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by Kathleen Costa &
Kim Davis


It’s Huntington Beach, California. Emory Martinez is a “9 to 5” number cruncher, but her passion is cake decorating. With several “you’re so talented” comments and blue ribbons at the Orange County fair, she dreams of opening her own bakery one day specializing in cupcakes with unique designs and flavors. Now, on weekends, she works with her twin sister Carrie with her party planning and catering business. Carrie is older by only a few minutes, married, and has twin girls herself, but she has a meticulous, detail-oriented, and frustratingly self-absorbed manner.

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by Kathleen Costa


Like all new parents, it’s the 3 a.m. hollering and sleepless nights that are hard to handle, but for Sally and Mike, they have a whole family of willing babysitters. Good because there’s the big order for cookies and such for the Easter holiday that needs her “wide awake” attention. But, Sally’s dad, needs some of that attention; his friend is missing. “Honest” Eddie Phibbins, director of Phibbins Mortuary, is also one of Dom’s biggest advertisers on his blog, and according to his wife, hasn’t been seen for forty-eight hours.

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by Kathleen Costa


Mabel Skinner has inherited her Aunt Peggy’s garlic farm appropriately, but oddly, christened “Stinkin’ Stuff Farm.” She knows how to code and create apps, a solitary career that fits her personality, however, it is in stark contrast to her Aunt Peggy’s community involvement and plethora of friends in the small Massachusetts town of West Slocum.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Stephanie Cole


It seemed like a dream come true. Ornella “Nell” Valenti had landed the perfect job in the perfect town, developing a premier cooking school in Camucia-Cortona, Italy. Perhaps Nell should have looked a little closer at the fine print of her agreement on the way out of Weehawken, New Jersey, though, as the villa of Chef Claudio Orlandini is not exactly up to code or ready-to-go in an optimistic six months.

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by Kathleen Costa


It’s a big Easter celebration at Tremayne Manor and loads of children are squealing over the eggs they’ve spotted hidden in the grass. Marla and her best friend Tally, with little Luke in tow, are enjoying the festivities, but “Blinky,” dressed as the iconic Easter Bunny, is no where to be found.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Cleo Coyle


I am a huge fan of Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mystery series so I was very excited to read the new one, Brewed Awakening. Every time I read one of these books, I feel like I’m visiting my favorite coffee shop, and spending time with friends. I can almost smell the coffee!

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by Kathleen Costa


Roxy and Patrick Cane have been blissfully married for a year, and have finally arranged to put aside their very busy schedule for a romantic date night. The Bean Hive has been on holiday overdrive, and Patrick’s construction company has been booming, so some quiet, delicious food, and melting in each other’s eyes was just the prescription for their weariness.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Melissa Bourbon/Winnie Archer


Baker Ivy Culpepper and her best friend Emmaline Davis are used to long hours that frequently intrude on their personal lives. But it is a double tragedy when the latter’s duties as Santa Sofia’s Sheriff not only interrupts her marriage proposal to boyfriend Billy Davis, it calls her to the body recovery scene of Marisol Ruiz.

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Grilled Apple Crisps for a Hungry Halloween

IN THE October 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andFood Fun
SECTIONS

by Dylan Bartlett


When autumn comes around each year, Halloween is on everyone’s mind. We all look forward to dressing up with friends and family for a night, especially when there’s a party involved.

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by Kathleen Costa


Cooking has always been Tessa’s best therapy: “the aroma, the spices, the way preparing the food made [her] feel—relaxed, confident, and in control.” But, it is her family and friends that have provided her the greatest support. Tessa’s cousin Detective Gino Mancuso pops in to share a bowl of her penne pasta smothered in her mouthwatering tomato sauce, but his news sends Tessa into an emotional tailspin.

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Cold Soup For Your A Nice Summer Meal

IN THE August 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMargaret Mendel
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by Margaret Mendel


Mid summer, when heat feels the most unforgiving and cooking is the last thing on my mind, I fall back on cold soups.
Soups have always been special to me, whether hot or cold. They seem a bit like alchemy. The mere boiling of bones in water produces a rich flavorful broth.

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Desserts for a party at home

IN THE June 26 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andFood Fun
SECTIONS

by staff



Planning the desserts you’ll serve at a dinner party at your home is almost more important than what you are going to serve for dinner. Planning delicious meals for a dinner party seems to be simple when compared to trying to decide on sweet desserts.

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Weekend desserts for the whole family

IN THE June 25 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andFood Fun
SECTIONS

by staff



The weekend can be a great time to do some baking in the kitchen. You can include the kids to help create some tasty desserts and bake some cookies. Think about some of the desserts you have been craving and look up the recipes in your cookbook or online.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Kirsten Weiss


Valentine Harris had come to expect the unexpected from her rather exuberant landlady and expert piecrust maker Charlene McCree. The delivery of a yurt at 4 a.m. was a little much though, especially since it would soon be accompanied by fifteen women intent on camping out for a weeklong goddess circle. The septuagenarian had Val and her Pie Town bakery’s best interests in mind, as Charlene also arranged under only slightly false pretenses to have the reality show Pie Hard film on site.

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