A FATAL FAMILY FEAST, the sixth book in the Farm to Fork Mysteries by Lynn Cahoon, is an engaging, yet bittersweet read. Knowing that this delightfully sweet cozy mystery series was coming to an end when I started the book, I wanted to savor every word yet couldn’t help but turn the pages faster and faster to find out what happened next. The entire cast of characters—from protagonist Angie Turner, to her best friend and business partner, Felicia, to her sous chef (and Felicia’s fiancé), Estebe, to the entire staff at their County Seat restaurant—have felt like family. While there might be conflict leading up to a murder in each book, Ms. Cahoon has imbued the core cast of characters with admirable characteristics. With their sense of kindness and honor, it’s been a pleasure observing their interaction with each other and with their community. There are also Angie’s charming pets: her lovable Saint Bernard puppy, Dom, along with a rescue goat, and a barnyard chicken. They add some humor to the story and steal each scene they inhabit.
With the story centered around the upcoming nuptial of Felicia and Esteban, there is plenty to celebrate and plenty to stress over. Felicia is especially distraught when her family tries to break up her engagement right before the big day, by bringing in her ex-fiancé to woo her. And when the ex is found murdered, law enforcement fingers Esteban for the dastardly deed. With strong descriptive writing, the author makes the reader feel the tension that Angie and her friends are experiencing and the terror that Felicia’s happily ever after might not ever take place. Uniting their creative intellects, the friends piece together clues and hunt down long ago secrets that might have had a hand in the death. Expertly weaving the past into the present, the threads of the crime came together in a surprising way and, in the end, left this reader highly satisfied yet quite sad to say goodbye to such great friends.
Owning the County Seat restaurant, Angie and Estebe are always creating delicious dishes to serve to customers and friends alike. Be prepared to be hungry as you read! Ms. Cahoon includes her recipe for Workday Quick and Easy Risotto. I love risotto, especially when there are lots of vegetables to complement the creamy Arborio rice. This recipe can either be served as a side dish or if desired, a main course, which is my preference. While the recipe doesn’t call for it, I enjoy grating some fresh parmesan over the top right before serving… perfection in a bowl!
When Angie’s best friend and business partner, Felicia Williams, picks the County Seat to host her upcoming nuptials, Angie wants it to feel like a family affair–especially since Felicia is set to marry the farm-to-fork restaurant’s talented sous chef, Estebe Blackstone. Unfortunately, the bride’s actual family is far less enthusiastic about the union. They’re pulling out all the stops to cancel the couple’s wedding, even arranging for a surprise visit from Felicia’s ex-fiancé (and her father’s current lackey). But when her ex is killed days before the ceremony and Estebe is framed for the crime, Angie and the County Seat crew must scramble to solve the murder and save the wedding . . .
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- *4 cups chicken stock (or 4 cups of boiling water mixed with 4 bouillon cubes)
- Assorted chopped veggies: Onions (or green onion), mushrooms, asparagus
- 1 to 1-1/2 cups Arborio rice
- Optional: a handful or two of spinach leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
Put a pot of chicken stock (or bouillon broth) on the stove to warm.
Chop the assorted veggies - I usually chop the onions pretty fine, but the others can be coarsely chopped or sliced.
Heat a large skillet, and when warm, add a touch of olive oil (1 - 2 tablespoons).
Sauté the onion and mushrooms until the onion wilts but doesn't brown, and the liquid from the mushrooms mostly evaporates.
Then add a cup or cup and a half of Arborio rice to the skillet. Keep stirring as the rice browns (think Rice-A-Roni) for a minute or two.
Then add a ladle or two of the chicken stock. Stir to mix. **Add asparagus now. Let the risotto cook as you prepare your main dish.
Continue to stir and add stock when rice appears dry.
When the stock is all added, and the rice is creamy, you're done. It should take about 30 minutes.
If you want a veggie boost, add a handful or two of spinach leaves with your last bit of chicken stock. The leaves will wilt into the risotto and give you a nice color and extra nutrients. And that's it!
*I found that 4 cups of stock worked well for 1 cup Arborio rice, but I needed 6 cups of stock for 1-1/2 cups of Arborio rice.
**My family likes our asparagus crisp tender, so I added it with the last addition of the stock, along with the spinach. Or, steam the asparagus ahead of time in the microwave for a couple of minutes (plunging the stalks into an ice bath to preserve the deep green color), then add to risotto to warm up the last minute or two before serving.
Feel free to sprinkle freshly grated parmesan on top just before serving.
This makes a nice meatless main dish meal too! Substitute vegetable broth for the chicken stock for vegetarian needs.
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I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Several outdoor weddings, but parks and venues lije that have definitely become more of a norm. We loved travelling to South Lake Tahoe last summer, when things were opened up, to attend a beautiful ceremony.
No I have not attended a wedding at a unique location but that would be fun. Thanks for the chance!
I haven’t attended a wedding at a unique location.
I have only been to church weddings and one outdoor wedding. Nothing too crazy. So sad this series is ending.
I have not attended a wedding at a unique location. All the weddings I have ever attended have been held in a church. Love the recipe! The book cover is so cute!
Attended a wedding held at our state capital park and then the reception was held at the zoo. Fun event and they have been married for over 20 years now. Two good friends. Both teachers. (Just remembered that the ring bearer dropped the ring and everyone dropped to the grass to find it. Thank goodness, it didn’t take long!!)
Hate when good friends have to go away.
I’ll enjoy this chapter and hope for another
new series. thanks
I haven’t been to a wedding held anywhere other than church or outside. My son will be in a destination wedding on some island near Italy at the end of this Summer. Love the book cover as that dog is tooooo cute.
No I haven’t attended any in a unique location.
I’m going to an outdoor wedding at a beautiful location in Woodstock, Georgia for my nephew in Georgia. I’m flying out on May 27th and coming back on May 26th and will be staying with my sister-in-law and her husband and I can’t wait to get out of town.
I never have. Thank you for a chance to win a e-book copy of A Fatal Family Feast.
No, I have never attended a wedding at a unique setting.
Chebeague Island off the coast of Portland, Maine.
I’ve never been to a unique wedding.
no i haven’t been.
why the series ending? i love it! that is so sad. Is she starting another one?
No I have not.
I’ve been a bridesmaid 14 times but not one of those weddings was held in a unique location. Most of the ceremonies took place churches with the receptions in hotel or country club ballrooms. Thank you for the giveaway!
Not yet. But, never say never. Right?🥰
Thank you for your giveaway!!!
No I haven’t but there is always a chance for it to still happen. Thank you!
My brother got married at a historical building.
I have attended some outdoor weddings in some beautiful settings.
No I haven’t been to a wedding at a unique location
I never went to a wedding in a unique location but maybe someday I will get the chance
closest would have been a roofless church
I have attended several outdoor weddings and weddings in beautiful places. Thanks for the chance!
I have never went to a wedding in a unique location. But I did go to one that almost didn’t happen from the blackout of 2003. The air conditioning in the church wasn’t working, the power had just been restored several hours before.. it was quite interesting.
My second wedding was held in a local business garden setting near the waterfall. The reception was held in the one room school house moved onto the garden property. That is the most exotic wedding location I’ve attended. Thank you for the chance to win. madamhawk at g mail dot com
I’ve never attended a wedding at a unique location. Thanks for all the recipes you include. I’ve tried many of them.