Whipping up Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful for anyone, but that goes double for the Field family. Everything has to be perfect, or they risk getting cut out of dominating patriarch Monty’s lucrative will. That’s where sisters Bernie and Libby’s catering company, A Little Taste of Heaven, comes in. Surely with their lumpless mashed potatoes and to-die-for gravy, even the super-dysfunctional Fields can get along for one meal. But no one can dress up disaster when the turkey goes boom right in Monty’s scowling face, sending him to that great dining room in the sky.
With everyone harboring their own cornucopia of secrets, discovering who wanted to carve up Monty won’t be easy. Worse, the Field Mansion is draped under a snowstorm, trapping them with a killer determined to get more than his piece of the pie. Bernie and Libby will have to find out who the culprit is, fast, before the leftovers–and their chances of surviving–run out for good. . .
“Spritely. . . The action builds to more fireworks and a dramatic rescue.” —Publishers Weekly
“This will please Crawford’s old fans and bring in new ones.” —RT Book Reviews
“Fans of culinary cozies by Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson will enjoy discovering Crawford.” –Library Journal
From Publishers Weekly
In Crawford’s sprightly seventh mystery with recipes featuring sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons (after 2009’s A Catered Birthday Party), the proprietors of A Little Taste of Heaven, their Longely, N.Y., catering company, prepare a Thanksgiving feast for Scrooge-like fireworks manufacturer Monty Field and his family at the Field mansion. When Monty comes into the kitchen to test the roasting turkey, Bernie and Libby watch in horror as Monty taps the pop-up button in the bird’s breast and the turkey explodes, blowing off the top of his head. Libby fears their stuffing made the turkey explode, but they soon learn that there was plenty of rivalry among the assembled family members, any one of whom had reason to want Monty dead. A heavy snowstorm ensures the suspects stay put as the sisters start to investigate. That their father, Sean, was on bad terms with the victim complicates their task. The action builds to more fireworks and a dramatic rescue. (Nov.) (c)
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Thanksgiving wouldn’t be a holiday meal without these recipes on the table. : I am sure you have family recipes you love but here’s a few family favorites. from my home. Lisa
- 2 Cans french green bean
- 1 Can cheddar cheese soup
- 1 can onion rings
- 1/4 t margarine
- 1 T flour
- 1/2 can of milk
Pre Heat oven 350 degrees. melt margarine and stir in flour and milk till a paste. Add soup and French cut green beans. Place in baking dish and top with onion rings. Bake 20-25 minutes.
Cranberry Relish :
- 1 lb fresh Cranberries
- 1 large Orange
- 1/2 C chopped Pecans
- 11/2 C Sugar
Make ahead for the holiday season- Wash cranberries and orange. Seed Orange and cut in pieces. Place all in food processor and chopped. Add pecans and Sugar and blend well. Serve now or store in jar for latter use. Lisa
Thursday : Festival of Holiday Day and I am celebrating Thanksgiving today !
With great recipes,books and crafts all centered around Thanksgiving .holiday. Each Thursday in October I am celebrating food day by sharing family holiday recipes -so enjoy . Lisa
It’s always a big occasion around here as the whole family gets together and celebrate. Lisa
Cornbread Dressing –
- 6 C of cornbread ( 1 jiffy/1 regular
- 11/2 chopped onion
- 1 green pepper chopped
- 2 1/2 lb of chicken livers & gizzard mix Ground fine)
- 1/4 c bunches green onion chopped
- 1/4 C parsley
- 1/4 C oil
- salt & pepper to taste
In a large skillet heat oil and brown livers & gizzards. Add vegetables and cook until soft. Cook slow and low for about 2 hours adding water as needed. Stir in cornbread ,parsley and onion tops . You can place in casserole and brown top before serving.