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Torn Asunder By Barbara Ross: Review/Giveaway/Father’s Day Recipe

by Sandra Murphy
& Barbara Ross


Julia Snowden runs the Snowden Family Clambake during the summer and works with her best friend and business partner, Zoey, during the off season. Zoey’s dream has always been of a traditional wedding—white dress, huge cake, thrown bouquet, first dance, everything except being walked down the aisle since she doesn’t know who her father is. Now her dream is about to come true.

Are You a Home Cook Ready to Impress? Master These Techniques!

by Staff


Cooking at home can be a rewarding experience, especially when you have the right techniques to elevate your dishes from everyday fare to gourmet masterpieces. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or simply want to spice up your family meals, mastering certain cooking techniques can significantly enhance your culinary creations. In this blog, we will share essential cooking techniques that every home cook should know to impress their guests and enjoy restaurant-quality meals at home.

Monkey Dog Coffee: A Local Shop Brewing Community Spirit

by Molly Eide Marquez



In the heart of Clovis, California, nestled among the bustling streets and warm community vibes, lies a hidden gem––Monkey Dog Coffee. This coffee shop isn't just another caffeine stop; it's a testament to the power of entrepreneurship, family values, and the spirit of community. I had the pleasure of speaking with Alexander (Alex) Oseuna, the owner and operator of Monkey Dog Coffee, who shared the inspiring journey behind this beloved establishment.

Three Fudges and a Baby By Nancy Coco: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow


It’s April on Mackinac Island, and the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop’s owner Allie McMurphy is preparing for the spring tourist season to resume. Her best friend Jenn Carpenter is also very pregnant and ready to pop, and even though she is two weeks overdue she is relieved to have hired doula Hannah Riversbend to help her give birth. That relief ends when Allie and Jenn find Hannah standing over a body holding a gun, and having her doula suspected of murder sends Jenn into a spiral of panic and hysteria.

Great Food Search: Pie a la Whatever

by Terrance McArthur


In March, we (Well, some of us...) celebrated March 14 as Pi Day (3/14 is the date; the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter is about 3.14). It was celebrated with pies...pizza, apple, Key lime, and more. Since I really like pi and pie, I have decided to unilaterally declare April Pi/Pie Month. Let’s dig in and see what I dug up.

Death Unfiltered By Emmeline Duncan: Review/Giveaway/Recipes

by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Emmeline Duncan


I love coffee, and some of my favorite mysteries are set in coffeeshops. Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mysteries was the first series to introduce me to this wonderful combination, and a few years ago I discovered another coffee-related mystery series, the Ground Rules Mysteries by Emmeline Duncan. The Ground Rules Series is also set in one of my favorite places, Portland, Oregon. The fourth book, Death Unfiltered, was released recently.

Great Food Search: Ham and/or Eggs for Easter?

by Terrance McArthur


Spring is here, and so is Easter. What foods could I feature for The Great Food Search? I thought about it, and the first thing that came to mind was an Easter Ham. The second thing I thought of was the Easter Egg. Then in a flash of insight, BAM! Sandwiches! There are sandwiches with ham, and there are sandwiches with egg. Of course, the path to figuring out the theme of this GFS was a bit more torturous than that, but “On with the Show!”

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