Sunday, May 30, 2021

Please welcome our guest Allison Brook & #Giveaway


I'm thrilled to welcome our guest and my long-time friend Marilyn Levinson, also known as Allison Brook. We've been in a small on-line brainstorming group together for about ten years now and although we've yet to meet in person, I feel as if we know each other. Hopefully we can finally get together face-to-face at Malice next year.

Marilyn's Broccoli & Cheese Casserole

The fun thing about making casseroles is that you can add many ingredients to the pot. Mine always include veggies, eggs, cheese, bread crumbs (Panko preferred), fresh herbs if I have any, and seasoning. The amounts I'm giving you are estimates as I don't measure ingredients when I cook. Only when I bake.



4-5 cups of broccoli spears

1 red or yellow pepper

5-6 mushrooms

3/4 Vidalia onion

3-4 eggs

3 T bread crumbs

3/4 cup shredded cheese

3 T Parmesan cheese

1T garlic powder

2 t salt

black pepper to taste


The day before:

I microwave the broccoli spears for 5 minutes and cut them up into small pieces. I don't use the stems for this recipe.



Next day:

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Spray 2-3 quart casserole dish with oil.

Have all your ingredients out.



Cut up and sauté the red or yellow pepper in olive oil, then add the onion and mushrooms for a few minutes. Don't overcook.



Meanwhile, beat the eggs together.

Add broccoli and sautéed veggies to casserole dish. Add beaten eggs, shredded cheese, bread crumbs, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Also, dried or fresh herbs like parsley, basil or cilantro. Mix well.




Top with Parmesan cheese. I also sprinkled Sweet Paprika on top of this casserole.



Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until the egg has set.



I also make this recipe with cauliflower and sometimes add dried tomatoes to the mix.




I will be giving away an ARC (Advance reader copy) of my latest book, CHECKED OUT FOR MURDER. (U.S. only, please)

Carrie Singleton and Evelyn the ghost sleuth the slayings of a starlet and a star-crossed psychic in Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook's fourth Haunted Library mystery.

Daphne Marriott strolls into Clover Ridge and informs librarian Carrie Singleton that she's a psychic. But had she foreseen what fate awaited her, Daphne would have steered clear of the quaint Connecticut town. Evelyn, the library ghost, tells Carrie that there's more to Daphne than she lets on. 

The mysterious woman grew up in Clover Ridge with her no-good dad, who apparently met his end at the hands of Daphne's brother, Billy. Still, Daphne proves a welcome distraction when Carrie's overbearing mother hits town. Mom's much younger husband, Tom, is in a movie that's lensing locally, and she's there to keep an eye on him: Tom's costar, sultry Ilana Reingold, is also his ex-fiancée, and there's no denying the chemistry is still there. Soon after mingling with the moviemakers at a meet-and-greet, Daphne is found dead. 

Carrie and Evelyn investigate, assisted by bushy-tailed library cat Smoky Joe. But the suspect list could overflow the library shelves. Has Billy killed another relative? Is their long-missing mother involved? Or Daphne's mean ex-husband? Carrie's sure she knows who committed the crime, but can she bind together the clues before the culprit Dewey-decimates the town?


About Marilyn/Allison Brooke:

A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids. Her books have received many accolades. As Allison Brook she writes the Haunted Library series. DEATH OVERDUE, the first in the series, was an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel in 2018. The fifth, DEATH ON THE SHELF, will be out in November, 2021. Other mysteries include the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series and the Twin Lakes series. Marilyn lives on Long Island, where many of her books take place.


  1. I enjoy broccoli. I will have to try out this recipe. Thanks for sharing. Checked Out for Murder sounds really good. cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. Thank you for the Broccoli & Cheese Casserole recipe. Always enjoy getting some other variation of how to serve one of our favorite veggies. I'll be trying this one very soon.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "CHECKED OUT FOR MURDER" which is already on my TBR list while I anxious await for the opportunity to read and review.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. The casserole sounds amazing so I'll have to try it. Would love to win a copy of Checked Out for Murder. Thank you for the chance.

