Sunday, March 23, 2014

Why I'm a Comfort Food Addict




A very warm welcome to Chris Wenger, author of DO OR DINER and A SECOND HELPING OF MURDER, comfort food cozy mysteries from Penguin Obsidian Books. I knew we had to invite Chris to guest blog the second I saw the cover of her book. It makes me want to dive in and read. Oh, and maybe make a little comfort food to snack on . . .

Don't miss Chris's very generous giveaway at the bottom of the post.

Here's Chris!

What is comfort food? I haven’t consulted a dictionary, but I’ll take a fork stab at the definition: food that comforts.

Brilliant, huh?

My mother was the best cook in the world. Her buffets for special events of ours (first communions, graduations, pre- and post-wedding parties, and birthday parties) are legendary.

Mom could really cook, and she knew just what us kids and our friends needed. Is there anything more comforting than a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup on a snowy day? Or how about homemade chicken soup?

Macaroni and cheese reminds me of Friday night dinners. Bacon and eggs and toast remind me of Sunday morning breakfasts. There was baked chicken most every Sunday for dinner.

The rest of the week was filled with dishes like: spaghetti and meatballs, roast beef and mashed potatoes, roast pork or pork chops, meatloaf, potato soup or B-L-Ts.

Because I am of Polish heritage, there were pierogies (that took forever to make) fried in onions, galumpkie (cabbage rolls), and kielbasa.

The summer was time for splashing in the pool, barbecued meat on the grill and corn on the cob. The winter was a time for soups and stews.

Comfort food.

So when I need “comfort”, I make my favorites and I have a craving for pot roast!

Yum!

AUNT HELEN’S POT ROAST

(My Aunt Helen was a great cook. She had a small Cape Cod house and a kitchen with little counter space, but she made the most out of every inch she had. I remember sticking to her plastic furniture covers whenever my parents brought us over for a visit. Soon I learned never to wear shorts to her house !)

INGREDIENTS:

• 3 to 5 lbs. chuck roast
• 1-1/2 tsp. salt
• 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
• 3 bay leaves
• 1 cup red wine
• 1 onion, cut into chunks
• 1 minced garlic clove
• 2 tbsp. oil
• 1/4 tsp. pepper
• 4 whole cloves
• 1 cup apple juice
• 3 apples, cored and quartered
• zest & juice of 1 lemon or lime


PREPARATION: 

1. Brown roast in oil and add all remaining ingredients, except apples and onions.

2. Bring to boiling, reduce heat, cover and simmer about 2 hours.

3. Add onions and apples, simmer additional 1-1/2 hour or until meat is tender.

4. Remove meat from pan.

5. Slice and serve over noodles or boiled potatoes.



ABOUT CHRIS
I have worked in the criminal justice field for more years than I care to remember. It seems like I was forever going to school while I was working full time, but in the end, I received a dual master's degree in Probation and Parole Studies and Sociology from Fordham University. 

Unfortunately, the knowledge gained from way too many years in night school, didn’t prepare me for what I love to do the most - write!

To date, I’ve written nine romances for Harlequin and “almost” three cozy mysteries for Penguin Obsidian Books.

My first cozy mystery, DO OR DINER, was released from Obsidian Books in August , 2013, and was their first “comfort food” mystery! My second cozy mystery will be called A SECOND HELPING OF MURDER, and will be released on April 1, 2014. A third is completed and will be called DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DEATH (release date unknown). This trilogy of books all feature the same characters, same small town, and are set around a 1950’s diner.

For fun, I enjoy watching professional bull riding and rodeo with my favorite cowboy, my husband Jim. We put on our cowboy regalia (I look horrible in a cowboy hat!) and have traveled to events in Las Vegas, Florida, Connecticut, and other states.

GIVEAWAY!


Chris is giving away three sets of her two cozy mysteries, DO OR DINER and A SECOND HELPING OF MURDER! That means three winners! To enter, leave a comment, preferably with your e-address so we can find you. If you don't want to leave an e-address, be sure to check back to see if you won. GOOD LUCK!

