Sunday, September 6, 2015

Please welcome our guest Linda Reilly! #Recipe Fried Pickles & #Giveaway

I'm very pleased to welcome author Linda Reilly to our blog today.  Her series, the Deep Fried Mysteries, features fried food recipes.  Today she is sharing her recipe for fried pickles!  Take it away, Linda!


A big thank you to Peg Cochran and all the culinary geniuses of Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen! I am thrilled to be invited once again to do a guest post. This recipe is for all the pickle lovers out there.
Preparing deep fried recipes at home can be challenging. Truth be told, the sizzling hot oil scares me. A good policy is to keep children and pets a safe distance from the hot oil while you’re in the preparation stage.

When I first began experimenting with deep fried concoctions, I invested in a deep fryer. Setting it up was fairly easy—one checkmark in the plus column. But the fryer came with so many safety features that I found it hard to work with. Not only is the cord extremely short, but the fryer itself doesn’t hold much oil. For purposes of this recipe, I decided to use a regular, heavy-bottomed pan. This particular version of deep-fried pickles was made with dill spears, but you can always experiment with pickle chips or any other pickle versions.
Ingredients:
Vegetable oil for frying
½ cup all-purpose flour (I favor King Arthur)
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup cornmeal
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pinch of salt
16-ounce jar of kosher spear pickles (quartered)



Place the flour in one bowl and the beaten eggs in a second bowl. In the third bowl blend the cornmeal, cayenne pepper, and salt.


Blot each pickle quarter with a paper towel to absorb excess liquid. Coat them in the flour and shake off the excess. Swish each one through the beaten egg, covering all sides. Lastly, dredge the pickle spears through the cornmeal mixture until thoroughly covered. (For a thicker coating you can repeat the egg/cornmeal process, but I did it only once.) Do this for each of the pickles that you are preparing to fry.

  Coat pickle spears with flour
 
Dip spears in egg

Dredge spears in cornmeal

Heat approximately two inches of vegetable oil in your heavy-bottomed pot until it reaches 350 degrees, using a candy thermometer to test the temperature. If you don’t already have a candy/deep fry thermometer, they can be purchased fairly inexpensively at one of the big craft stores.
CAUTION: The first time I made these, I heated my oil over a flame that was too high, and then had to let it cool until it reached the correct temperature. Best to heat it slowly and test as you go along.

Heat oil to 350 degrees

  Lower each pickle carefully into the hot oil. Fry in small batches, no more than three or so at a time. The oil will sizzle as you place each pickle into the pan. Allow them to fry until golden brown, approximately two minutes. Lift each one carefully from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
 
Fry spears until golden

For best results serve fresh out of the fryer, but wait at least a minute so that you don’t burn your tongue. You’ll find that the cayenne pepper gives the pickles a tangy burst of flavor.

Enjoy!

Linda Reilly is the author of Fillet of Murder, the first book in the Deep Fried mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime, May 2015). To learn more about Linda, please visit her web site at www.lindasreilly.com. You can also follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Lindasreillyauthor.



Linda is giving away one signed copy of Fillet of Murder and, as a bonus, an embroidered Deep Fried Mysteries tote bag. Be sure to leave your contact info when posting so that she can contact you if you’re the winner!







148 comments:

  1. What a fun recipe and I live a good mystery with a cat, I'll check it out soon, thanks for offering the giveaway and post, lilflynracer at msn.com

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  2. What a fun recipe and I live a good mystery with a cat, I'll check it out soon, thanks for offering the giveaway and post, lilflynracer at msn.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Amy! Good luck in the giveaway ~

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  3. Fried pickles? YEAH!! What a great book! kat8762@aol.com

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    1. Thanks, Kathleen -- they really are delicious. Good luck!

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  4. Sounds great and easy! Bonus! I will be trying these soon! Thanks for the chance!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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    1. Let me know how they come out, Barbara! Good luck in the giveaway.

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  5. Awesome recipe, fabulous-sounding book, and cute tote bag! EMS591@aol.com

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  6. I have never had fried pickles but they look good. The tote is adorable, and the cover is cute! Thank you for the giveaway and recipe.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Good luck in the giveaway, Jen. The tote is even cuter in person!

