Cooking with Crimespree: Gigi Pandian’s Brownie Bites Jan10

Cooking with Crimespree: Gigi Pandian’s Brownie Bi...

After a cancer diagnosis left me with pesky food restrictions, I refused to resign myself to a lifetime of eating boring healthy food. Instead, I learned to cook. I taught myself how to cook treats every bit as decadent and satisfying as what I used to eat. Now that I make most of my meals from scratch, culinary alchemy sprung up as a theme in my new mystery, The Accidental Alchemist. Here’s a sampling of that culinary alchemy: a recipe that’s easy, delicious, and healthy. This Brownie Bites recipe is one of my favorites because it transforms a few simple ingredients into a rich dessert in only a few minutes. Total time: 10 minutes. Makes...

How to Cook PEPOSO by Brian Azzarello Sep06

How to Cook PEPOSO by Brian Azzarello

This is one of the recipes from our forthcoming cook book, COOKING WITH CRIMESPREE. When we first ran this in the magazine I cookedit and it was AMAZING ~ Jon   PEPOSO Brian Azzarello This is an old Italian recipe – Renaissance old. The masons who fired the tiles for Brunelleschi’s Doumo in Florence originated it and would prepare it in the tile kilns while they were working. This dates it at 1436. That’s cool to me, and just adds an extra bite to an incredibly earthy dish that’s cooked low and slow. One of the things that I usually enjoy about cooking is the history – recreating moments from the past – usually handed down from Aunt...

Recipe: Kate White’s Olive Cream Pasta Jul22

Recipe: Kate White’s Olive Cream Pasta

Here at Crimespree Castle in lovely downtown Milwaukee we are currently putting together a cook book. Here is one of the featured recipes from the ever amazing Kate White From Kate White, author of Eyes on You: Olive Cream Pasta I love traveling for all the obvious reasons—the pure bliss of being someplace new and exciting, all the sights to be seen and discoveries to be made, and of course the amazing food you can encounter both from smart planning and a bit of sheer luck. But there’s another crazy reason I love to take off for parts unknown. I do some of my best mystery writing when I’m in a new location, particularly if it’s over 80...

Flashback: Cooking with Rick Riordan Apr20

Flashback: Cooking with Rick Riordan

I’m old enough to remember when Rick Riordan was known for writing great PI novels. I was a fan from the first book, BIG RED TEQUILA. We ask Rick around issue 2 to do an article for us on food. This is what he sent! Jon Brunch with Rick Riordan Texas Style Most of us have no trouble imagining an author typing away on the computer keyboard but what about his free time? A typical Sunday morning finds Rick Riordan hard at work on his latest Tres Navarre mystery or his new children’s series. His mother, realizing all work and no play makes Rick– well you get the picture– hosts our weekly brunch. After a few hours of writing Rick...

Cooking With Crimespree:  Kathleen Ernst Nov26

Cooking With Crimespree: Kathleen Ernst

The plot of my latest Chloe Ellefson mystery takes place at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. When considering a murder weapon, I decided to use something fundamentally Norwegian—a lefse pin. Lefse is a round flatbread made with mashed or riced potatoes. Although I’m not of Norwegian descent, I love it—especially served warm with butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Since Heritage of Darkness was published, many people have told me that the cover art, or the lefse pin I take to events, evokes special memories of Mom, Grandma, or church ladies hard at work over the griddle. Other readers heft the pin itself with knowing hands...