Thanks so much for having me back, MLK! In the Country Store Mysteries, Robbie Jordan discovers her Italian father. Before When the Grits Hit the Fan opens, she goes to visit him in his home near Pisa, and is served a version of Sullo Scio, a simple soup. It’s so good she makes and serves it for lunch in the restaurant during a snowy winter.
Despite the bitter winter in South Lick, Indiana, business is still hot at Robbie Jordan’s Country Store restaurant. But when another murder rattles the small town, can Robbie defrost the motives of a cold-blooded killer? Robbie and her friend Lou go snowshoeing and find a contentious academic frozen under the ice. Police suspect Lou might have killed him after their public tiff in Pans ‘N Pancakes the night before. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie absorbs local gossip about the professor’s past and develops her own thesis on the homicide—even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way.
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4 fat cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 T olive oil
1 T minced fresh rosemary
1 large can whole tomatoes
2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (chick peas)
1 quart chicken stock
1 package tagliatelle
1 tsp kosher salt
Black pepper to taste
In a medium saucepan, sauté the garlic in the olive oil until soft. Do not brown. Add the rosemary and tomatoes. Rough chop the tomatoes in the pan. Add the garbanzos and stock and bring to a boil. Add the tagliatelle and cook until al dente according to the directions on the package.
Serve hot with freshly grated Parmesan. A glass of Valpolicella and a green salad complete the dinner.
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Agatha-nominated and national best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries; as Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Her award-winning short crime fiction has appeared in many juried anthologies and journals. She is honored to serve as President of Sisters in Crime New England.
A fourth-generation Californian and former tech writer, farmer, and doula, Maxwell now writes, cooks, and gardens (and wastes time as a Facebook addict) north of Boston with her beau and three cats. She blogs at WickedCozyAuthors.com, Killer Characters, and with the Midnight Ink authors.
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