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  7. I'm glad someone else is scared of deep-frying! All I can think of is dumping boiling oil over the castle ramparts onto the invaders below. I inherited my mother's crock-pot, which doubles as a deep-fryer, so every now and then I try it. Your coating sounds delicious--does it work on other things as well?

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    1. I never saw a crock-pot that doubles as a deep-fryer -- that's a great idea. I think the coating would work on many other foods, although I've only tried it on pickles. The cayenne really gives these a nice little zing. The second Deep Fried mystery will have recipe for deep-fried meatballs, but with those I used a batter. Something about fried batter . . . yum.

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  8. Welcome, Linda! I agree with you on the deep frying method. Marc and I are big fans of fried catfish and fried chicken -- and we always use a big, old iron skillet for frying. (Sometimes old school is best!) I have never tried a fried pickle, but I've been intrigued ever since I heard about their popularity at state fairs. Thank you for sharing the recipe and tips, and for telling us about your new mystery series, adorable and fun. Have a delicious Labor Day! xoxo ~ Cleo

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    1. Thanks, Cleo! Something about deep-frying makes everything scrumptious, doesn't it? Using a big ole cast-iron skillet is a great way to fry. A delectable Labor Day to you and Marc, too!

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  9. Looks like a great new series mama2bulls@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Koryander. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  10. amy guillaume lindermanSeptember 6, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    my family would love fried pickles!! never even heard of this! the book looks great! aelinderman@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I hope you'll give the pickles a try. Good luck in the drawing!

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  11. Have to try these at the next fish fry. The guys have the bigger fryers, they're outside, and they're so manly :-)
    Sound delicious.
    thanks. the tote looks really nice - it's blue (my favorite color).
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    1. Mary, I think these would go perfectly with a fish fry. Give them a try! Good luck in the giveaway ~

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  12. I love good fried pickles. The trouble is finding good ones. Thank you for the give away. suefoster109@ net zero.net

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    1. I've seen these done on TV, and they all look delicious. Some are made with batter, but I like this version just as well. Good luck in the drawing, Sue!

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  13. This recipe would be very enjoyable as would the book. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you -- I hope you'll give these a try! Good luck in the drawing ~

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  14. I didn't think I would like fried pickles but they aren't too bad. Love the bag. Kitty looks like my Molly. ourbutton(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I think you have to be a true pickle lover to embrace fried pickles. I can only eat one, but I'll bet some folks could eat a ton! Hugs to Molly, and good luck in the drawing ~

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  15. I've recently retired (gotten rid of) my deep fryer. And, if I made those I'd get run out of the house. For some crazy reason the others in my house can't stand the smell of dill pickles. Forget trying to eat them. How we are related, I don't know. They look good to me.
    I'd love to be the lucky winner of your book and sport your tote around ton. It's so darn cute. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Long ago, I had one of those "Fry Baby" deep fryers. I wanted desperately to try making chicken Kiev. The chicken came out pretty good, although I removed one of them from the fryer too early and the inside was partially raw. I have no idea whatever became of that Fry Baby! Good luck in the giveaway, Linda ~

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  16. Love this interesting post and book for sure. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, traveler! Good luck in the drawing!

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  17. I LOVE fried pickles and there is one local restaurant in our area (American Glory) that makes the best. I am not a huge fan of frying, so I baked them on a baking sheet with the pickels set on a cooling rack. I used ground cornflakes mixed with parm cheese, spices; I did dip them in egg then flour then the cornflake mix. I made them with pickle chips, which takes a while to coat. But I decided to try it with spears the next time.
    Baking them is not a good a frying but they were not half bad. And now that I am looking at yours I am getting a craving.

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    1. Margaret, your recipe sounds intriguing. Crushed cornflakes are nice and crispy. The thing about frying them is that if you get the oil to the proper temperature your pickles won't be terribly greasy. I almost tried my recipe with pickle chips -- that's something I might have to experiment with!
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  18. Oh my word! I am totally making these with thw hamburgers this werkend. Yummo!! Thanks!!!!
    Sherylhbooth@gmail.com

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that, Sheryl. Hope they come out great!! Good luck in the drawing.

