Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Season Every Day with Love by @LeslieBudewitz

By Pepper Reece 
from the Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

Spring has sprung in the Market!

And we are welcoming shoppers with open arms. Metaphorically speaking. There’s been a whole lot of home baking going on, and I’ll tell you, the staff and I ADORE helping people who haven’t cooked much but now have the time to chop and stir. We’ve got cookbooks as well as spices and teas, a new blend every month, and a fabulous Spice Club! If you can’t get to the Market in person, drop us a line or give us a call. We do curbside pickups, downtown delivery, and mail order, and we’d be thrilled to help you spice up your life!

A few suggestions: Bored with breakfast? Try our Ginger Spice Muffins or the fabulous fruity granola my mother created when a neighbor refused to share a recipe. (You may have read the story in Chai Another Day.)

How about a two-ingredient appetizer? Three, if you count the bread or crackers. My good customer Edgar created his Baked Paprika Cheese to showcase our Smoked Paprika, one of my favorite spices. Speziato, his fabulous Italian restaurant in Eastlake, is doing takeout. Try this one at home, and you’ll be a fan, too. (Arf adores Edgar, but that’s because the chef gives him bones.)

And if your herbs are coming on like mine, try this Roasted Mushroom, Tomato, and Herb Salad.

What to drink? It’s all perfect with a cup of Pepper’s Perfect Spiced Chai, hot or iced.

We’ll all come through this stronger than before, and the Market will be here waiting, as it has since 1907. Meanwhile, season every day with good food and a kind heart.

Pepper and the gang

What new foods, spices, or recipes have you tried recently? Do tell! 

And I'm celebrating independent booksellers! Order a book from an indie -- online or locally -- then pop over to my Facebook page and tell me about it. When the chaos ends and bookstores reopen, I'll choose a winner of a book of mine or a bookstore gift card. 

From the cover of THE SOLACE OF BAY LEAVES, Spice Shop Mystery #5 (Seventh St. Books), coming July 21, 2020: 

Pepper Reece never expected to find solace in bay leaves. 

But when her life fell apart at forty and she bought the venerable-but-rundown Spice Shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, her days took a tasty turn. Now she’s savoring the prospect of a flavorful fall and a busy holiday cooking season, until danger bubbles to the surface ... 

Between managing her shop, worrying about her staff, and navigating a delicious new relationship, Pepper’s firing on all burners. But when her childhood friend Maddie is shot and gravely wounded, the incident is quickly tied to an unsolved murder that left another close friend a widow. 

Convinced that the secret to both crimes lies in the history of a once-beloved building, Pepper uses her local-girl contacts and her talent for asking questions to unearth startling links between the past and present—links that suggest her childhood friend may not have been the Golden Girl she appeared to be. Pepper is forced to face her own regrets and unsavory emotions, if she wants to save Maddie’s life—and her own. 

Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries, and the winner of Agatha Awards in three categories.  Death al Dente, the first Food Lovers' Village Mystery, won Best First Novel in 2013, following her 2011 win in Best Nonfiction. Her first historical short story, "All God's Sparrows," won the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story. A past president of Sisters in Crime and a current board member of Mystery Writers of America, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.

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  1. Sorry to say the link to the Baked Paprika Cheese doesn't work.
    (You obviously had my attention since I tried it!)

  2. Brittani SticklerMay 28, 2020 at 8:27 AM

    I've been cooking a lot more lately with my crock pot since I'm working from home, can set it, and forget it until I'm done. I've made a yummy chicken and noodles recipe and a beef stew. Next up is Swedish meatballs and a corned beef. sticklerba (at) gmail (dot) com