Showing posts with label Dru Ann Love. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dru Ann Love. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dru Ann’s Tuna Melt in a Bowl: a Cheesy, Creamy Tuna Mac Casserole via Cleo Coyle

All of us here at Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen were excited to learn that our friend, book reviewer and honorary Cozy Chick, Dru Ann Love was nominated for an Anthony Award this year for her blog.

If you have yet to discover Dru’s Book Musings, then you’re in for a treat. Dru not only shares book reviews and hosts giveaway, she challenges authors with a creative question: 

How would you describe "A Day in the Life" of your sleuth?
Our Clare Cosi in avatar form.
To read her Day in the Life
at Dru's blog, 
click here.
Marc and I took up the challenge a few months ago, putting our Coffeehouse Mystery sleuth, Clare Cosi, through her paces on Dru’s blog. And every one of our fellow Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen cooks have written Day in the Life features for Dru, as well! Just click here and use the search bar on the left column to look for your favorite author's Day in the Life.

With Dru's Anthony nomination still hot off the press, Marc and I thought it would be fun to give her a little foodie tribute so we decided to whip up one of her favorite recipes, one she shared as a guest here at Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen. 

We have made Dru's version of this easy, cheesy pasta dish several times and (yes) LOVE it—which is quite appropriate since it came from a lady named Love!


~ Cleo

Dru Ann's Tuna Mac and Cheese Casserole

(or as we call it) "Tuna Melt in a Bowl"

To see Dru Ann Love’s original recipe post 
(with her step-by-step photos and commentary) , click here. 

Our version is practically identical. We made some very small changes in the recipe writing and some notes on the seasonings, that's it!

Serves 4


1/2 box of medium pasta shells (1 lb box)

3/4 of an (8 oz) block extra sharp cheddar cheese (or you can use the entire block if you want it extra-cheesy)

1 (5 oz) can solid white tuna in water

2 - 3 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise (Hellman’s is Dru's favorite, and ours, too.) 

1/2 teaspoon or so of seasonings (see the suggestions in the note below)

Directions: First preheat your oven to 350° F. Prepare the pasta as directed on the box, and be sure to make it al dente (do not overcook or the casserole will be mushy). While the pasta is cooking, drain the tuna well, place it in a large bowl, and flake it with a fork. Season it (see note below) and set aside. Slice the block of cheese into small cubes and set aside. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain well, and pour it into the bowl 
with the seasoned tuna. Add the cubed cheese and mayonnaise. Toss well, until all the pasta is coated. If needed, add more mayonnaise. Pour the pasta into a casserole dish (1-1/2 quarts in size) or a loaf pan (9x5-inches) and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before digging in!

Seasonings note:

Dru Ann suggests Black & Red from spice merchant Penzeys. 
This is a great seasoning suggestion! If you don’t have this on hand, you can make your own by mixing freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of hot red cayenne. 

Our suggestion from Penzeys is Northwoods Fire. Again, if you don’t have this on hand, you can make it yourself with this mix of spices: coarse salt, paprika, ground chipotle pepper, black pepper, cayenne red pepper, thyme, rosemary and granulated garlic.

Visit Dru Ann's 

award-nominated blog here.

Like Dru on facebook

Follow Dru on Twitter.

And may you always...

Eat (and read) with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries 

* * * 


Have you Entered Our
May Giveaway?

3 Gifts Cards and a
Coffeehouse Grand Prize Pack
will be awarded to four winners
next Monday at Midnight.

Find out how to enter in 
our Spring Newsletter.

It was sent out this past weekend and
includes recipes, news, and video fun...

If you didn't receive it or would like to sign up,
simply click here and follow the instructions.

After you subscribe, an auto-reply will send
you a link to several past newsletters.

Thanks for stopping by the Kitchen!

~ Cleo

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Welcome Guest Dru Ann Love

LUCY BURDETTE: You'll soon see that today's special guest, Dru Ann Love, loves to read, especially cozy mysteries. And so you'll understand that we love Dru Ann--she's like a good fairy for cozies. You can find her on book blog called Dru's Book Musings, and on Facebook, and she also blogs as an honorary Cozy Chick with Dru's Cozy Report. Welcome Dru Ann--we're so happy to have you!

DRU ANN LOVE: I am a lazy cook.  My idea of a good meal is dining at a local restaurant or take-out.  On that rare occasion that I make a dish, one of my favorite (although I am not a huge fan of tuna fish) is my tuna fish casserole. 

I think I got this recipe from my home economics class and of course I did some modifications (do they even still have that in junior high/middle school?) to the recipe and the best part is that it is easy peasy with only four ingredients. 

My idea of baking is setting the oven to 350 degrees and putting the timer on for 30 minutes and only checking on the food when the timer goes off.  Again, this meal meets my qualifications as well.  So, you got an easy peasy recipe that bakes for 20 to 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

This allows me the time to read a book, watch TV or do some quilting.

1 box of medium pasta shells (use half the box for this recipe)
1 block of extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 can of solid white tuna in water
Hellman’s mayonnaise


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare the pasta as directed on the box.

While the pasta is cooking:

Flake the tuna fish in a bowl and season it (I use a Penzey’s Black and Red spice)

Slice the cheese block into small cubes

Drain the pasta

Put the pasta, the flaked tuna fish, ¾ of the cubed cheese and 2 scoops (I use medium size wooden spoon) of mayonnaise in a mixing bowl.  If you like it cheesy, add all of the cheese.


Mix well; making sure that all the pasta is coated.  Add more mayonnaise if needed. 

 Pour mixture into a cake or loaf pan and bake for 20-30 minutes. 

Take out and let sit for 5 minutes
 and then dig in. 


(and Lucy says--Dru thanks so much for visiting! Dru Ann is so smart--with this recipe, she has all kinds of time left over for her favorite pastimes...)