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  19. I loove fried pickles!!!!and ypour series!!!can't wait for this to come out!!!j_berson@comcast.net

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  20. I love pickles but have never had a fried pickle. This recipe sounds good and will have to try it. Thank you for the giveaway! crossxjo@hotmail.com

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    1. If you love pickles, you will enjoy this recipe! Good luck in the giveaway ~

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  21. This sounds delicious! Both the fried pickles and the book ;)

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  22. I enjoy pickles, but have never tried fried ones. Now I'm thinking I will. I'd love to win your book and tote---I devour cozy mysteries.
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    1. Thanks, Sue. Hope you enjoy them! Good luck in the drawing ~

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  23. Being of Scottish blood line, I love fried foods ;-) what goes better with a pickle than a mystery?
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    1. You're right, LadyRed -- pickles and mysteries are a great combo! Good luck in the giveaway ~

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  24. The pickles sound interesting but I don't deep fry anything.
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    1. Sandy, you could always try preparing them and then baking them on a non-stick cookie sheet. Good luck in the drawing!

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  25. My son loves pickles and he would probably love fried pickles. I'll have to try this recipe.
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  26. Hi Linda, welcome. There is a restaurant near us that has fried pickles on the menu. I'll have to give them a try.

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  27. Hi Linda, welcome. There is a restaurant near us that has fried pickles on the menu. I'll have to give them a try.

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    1. Hi Tess! I guess a lot of restaurants are now serving deep fried pickles. Good luck in the drawing ~

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  28. Della deepotter@peoplepc.com Kids can't wait to try the fried pickles, so guess I will copy and do. Fillet'O looks like a good read. And the tote is cute. What a nice combo. Thank you for this chance.

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    1. I'll bet your kids will love them! Thanks for entering the giveaway, Della ~

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  29. Your book looks like an awesome read! A cat and a good cozy mystery are a winning combination, and the tote is gorgeous! Hope to win a copy to read with my cats. jeaniedannheim ( at ) ymail ( dot ) com

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  30. Deep frying is not as popular here in New England as it is in other parts of the country but I did try a deep fried pickle once. It was good, but since I already eat enough "bad for me" foods I don't think I should look for any more. :) Thanks for the recipe and the fun chance to win. The book looks really good! rencw@verizon.net

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    1. Renee, you're absolutely right. I live in New Hampshire and I don't often see deep fried pickles on restaurant menus. Pub-style restaurants are most likely to offer them. I eat more than my share of "bad for me" foods so I know exactly what you mean! Good luck in the giveaway ~

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  31. I have never even thought about frying pickles, but now I'm going to try! And I'm weighing in with a vote for your frying method, too. Sometimes it seems like it's easier to do it in a big pot, than to get out a big complicated gadget!

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    1. Krista, I could never compete with any of the delectable recipes in your Diva cozies! I have to confess that buying the deep fryer gadget ended up being a waste of money. Hope you enjoy the deep-fried pickles!

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  33. I would love to read the book and cat would love to ride around in that tote if I let him!
    I never even heard of a deep fried pickle before. I may have to try this,

    eeyore722@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting, Cindy. I know your cat would look adorable in the tote! Good luck in the drawing.

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  34. Pat (patdupuy@yahoo.com)September 6, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Frying scares me too! I've had fried pickles at restaurants and they are yummy. Thanks for introducing your series to us.

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    1. Pat, on my first try I heated the oil too fast and it started to smoke. Scared me half to death. After that I learned to heat the oil slowly. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  35. I love fried pickles.... but I prefer the slices to spears. Would love to win a copy of book! Thank you for the chance!
    afarage at earthlink net

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    1. Alicia, in Fillet of Murder my main character experiments with deep fried pickle rounds. I'm sure they could be prepared using the same coating. Good luck in the drawing!

