A Crust to Die For by T.C. LoTempio – Cheesy Easy Bake Pizza & Ricotta Pizza Recipes + Giveaway

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A Crust to Die For (A Tiffany Austin Food Blogger Mystery)
by Toni LoTempio

About A Crust To Die For

A Crust to Die For (A Tiffany Austin Food Blogger Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Georgia
Severn House (January 2, 2024)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1448310032
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1448310036
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CB8YDJFV

The Bon-Appetempting Pizza Bake-Off has the small town of Branson, Georgia buzzing. Not least its organizer, Southern Style’s food critic and blogger Tiffany Austin. But right before the finals one of the celebrity judges falls ill, and to Tiffany’s horror the magazine replaces him with none other than handsome TV star and restaurateur Bartholomew Driscoll.

Tiffany once gave his restaurant a poor review, and she’s convinced he’s only accepted the job to get revenge. She fully expects Driscoll will find a way to ruin the contest . . . but she definitely doesn’t expect to trip over his dead body backstage!

Soon, it’s clear Tiffany wasn’t the only person who had less than positive feelings towards the sharp-tongued Driscoll. She’s surrounded by suspects – but which of the motley crew of contestants, family members and scorned friends and colleagues had the guts to commit murder?

With the help of her BFF Hilary and annoyingly handsome detective Bartell, and with cat Lily and puppy Cooper as emotional support, Tiffany investigates, only to discover that revenge is indeed a dish best served cold . . .


From Tiffany’s Blog—

Cheesy Easy Bake Pizza


1 tablespoon dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar (can substitute honey)
1 ½ cup warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup sliced onion
2 bell peppers, cut thin
16 oz mozzarella cheese, grated
2 cups tomato sauce
Toppings of your choice


Prepare crust: In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar or honey in warm water, then add the olive oil and the salt.

In separate bowl, mix flours together. Add them to liquid mixture, stirring first and then kneading to incorporate. Let dough rise 30-40 minutes. While dough is rising, saute sliced onions in a pan over medium heat with a little olive oil to caramelize their sugars. Cook until transparent but not browned. Reduce heat, add a little water to prevent browning, and let cook another 10 to 15 minutes until glossy and sweet. Add sliced peppers and cook 5-10 more minutes.

Once dough has risen, preheat oven to 425°. Divide dough in half. On clean, floured surface, roll out two round, 12 in. pizza crusts, using fingers to roll the perimeter into an outer crust edge as thick as you like. Using a spatula, slide crusts onto well- floured pans or baking stones. If using fresh tomatoes, layer cheese evenly over crust, then scatter your favorite toppings on top, finishing with the herbs. If using tomato sauce, spread over crust, top with cheese and then other toppings.

Bake pizzas in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until crust is brown and crisp.

Note: You can substitute pre-made pizza dough if you prefer.

Ricotta Pizza

Pizza dough (you can either make your own as per first recipe, or get the pre-made at your grocery store
Ricotta cheese
Mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese (Quantity depends on how cheesy you want pizza)
Fresh basil
Minced garlic

Layer the ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese on the pizza dough. Sprinkle Parmesan over top. Add salt, pepper and minced garlic. Bake in preheated oven until crust is brown and crisp. Garnish with fresh basil and serve.

About T.C. LoTempio

T. C. LoTempio is the award-winning, national bestselling author of the Nick and Nora mystery series. Her cat, Rocco, provides the inspiration for the character of Nick the cat. She also writes the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mystery Series, as well as the Cat Rescue series. Her latest series is the Tiffany Austin Food Blogger series from Severn House. Check out her and Rocco’s blog, www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com, and visit her website, www.tclotempio.net, for more information.

Author Links

Webpage: http://www.tclotempio.net

Blog: http://www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toni.lotempio.5

Twitter/X: @RoccoBlogger

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1195684.T_C_LoTempio?from_search=true&from_srp=true

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