Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Have you ever attended a beach bonfire?

 By Lucy Berberian from ON THE LAMB by Tina Kashian

Have you ever attended a beach bonfire?

Hi! My name is Lucy Berberian and I live in a small town called Ocean Crest at the Jersey Shore. I’ve been to quite a few bonfires throughout the years and enjoy them. The sound of the surf, the sand between my toes, the ocean breeze, and the blazing bonfire all make for a unique experience.

I also grew up in the restaurant business and my family owns a Mediterranean restaurant called Kebab Kitchen. After leaving a law firm, I returned home to take over as manager of the restaurant. It’s hard work!

So, when I’m invited to a beach bonfire with a group of friends, I jump at the chance. Who doesn’t need a night out? My best friend, Katie, along with our mutual friend Melanie Haven, owner of Haven Candies at the boardwalk, is also invited. Everyone is having fun until a mean-spirited local landlord shows up and gets in a screaming match with Melanie. Quick as a flash, our fun night out turns stressful. And then when the same landlord is found dead on the beach after choking on a piece of salt water taffy, Melanie is in a sticky mess of trouble. I need to solve this case before poor Melanie gets skewered for a crime she didn’t commit.

Lucy’s Traditional Hummus

I’m sharing a Kebab Kitchen recipe for hummus. We serve a variety of hummus flavors at Kebab Kitchen’s hummus bar, but the traditional hummus is a customer favorite. This hummus can be served as a dip with wedges of pita bread or vegetables, and goes well with broiled or grilled meat. It can also be used as a healthy alternative to mayonnaise on sandwiches.

1 can (15 ounces) chick peas
3½ teaspoons tahini (sesame seed puree)
3 cloves minced garlic (1½ teaspoons)
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Drain can of chick peas and reserve ¼ cup fluid. Mix tahini thoroughly before using to incorporate oil that separates during storage. Using a food processor or blender, combine and blend all ingredients until smooth. If hummus is too thick, add a few tablespoons of reserved fluid from chick peas and blend again. Pour into serving platter. Enjoy!

Lucy Berberian is busy preparing her family’s Mediterranean restaurant for Easter on the Jersey Shore—but a batch of sweets is to die for . . . Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It’s a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie Haven’s candy shop. But Melanie is about to find herself in a sticky situation. When Melanie and Lucy attend a beach bonfire, a local landlord is found dead after apparently choking on a piece of salt water taffy. Melanie, who was known to have a contentious relationship with the victim, is quickly skewered as the prime suspect. But Lucy is determined to prove her friend’s innocence before the real killer coasts free . . . Recipes included!

“Clever and charming . . . A culinary delight that will have readers salivating over the food and hungry for literary answers.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars, on Hummus and Homicide

“A series that will prove delightful for cozy fans.” —Parkersburg News & Sentinel

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Author Bio

Tina Kashian is a bestselling author, an attorney, and a mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and the first book in her Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean mystery series, Hummus and Homicide, spent six weeks on the B&N bestseller list. Please visit her website at www.tinakashian.com to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!


  1. Yum! Thanks for the recipe. I hope you get things straightened out for poor Melanie.

  2. Thank you for the yummy recipe!

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "ON THE LAMB". Sounds like a fabulous book.

    I've never been to a beach bonfire. I would love to experience it - or at least read about it. :)
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Thank you for hosting me and featuring ON THE LAMB today!

  4. Love the series. I'm ready for the new book!

  5. No,I've never been to a beach bonfire but I'd love to!

  6. We lived in Long Island and Jersey, know the shore well. Mediterranean diet helped us lose weight for husband to have surgery. I adore chick peas And hummus.What fun to get recipes. Never had bonfires on the east coast but on dad was police in the Midwest and did patrol on beach of Lake - we went smelting and saw big bonfires others had.
    Your BOOK sounds WONDERFUL your life experience is
    Amazing. I hope to read this knowing it will hold my attention.Thanks for the interview/review
    Blessings to ALL :-)