Sunday, July 17, 2016

Mary Kennedy's Summer Chili #recipe #mystery #giveaway

Please welcome our very good friend, the talented Mary Kennedy.  We're so happy to have her here today and we're thrilled to get this summer chili recipe. We know you will be excited about her giveaway as well!   Read on: 

Here's Mary: Thing are heating up in Savannah, but it's never too hot for Summer Chili. It's lighter than the winter version and very popular with the folks at the Oldies But Goodies candy store and cafe.


1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes  

1 sweet Vidalia onion or red onion
2 cloves garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp chili powder

4 oz ham (optional)

1  bell pepper,any color

3 (15 oz) cans white chili beans or cannellini beans

3 tomatoes
2 tbsp parsley


Slice the sun-dried tomatoes, place in a bowl, cover with hot water and set aside. Chop onion and garlic. Heat olive oil in a heavy saucepan over medium hat. Saute the onion, garlic and chili powder for 5 minutes until the onion is translucent. Slice the ham and dice the pepper, add both to the onion mixture and cook 5 minutes. Drain and rinse the beans. Roughly chop the fresh tomatoes. Drain the sun-dried tomatoes, saving 1/2 cup liquid. Add the fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and reserved liquid and beans to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with a little salt and pepper. Parsley makes a nice garnish.

Mary Kennedy is the author of The Dream Club Mysteries and the Talk Radio Mysteries for Penguin-Random House as well as a teen series called The Hollywood Nights. She is a national best-selling author with sales of over 4 million books. In addition to her novels, she writes entertainment and healthy living articles for USA Today, the Huffington Post,, NPR, Gannett News and Publisher's Weekly. Mary is a practicing psychologist on the east coast, where she lives with her British husband and six neurotic cats. She has tried unsuccessfully to psychoanalyze both husband and cats, but she remains optimistic. You can visit her at or at the Cozy Chicks, where she blogs every Monday. 

A Premonition of Murder by Mary Kennedy. Abigail Marchand, a famously reclusive Savannah heiress, tells Ali and Taylor that she had a dream foretelling her death. Ali hastens to reassure her and promises to discuss it with the Dream Club Members. But the Dream Club meeting  is cut short when the police announce that Abigail has been pushed to her death down a flight of stairs. Now Taylor, Ali and the Dream Club need to catch a killer before someone else is laid to rest.

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And now Mary has a GREAT GIVEAWAY for a lucky reader!


Leave a comment here and the winner could choose either this lovely prize of a this adorable cat tote bag  OR a signed copy of Dream a Little Scream, the first in the Dream Club series.