Sunday, April 2, 2017

Cooking up a crime

By Shauna Mary Clodagh from The Cat Latimer Mysteries by Lynn Cahoon

Hey guys, it’s Shauna from 700 Warm Springs Writing Retreat. I’m the one who keeps the retreat in muffins and our guests in clean towels. But don’t ask me anything about writing. That’s my partner, Cat Latimer’s, part of the retreat. She’s a terrific writer but don’t tell her I told you that. She doesn’t know I read her Tori books as soon as they come out. 

I’m originally from Ohio. I had a normal childhood but I decided to follow some loser out to California instead of finishing my degree. Now, I’m not sure what program I’d want to get a degree in, probably the culinary arts. I’m really enjoying being able to experiment with new brunch and sweets recipes. And I’m saving the best for our own 700 Warm Springs Writer’s Retreat Cookbook. I might be an author soon too.

I have to admit, I’m loving the whole Colorado lifestyle. I’ve been dating Kevin for a few months now. I guess you’d call him a real estate mogul, but all I know is he’s out of town. A lot. I don’t mind much because it gives me time to devote to the retreat as well as do some exploring around town.  Did you know huckleberries grow wild here in the mountains? I’m also going to be studying up on the local mushrooms. Non-poisonous variety, that is.

Anyway, Cat and I met when I was bar tending in California. She took off after her divorce and took a teaching job in a private college while she finished and sold her first book. When that louse of an ex-husband of hers croaked without changing the will, she got the house and we opened the retreat together.  Karma always wins out, right?

Speaking of Cat, did you hear she’s dating Seth, her high school sweetheart again? I swear, these two are meant to be together. They are so cute when they think no one is watching. I’m happy for her. She deserves to be treated like a princess. And besides, I love having Seth around. The guy can fix anything. We should call him MacGyver like that guy on the old television show.

Well, I just wanted to pop in and introduce myself. I’ve got a date with Kevin tonight if his weasel of an assistant doesn’t cancel it for him. I’m looking forward to an evening out and a nice dinner. Maybe even a glass of wine. 

See you all soon. And if you’re in Aspen Hills, stop by for coffee. I’d love to meet you all. 

And if you have time, leave me a comment about your favorite breakfast treat. It might wind up in my cookbook. :) 


  1. I can't help your cookbook as I love bacon and eggs with hash browns

    1. Yum. What kind of hash browns? Cubed or shredded? My mom always made us hash browns from left over potatoes, either from a roast or just baked.

  2. On special occasions I make omelets for breakfast for my family:

    a dozen farm fresh eggs(out of my hen house)
    1/2 cup chopped panchetta
    3/4 cup finely chopped scallions
    3/4 cup sliced mushrooms, morels or bella are our favorite
    1 cup shredded cheese i usually use a queso blend

    fry up the panchetta, drain. Whisk eggs in a bowl with 1/2 cup cold water. Melt french butter in a good skillet. when butter bubbles, add eggs. Lift sides as the cook to add liquid eggs under the cooked eggs. when 3/4 done, add panchetta mushrooms, scallions and cheese evenly over eggs. Then fold, cook until finished flipping once. Do not over cook. Slice and serve! We like to have this with Health Nut bread, toasted and lightly buttered with french butter.

    I also add diced tomatoes when I have them in my garden. This will feed 4 - 6 people.

    Shauna, a heated steam buffet server will keep these nice for nearly 2 hours for sleepy heads.

  3. Hash browns for sure! Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside!

  4. I've always loved a good cinnamon roll. Usually we end up eating the canned kind but the best is the homemade rising kind with homemade cream cheese frosting! Very rich and usually I can only eat one if it's big. Heaven on a plate! And Lynn, I received my signed Fatality! Just letting you know--I've heard horror stories of them getting lost or stolen in transit.