  4. The casserole sounds so good! Thanks for the chance to win an ARC of Checked Out For Murder!

  5. Thank you for the recipe and this chance to win! Happy Memorial Day! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. That's a whole new level of broccoli and cheese. I can't wait to try it.

  7. Throw a little diced ham in that and dinner is already made!! Thanks for the recipe, and the chance to win an ARC. pjcoldren[at]tm[dot]net

  8. Both the casserole and the book sound great. I love books about books!

  9. I’m trying the casserole tonight! Would love to win the book!

  10. This will be the perfect thing to go with dinner tonight.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

  11. Hello, Everyone!
    So nice to be back here as a guest and to share one of my favorite recipes. PJ, love your idea of adding diced ham. I believe I once added pieces of sausage.

  12. Think I will make this today along with meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Very cool down here in WNC.

  13. I'll have to try it one day. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

  14. Broccoli 🥦 is one of my favorite veggies. I'll have to try this casserole, it's a little different than the recipe I usually make.
    The book sounds like fun, thank you for the opportunity to win an ARC.

  15. Broccoli 🥦 is one of my favorite veggies. I'll have to try this casserole, it's a little different than the recipe I usually make.
    The book sounds like fun, thank you for the opportunity to win an ARC.

  16. It's very colorful. I am trying to eat more veggies and I do like broccoli and peppers, too. I need to try your recipe. Thanks.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  17. Your series sounds fun, Marilyn! Years ago at church potlucks one of our acquaintances always hoped someone would bring a broccoli cheese rice casserole. It got to be a standing joke among us.

  18. I sometimes make this with cauilflower instead of broccoli. And you can always use different kinds of cheese.

  19. Sounds like a good catch-all dish.
    When you say 3/4 Vidalia onion, do you mean 3/4 cup or 3/4 of an onion?
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Either one. Your choice. But I did mean 3/4 of a Vidalia onion.

  20. Mom loves broccoli! I am going to have to give it a try for her.
    I can't wait to read this creation! I love the library and to have a series set in one is just so awesome!
    Nancy Novacek

  21. I will have to give this one a try as it is getting to be fresh veggie season...

  22. This casserole sounds good and would also work as a base to build on! My mind is spinning ideas and my taste buds are tingling in anticipation! Love the haunted library series. I need to read and review more of it!

  23. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win one of your books.

  24. I love just about anything with broccoli in it. This recipe sounds great. I will have to give it a try. Thank you for this chance. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. I like to cook recipes where vegetables are the stars! Summer vegetables are the very best. I would love to have an ARC of Checked Out for Murder! It sounds like a fascinating read!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  26. This is a great series and I'm really looking forward to reading "Checked Out For Murder". Thanks for the chance.

  27. I like broccoli and eat it often! Thanks for the chance to win your book! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  28. It sounds like a fun mystery. Cute cover. Thanks for the chance.

  29. I'm delighted that so many of you want to try this recipe. It's versatile and easy, and a great way to prepare broccoli!

  30. Thanks for sharing the recipe, sounds good! Would love to get a copy of your book! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com

  31. Thank you for the opportunity and the delicious recipe!

  32. I love broccoli casseroles, yum! Thanks for the recipe to try, it sounds good, and the book sounds terrific too.

  33. Your recipe sounds delicious. Thank you for the opportunity. 🙂

  34. Your recipe looks so good. I love any kind of broccoli casserole. So does my family. Thank you for the chance!!! I so want to read this book!!!


  35. The casserole looks fantastic. Can't wait to make it.
    Am now looking up this series to add to my reading list

  36. Checked out for murder sounds amazing and fun to read. The casserole sounds delicious. I can't wait to make it! Thank you for the chance

  37. This recipe sounds delicious and I am going to try it!
    Thanks for the chance.

  38. Love broccoli and gooey cheese. Sounds scrumptious! I recently discovered panko crumbs. Addicted to them and haunted stories ❤ Would love to read your book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  39. This recipe sounds good.

    kvmatlock (at) gmail (dot) com

  40. mmm, cheese and eggs and veggies.

  41. Yum! That looks and sounds so good—I really enjoy broccoli casserole.