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Rhubarb and Ginger Syllabub Recipe from Author Antonia Hodgson

Syllabubs evolved in the eighteenth century into the dessert we recognize today. For a seventeenth-century syllabub, a cow would have been milked over a bowl of ale or cider. So be grateful my novel is set in 1727. Syllabub is very rich and sweet, which is why it’s important to introduce a note of sharpness […]

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Sara and Gertie’s Molasses Cookies from Author Jennifer McMahon

THE WINTER PEOPLE tells three intertwining stories.   The one that sets the others in motion takes place in 1908 in a farmhouse in West Hall, Vermont where Sara Harrison Shea lives with her husband Martin and their beloved seven-year-old daughter, Gertie. Gertie will be lost, Sara and Martin will lose everything trying to cope with […]

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Schrafft’s Butterscotch Sauce Recipe from Leora Skolkin-Smith

  Clinical depression is as solemn and gloomy a condition as it gets in this world. I had once imagined it reduced the souls and flesh of ordinary people to mere skeletal remains of whom they once were. That they walked in zombie-like trances through dark hospital corridors, abandoned by society and family, mute except […]

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Mexican Wedding Cookie Recipe from Daryl Wood Gerber

In all my cozy mysteries, I include recipes. I love to cook. I regularly post recipes on Mystery Lovers Kitchen, a site where mystery authors love to “cook up crime.” When I was a girl, I used to make pies to sell around the neighborhood. I learned by lots of practice. (And lots of mistakes.) […]

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Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe from Reba White Williams

In my mystery novel, Restrike, Coleman and Dinah Greene, who grew up in North Carolina, live and work in New York. Coleman is editor of an art magazine and Dinah runs a print gallery. But they haven’t forgotten their Southern childhoods. They were brought up by their grandmother and a great aunt, who taught them […]

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Shakrlama Recipe from Jessica Soffer

My father’s sister, Auntie Violet, is the best cook I know. For various holidays, we would go to her house on Long Island, where she’d been cooking for days and days. The air was always thick with Arabic perfume and the orangey smells of cumin, paprika, and cinnamon. Auntie would make heaps of desserts, stacking […]

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Maryanne O’Hara: Rose’s Lemon Glazed Madeleines and Frosted Grapes Recipes

Characters in Cascade eat typical 1930s fare: cabbage rolls, pork chops, herring salads, and diner specials of meatloaf, peas, and mashed potatoes. But while Dez was growing up, the Hart family’s beloved housekeeper, Rose, baked light, shell-shaped French madeleines for every opening night performance at the Cascade Shakespeare Theatre. She served them with frosted grapes […]

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Erica Bauermeister: Lillian’s “Float Out the Window” Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

  I was the cookie queen in our family growing up.  My sisters wore the crown when I was too young to read recipes, relegating me to the boring, younger-sibling job of sifting flour while they got the enviable task of creaming butter and sugar.  But I grabbed the role as soon as I could […]

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