Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hickory Smoked Homicide Release Day Party with Favorite Southern Recipes!

Publication Day is always an exciting one around here and today we can share that excitement with our own Riley Adams/Elizabeth Spann Craig. Her 3rd Memphis BBQ Mystery officially releases today. Please join me in toasting her on the pub day of HICKORY SMOKED HOMICIDE! Woot!

Be sure to check out Riley's comment-to-win contest at Dru's Book Musings blog, where you can enter to win her new mystery. Click here to jump there.

In the Kitchen
with Riley... 

For two years now, Riley/Elizabeth has been my co-blogging buddy, and my husband and I have enjoyed so many of her recipes. Because today is such a special one for her, I'm making her my "guest of honor" in the kitchen by sharing five wonderful Riley recipes with you. (And, let me tell you, there were many more I wanted to include. This was a difficult list to narrow down!) 

Riley's affection for her Southern roots shines through in her posts as well as her books, and it's irresistible. Click on each photo below. A new window will open up and Riley/Elizabeth will share her ingredients and directions. 

TIP: Now that we have a "print friendly" button at the end of each post, you will find that it is much easier to print or save (to PDF) some of Riley's earlier posts. With our blog's Recipe Index now LIVE, you can easily locate more of Riley's past recipes. To visit our Index, click here or on the "Recipe Index" icon in the upper left column.

Lowcountry Boil

A true keeper of a recipe! "This dish first originated in South Carolina’s coastal regions," Riley informed us, "where it was called ‘Frogmore Stew,’ after the town of Frogmore, SC, (which no longer exists)."

According to Riley, this recipe can be easily adjusted to feed a crowd; and in the South, it’s frequently served on newspapers laid out on picnic tables for easy clean-up. To see Riley's recipe, click here.

Smoked Salmon 
Shirred Eggs 

“Down in the small but pretty town of Saylors Crossroads, South Carolina, there’s a little restaurant that’s starting to make quite a name for itself,” Riley wrote. “And, with a name like Grits and Groceries, it’s only natural. It’s in an old country store in an historic building. The building itself might be old, but the interior is full of fresh ideas from owners…” One of those ideas was an incredible recipe for Smoked Salmon Shirred Eggs. To see Riley's post on this recipe, click here

Lulu's Special 

Asparagus with bacon and walnuts

My husband now eats asparagus. 
'Nuf said. :-) .... To see Riley's tasty recipe, click here.

Pimento Cheese

This favorite Southern treat brought very happy memories back to my husband, Marc. His mother made this often when he was a little boy. Until Riley's post, he had forgotten. Thanks to Riley, we both now enjoy this (on crackers, bread, or with chips) a few times a month! To see Riley's recipe, click here.

Apple Cobbler 

"There’s something about a small-town festival that’s really appealing," Riley wrote after she attended a local apple festival. According Riley, "North Carolina is the 7th largest apple producer in America." With apple season upon us once again, Riley's Apple Cobbler is a welcome treat in our house. To make it one in yours, too, see her recipe here.

Thank you, Riley/Elizabeth
for sharing your warmth, 
wit, and recipes with all of us!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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To purchase 

To learn more about Riley/Elizabeth
and the books she writes, visit her
official author page by clicking here.

And don't forget about her
comment-to-win contest
at Dru's blog!


  1. Congratulations to Riley/Elizabeth on the release of HICKORY SMOKED HOMICIDE. This is another great Memphis BBQ Mystery. You gotta love Lulu Taylor. Thanks for sharing Riley's delicious Southern recipes.

    Thoughts in Progress
    Freelance Editing By Mason

  2. Thanks so much, Cleo! Wow--what a sweet post for you to do! I'm excited about the release today--think I'm going to the bookstore a little later this morning and have a coffee and look at the shelf! Ha! And thanks so much, Mason, too!

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    @Mason - Yes! LuLu Taylor is so much fun, and Riley/Elizabeth gives new readers a wonderful little taste of her voice in her "Day in the Life" post at Dru's Book Musings blog.

    Thanks for dropping in, Mason, and congrats to you, too, on your 2 year blog-o-versary at Thoughts in Progress. :)

    ~ Cleo

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    @Elizabeth/Riley - Thank YOU for the delicious recipes that you've posted over the past two years. I had so much fun putting this post together. The *only* difficult part was narrowing down which ones to highlight (there were so many I enjoyed)! Lifting a virtual glass to you, E/R...

    Enjoy your Release Day!
    ~ Cleo

  5. On food for others: http://magicalmusings.com/2011/11/01/14906/

  6. A very hearty congratulations to you, Elizabeth!!! Thanks also to Cleo for sharing some most wonderful reminders of your Southern roots and recipes!!

  7. Congrats, Riley, and nice, Cleo to do such a lovely post.


  8. Happy Release Day, Riley! Thanks for the shout-out Cleo!

  9. Congratulations, Elizabeth/Riley! It looks like another mouth-watering visit with Lulu!

    ~ Krista

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    @Liz and @Nanc - Thank you for dropping by today!

    @Avery - I always enjoy Riley's recipes! It was so much fun selecting a few faves. Thanks for dropping in today for the release day toast!

    ~ Cleo

  11. Happy release day Riley! I love pimento cheese sandwiches. I remember my uncle, who was from Texas, would make these for us and oh what a treat. I had forgotten about them and think I will have to make note to make this for my son:) The only difference my uncle had was the sandwich was always grilled and melty with the really good cheddar - have to stop I'm drooling here LOL

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    @Dru - YW! Your blog is so much fun. I appreciate your support of authors, and I'm always happy to give you a shout-out.

    @Krista - TY for joining in the Release Week toast for Elizabeth/Riley!

    ~ Cleo

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    @Denise Z - Your uncle grilled his pimento cheese sandwiches. Now there's an idea I MUST try!!! Thanks for sharing, Denise, and thanks for joining in the Release Week toast to Elizabeth/Riley, Lulu Taylor, and the 3rd Memphis BBQ Mystery - HICKORY SMOKED HOMICIDE.

    ~ Cleo