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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Key Lime Pie...Review

About the book:
When Sadie Hoffmiller's new friend, Eric Burton, receives word that his missing daughter's body may have been found in Florida, he immediately packs his bags, but Sadie is determined to stay home and prove to everyone that she is not a busybody.

But when she senses Eric is hiding something, Sadie is compelled to take action. Before she knows it, she's in the heart of Miami, trying to piece together a trail littered with broken relationships, mysterious strangers, and forged documents that might just provide Eric the answers he's been desperately searching for - or reveal a truth he may not be ready to face.

Sadie must also face a difficult question: Where is her heart leading her? Onward into Eric's adventurous arms? Or back home to the stable and steady Pete Cunningham? Of only love was as easy as following a recipe.

Once again, Sadie finds herself in the company of some colorful characters and on the hunt for some good old-fashioned Southern cooking. But despite the drama and intrigue, all Sadie really wants is to go home ... as soon as she does just one more thing.

Includes eight new mouthwatering recipes, tested and approved by the official bakers of Sadie's Test Kitchen

As Sadie is finishing up her community service sentence (after her arrest in Devil's Food Cake), her friend Eric rushes to Florida to because of new information regarding his missing daughter.  Sadie soon finds herself involved in another investigation.  As is typically Sadie, she gets into trouble, but also uncovers information the police can never find.  She's also conflicted about her friendship with Eric and her relationship with Pete and she has an obsession with finding a good Key Lime Pie while she's in Florida!

While I have loved all the Sadie Hoffmiller books, this one is probably my least favorite.  Sadie's antics are never quite plausible, but they border the extreme here.  Nevertheless, the story is entertaining and a great diversion.  I love Sadie Hoffmiller.  She's just a kick.  I'd love to have her for a neighbor. I think this is a fabulous series and I'm looking forward to Blackberry Crumble.

Thanks to Tracee at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Josi Kilpack and download Sadie's recipes here.  You can purchase your own copy here.  You can see other reviews here.

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3/5 Stars

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pizza, Pizza

Printable recipe

1 cup plus 2 T. water (70° to 80°)
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
2 T. olive oil
1-1/2 t. Italian seasoning
1 t. sugar
1 t. salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 t. active dry yeast
1 T. cornmeal
1 cup meatless spaghetti sauce (I use Ragu)
~4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
toppings of your choice

In a mixer with a dough hook, mix together water, Parmesan, olive oil, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt, flour and yeast.  Mix it for about 7-8 minutes.  Cover the mixer and let the dough rise for about 30 minutes.  Remove from bowl.

Roll into a 14-in. circle. Sprinkle a greased pizza pan with cornmeal. Transfer dough to prepared pan. Spread sauce over the dough, sprinkle with cheese and toppings.

Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Holly's Note:
I found the original recipe in my Simple & Delicious magazine.  As with most things, I modified it!  It made one, cookie sheet size pizza that I thought was a little thick.  I think that I will split the dough into two thinner sized crusts next time.  This was a huge hit with my picky eater.

The original recipe called for mixing the dough in a breadmaker, which you certainly could do. I just mixed it in my kitchen aid with a dough hook.  

This post was shared at Carole's Chatter