Cornbread, Ribs, and Murder by Joyce Proell and Brenda Whiteside – Nic’s Award-Winning Cornbread Recipe + Giveaway

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Cornbread, Ribs, and Murder
(Chocolate Martini Sisters Mystery)
by Brenda Whiteside and Joyce Proell

About Cornbread, Ribs, and Murder

Cornbread, Ribs, and Murder (Chocolate Martini Sisters Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Arizona
Independently Published (April 20, 2024)
Digital Print length ‏ : ‎ 271 pages

It’s a rib cookoff…with a recipe for murder.

Nicole Earp and Emma Banefield are celebrating another birthday at the Dulce Inn with the added fun of a rib cookoff in the park. Not only are chocolate martinis in their plans, Nic has her heart set on winning the cornbread contest. But as the excitement bakes, someone is stirring up trouble for the inn and its employees.

Strange occurrences at the Dulce are on the rise. Slashed tires, menacing phone calls, and unsavory characters add a vibe that threatens the sisters’ anticipated fun-filled stay. When the hot-headed hotel owner is caught wielding a bloody letter opener over a dead coworker, the sisters are embroiled in a caper to help the one person who finds their sleuthing as welcomed as a rattlesnake in her bed. But is she innocent?

The Chocolate Martini Sisters are primed to find out. First, they’ll have to eliminate a host of suspects that includes a dishonest restaurant owner, a jilted girlfriend, an ex-wife, the barkeeper, and a masseuse with a crush. If they can stay off the radar of the surly chief homicide detective long enough, they can put out the fire…unless the killer burns them first.

The third book in this amateur sleuths, cozy mystery series will have you chuckling and on the edge of your seat as the sisters solve the murder.

Guest Post + Recipe

By her own admission, Nic Earp isn’t much of a baker. Her sister, Em, likes to joke Nic is a bean sprouts, salad, and tofu sort of eater. But in Cornbread, Ribs and Murder, Nic is inspired to try her luck at baking. In conjunction with the Rib Cookoff held in the town square, the Dulce Inn is hosting a cornbread bake off. Short on funds and motivated by the cash prize offered by the Dulce, Nic gets busy in the kitchen. Jillian Jackston, the snooty hotel owner, claims any dope can produce a decent cornbread with the help of the internet. Nic is determined to prove her wrong. After much tweaking, multiple cornbread versions, and the final agreement of her faithful taste testers, she’s got it—the winning recipe.

Jillian is right. There are numerous cornbread recipes available on the internet. I’ve sampled a number, but I must say, Nic’s version is my favorite. It’s all down to the use of buttermilk and the addition of chopped jalapeno. The buttermilk gives the bread a creamy, moist texture. The peppers are a fresh, zesty contrast to the sweetness of the sugar. The honey adds a rich, golden color. I hope you’ll give the recipe a try.

Nic’s Award Winning Cornbread
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons honey
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 jalapeno, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease 9-inch square baking pan.

Whisk the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, sugar, and honey together until well combined. Whisk in egg and then the buttermilk. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until combined. Add the jalapenos. Avoid over-mixing.

Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 – 23 minutes or until golden brown on top. Use a toothpick to test the center is cooked through. Edges should be crispy. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

About the Authors

Brenda Whiteside is the award-winning author of romantic suspense, romance, and cozy mystery. She writes children’s books under the pen name, Brenda Sue. After living in six states and two countries—so far—she and her husband have settled in Central Arizona. They admit to being gypsies at heart and won’t discount the possibility of another move. They share their home with a rescue dog named Amigo. While FDW fishes, Brenda writes.

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After hearing countless stories as a mental health professional, Joyce Proell retired to create her own tales. As an award-winning author, she writes historical romance and cozy mystery where all endings are guaranteed happy. She shares her home on the prairie with a husband and a little dog with a big personality. When she isn’t reading or writing, she likes to swim and finds baking almost as relaxing as a day at the spa.

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