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  36. Linda, welcome to MLK! Love the idea of the series - who doesn't love deep fried anything! And the tote and book cover are adorable. Have fun!

    ~Daryl / Avery

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    1. Daryl, thanks so much for the welcome! It's always a pleasure to be a guest on MLK.

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  37. I never even heard of fried pickles when I lived in Calif but came out here to eastern Iowa and went to a restaurant and they wanted to know if we wanted fried pickles or a fried onion. I couldn't believe it i thought this waiter was joking with us as he was a friend and with a straight face he explained to me what it was. I still haven't tried them but I am going to use your recipe and surprise my hubby and make them when it gets cooler outside. Also the book sounds like it would be just so good and also the cover is very cute,

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    1. pt, did the restaurant fry the onion whole? That sounds intriguing, for sure. I hope your hubby will enjoy the deep-fried pickle surprise! Good luck in the drawing!

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  38. Being in the south, fried pickles are a mainstay at a lot of restaurants and homes here. Well frying is the way of the south, lol. My dad always wants them. I too have a fear of frying. We relegate that chore to my older brother and his wife. Love the recipe and may have to get them to try it for us. This is truly an awesome book so I know whoever wins it will love it. And the tote is amazing, well made, great look. Good luck to all of you and if you dont win and havent read the book, get it soon!! So happy to see Linda over here today too!!

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    1. Kay, I am always so happy to see that lovely pic of your angel Yorkie. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Your kinds words warm me to the core.

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  39. I guess these are a big thing at the State Fair this year! :) Love the tote! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    1. I haven't been to a fair in a very long time, but I'm sure the fried foods are a huge draw! Thanks for commenting, and good luck in the drawing ~

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  40. I love the sound of the book. Fried pickles, not so much.
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    1. Fried pickles are definitely not for everyone! Even my husband was not wild about them. Thank you for commenting, and best of luck in the giveaway ~

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  41. Can wait to get book.. The pickles look good.. Contact if you pick me tsullivan539@comcast.. Thanks for offer..

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  42. Can wait to get book.. The pickles look good.. Contact if you pick me tsullivan539@comcast.. Thanks for offer..

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  43. Nothing says state fair time, like deep fat fried anything! And every year they manage to come up with some thing new in that category. Looking forward to reading your new book. dbahn@iw.net

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    1. There's no end to the foods that can be deep fried! I've even seen deep-fried butter! Good luck in the drawing, Dianne ~

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  44. My husband wanted to try these at a restaurant the other day but I chickened out. Maybe I'll try making them.
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    1. If you decide to try making them, I'd love to know how they come out. Best of luck in the drawing ~

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  45. Love it zeta@iwon.com can not wait to read it

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  46. I've never thought to fry pickles. My husband and I love pickles; especially the dill ones. I will have to try it. Love the cover; we're fond of cats.
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    1. Bonnie, I do hope you'll give them a try with the dill spears. Best of luck in the drawing! (I love cats, too!)

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  47. I have heard of fried pickles but have never tried them, thanks for the receipe. Filet of Murder is on my TBR. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book and tote.

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  48. Looks yummy. Thanks for sharing
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  49. Sounds like a great read. And I'd love to try the recipe.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie ~ good luck in the giveaway!

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  50. The recipe sounds grea, and I love the tote. Thanks for the giveaway. Cking78503@aol.com

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  51. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I love fried pickles and can't wait to try and make them! I never would have thought to use cornmeal! I'm looking forward to trying and reading your books! I have to start with the first in your series! Enjoy your weekend!

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  52. Yum! What a fun treat. The book and bag would be even more fun to have. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  53. Sounds great. Cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  54. Did someone say fried pickles? Yum Yum! =) Definitely a series I will be checking out! ;)

    kidisitor@yahoo.com

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  55. I love fried pickles! Thanks for the recipe and opportunity :-)

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    1. Another fried pickle lover! Thanks, Lori -- good luck in the drawing !

