Monthly Archives: May 2012

Time for PIE!

For some reason, summer seems like pie season to me. (And boy, has this weekend declared itself to be summer!  We set a record high yesterday.)   Maybe because so many are made with fruit.  The perfect book to feed those pie cravings is PIE by Sarah Weeks, an historical fiction story for middle graders.

Alice and her Aunt Polly bond over her aunt’s award-winning pies which put their little town on the map.  People come from all over for Polly’s pies, which she gives away.   When Polly dies unexpectedly, the whole town is thrown for a loop as many businesses are dependent on tourists coming for Polly’s pies.

Alice’s mother has always resented that Polly gave away the pies instead of charging for them and getting rich (then sharing her wealth with her sister).  She is determined to recreate Polly’s award winning pie crust, but Polly never shared the recipe and when she dies, who inherits her secrets?  Her cat Lardo!  And Lardo is left to Alice.  How can someone leave a recipe to a cat?

Includes 14 tasty pie recipes:

Apple Crumble Pie Lemon Chess Pie
Coconut Cream Pie Key Lime Pie
Buttermilk Pie Concord Grape Pie
Green Tomato Pie Pecan Pie
Sour Cherry Pie Peach Pie
Huckleberry Pie Rhubarb Pie
Chocolate Cream Pie Peanut Butter Raspberry Pie

Which one to try first?
Happy reading and happy eating!


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2012 Cozy Themes Reading Challenge Update

Just a quick update on my progress in the Goodreads’ Cozy Reading Challenge:  I haven’t crossed too many off my list as I have also been reading outside the cozy genre lately.  (Read a really great tween/teen book called the False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen.   Highly recommend, especially to fantasy or historical fiction readers.)

What I have read so far for the challenge are

#2 Historical/Period – The Tale of Hill Top Farm by Susan Wittig Albert, which is first in the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series.  This is a very gentle read with children’s book author Beatrix Potter as a main character.  The series is set in the Lake District of England, where Beatrix buys a home after the death of her fiancé.  The mysteries of a missing church register and the school roof fund are solved by Beatrix’s anthropomorphized pets and the local animals.

Several recipes are included including one for a strawberry rhubarb tart, which I need to try now that rhubarb is in season and some authentic for the time recipes, including one for sponge cake that includes flour in the weight of 6 eggs and sugar in the weight of 8 eggs.  (Not sure if I’m supposed to use all those eggs in the cake or just use them for measuring.  Glad recipes are more precise these days!)

#5 Paranormal – Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton, which is the first book in the Aunt Dimity Mystery series. (Have you noticed that I like to read series in order?) This is another gentle read that has Lori Shepard discovering that the bedtime stories her mother told her as a child were not just from her imagination, but were actually about a real person, who has left Lori an inheritance and a task to fulfill.  With help from her lawyer’s son, Lori sets off for England and Aunt Dimity’s cottage where strange things happen.  (Cue the spooky music.)  Includes a recipe for oatmeal cookies.

#4 Culinary/Cooking – Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames, the second in the Cheese Shop Mystery series (I read book one last year.) set in a touristy Ohio town where Charlotte Bessette and her cousin run a wine and cheese shop.  While catering a fundraiser at an old winery for her friend, Charlotte discovers a dead body and is on the hunt for the killer in order to clear her friend’s niece of suspicion.

The recipes include one for cherry scones, two fondues (a blue cheese and a goat cheese) and a Vidalia Onion and Bacon Quiche.  (Yum.  Anything with onions and bacon has got to be good.)

I’ve got books lined up for most of the other categories; I just need to get busy reading.  I’ll keep you posted.

Happy reading and happy eating.

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