Saturday, June 8, 2013

STEAMED TO DEATH & A recipe from Peg Cochran

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Gourmet health food caterer Gigi Fitzgerald is used to helping dieters drop a dress size. But when her clients start dropping dead, she’s ready to switch her chef’s hat for a detective’s cap and track down a killer. . .
Aging soap star Felicity Davenport is looking to revamp her image, and she’s using Gigi’s Gourmet De-Lite to help her shed a few of those unwanted pounds. Having such a high-profile client is definitely good for business, but when Felicity is found murdered in her sauna, things start getting too hot for Gigi to handle.
The list of suspects is a mile long, and Gigi’s best friend, Sienna, is at the top. Refusing to let her friend get blamed for a crime she didn’t commit, Gigi is determined to hunt down the real killer. But, as the case reaches a boiling point, Gigi will have to be careful or she could be the next one getting burned.

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STEAMED TO DEATH is a cozy mystery featuring gourmet health food caterer Gigi Fitzgerald.  So, you KNOW there HAS to be food and recipes involved.  This Pina Colada Cake recipe is courtesy of Peg Cochran.

Pina Colada Cake
There are many variations to this Angel food cake/pineapple recipe. 
I decided to go tropical by adding some rum extract and coconut!
1 16 ounce box Angel food cake mix
1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple in its own juice
1 tsp rum extract
1 cup shredded coconut
Place all of the above in a bowl and mix on medium speed for one minute. Pour into 9 x 13 greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Slice in pan and serve with whipped topping if desired.
Enjoy! Doing the limbo is optional.

About Peg Cochran:
Peg grew up in a New Jersey suburb about 25 miles outside of New York City. After college, she moved to the city where she managed an art gallery owned by the son of the artist Henri Matisse. When her first daughter, Francesca, arrive, the new family moved back to the New Jersey suburbs where her second daughter, Annabelle, was born.
After her husband died, Peg remarried and her new husband took a job in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they now live (on exile from New Jersey, she likes to joke). Peg managed to segue from the art world to marketing and is now the manager of marketing communications for a company that provides services to seniors.
Her greatest love though as always been writing – particularly mysteries! She has two cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime: The Gourmet De-Lite series set in Connecticut and featuring Gigi Fitzgerald, who provides gourmet diet meals to a select group of clients, and the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series, written as Meg London, set in Paris, Tennessee with Emma Taylor who finds murder and mayhem in this quiet country town.
As for pets – she has a schizophrenic cat (really!) named Frazzle and a Westhighland White Terrier, Reggie, who is desperately in need of losing a few pounds. But you know what they say: If your dog is overweight, it means YOU aren’t getting enough exercise!
When she’s not writing, Peg can usually be found cooking, which she loves. When asked to bring a dish to a potluck she invariably opts to bring dessert – partly because she loves making sweet dishes and partly because she and her husband always manage to be late so there’s no point in putting them in charge of appetizers!

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  1. Sounds great. I want both books!

    1. Sandie, you should check out the book, I enjoyed it... I'll have my review posted later this month.

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    1. I know... Reading the book with Gigi talking about food just made me hungry.


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