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Food Fun

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have a fun group of food mysteries for your Thanksgiving dinner reading-Asking for Truffle: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James, Dead and Ganache: A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery by Colette London, The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams, Assault and Buttery: A Popcorn Shop Mystery by Kristi Abbott, The Great Chili Kill-Off: A Fresh Baked Mystery by Liv Washburn, and The Quiche and the Dead: A Pie Town Mystery by Kirsten Weiss.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Jenny Kales


It is such a delightful experience connecting with a favorite author, talking about their book, their motivation, style, and process, but when you are lucky to become part of that process, it just adds to the wonderful experience. I “e-met” Jenny Kales over a year ago, you know meeting someone online, when I read and reviewed her Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series highlighting On the Chopping Block and Spiced and Iced. She has been such a delightful Facebook buddy, and when she took me up on my offer to help in anyway I could with her next book, I was thrilled to become a beta reader for Secrets and Pies.

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by Sharon Tucker


Our most food-oriented holiday season approaches, and I am not alone in wanting new twists on the traditional foods we serve at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Luckily, we can research some of the techniques that make French cuisine a sensuous delight just by reading the mysteries Alexander Campion has written that feature Capucine Le Tellier, a Police Judiciare officer in Paris as well as her husband Alexandre Huguelet, a major food critic for Le Monde.

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A Chinese Thanksgiving

IN THE November 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andFood Fun
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by Tiana Matson


Thanksgiving Day is a particularly big holiday in North America, especially for Canadians and Americans. It’s a special and festive time that brings families together, reminding them to be thankful, giving perspective and encouraging thoughtfulness in life. It’s so important that folks in foreign lands will rush back to be with their families for this holiday season.

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Yellow Mug Coffee

IN THE November 11 ISSUE

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andFood Fun,
andKathy Eide Casas
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by Kathy Eide Casas



The aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafts through the air as soon as the door to this friendly, family owned neighborhood coffee shop opens. Welcome to northeast Fresno’s hidden gem…Yellow Mug Coffee.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Caroline Fardig


I am new to Caroline Fardig’s Java Jive Mystery series that began in 2015 with Death Before Decaf, so when I was given the opportunity to read book five, I immediately sat down with my own frothy Mocha and was thrilled right off! Caroline starts this adventure with “ex-boyfriend turned friend” and detective Ryder Hamilton inviting Juliet Langley to a gun and knife show…ex turned friend may seem like an oxymoron, but it is a very delightful dynamic.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Jon Koobatian is best known as the owner and head chef of Jon’s Bear Club in Reedley, California. His history with the Bear Club (he added Jon’s to the name when he became the owner) started many years before that. Jon was born in Dinuba, California and has had a love for food for most of his life.

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by Kathleen Costa


I am really enjoying traveling back to the Islands reading Gemma Halliday Publishing’s Aloha Lagoon Mystery series penned by several favorite authors. Catherine Bruns, a “Top Ten” personal favorite, is back with Death of the Kona Man. Carrie Jorgenson came to the Islands from Vermont wanting to strengthen, well, more like resuscitate, her relationship with her boyfriend Brad, but he turned out to be bust.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower



This week we have a couple of mysteries involving magical cats and ghosts, and one foodie mystery-A Tale of Two Kitties: A Magical Cats Mystery by Sophie Kelly, Ghost on the Case: Bailey Ruth series by Carolyn Hart & Pudding Up With Murder: An Undercover Dish Mystery by Julia Buckley.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower



New York City chocolatier Bailey King is on the verge of achieving the dream. Her mentor is retiring and ready to name his successor, and it’s between Bailey and one other candidate. Monday is the day of the announcement.

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Top 5 Halloween Treats

IN THE October 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andFood Fun
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by Jennifer Smith


Halloween is just around the corner. Of course, this spooky season won’t be as jovial as it should be if you don’t prepare great treats for your family and some random kids who will do some “Trick or Treat.” Well, you don’t have to fret too much about this. After all, preparing for this annual event should not always incur you hassle and expenses, especially when it comes down to food.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


What do you want in a restaurant?
Good food? Of course.
Wood-fired cooking? Tell me more.
Decent price? That would be nice.
Inviting atmosphere? That helps.
Top-drawer entertainment? Ooh.
A great view. Yeah, I’d like that.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Allie McMurphy inherited the McMurphy Hotel and Fudge shop on Mackinac Island, she was lost in mourning for her grandfather and terrified to be taking over her family’s business. Allie never considered that her estranged California cousin would be furious about being cut out of the McMurphy inheritance, or that their next encounter would be when Allie finds Victoria “Tori” Andrews in the Mackinac Island Butterfly House, standing over a dead body holding the bloody murder weapon.

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Tasting the Best Reedley Has To Offer

IN THE September 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andCommunity,
andDiana Bulls,
andFood Fun
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by Diana Bulls



The Taste of the Town returns to Reedley on Thursday, September 21, and the block of G Street, between 11th and 10th, will be turned into an outdoor dining room. According to RDA spokesperson Denny Mason, guests will “dine under the stars”, feasting on the best that local restaurants, gourmet food shops, wineries and breweries have to offer.

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by Kathleen Costa


Lord Fitzroy is passionate about proving to the Tillyhenge citizens that he has their best interest at heart. They were reticent when he became Lord of Huntingdon Manor that he might introduce too many modern ideas effecting their heritage and traditions. But everyone seems thrilled with the new Tillyhenge Open-Air Cinema presented on the manicured lawn of the estate.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have some more July & August mysteries from Penguin authors-Addressed to Kill: A Postmistress Mystery by Jean Flowers, Sowed to Death: A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery by Peg Cochran, Muffin to Fear: A Merry Muffin Mystery by Victoria Hamilton, A Tangled Yarn: A Yarn Retreat Mystery by Betty Hechtman, & Chime and Punishment: A Clock Shop Mystery by Julianne Holmes.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


If you’ve lived in the Valley long enough to care about how you pronounce Spanish, you’ll probably try to say, “Kay-sa-dee-ya Go-ree-ya.”
Wrong.
It’s “Kay-sa-dill-a Go-rill-a.”

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we have a video interview with local chef Jon Koobatian. Jon grew up in Dinuba, and went on to be the owner and head chef at Jon’s Bear Club in Reedley. He recently published a cookbook and has been doing some local book events and cooking demonstrations. We will be reviewing Jon’s book in the near future, and giving away a copy, so be sure to watch for that! Info on his upcoming event at Woodward Library in Fresno both in the video and below.

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