serve, get your plate ready, turn the terrine upside down onto the plate. It will come out easily. Remove the cling film.

To serve, dip a knife into warm water and cut each slice. Crumble meringue onto each plate, or serve the meringue separately in a pretty bowl. Delicious with ice cream or double cream.

Tomato and Thyme Tarte Tatin Recipe

An absolutely delicious upside down tart (the way it is cooked!) with rich and deep flavored tomatoes and a hint of thyme. The sweet tomatoes are a total joy – you can even use tomatoes that are going soft and not suitable for a salad. Try to use multi colored tomatoes – red, green and yellow. It makes the tart so attractive and an impressive supper dish or starter for guests.

Serves: 6
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes



1lb 12oz medium and small mixed colored tomatoes, halved
1 large onion, finely sliced
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp red wine vinegar or balsamic, your preference
Several stalks of thyme, leave removed but a couple left whole
1 lb all butter puff pastry from supermarket
A couple of splashes of extra virgin olive oil
1 oz butter
1 egg, beaten
A little plain flour for dusting



Heat oven to 400°F/ 220°C/Gas Mark 7.

In a large frying pan or pot, melt the butter and olive oil, balsamic or red wine vinegar and add the sugar. Do not burn or boil.

Add the onions to caramelize and soften. Add the tomatoes. Stir frequently to soften and mix together, but do not break down the tomatoes. Add the individual thyme leaves and stir.

Take a 7 inch tart tin and lightly grease. Pour in the tomato mix.

Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to fit the tin – you will have more pastry than you need, so don’t worry. Cut out a circle that fits over the tin and tucks down the sides of the tomato mix. Use a fork to prick holes in the pastry to let the steam escape. Glaze with the beaten egg, it will help keep the pastry crisp.

Place the tart tin on a flat baking tray and bake for 30-35 minutes. Leave to rest for 5-10 minutes and then run a knife around the edge to release the pastry from the sides of the tin.

Place a suitable plate over the top of the pastry and flip the tart over. It should be easily removed from the tin.

Scatter remaining herbs over the tart and serve with a mixed salad – you could try adding some cubes of blue cheese to the salad for a filling meal.

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