137 comments:

  1. Seems we are from the same era of comfort food! We are German with Scots on the other side! Rump roast was the Sunday special! When we are cold and snowed in, it is home made tomato soup, grilled cheese, chocolate cake! And coco! without a doubt!
    Saturdays were for early morning runs to the butchers', then home and baking til 2 or 3...get all the bread made for the week, and any fancy baking after that- ALWAYS cinnamon rolls for Sunday. Our son was gone to school for 3 yrs, came home last year, and first thing was - mom!- where is all the good food for my soul?!! LOL!!

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    1. Sue Ann! Sounds like our house! Love those Sunday breakfasts! I remember my mom at the stove all morning cooking bacon after church. And I can still smell her coffee (percolator). Cozy....and COMFORTING!

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    2. I forgot to tell you that I included a recipe for cinnamon rolls in DO OR DINER!

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  2. Comfort food is the best..and our favorite. Would love to read these books.

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    1. Janie,
      I'd love for you to read them, too. I'd enjoy hearing what you think!

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  3. forgot the e-mail!
    the3beersus@yahoo.com

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  4. Burgers and sweets of any kind comfort me. I have a feeling it's like a favorite book or a favorite movie - you associate warm happy memories with the food, so it becomes calming and comfortable.

    (Me! Me!!! Pick me for the contest!!!!!)

    carstairs38 at gmail dot com

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    1. Mark,
      With a last name like yours, no wonder you like sweets! Yes! Warm, happy memories!

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  5. Love food related cozies! Would love these two! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

    Tennisace50(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Sure! Hope you win. I think I'll put everyone's name on a piece of paper and draw three.

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  6. Sounds just like all the food we had when I was growing up. What I learned to cook and then made for my family. I think my (future) husband dated me as much in high school for the macaroni & cheese and fried chicken as for my charm ;-). And just thinking about grilled cheese and fresh tomato soup can make you feel better.

    Thanks for the giveaway. sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Grandma,
      I think my husband married me for my cooking, too. I am a terrible baker-I burn everything-but I can really cook!

      I'd love to check out your mac and cheese recipe.

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    2. Just the old fashioned basic - make a white sauce (should be fancy and call it a roux), melt some Velveeta in it (I know that's not even really a food, right? But cheddar is oily in it, other cheese too strong, too stringy...) and bake. Nothing exotic, but it's a go-to for us. My husband is having his 2nd hip replacement in the morning and he asked for his comfort food standard mac and cheese tonight.

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  7. The series sounds wonderful! thanks for visiting to share the pot roast too:). I think my mother was on a similar rotation--though without the Polish touch LOL!

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  8. Hi Chris, seems we grew up eating many of the same foods. So many wonderful food memories. I am also of Polish Heritage so pierogies, galumpkies and kielbasa were on our table many nights. As well as beet soup and potato pancakes (which honestly, were not 2 of my favorites). Your books sound wonderful! Thank you for a chance to win them :)

    goody2shoes8249@yahoo.com

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    1. Cathy! We are sisters! I am NOT a beet soup fan, but I make all the rest. I love potato pancakes, too.

      Which reminds me that Easter is around the corner. I have to make horseradish. Stink-o.

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  9. I can't wait to start reading your books!

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    1. Ellie,
      Hope you'll like them. They are both set in a 1950's diner with nothing but comfort food on the menu, and a lot of comfort in those red vinyl booths!

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  10. kim j
    I too am Polish. I remember watching my grandma and mom cook when I was younger, now I enjoy cooking for my own family and love to feed others too!
    Your books look wonderful
    kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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    1. Exactly! I love hosting holidays (Easter, Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving, birthdays!). The more people I can feed, the happier I am!

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  11. I hated those plastic furniture covers. My friend's parent's had them and I never wanted to sit down when we went to visit them. And this was when I was in my 30s. They were a little old couple from Brooklyn and I don't think their furniture ever had the covers taken off.

