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by Sandra Murphy


Bakery owner Winnie Johnson counted on an inheritance from an elderly customer to save her bakery from a huge rent raise. She’s stunned to find out, she didn’t inherit cash but an antique ambulance and a cat who doesn’t like her.

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by Alicia Lieu


What could be more American than hot dogs and popsicles that are layered red, white, and blue? When I was a kid, I opted for the Rocket Pop every chance I could because of the white layer that was tangy and sweet at the same time. I was well into adulthood before I found out that layer was lemon flavored. Lea Leong Ringler comes through again with an easily assembled, healthy, and delicious popsicle.

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by Karen Rose Smith,
Mary McHugh &
Barbara Ross


This week we have some more recipes from mystery novels, and this time we were looking for some great recipes for your Father’s Day dinner! We have one from Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith, and one from Bossa Novas, Bikinis, and Bad Ends by Mary McHugh, and finally one from Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross. We will also be giving away copies of Silence of the Lamps and Fogged Inn (we just gave away a copy of the other book last week.) Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win, and a link you can use to purchase the books.

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by Sandra Murphy


Solari’s Italian restaurant is an old-fashioned kind of place with fried zucchini appetizers, spaghetti carbonara entrees, men in the kitchen to make the dishes, and women in the front of the house to soothe cranky diners, make the schedules and balance the register at the end of the night.

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by Sandra Murphy


Check out some more fun food mysteries from Penguin authors for your spring reading-Vanilla Beaned: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, Rest in Peach: A Georgia Peach Mystery by Susan Furlong, and A Clue in the Stew: A Soup Lover’s Mystery by Connie Archer. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of all 3, and a link to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy


China Bayles is owner of Thyme and Seasons, an all-things-herbal shop in Pecan Springs, Texas. She shares the space with her best friend Ruby, owner of the Crystal Cave, the town’s only New Age shop. They also have a tea room, cater, teach classes and workshops, run a food delivery service, and they rent out the small cottage on the property.

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by Sandra Murphy


As if running the Cookie Jar, getting married to the man of her dreams, and planning a honeymoon isn’t enough, Hannah Swenson has been chosen to be the home cook (non-chef) contestant for the Food Network dessert challenge, thanks to her sisters submitting her application without telling her. If everything goes according to plan and if hubby-to-be can go along for the challenge, it will be their honeymoon. The newest challenge is—the Food Network changed the dates which means Hannah will now be getting married after the show airs—if she can pull it all together. Of course, her mom and oldest sister, Andrea, take over, and plan everything.

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by Joanne Fluke
& Staci McLaughlin


This week we have recipes from Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke and Murder Most Wholesome by Staci McLaughlin. At the end of this post are details on how to win copies of both books!

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by Alicia Lieu


Fondue is one of those dishes that bring you closer to your dinner companions. Not only is there warmth emanating from the candle burning beneath the pot of melted chocolate or cheese, but as a communal meal, fondue magnifies the chemistry between people, whether friends or lovers, acquaintances or family.

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by Sharon Tucker


Goldy Bear was living in a dream when she fell in love with and married a handsome OB-GYN, looking forward to a life of love, security and comfort. Then to her horror, husband John Richard Korman, devolved into “The Jerk,” prone to rages that devolved into physical abuse. What’s a woman to do when her fairy tale doesn’t come true?

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by Tom Sims


It is possible to have a Thanksgiving holiday that is a happy, celebratory, feast of laughter, good food, and festivity without damaging your heart, elevating your glucose, or adding inches to your waist. It just takes some thought and planning.

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by Diana Bulls



So, you probably didn’t even realize it, but you might already have a cook book collection sitting on one of your kitchen shelves. You might own a cook book by Betty Crocker, Fanny Farmer or Better Homes and Gardens that you got for a shower or wedding gift – a good, basic cookbook with lots of how-to pictures. You might have a couple of cook books put out by your church or a local ladies club, and then there are those advertising cook books from companies like Pillsbury, Campbell’s Soup or Jell-O.

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by Alicia Lieu


I wanted to catch up with a former co-worker of mine, Guiseppe Maione, the founder of Alchemy Creamery which produces vegan, gluten free and kosher ice cream in New York City. This is a very busy season for him, especially with the hot and humid weather that New York has been experiencing recently.

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Refreshing Summer Infused Waters

IN THE August 1 ISSUE

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by Kindra Pigott-Franzen


We all know we need to drink more water, but with our taste buds overwhelmed by sugary sodas and juices, specialty coffees, and energy drinks, it can be hard to push yourself to enjoy water as-is. Bottled drinks that are packaged as healthy drinks are usually packed with loads of sweeteners and ingredients that make what was believed to be a good choice, into a bad one, more likely to worsen our health. The truth of the matter is, water is what our bodies need and finding a way to consume more is the key.

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