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Monday, August 29, 2011

Lake Eden Cookbook - Joanne Fluke

Released October 2011

Joanne Fluke

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Fans of Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson cozy mysteries rejoice because the Lake Eden Cookbook is being released on October 1st. The hardcover book contains favorite recipes from every book and a few new ones.

Even if you've never read the series, this is a cookbook first and foremost, but there's a story mixed into the pages. Every recipe has a history in Lake Eden and the characters stories, including a few secrets, are revealed along the way. Learn about Winnie's trip to the morgue or Andrea's first attempt at making Hannah's lemon meringue pie.

There are new recipes within the book. A sampling of them includes:

Razzle Dazzle Baked Brie
Bourbon Brownies
Herb's Herb Biscuits
Hannah's Chicken Salad
Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie

As usual, I went for one of the more absurd recipes to give it a shot. A couple years ago, I made Pork and Beans bread thinking there was no way it would be edible and it really was yummy. This time I went for the lobster bisque made using Campbell's condensed green pea soup and condensed tomato soup. Surprisingly, it works, though the 1/2 cup of sherry was too strong for me, it drowned out the lobster, so I'll make it again cutting it to 1/4 cup.

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