Friday, July 13, 2018

Lordy's hard having a southern mama.

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If you were to ask Bitsy, that’d be my mama, why I became a pastry chef, she’d say that it was to make her life all doom and gloom. I’m not going to lie, it was a little satisfying seeing her cringe on the inside when I strategically told her ten years ago in front of her friend at the Rumford Country Club, RCC for short, that I wasn’t going to college and heading to pastry school.

Seriously, you would too if your mama had you call her by her nickname, Bitsy, instead of calling her mom, mama, or mother. Yes. Bitsy is as southern as you can get.

Now do you blame me for getting out of our small southern town of Rumford, Kentucky right out of high school?

Becoming a pastry chef was really a dream of mine. I’d spent the better part of the past ten years going to school and moving up in my industry. Can you imagine my joy and excitement when I hired as the head pastry chef at The Manhattan, the fanciest restaurant in New York City.

It was all mine. All my creations. Then. . .he walked in as the head chef. I can’t even bring myself to say his name because I swore that after dating him for years and then moving in together and then finding him doing more than cooking food in the kitchen of The Manhattan with the hostess, I’d never let his name cross my lips.

This was how Bitsy got back into my life. She might be a hard pill to swallow, but she’s a southern mama and no matter what, she’s loyal to me to the end. With my tail tucked and a couple of weeks off work to get my head on straight, I found myself right back in Rumford where I’d tried to escape ten years ago and in my old bedroom.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, Bitsy definitely dragged me all over Rumford to all her clubs for the first few days.

“Put on some lipstick and put on some more,” she says before we walk out the door. I had to keep up the appearance even though my heart was broken, and I didn’t have an ounce of creative baking in me.

That is until Charlotte, my high school best friend who was getting married over the weekend, cake baker had quit, and she asked me to do her wedding cake. What an honor! I was all over it.

The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by and Charlotte was the number one suspect.

Charlotte can be bit of a southern pill, but she’s not a murderer. I sure hope I can help her figure out who is framing her so her wedding can go off without a hitch and before I head back to my life in New York.

Besides, I can’t wait to get out of Rumford, like I was ten years ago, because Bitsy keeps telling everyone that I’m staying. . .forever!

You can read more about Sophia in Cake and Punishment, the first book in the NEW “Southern Cake Baker” mystery series.

In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder.

Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by.

With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?

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  1. One of my favorite desserts is just a simple peach pie! dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  2. I am now gluten free and love desserts with no gluten.
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  3. One of my favorite desserts is banana pudding! It reminds me of my Nana. She loved making it,from scratch. My job was to get the Nilla Wafers out of the box for her!

  4. I don't eat much dessert, but I do love sugar cookies!

  5. I like key lime pie.
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  6. One of my favorites from childhood was lemon egg pie. My e-mail address is

  7. Oreo dessert, great frozen for summer! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. My favorite dessert is strawberry rhubarb pie. My email address is

  9. O love Cheese Cake drizzled with strawberries on top. Thanks for your generosity.

  10. I am getting ready to try a slow cooker peach cobbler, something with fresh summer fruit is always good. Bread pudding is my special dessert when I really want to treat myself, though. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. One of my favorite desserts is strawberry shortcake.

  12. Now I am going to have to look up some recipes! My favorites include my Aunt Emilie's pumpkin cream cheese bars and another type of bar made with poppyseed.

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  13. black forest cake

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  14. I love a devils food cake with buttercream frosting. Also I love homemade chocolate chip cookies fresh out of oven. I just finished Scene of the grind. I loved it. I can't wait for the next Kenni Lowery book .

  15. Chess pie has to be one of my very favorite desserts.

  16. Chocolate turtle cheesecake is wone of my favorite desserts and one I haven't been able to eat in a long time. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  17. I love fresh strawberry pie with a cheesecake base.

  18. Key Lime Pie with cheesecake as a close second!!

  19. I make a Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake with Candied Pecans that's seriously to die for!
    Find me at somesmartcookle @ aol dot com. Remeber, cookle with an L, not an i.

  20. I'd say that my favorite dessert is Triple Chocolate Cheesecake. Yum!!! pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  21. One of my favorite desserts is coconut cream pie. That is what my mother-in-law would bless me with on my birthday. Her carrot cake was 2nd on the list. It was so moist but not too sweet from sugar. She was an excellent baker. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  22. Miss Gorgeous...
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  23. my favorite dessert is a tie between Hummingbird Cake and Elvis Presley Cake (which are both similar)

  24. All time favorite is Red Velvet Cake (or Red Velvet Cupcakes!) Second is Crème Brulee!

  25. My all time favorite is Chocolate/cherry fudge, with a close second chocolate mint fudge. Hubby has made both. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com