    The pot roast sounds great as do the books. I hope you pick me to be the lucky recipient.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. I just hated those plastic furniture covers, too. My cousin bought my aunt's house (furniture and all) and took them off, and the furniture was as good as new...a little outdated, but as good as new!

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  12. Yum! Your pot roast recipe sound wonderful. Comfort food is my favorite... meatloaf, chili made from a family recipe, warm chocolate chip cookies, scalloped potatoes.... all good! And your series sound good as well! I've added the titles to my ever-growing book list!
    jrobinson12 (at) austin (dot) rr (dot) com

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    1. Comfort food is my favorite, too. I just don't like all the "fancy" food with the strange ingredients that the TV chefs make. Yikes!

      Now I have a craving for warm chocolate chip cookies!

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  13. I love reading books about food. I look forward to reading these books.

    Busymother@gmail.com

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    1. BusyMom,
      I'm glad you're going to give my books a try! I think you'll enjoy them!

      Let me know!

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  14. books and food.. who couldn't love it! going to look for your series!! tiggerbemy1@gmail.com thanks for the chance to win them!!!

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  15. I loved Do or Diner and can't wait for the next installments. My mom loved the first one too! I know Polish comfort food as well-but you didn't mention my favorite-potato pancakes! I remember my aunt grating the potatoes and my grandma standing over the stove frying up batch after batch! You had to eat them hot off the frying pan-we kept eating-I don't know when grandma was ever able to have her own meal!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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    1. Kathy,
      How could I forget potato pancakes (loaded with sour cream)! You know, I've tried using a food processor to grate the potatoes, but they aren't the same as hand grating. My grandmother never ate either. She was at her cast iron skillet frying them to perfection and handing them off to us. She never could keep up! I have her skillet, but mine just aren't the same as Grandma Bugnacki's !! Thanks for the memory!

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  16. I can't wait for the second book! Thanks for the chance to win. My email is dnrocker@yahoo.com.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! The second one (A SECOND HELPING OF MURDER) comes out on April 1.

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  17. This is actually on my list tbr. The recipe sounds mouthwatering, I think I may give that a try, and your mention of peroghi's started the stomach rumbling. I'm half Lithuanian and I know what a pain they are to make from scratch, but oh so worth it. Thanks for the chance to win.
    momzillasteel@gmail.com

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    1. Debbie,
      Thanks for reading!

      I make about 15 dozen pierogies for Christmas Eve. I stand in my sub-zero garage and fry them with onions! My garage (and cars) smell delicious for weeks.

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    2. My husband usually makes them for me for my birthday, since that's in Oct. I have a long wait, lol. FYI I'm coming to your house for Christmas Eve, LOL.

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    3. Come on over Debbie!! But you have to help me make them!

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  18. I can't believe I have missed your books... they look delish and will look for them ASAP. Thanks for chance to win! himrsfish@yahoo.com

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    1. Dear Fish Mom (!)--
      Thanks for looking for my books! I think you'll enjoy them.

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  19. I love cozies that include food. I love food and I love to cook and read.
    kinseywb@gmail.com

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    1. Food, mysteries, reading, cooking.... a great vacation!

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  21. I would love to read your books because I love reading mystery books with recipes and I have over 200 cookbooks.
    My e-mail is: susanne@4inchina.dk

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    1. Over 200 cookbooks?! WOW!

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  22. While I don't usually make any of the recipes I do love cozies that include them.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    nlb1050@yahoo.com

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    1. Nancy,
      It's great that you love cozies! Some day, a recipe might tweak you enough to try it, if not, that's fine, too. All the recipes I include are from family and friends, and I enjoy documenting them for future cooks/bakers. They enjoy seeing their name in print, too!

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  23. Thank you!! I love cozy mysteries :) And comfort food!!

    rockergoddess2002@yahoo.com

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  24. Pot roast was one of my favorite meals growing up. My favorite comfort foods are still my Mom's meatloaf and spaghetti sauce.

