Sunday, February 17, 2019

Something Good Simmering in the Kitchen While Planning a Winter Wedding

A very warm welcome to our friend Eva Gates, whom you may also know as Vicki Delany. She has a brand new book coming out in her wonderful Lighthouse Library Mysteries. 
Don't forget to leave a comment below to enter her giveaway of a copy!

A winter wedding!
At last it’s time for the wedding of Josie O’Malley and Jake Greenblatt. Josie is the owner of Josie’s Cozy Bakery in Nags Head, North Carolina, and Jake is the head chef at Jake’s Seafood Bar, so they’re both very busy people.  They planned their wedding for winter, when it’s reasonably quiet in the Outer Banks.
Josie and Jake want a small simple wedding, a quiet celebration with close family friends. And a small, simple wedding is what librarian Lucy Richardson, the maid of honor, is determined that they will have in Something Read Something Dead, the fifth Lighthouse Library mystery from Crooked Lane Books.  
But Josie’s paternal grandmother, the imperious Gloria, a Southern matron of the old school, doesn’t do small and simple. And when she arrives with a gaggle of cousins and aunts who Josie (not at all fondly) calls the Louisiana Mafia things start getting tense. Particularly as cousin Mirabelle has just started her own wedding planning business, and she sees Josie’s wedding (and Josie’s parents’ bank account) as a way to get her name established as a specialist in high-end weddings (think yachts and yacht clubs). Lucy realizes she’s going to have to do some cunning subterfuge to distract Gloria and Mirabelle and give Josie the wedding she wants.
Fortunately, the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Reading Club is reading The Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers and Lucy is inspired to do some distraction.
Then a guest dies at the shower Lucy throws for the bride, having eaten tainted baked goods specifically prepared by Josie herself, and it’s up to Lucy, inspired by her favorite fictional detective, to save Josie from an early death-do-us-part.
This curry will not be served at the wedding (if the wedding ever takes place) but it’s perfect to have simmering in the kitchen while you read all about Lucy’s adventures in Something Read Something Dead, and the other books in the Lighthouse Library series.
Slow Cooker Squash and Lentil Curry
3 cups vegetable broth
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 14 oz can coconut milk
1 cup dried green lentils, rinsed and drained
½ cup dried red lentils, rinsed and drained
2 cups peeled, seeded, and diced butternut squash
1 onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tsp chilli power
¼ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp ground turmeric
Sat and pepper
1)     In the slow cooker, combine all the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours
2)     Serve with rice or naan

Assemble the ingredients.

Peel and chop.

Combine spices.

Add to crock pot.

Curry cooking.

Dinner time!

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  1. I love this series! The soup sounds really good. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    1. It's not a soup, being very thick. I eat it with rice. But soup or not, it's really good!

  2. Looks like a great read!

  3. With a lighthouse, a library and mystery, this has become one of my favourite series! The cover of this is adorable!

  4. Can't wait to read the book! Thanks for sharing the recipe! mcastor07 (at) gmail (dot) com.

  5. This soup sounds absolutely amazing! I am going to have to make this soon. The summary has me very interested in reading this book. Thanks for sharing! bernice-kennedy(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

    1. I hope you like it, Bernice. But it's not a soup. It's very thick and I serve it with rice.

  6. Looking forward to the next book. Love this series. Thanks for the recipe. Looks yummy.

  7. Love this series!!

  8. This book sounds great and the cover is beautiful! ckmbeg (at)gmail (dot) com

  9. I can't wait to read about Josie's wedding. Thanks for the curry recipe!

  10. Sounds like a great book to read, and this North Carolinian loves to travel to the Outer Banks! Thanks for the chance!
    rbooth43 at yahoo dot com

    1. I love to visit OBX too! Love being able to set my series there.

  11. This looks yummy! Thank you for the receipt. I thoroughly enjoy getting lost in all your books. germom1963(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. Appetizing recipe. The book sounds wonderful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  13. I did not know that Eva and Vicki were the same author. Love the idea of a library contained in a lighthouse. And the recipe sounds like fun. Better yet, I think I have all of these ingredients!
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

    1. Yes we are one and the same! I hope you enjoy the dish.

  14. The book looks excellent. I’d love to win!

  15. I don't think I have read anything from this author, but this sounds really good. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. Even with all the murders Lucy is so lucky to live & work in a library lighthouse.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  17. I’ll be interested to see what kind of distractions Harriet and Lord Peter inspire!

  18. I love this series and I’m so excited to read this next one!