Sunday, January 5, 2020

Halibut Pizzaiola by Barbara Ross #giveaway

LUCY BURDETTE: Today I'm delighted to welcome good friend and writer Barbara Ross to our kitchen with a recipe from her brand new book, Sealed Off!

BARBARA ROSS: Thanks for having me back on Mystery Lovers Kitchen, Lucy! To celebrate the release of Sealed Off, the eighth book in the Maine Clambake Mystery series, I’m giving away a copy to one lucky commenter below.

In Sealed Off the abandoned mansion on the island where the Snowden family runs its authentic Maine clambakes is undergoing a major renovation. The demo crew discovers a sealed off room, left perfectly intact from the late 1800s. What happened to the person whose effects remain in the room? A diary promises to tell the story. The Snowden family and friends gather over a series of family dinners to read the tale.

Fee Snugg, the Snowden’s neighbor, makes the halibut pizzaiola in the book. She and some of the other characters have gotten into quite a little cooking competition, and all the Snowden clan are the beneficiaries.

Pizzaiola is a type of preparation of meat or fish that includes red sauce, garlic, olive oil, and oregano. It means literally “in the style of a pizza maker.”

3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
2 anchovy filets, chopped (optional)
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 28-ounce can ground peeled tomatoes
2 6-ounce filets halibut

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a sauté pan over high heat. Sear the halibut filets one minute on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.

Turn the burner to medium, and using the same pan, add the remaining olive oil and red pepper flakes, if using. Add the anchovy, if using, and stir, crushing, with a wooden spoon until the anchovy melts into the oil. Add the garlic and oregano and stir together for two minutes. Add the tomato, season with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. 

Add the halibut and cook for 8-10 minutes. 

Plate the halibut spooning some of the sauce over the top.

Serves 2

About Sealed Off

Early October is “winding down” time in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but there’s nothing relaxing about it for Julia Snowden. Between busloads of weekend leaf peepers at the Snowden Family Clambake and a gut renovation of the old mansion on Morrow Island, she’s keeping it all together with a potentially volatile skeleton crew—until one of them turns up dead under the firewood.

When the Russian demo team clearing out the mansion discovers a room that’s been sealed off for decades, Julia’s baffled as to its purpose and what secrets it might have held. Tensions are already simmering with the crew, but when one of the workers is found murdered, things come to a boil. With the discovery of another body—and a mysterious diary with Cyrillic text in the hidden room—the pressure’s on Julia to dig up a real killer fast. But she’ll have to sort through a pile of suspects, including ex-spouses, a spurned lover, and a recently released prisoner, to fish out one clammed-up killer.

About Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries and the Jane Darrowfield Mysteries. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and have won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. Barbara’s Maine Clambake novellas are included along with stories by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis in three holiday anthologies from Kensington Publishing. Barbara and her husband live in Portland, Maine. Readers can visit her website at

Buy Links

Sealed Off is available in mass market paperback, ebook and audiobook editions. Large print format is coming soon.


Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for Barbara's new book!


  1. The halibut recipe looks delicious, and I would be thrilled to read your book.
    browninggloria(at) hotmail(dot) com

  2. I would love to continue reading this series! Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. I really enjoy the series. Congratulations on the new book.

  4. Oh that looks good! Thanks for the chance!

  5. This would be a great way to kick off my 2020 reading!

  6. We love anything with fish in this house and love pizza which means this recipe is definitely for hubby and I. I can't wait to try Pizzaiola in the very near future. I can see it being added to our favorites just from the way it's making my mouth water reading the recipe.

    Have "Sealed Off" on my TBR list and would love the opportunity to read it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

    The lighthouse and ocean scene would have me picking this book up even if I didn't know the wonderful author. It reminds me of our fabulous trip up the Maine coastline visiting all the lighthouses along the way. Fun time and great memories.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  7. Recipe looks wonderful! I’m always looking for new ways to get my husband to eat fish!

    Thanks for the chance!


  8. I love the kick from anchovies. And I would love to read this book!

  9. Looking forward to this next book in the series. They have been a fun read and get better with each edition.

  10. Oh My Gosh! I love books written by Barbara Ross and this storyline sounds so intriguing. And I have to mention that her sauce recipe sounds delicious. I have to make it!

  11. The recipe - Wow! I can't wait to read this book. Thanks so much for the chance! Renee -

  12. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
    This cover looks wonderful.
    The books sounds divine.
    Welcome and Happy New Year.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

  13. I can't wait to read the latest book!

  14. I've had something like this made with cod, but this sounds great too. I love the Maine Clambake series!

  15. Good comfort food and mystery. There is no better combination! Thank you for the opportunity!

  16. I kind of lost track of this series after 3 or 4 books. I’d love to reconnect. suefoster109 at gmail dot com.

  17. The book sounds interesting and I am always looking for good fish recipes and that one sounds delicious.

  18. Delectable recipe and being a fish lover this will be new. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Halibut is such a fine fish. This looks good.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  20. Looks yummy and I'm excited for the new book too!

  21. I want to read more about the secret room! This book sounds amazing and I looking forward to reading "Sealed Off".

  22. Love the recipe. It's nice to find one for fish that is not like all the others, something different. So happy there is a new book in the series out. Love it.
    Margaret: scarletbegonia5858(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. That recipe sounds really good. I loved halibut as a child but the last time I prepared it, I didn't really care for it so I will definitely try this. And I can't wait to find out more about that sealed room! Thanks.

  24. An abandon mansion, a secret Room this is definitely a recipe for a good book

  25. YUM! Great looking recipe AND book!!

  26. I just love the Clambake series. The old family mansion on the island has always intrigued me. It will be great to read about its secrets. The recipe sounds like one ?I should try. Living in a landlocked area, far from any ocean, any fish I cook is usually frozen. I find recipes that have a good sauce in them seem to be best for me to enjoy cooking and eating frozen fish.
    gnluciow (at) gmail (dot) com

  27. Would love to read your new book & your recipe looks tasty!

  28. I love the ingredients used in this halibut recipe. It looks so easy to cook. I'll have to give it a try. As for the book, I'm hooked. I love reading about abandoned mansions. The lighthouse on the cover draws me in, too. I'm a lover of the coast and lighthouses as well as old houses. bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

  29. The sauce recipe sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to try it and to read the book.

  30. Thanks for the recipe, looks like my kind of read!

  31. Sounds interesting and fun to read. Intriguing with the hidden room and mansion on a Island. Can't wait to read it. Thank you for the chance the recipe sounds delicious

  32. Thank you for the recipe and the chance to win the latest Maine Clambake Mystery.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  33. I love maine spent my childhood summers there. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

  34. Every time I read a book in the Clambake series, I want to go to Maine! I am really looking forward to reading Sealed Off. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com