Josi Kilpack’s Culinary Mysteries

 Posted by at 1:00 pm on April 19, 2011
Apr 192011
 

If you like food, and like a good mystery, you’ll fall in love with Josi Kilpack’s novels.

My friend introduced me to her earlier books, and then another friend loaned me Lemon Tart and English Trifle. I read them in just a matter of a few days. I laughed my head off and all the while, thought that her main character, Sadie Hoffmiller was a like Angela Lansbury from Murder, She Wrote but on steroids. Nosy, curious, funny, and you all probably have a neighbor just like her in your own backyard!

And, like any good culinary mystery, there is mouth watering recipes to go along with the great story. Some like Chocolate- Dipped Coconut Macaroons, Easy Sausage Rolls, Crumpets, Wake “Em Up Breakfast Casserole…. which I made and my family devoured it.

Wake ‘Em Up Breakfast Casserole
from English Trifle by Josi Kilpack

1 pound sage sausage, or ham or crisp bacon
8 eggs
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder, or 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 green pepper, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups small-curd cottage cheese
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (sharp is best)
4 cups frozen shredded hash browns
1/2 cup of your favorite vegetables (optional)

In a skillet, brown sausage or cook bacon until crispy; drain well. In a large bowl combine eggs, mustard, green pepper, salt, pepper, and cottage cheese. Mix until eggs are slightly beaten. Add cheeses and hash browns, mix well. Add meat and any optional veggies. Pour into a greased 9×13 -inch baking dish. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until center is well-set and edges are browned. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting. Serves 8.

* Casserole can be made the night before and kept in the fridge. Add an additional 10 to 15 minutes baking time.

* Bake in muffin tins to make individual casseroles that are perfect for brunch. Decrease cooking time to 25 to 35 minutes.

There are even more books with great recipes, I have them on hold at my local library…Key Lime Pie, Devil’s Food Cake, and Blackberry Crumble. I can’t wait to start them and then bake some more recipes. I just wonder where she gets the recipes from. Does she make them herself?

Go here to download recipes from Blackberry Crumble or read the first 2 chapters of her latest book!
Happy Reading and Happy Baking!

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