today’s book: Mistletoe Cake Murder
It may not be winter yet, but it’s time for our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is our largest year yet, with the most authors & books, and we’re back with an all-new look, too.
Christmas is still 45 days away, BUT since when has that stopped me from craving cozy Christmas reads (even more than I do the rest of the year lol)? Beginning this week and continuing through just before Christmas, I’m going to spotlight several Christmasy releases from 2021. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s featured book is the latest cozy mystery in one of my fave series & the author shares a family recipe that she’s also incorporated into the series!
MISTLETOE CAKE MURDER by Lena Gregory
SERIES: All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery #6
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Lyrical Press
RELEASE DATE: October 12, 2021
’Tis the season for celebrating when Gia Morelli’s holidays include both a wedding and yuletide festivities. Until someone naughty delivers a most unwanted Christmas gift—murder. . .
For a native New Yorker, palm trees and warm temperatures don’t equal winter, much less Christmastime. Nevertheless, Gia Morelli’s friends have decked the halls and trimmed the trees to truly welcome her into their “family” with an old-fashioned Boggy Creek, Florida holiday season. Even more joyous, Savannah Mills is getting married on Christmas Eve—the greatest gift Gia could ever wish for her best friend.
But when Gia and Savannah stop by the caterer for a final tasting a week before the wedding, they overhear another bride arguing with her son about her husband-to-be. Moments later, the woman is sampling a piece of wedding cake—gorgeously decorated with mistletoe frosting—then suddenly dies.
Now Gia’s caterer friends are the prime suspects in what appears to be murder by poisoning. To clear their names and ensure Savannah has a merry matrimony will require Gia to conjure up a Christmas miracle . . .
Includes recipes from the All-Day Breakfast Café!
by Lena Gregory, author of Mistletoe Cake Murder
Since Mistletoe Cake Murder is a Christmas story, I decided to share Gia’s Breakfast Pie recipe, which my dad makes every Christmas morning. When my kids were little, and we stayed home on Christmas morning, he’d always bring one over for us. Now that we’re living in Florida, I miss those days, so I figured I’d share his recipe.
One of the dishes All-Day Breakfast Café owner, Gia Morelli, loves most is Breakfast Pie. In her case, it makes life easier, since they are made ahead of time and are easy enough to just slice and serve. They are also delicious re-heated, so they make for a great time saver when you’re in a hurry and want to grab something quick. Simply make them up on the weekends, slice them, and all you have to do is heat one slice up whenever you’re hungry.
Gia makes several different kinds; western (ham, peppers, onions, and cheese), meat lovers (bacon, sausage, ham, and cheese), veggie (spinach, squash, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, and tomatoes), and my personal favorite, my dad’s original Breakfast Pie!
Original Breakfast Pie Recipe
You will need:
1 lb. Bacon
1 Package Breakfast Sausage
½ lb. ham
1 large green pepper
2 medium onions
5 medium potatoes or 1 bag shredded potatoes
1 dozen eggs
1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Cut up and shred 5 medium potatoes (or use 1 bag of pre-shredded potatoes)
Chop onions (keep separate)
Chop green pepper
Fry bacon in a large skillet (an electric frying pan works perfectly), then keep the fat in the pan, and chop the bacon. Keep 1/3 for the crust and set 2/3 aside.
Fry potatoes and one chopped onion in the bacon fat (add salt and pepper to taste). When cooked add 1/3 of the chopped bacon and stir.
Press into a pie dish to form the crust.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Using the same pan (you can use non stick spray on the bottom if needed) combine and cook breakfast sausage, ham, remaining bacon, green pepper, and remaining onion.
While cooking, scramble 1 dozen eggs.
Once mixture is cooked, add eggs and mix while cooking. Add salt and pepper (to taste)
When done, stir in about 6 oz. of shredded cheddar, then add filling to pie crust. Put in oven.
Bake for 45 minutes.
When just about done, sprinkle shredded cheddar (to taste) over the top and return to oven until cheese melts.
Serve and enjoy!
Lena Gregory grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island, but she recently traded in cold, damp, gray winters for the warmth and sunshine of central Florida, where she now lives with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full-time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.
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What about you? What makes you want to read Mistletoe Cake Murder by Lena Gregory? Do you have a fave recipe that you make on Christmas morning?
I want to read it because I love cozy mysteries and it looks like a fun book.
Thank you so much, Julie! If you do read it, I hope you enjoy it. 🙂
Cute cover, thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Megan!
The breakfast pie recipe sounds amazing. The cover looks great!
Thank you so much!
Cozy mysteries are the best!
I want to read this because I love christmas books.
Sounds like a good cozy.
Thank you, Rita!
Can’t wait for the opportunity to read “MISTLETOE CAKE MURDER” by Lena Gregory – which is most definitely on my TBR list. Love Lena’s books and know this one will be an awesome one too.
Thank you for the recipe for Original Breakfast Pie Recipe which sounds yummy! Would be great for when we have company. I will more than likely reduce the ingredients to make a smaller dish for hubby and I to try before anyone shows up.
Thank you, Kay! Yes, always a good idea to try a new recipe out first. My dad always cooked for a bunch of us, so everything he makes feeds a small army. 🙂 I hope you enjoy the story and the breakfast pie!
I love Cozy Mystery reads and this one is also Christmas – bonus.
I love the cover and cozy mysteries. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.
Thank you, Debra!
Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you. I love the cover and cozy mysteries.
This is beginning to put me in the mood…
Enjoy reading Christmas cozy mysteries. This one sounds good. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Faith!
I love cozy mysteries, and this one sounds so good.
Thank you so much, Jocelyn!
I enjoy reading cozy mysteries. Cute cover!
Thank you, Susan!
Such a great idea, and I enjoyed visiting! Thank you so much for inviting me!
A captivating and lovely cozy mystery. I make a delectable egg souffle.
Thank you so much, Anne!
What a sweet cover. 💕
Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you so much, Diana!
Looks like a cute book.
Thanks for the contest.
Thank you, Sarah! Good luck!
“What makes you want to read Mistletoe Cake Murder by Lena Gregory?” This sounds like a great cozy mystery! And that wedding cake sounds lovely!
Thank you so much!
Mistletoe Cake Murder sounds like an excellent holiday mystery and I can’t wait to solve it! Thanks for sharing your new release with me, Lena and have a magical holiday season!
Thank you so much, Eva! You have a magical holiday season as well!
This is the perfect time to start reading holiday books. I like the cover.
I love Christmas stories and I love this series.
Thank you so much, Kim! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂
I love stories with a Christmas theme! It adds a cozy feeling.
Cozy mysteries combined with Christmas season – a good combination!
I love Christmas stories.
I have been reading a lot since the pandemic, and I would love to check this book out.
Thank you so much, Courtnie! I hope you enjoy it!
I love a good mystery.
I want to read it because I love Lena Gregory’s books and Holiday themed Cozy Mysteries!
Thank you so much, Sharon!
I love cozy mysteries! Thanks for sharing
A holiday mystery book is on my must-read list during the holidays. Thank you for this great giveaway!
Your recipe sounds dely even though we would probably omit the onions. We usually make french toast casserole on Christmas morning
Thank you! That sounds delicious! I’ve never heard of it, but I’m definitely going to look it up. 🙂
I guess you can’t have a cake and eat it, too. The bride-to-be dies after eating a bite of cake being tasted from the caterer. I love cozy mysteries and the recipes sprinkled throughout.
I think it would be great book and one I would enjoy reading