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  25. What a great contest-books with food!! Thanks for the chance to participate, can't wait to read your books!!

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  26. My husband LOVES pot roast. He'd would rather have pot roast than steak. I like to make it different ways to keep a little variety in my life so I'll have to try your recipe. Thanks for the contest --- I love cozies as much as he loves pot roast.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  27. This series sounds delicious. I can't believe I missed it. Comfort food, oatmeal, mac and cheese, cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, meatloaf,........yummm

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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    1. Kaye,
      I'm glad that we found each other!!

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  28. What's better that great comfort food? That's why those food have that fun moniker ! We used to have a terrific dinner in this city. Looked like a 50's place for sure, but you could always depend on getting something wonderful and the kids loved everything. Your pot roast recipe is something different for me. Will need to give it a try for sure!! Definitely would love to win your books----as long as you don't put me on probation for anything!! Ronnalord@msn.com

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    1. Ronna,
      LOL! I'm out of the probation business for now, but I can spring into action at any time!!!

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  29. I grew up with those same meals. Sunday was almost always fried chicken day. Spaghetti and meatballs, steak and potatoes, baked ham, pork chops, roast beef, chipped beef gravy over toast, which I always asked for my birthday dinner...the list goes on. My Mom was an amazing cook. Oh! And homemade veggie beef soup! I miss her cooking. But she made a cookbook for all of her children with her staples and our favorites in them.

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    1. Oops...forgot my email! lisaksbookreview@aol.com

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    2. Lisa,
      What a great memento to have of your mom!

      I was just talking to my cousin (her mother died suddenly), and she is so sad that she never wrote down any of her mother's recipes. They are gone. Sad.

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  30. The meals are delicious just as the mystery in the stories. I love to read and get the recipes then try them out on my own. Thank you for the give away and the good books. :) miautwo@hotmail.com

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  31. Sounds like a great read! Would love to win!

    littleone AT shaw DoT ca

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  32. Sounds like a great recipe and a great read. lrduval98@hotmail.com

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  33. Love the Cozies!
    stoneoak95@comcast.net

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  34. Congratulations on your tasty series. When it comes to “second helpings” I’m all in. This is a super pot roast recipe, too. The apples are a nice change-up from the same old meat-and-potatoes. Thanks, Chris, for visiting our Kitchen.

    ~ Cleo

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    1. Cleo,
      I'm gushing here! I am such a fan! Your books (and Avery Aames' books) were some of the first cozies that I read! Love the Haunted Bookshop series and your Coffee House mysteries. Fabulous mysteries, fabulous writers!

      And it's a pleasure to visit your kitchen...but the least you can do is offer me a cup of expresso, huh?

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    2. You're a sweetheart, Chris! And no problem on that Italian joe: I'll have my Clare "express" over a double for your Trixie if she'll send back a piece of diner pie. Cheers and have a great book release month! ~ cleo

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  35. This series sounds delicious and so does the recipe! :) I love trying new foods and new books! Thank you for this opportunity! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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    1. Give my books a try, Robyn! And let me know what you think!

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  36. Congrats on the latest book Christine! I would love to read your two books because I LOVE food and my name is Christine too! your1chef@aol. com

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    1. I love meeting fellow Christine's!!

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    1. I'm probably prejudice, but my two diner books are a fun read!!

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  38. Loved Do or Diner; Second Helping is on my TRP. Comfort food is the best . . . grilled cheese sammies with tomato soup! Mac-&-cheese! Scalloped potatoes & ham. Yum yum.

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    1. Thanks, MJ !! It's always wonderful to hear that readers love my books! I think you'll like SECOND HELPING, too. Let me hear from you.

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  39. The books sound like so much fun and the recipe sounds delicious. I love the idea of apples and ginger in a pot roast recipe. Thank you! rencw@verizon.net

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  40. Pot roast--yum! And ginger? What a great idea to warm up the flavors.
    These stories sound delightful.
    libbydodd@comcast.net

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    1. Thanks, Libby! Try my books and let me know what you think!

