Sunday, July 12, 2015

Maya Corrigan's Scam Chowder and Olive Spread #recipe #giveaway


Today Mystery Lovers Kitchen welcomes guest Maya Corrigan. The second book in her Five-Ingredient Mystery series, Scam Chowder, came out on June 30th.


MAYA CORRIGAN: Val Deniston, the sleuth in the series, quit her New York job as a cookbook publicist and moved in with her demanding grandfather. While running a café in a historic Chesapeake Bay town, she tests recipes for her long-planned cookbook . . . and solves murders. In By Cook or by Crook (2014), her grandfather keeps the reason for his sudden interest in cooking a secret from Val. By paring down her recipes to five ingredients and passing them off as his own, he’s acquiring a reputation as the town’s food guru, the Codger Cook. 

In the second book of the series, Scam Chowder, Granddad throws a dinner party. He conceals from Val the real reason for the party—to expose one of his guests as a financial scammer targeting retirees. Val’s job is to prepare the meal and then disappear so Granddad can take all the credit for it. Though he complains that one of the appetizers she makes is ugly, it’s a hit with his guests (recipe below). A hit of another sort takes place when the next course is on the table, and the suspected scammer goes facedown in the chowder. With Granddad the prime suspect in the con artist’s murder, Val and her grandfather must work together to find out who poisoned the scammer’s chowder. 

Each book in the series includes Granddad’s five-ingredient recipes. The following spread is a yummy appetizer, similar to tapenade. The addition of raisins and walnuts makes it less salty than tapenade. As Val’s grandfather says, it’s not a pretty appetizer, but chopped parsley on top makes it more colorful and appealing.

Olive-Raisin-Walnut Spread

Serves 8 as an appetizer.

½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, drained
¼ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup raisins
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Optional: parsley to sprinkle on top
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Chop until the mix holds together enough that it can be spread. Sprinkle chopped parsley on top for color. Serve with pita chips or bread. The spread complements hummus and even works well as a sandwich spread when mixed with hummus. 


Maya Corrigan writes the Five-Ingredient Mysteries set on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: By Cook or by Crook (2014) and Scam Chowder (2015). She won the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in unpublished Mystery/Suspense and the 2015 New England Reader’s Award for Mystery. When not reading and writing, she enjoys theater, tennis, trivia, cooking, and crosswords. Her website features book news, recipes, trivia, and quizzes about mysteries.

GIVEAWAY!
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89 comments:

  1. Ooh, I especially love the addition of walnuts to the olive spread recipe - delicious! And the book sounds absolutely awesome. EMS591@aol.com

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Liz. I hope you like the olive spread.

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  2. The book sounds great and the recipe looks so good!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy :) darholley1(at)aol (dot) com

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    1. Good luck in the giveaway, Darlene, and thank you for commenting.--Maya

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  3. Love the title of the book and sounds like a fun read; thanks for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I appreciate your comments. Good luck in the drawing. --Maya

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  4. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Scam Chowder sounds like a great read. Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Jen, Thank you for taking the time to comment and for your kind words.--Maya

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  5. LOOKS LIKE A GREAT READ THANKS FOR DOING THIS. jcook22@yahoo.com

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  6. Looking forward to reading this one.
    dotkel50@comcast.net

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    1. Thank you commenting, Dot, and I hope you enjoy the book.--Maya

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  7. Wow, looks like great cozy mystery. Would love to win .

    xzjh04@ Gmail.com

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    1. Hi, Kiki, Thanks for your comment. I hope you like the book. --Maya

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  8. Val's grandfather sounds like a handfull. The spread looks like a perfect appetizer to try with my "Wining on the Deck" group.

    bevarcher AT ME (dot) COM

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  9. Hi, Booklady, Granddad keeps Val on her toes, and he's lots of fun. I hope your "Wining on the Deck" group (great name) enjoys the spread. Thank you for commenting. --Maya

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  10. I like recipes that only have a few ingredients.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  11. Hi, Sandy, Thanks for commenting. I also prefer recipes that don't require a lot of ingredients. --Maya

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  12. The spread sounds tasty and the book sounds fun. The Codger Cook...how cool. If I cooked, that's probably what my kids would call me. That's why they cook.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Linda, I like it when my kids cook, but unfortunately they don't live nearby. Thanks for commenting and for your kind words.--Maya

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  13. I'm not an olive-lover so I'll pass on the spread---I'd sure like some good clam chowder, though.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Sue, Thanks for commenting. There's a five-ingredient clam chowder recipe in the book. Good luck in the drawing.--Maya

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  14. I love books set up in that area! thanks for the recipe, and the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Abby, Thanks for commenting. Good luck in the giveaway.--Maya

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  15. Such an unlikely combination of ingredients, but I bet it's delicious! Thanks for joining us today, Maya!

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    1. Hi Krista, The appetizer uses an odd combo of ingredients, but it works. Thanks to you and the other Mystery Lovers' Kitchen bloggers for hosting me. --Maya

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  16. Love the granddad and granddaughter characters!
    jawdance@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Judy, Thanks for commenting. Good luck in the giveaway. --Maya

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  17. Love chowder. sounds like a good read
    lhallson@shaw.ca

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  18. Another new author for me. I like the Granddad aspect of it. Most of the cozies feature primarily women characters and the men are just in the background. :)

    kidisitor@yahoo.com

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  19. I enjoyed the first book and would love to read the second! Meeshpsych@aol.com

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    1. Hi Michelle, Thanks you for commenting and the kind words.--Maya

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  20. rhondajgothier@yahoo.com

    Awesome would love this!

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  21. Would love to win this book. angiey1974@hotmail.com

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