Mistletoe, Moussaka, and Murder (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery) by Tina Kashian
About Mistletoe, Moussaka, and Murder (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 5th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (September 29, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496726073 ISBN-13: 978-1496726070 Digital ASIN: B082WR6DMT
Not even her impending nuptials can keep Lucy Berberian, manager of her family-owned Kebab Kitchen, from the Jersey Shore’s annual Polar Bear Plunge. But her dive into the icy ocean is especially chilling when she finds a fellow swimmer doing the dead man’s float—for real . . .
Who would kill a man in cold blood during Ocean Crest, New Jersey’s most popular winter event? When Lucy learns the victim is Deacon Spooner, the reception hall owner who turned up his nose—and his price—at her wedding plans, she can’t help wondering who wouldn’t kill the pompous caterer . . .
Perhaps the culprit is the wedding cake baker whose career Deacon nearly destroyed? Or the angry bride whose reception he ruined? With her maid of honor, Katie, busily planning Lucy’s wedding without her, Lucy will have to get to the bottom of this cold-hearted business in time for Kebab Kitchen’s mouthwatering Christmas celebration—and before her hometown’s holiday spirit washes out to sea . . .
About Tina Kashian
Tina Kashian is an attorney and mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She is the author of the popular Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean cozy mystery series for Kensington Publishing. 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 still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two daughters. Please visit her website at www.tinakashian.com to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more! Author Links
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GUEST POST WITH RECIPE
By Tina Kashian
Thank you for inviting me to chat with your readers about my new release, “Mistletoe, Moussaka & Murder.” It’s the fifth book in my Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean mystery series.
I love to cook, but I wasn’t born a good cook. It’s a skill that I’ve practiced and grown to enjoy. I also love all different types of cuisine—Mediterranean, Italian, Chinese, and a good American cheeseburger. My mother, on the other hand, was a talented cook. She could taste a dish, then replicate it without a recipe. My parents owned a restaurant for thirty years and food was an important part of our family. I’d often come home from school to the delicious aromas of simmering grape leaves, stuffed peppers and tomatoes, and shish kebab.
But I am more like my heroine, Lucy Berberian, in my series. Lucy is the only person in her family who can’t cook. Her mother, Angela, is a chef, and her father, Raffi, grew up knowing how to grill the perfect shish kebab. Since returning home to Ocean Crest at the Jersey shore and her parent’s Mediterranean restaurant, Kebab Kitchen, Lucy is determined to learn how to prepare a meal. She’s receiving cooking lessons from her mother. It’s hit or miss depending on the day…
As for me, I have fond memories of watching my mother in the kitchen. I’d stand by her side with a pen and paper in hand and scribble detailed notes. She never used a recipe. I’d ask, “How much of that?” She’d say a handful or a pinch. It drove me nuts! Our handfuls were not the same. Years later, my mother passed away. When I try to prepare her dishes, they never seem to come out just like hers. Maybe it’s the memory I’m holding onto more than the taste of the food.
But I am
writing down my recipes for my two young girls. No more handfuls or pinches of
anything. If my girls decide to make a dish, then I’d like them to have a
recipe to follow.
One of my favorite soup recipes that I’ve saved for them is lentil soup with swiss chard. As a parent, it can be difficult to get my kids to eat certain vegetables, like swiss chard. Surprisingly, if it is incorporated into soup, they eat it and even like it.
What’s your favorite soup? Please share!
Here’s the recipe my family served at the restaurant:
Swiss Chard and Lentil Soup by Tina Kashian
This Mediterranean soup is super healthy and full of fiber. The swiss chard adds flavor without overpowering the dish.
Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
½ lb dry Lentils
2 tbsp olive Oil
1 tbsp butter
1 small onion finely chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 carrot chopped
1stalk celery chopped
3 cups swiss chard, washed, stemmed and chopped.
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 tsp salt or to taste
1 tbsp lemon or to taste
Put dry lentils in a bowl and check for small stones that can naturally occur.
In a soup pot, heat oil and butter. Add onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. Stir and sauté over medium heat for 15 minutes or until onions are transparent. Add chicken broth, water, and lentils. Simmer for ½ hour. Add swiss chard, salt, and lemon. Simmer for another fifteen minutes or until lentils and swiss chard are tender. Add hot water if you prefer thinner soup. Enjoy!