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  41. Your pot roast sounds good. I find the men prefer simple comfort food to fancy cooking usually.

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  42. How fun
    Erin
    eparker@arkwest.com

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  43. Wonderful and appealing. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. Your recipe sounds delectable. Home cooked old school is the best. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  45. Love the sound of most of these!! My Grandma W made a pork roast that was special. But I can't find anyone who knows how she did it. It had a distinctive aroma. Yum. I was walking one day and smelled that smell. Took me right back in time. As shy as I am, if I had been able to figure out which house it came from, I would have knocked on the door and begged for the recipe!!! :D

    Pen M
    pmettert@yahoo.com

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    1. I hear you, Pen! Don't you wish someone wrote down Grandma W's recipe? I wish I had my grandmother's recipe for Easter babka.

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  46. Love the mysteries and I love food. Good combination.
    jjrrdavid@live.com

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  47. I love cozy mysteries that involve foods. They are my favorites. Would love to win this set of books!
    angiey1974@hotmail.com

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    1. Mysteries and food...yep, a great combination! And the writers on the top of this blog are the best !!

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  48. Love the mystery, love the recipe. I also use a chuck eye roast for my pot roast.. but I cut it into 1.5" thick slices and then brown each slice. FIL is 92yrs old and my method allows me to take out portions as they reach the specific tenderness of each diner. Dad needs it falling apart soft so he can chew it. We like it a little more firm.

    I'd love to win one of your books for my home library.

    NoraAdrienne(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Definitely chuck eye roast would work just fine. I like it falling apart, too.

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  49. Sounds tasty!
    marylou.schwarzer@gmail.com
    Would love to win!

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  50. Your Pot Roast sounds amazing - and so do your books! Would love to win.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  51. I love cooking and I love mystery books too. Would like to enter the contest. Thanks so much for having it.

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  52. Love the cover with the dog on the picnic table! And the series setting sounds great too!
    lovesdogsandbooks (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Carol! How sweet of you to notice the dog on the picnic table. That's my own Golden Retriever, Blondie, who is in each of my books to date!

      My diner owner, Trixie Matkowski, and her neighbor, Sandy Harbor Deputy Sheriff Ty Brisco, rescued their Blondie one wintery night, and Blondie can definitely sniff out a clue !! LOL.

      My Blondie would rather lounge on the couch next to me, like she is right now, taking a snooze! HA!

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  53. Love cozy mysteries almost as much as comfort food. They both make everything better. Would love to read these book. Good luck with the series, I just might have to try some of the recipes.

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    1. Thanks, Yifat !!!

      Let me know what you think.

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  54. Oops, forgot my email: keys1998@gmail.com

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  55. Love comfort foods Mac and Cheese, fried chicken etc. Love cozy mysteries.

    xzjh04 gmail.com

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  56. Welcome to mystery lovers kitchen Chris. My comfort food is any thing covered with cheese. pizza, mac and cheese, just a few slices of cheese is good too.
    would love to read your stories.
    sandy
    sandydunc66@yahoo.com

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    1. Sandy,
      I am totally enjoying being here at MYSERY LOVERS KITCHEN! What a great place, and I'm in fabulous company!

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  57. My comfort food is sloppy joes. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Jess
    Zeta@iwon.com

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    1. Jess,

      Oh! Sloppy Joe's! Do you make them with Manwich? Or do you have your own recipe?

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  58. My comfort food of choice is always baked macaroni and cheese and fried chicken and corn on the cob. It always brings back memory.

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      I'd love to know how you make your mac and cheese. Do you have a recipe?

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  59. Chris, love the books and the titles. Welcome to MLK!!

    Daryl / Avery

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  60. Sounds like a recipe for a great set of mysteries! I love 50s diners.