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  56. What fun! Loving tbe bag! Maybe I'll be lucky today! cynthiast.amand@yahoo.com

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  57. We love fried pickles! Excited for the new book too! Thanks for the giveaway. fsumom99@aol.com

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  58. I love that bag. :)

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  59. Ooh YUMMY!! I have got to try these pickles 💖💖
    Thank you very much for the chance at the giveaway...

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  60. This looks to be a fabulous new series and my daughters love deep fried pickles, so it's win-win!

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    1. Oh wow, thanks Beth! Maybe you and your daughters could fry up some pickles together! Thanks for entering the giveaway ~

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  61. Can't wait to try the fried pickles, but I love your recipe for honey mustard in Fillet of Murder. Can't wait to read you next book, Linda. And I must get Peg's book. Love the cover.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! The honey mustard makes a nice dip for these pickles. You will love Peg's book -- I know I did!

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  62. This looks to be a fabulous new series and my daughters love deep fried pickles, so it's win-win!

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  63. Sounds like a new series with some fun recipes.yum my grand daughter loves fried pickles .we had them at the restaurant whef I work. Good luck on your new series

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  64. I a;ways wondered how those were made (and how they taste). Your book is on my wish list. Appreciate the give away. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for adding Fillet to your wish list! There are many different versions of fried pickles, but this one is fairly easy to make. Good luck!

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  65. Thanks for the recipe and giveaway!
    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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  66. I love fried pickles and mysteries, thanks for the giveaway!!!
    Lisa
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  67. I love fried pickles so will have to try this recipe. The new series looks very interesting. I'm looking forward to reading it! Jlsbookclub (at) nc (dot) rr (dot) com

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    1. Thank you, and if you'd like some bookmarks for your book club be sure to let me know!

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  68. Yummy sounding recipe. jdhyvh@amaonline.com

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  69. Thanks, Yvonna ~ what a lovely name! Good luck in the drawing.

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  70. Live fried pickles so thanks for the recipe. I will be.trying them with gluten free flour. I have.your.book on my TBR list so thanks for.the.chance.to win.
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    1. Gluten free flour is an excellent choice for those who have to avoid gluten. Thanks for the tip! Good luck ~

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  71. Live fried pickles so thanks for the recipe. I will be.trying them with gluten free flour. I have.your.book on my TBR list so thanks for.the.chance.to win.
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  72. Thanks for the recipe. Fried pickles are a favorite at our house. Great books, and what a terrific giveaway. Who doesn't love another bag?
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  73. Oh, how I loooove deep fried pickles! But I'm the only one in the house who eats them, so I've never made them at home. Thanks for sharing the recipe, with the helpful pictures! Thanks, too, for the great giveaway! I love sinking my teeth into a new cozy series even more than the pickles. :) aleonardi@my.com

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  74. I wonder if my husband and I are the only two people on the planet who have never had a fried pickle? We don't see them much here in the North, and I have not made them at home either, but this is such an easy recipe that I should try it out one day soon. That is an adorable tote bag that would hold that wonderful cozy of yours, Linda. :)

    Thank you so much.

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  75. I love fried pickles and this recipe looks pretty easy!! I also love reading books by new authors!! Thank you Linda Reilly for the chance to read your book with the nice giveaway!!

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  76. I first heard of fried pickles when I lived in Texas. I thought that was a crazy idea! But it was crazy good! Fried pickles are just about my favorite deep fried thing! Perhaps I'll attempt to make them on my own.

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  77. Now that I have a good recipe, I think I'll try this. Thanks for the chance on the giveaway too. I'll deep fry pickles if I win. MsKayLib at gmail do com.

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  78. Didn't think I'd like fried pickles but after reading the recipe, we're going to give the, a try! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Thank you for the opportunity to win a signed copy of Fillet of Murder and the awesome embroidered Deep Fried Mysteries tote bag!!
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  79. I love fried pickles, but have never had spears fried. Love a little corn meal in them to give them some crunch. icyeyes1971@gmail.com

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  80. Love cat mysteries but I have never tried fried pickles. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of your book. elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  81. What a fantastic giveaway! Great recipe too! Can't wait to read this new series! heatjsell@aol.com

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