Charms and Chocolate Chips | Magical Bakery Mystery Series | Bailey Cates

charms and chocolate chips

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Series: A Magical Bakery Mystery (Book 3)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Signet (November 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451240626
ISBN-13: 978-0451240620

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Between brewing magically spiced treats at Honeybee Bakery and volunteering with a local conservation group, Katie Lightfoot barely has time to see her firefighter boyfriend, Declan McCarthy, much less delve further into her destiny as a witch. But avoiding her fate won’t be as easy as whipping up a new recipe—especially when Katie finds herself once again mixed up in murder.

When a fellow volunteer for the conservation group is found dead, Katie’s mystical senses tell her that there’s more to the death than meets the eye. Her suspicions are confirmed when members of her coven are targeted next. Katie will have to embrace her powers quickly...or she may find herself chewed up and spit out by some serious black magic.

Silence of the Lamb's Wool | Yarn Retreat Mystery Series | Betty Hechtman

silence of the lambs wool

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Series: A Yarn Retreat Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425252582
ISBN-13: 978-0425252581

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Dessert chef Casey Feldstein has learned one end of a knitting needle from the other after inheriting her aunt’s yarn retreat business, but a murder threatens to unravel her latest event . . .

Casey’s running a new retreat called “From Sheep to Shawl” at a resort on the atmospheric Monterey Peninsula. Participants will learn about sheepshearing, fixing up the fleece, and spinning, and will eventually knit a lovely shawl.

Nicole Welton has been hired to teach the fleece-to-fiber portion of the retreat. She’s an expert spinner, and her small shop in Cadbury by the Sea houses a beautiful assortment of spinning wheels and drop spindles. But when the new teacher fails to show up for class and is found lying dead on the boardwalk, it leaves everyone’s nerves frayed.

Now Casey has to knit together clues faster than she can count stitches before someone else at the retreat gets dropped . . .

Includes a knitting pattern and a recipe!

Banana Chocolate Swirl Pudding Recipe

A little indulgent, but easy to make and very tasty! The combination of chocolate and bananas is always delicious! You will need 4 individual dariole molds for this recipe, or you can make it in one small dish.

Serves: 4 individual puddings
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes



3 oz all purpose flour
3 oz sugar
2 large eggs
2 oz unsalted butter
½ tsp baking powder
3 tbsp sweetened powdered chocolate
1 tbsp water
1tbsp vegetable oil
1 small ripe banana, mashed
1 small ripe banana, cut into thin slices
A little butter for greasing
Honey for drizzling



Heat oven to 350°F/175°C.

Put the dry ingredients into your mixing bowl, make a small well in the center and crack in the eggs. Add the mashed banana and pulse well until all combined, then speed up your mixer to make the ingredients smooth. Add the oil and beat again for about 30 seconds

Mix the chocolate powder with a little water, and add to the mix, using a flat knife to mix through a little. Do not beat.

Grease each mold and then put the banana slices on the bottom of each mold. Add a little honey over the bananas.

Spoon over the pudding mix evenly into each mold.

Bake on a tray in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the mix is firm to the touch.

Remove from the oven, leave to cool slightly, then turn out onto plates. If the pudding is slightly stuck, simple run a knife round the edge to release.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or cream.



You could also add a few chopped walnuts to the mix for added crunch.

Treat Yourself Coconut Sponge Pudding Recipe

So delicious, so easy to make, so enjoy! These look quite spectacular as they rise and resemble soufflés – very impressive!

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: Less than 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes



3 oz coconut flour
2 eggs
2 oz granulated sugar
2 oz coconut flakes
1 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp heavy cream
½ tsp vanilla essence
1 oz dark chocolate, grated
1 tbsp butter
½ tbsp butter for greasing



Lightly grease 4 ramekin dishes. Heat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.

Cream the butter and sugar substitute together. Add the eggs and mix together gently, to avoid curdling.

Add the coconut flour, vanilla essence and baking powder, mix well to form a ‘dropping’ mixture.

Pour or spoon into greased dishes. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven, and serve hot, with the grated chocolate over the top.

Maple Roasted Chicken with Freekeh Recipe

A lovely change from the usual roast chicken Sunday lunch. Freekeh has been hailed as the new ‘supergrain’, even though it has been around for thousands of years! It makes a very different and welcome change to normal stuffings, as it is nuttier in texture and combines well with herbs and almost any ingredient you want to stuff your chicken with. Freekeh is a ‘powerhouse’ of nutrients, can be used in salads, soups, pilafs and stews, so it is worth trying to include it in your weekly meal plans. Here is a recipe suggestion, but please do experiment. Try using it as a substitute for rice, it does work.

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 minutes



For the chicken
1 large free range chicken
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp mild mustard
1 tbsp olive oil

For the stuffing
3½ oz freekeh, cooked
½ orange, peeled and cut into small pieces
½ onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Handful of dried cranberries
1 tsp dried cinnamon
Seasoning to taste



Heat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.

In a bowl, mix together all the stuffing ingredients and add seasoning to taste. If too dry, add a little water.

Make sure the chicken is clean both outside and inside the cavity. Wipe dry with paper towel.

Fill the chicken with the stuffing mix and tie the legs together to prevent too much spilling out. If there is any remaining stuffing, place in a dish, cover with foil and set aside.

Mix the olive oil, maple syrup and mustard together, and rub all over the chicken.

Roast the chicken for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Test to see if cooked through by inserting the tip of a sharp knife just above the leg – the juices should run clear.

Any remaining stuffing can be placed in the oven in the covered dish and cooked for about 20 minutes.

Serve the chicken cut into slices or joints with perhaps some roasted carrots and parsnips.