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  61. My favorite is Mac and Cheese with meat loaf yumm. Sounds like 2 great books, I'd love to win them :)

    debbiec1313@yahoo.com

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  62. Sounds like a fun series.

    flash29@sympatico.ca

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  63. I loved the first book in the series and can't wait to read the next book.
    Cmkeck311@aol.com

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    1. Thanks, Christine!

      Great name, btw!!

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  64. I'm all about comfort food.....in fact, I'm craving some right now!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  65. This is a great giveaway. I hope I win!

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  66. Would LOVE to read these books!!

    Kellijo23@gmail.com

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  67. My favorite comfort foods are always some kind of starch. Mac n cheese, or any kind of pasta really. Potatoes and eggs, which we would have for dinner when I was growing up. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  68. I would love to win your books, I have been searching for Do or Diner for quite some
    time. It sounds so good, thanks for the chance to win.
    sharonjesse58@yahoo.com

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    1. You can't find DO OR DINER? Amazon has it and B&N.com.

      Hope you find it! Or hope you win. I'm going to put everyone's name into a hat.

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  69. Chris, you know my kind of comfort food is chicken-fried steak, biscuits and gravy, mustard greens, grits and sweet tea. Or smoked brisket over mesquite wood fire any time. Can't wait to read the next Diner book.

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    1. Loralee,
      You sound like a Texas gal with your comfort food! I love ANYTHING grilled over mesquite. Yum!

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  70. Books about food - yummy! Cozies about food - even more wonderful! Winning a copy of your books - spectacular. Chicken and biscuits I could eat three times a day. I know I'd have to exercise at least six times a day, so dreaming about my favorite food or reading about them will have to be the next best thing.

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  71. I definitely have to read this series...sounds great! I can relate to the toasted cheese/tomato soup meal and the mac and cheese but I like mine with sweet tomato sauce on top. Thanks for the giveaway! chickenlady3543@comcast.net

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    1. What's sweet tomato sauce? Like spaghetti sauce? Or more like ketchup?

      Yum!

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  72. sounds like FUN!
    Woofmew@aol.com

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  73. Oh, I would just love to have these! Thanks so much for offering :) carter.karen@gmail.com

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  74. My comfort food is pizza or pasta, yum! Congratulations on your latest release, I can't wait to dig in!
    stardustindy@yahoo.com

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  75. Oh my - these sound like good reading. Would be great to win them. Good luck to all!
    djmeyer44@hotmail.com

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  76. Another series that I want to read.... Mac and Cheese is a true comfort food.

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  77. Love the covers. I love cozy mysteries the book sounds really good.---Rae C.

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  78. Love comfort foods and cozies! I need to move this series to the top of my tbr list. It sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway. Fingers crossed! :)

    scouts579 (at) aol (dot) com

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  79. Cozy mysteries in the most all-American setting - a diner. The books are on my to read list. Would love to win copies. vlhcats@gmail.com

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  80. My favorite comfort foods are mashed potatoes and warm chocolate pudding. Those are my go-to foods when I need a little lift.
    I borrowed Do or Diner from a friend recently, and I loved it. I can't wait to see what happens with the characters! I would love to win my own copies.
    Thanks for the chance.
    18LMMS@gmail.com

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  81. Sounds like a great series. I am always looking for new books to read. Especially when food is involved. I love pot roast! I could eat it way more than I probably should. I will have to try this recipe. Thanks for the chance to win! mamamoongrrlie@gmail.com

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  82. looking forward to reading a new series Trusting am one of the winners chapry@aol.com

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  83. Ready to dive in to your books. Love a new read. Fingers crossed to win.

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  84. Pot roast is one of my favorite dinners, if it is cooked the right way, and it sounds like yours is wonderful. I'm going to try this the next time!
    lmsvac@gmail.com

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  85. Many of your comfort foods are mine, the grilled cheese and mac and cheese, also the homemade peroghi's...the best although we usually only got them on our birthdays because they are such a pain. Mom made what we called rolled up pancakes only to find out in later years that they were crepes, lol. Your recipe for pot roast sounds yummy, I'll have to give that a try.
    momzillasteel@gmail.com

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