Monday, March 21, 2011

Mystery Mondays: B. B. Haywood's Candy Holliday Mystery Series

This new mystery series by B. B. Haywood follows the adventures of Candy Holliday, a recently divorced former marketing executive who decides to move to the blueberry farm owned and operated by her father, a widowed and recently retired history professor, to help out with the farm and try to get her life back in order.  She is just beginning to feel comfortable in her new home town of Cape Willington, Maine, when the unthinkable happens -- during the annual Blueberry Festival, the newly elected Blueberry Queen is murdered!  Candy can't help but investigate, and she not only solves the crime, she ends up with the job of the murder victim, who was a reporter for the local newspaper owned and run by handsome Ben Clayton.  Then it is on to the town's 29th Annual Lobster Stew Cook-off and another murder in the second installment, and Candy's unofficial career as a sleuth takes off!  Both books in this new series contain recipes featuring the food item mentioned in the title.  I am including the first of four mouthwatering recipes for Lobster Stew from the second book.  Too bad the town of Cape Willington is fictional -- with food this good I would be tempted to move there!

Lobster Stew

1 C. unsalted butter
1 white onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 T. minced garlic
2 T. Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp. paprika
4 C. clam broth or good lobster stock
2 lbs. cooked lobster meat
1 qt. heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in large pot.  Sauté next five ingredients in butter over medium-high heat until golden.  Add broth or stock and boil down to reduce by half.  Stir in cream to thicken, season with salt and pepper, and add the lobster meat.  Serves 6-8.

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