Lemon Chicken with Gremolata Recipe

Plain grilled chicken is transformed by the old Italian recipe for gremolata. Zingy lemon, parsley and garlic really lift this dish. Serve with crisp greens such as just-blanched spinach or pan fried collard greens.

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes + 15 minutes marinating
Cook Time: 5-10 minutes



For the chicken
Juice of 2 lemons
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 x 5 oz) split lengthwise and pounded until approximately ½ inch thick.
2 tsp olive oil
Salt and freshly milled black pepper to season

For the gremolata
4 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
4 tbsp lemon zest, grated
4 tbsp garlic cloves, minced



Place the chicken pieces in a bowl, sprinkle with lemon juice and oil. Season well and mix the pieces around so that they are coated. Set aside for 15 minutes to marinate.

Make the gremolata by placing all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Using a griddle pan if possible, heat on high until almost smoking. Add the chicken pieces, 2 at a time if necessary, and cook until the seared griddle marks show on the underside, but no more than 2½ - 3 minutes. Flip over – it should take no more than 1-2 minutes for the chicken to cook through.

Serve the chicken onto plates, top with the gremolata.

Italian Chicken Tray Bake Recipe

A great way to feed a lot of people for a warm buffet or a family dinner. Chicken is partnered with plenty of garlic and herbs with roasted bread for a filling and tasty dish.

Serves: 5-6
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40-50 minutes



10 pieces of chicken, such as thighs and legs, skin on
3 or 4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh rosemary
1 tbsp fresh oregano
4 cloves garlic, chopped
10 or 12 cherry tomatoes, left whole
2 onions, finely sliced
A few leaves of fresh basil, shredded, to finish the dish
6 slices of bacon or pancetta, chopped
½ loaf ciabatta, ripped into medium sized pieces



Heat oven to 340F/180 C/Gas Mark 5

On a baking tray, toast off all the pieces of ciabatta and set aside.

In a large baking dish (big enough for all the chicken pieces) put the sliced onions, garlic, bacon, chicken and toss with the olive oil. Add the fresh herbs, and toss again. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven, and turn the mix around to coat everything again. Add the cherry tomatoes and chunks of bread, place back in the oven and cook for a further 20-30 minutes until the chicken is golden.

Scatter with the shredded basil and serve with a tossed salad.

Chicken Provencale Recipe

Straight from Provence, this dish is full of Mediterranean vegetables and flavors and an absolute winner as a dinner party dish – try serving it to your partner on Valentine’s Day and you will certainly win their hearts!  A rich tomato sauce is a great accompaniment to the chicken along with the herbs, and the sprinkling of chili powder brings out all the flavors in this wholesome dish.

Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes



8 mini chicken breast fillets, skinless, or 2 chicken breasts each cut into 4
1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into small chunks
1 green pepper, deseeded and cut into small chunks
1 small red onion, roughly sliced
1 courgette, sliced down the middle lengthways, and cut into slices
½ tbsp dried Provence Mixed Herbs
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 x 16 oz can of cherry tomatoes with garlic
1 tsp mild chili powder, to bring out the flavor
1 tbsp olive oil



In a saucepan, place the olive oil, garlic and peppers. Stir and cook gently for 3-4 minutes. Add the onions and courgette slices, and continue to stir until the vegetables are lightly softened.

Add the canned tomatoes, the herbs and the sprinkling of chili, stir and leave to simmer for 10 minutes, so that the sauce thickens.

Meanwhile, grill the chicken fillets on a baking sheet, turning to prevent burning, until they are cooked through.

Place the chicken fillets in the sauce, and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes.

Serve with green beans or more seasonal vegetables, and a sprinkling of fresh chopped basil.

Thread End | Embroidery Mystery Series | Amanda Lee

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Series: Embroidery Mystery (Book 7)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Signet; First Obsidian Paperback Mystery edition (June 3, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451467396
ISBN-13: 978-0451467393

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Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer is about to have the rug pulled out from under her....

Marcy can’t wait to see the new exhibit at the Tallulah Falls museum on antique tapestries and textiles, including beautiful kilim rugs. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to terror when, the day after the exhibition opens, she discovers a dead body behind her store, the Seven-Year Stitch, wrapped up in a most unusual fashion.

The victim appears to be a visiting art professor in town for the exhibit. Did someone decide to teach the professor a lesson, then attempt to sweep the evidence under the rug? Along with her boyfriend, Detective Ted Nash, Marcy must unravel an intricate tapestry of deception to find a desperate killer.

Knot Guilty | A Crochet Mystery | Betty Hechtman

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Series: A Crochet Mystery (Book 9)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (November 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425252973
ISBN-13: 978-0425252970


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Molly Pink and her pals, the Tarzana Hookers, are ready to bring the craft of crochet to the masses. But when one of their members finds herself the prime suspect in a murder, the Hookers are going to have to switch their focus to fighting her bad rap… 

Molly and her friends can’t wait to get more people hooked on crochet at the annual SoCal Knit Style Show, where Shedd & Royal has been granted a vendor booth. In the past, the show has always been about knitting, and this is the first year there’ll be crochet classes and a crochet competition.

The show’s organizer is K. D. Kirby, publisher of several knitting magazines and owner of a yarn store that caters to an elite Beverly Hills crowd. Everyone is shocked when K.D. doesn’t show up for the opening reception, but that’s nothing compared to how they feel when she’s finally found—dead in her hotel suite.

Suspicion immediately falls on Adele, one of the Tarzana Hookers, who locked horns with K.D., and whose handmade crochet hook is found at the murder scene. Certain that Adele’s been framed, Molly starts her own investigation, hoping to get their pal off the hook and find a killer before another guest checks out…


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