Charred by G.P. Gottlieb

About the Book

Alene Baron is dealing with frustrated employees, closed schools, and a homeless man who harasses customers outside the door of her café. Then, two dead bodies turn up in the burned remains of buildings owned by the husband of Alene’s best friend and pastry chef, Ruthie. Both bodies are wearing jackets that once belonged to Ruthie and crumbled in the pockets are the café’s distinctive wrappers. At the same time, Alene's uncle, a convicted felon, has resurfaced after disappearing for 22 years. It's all too much for the owner of the Whipped and Sipped Café.

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 3-Ingredient Spinach-Artichoke Sause/Dip

1 jar marinated artichoke hearts (Trader Joe or Reese’s are my favorites- they must be marinated, not plain)
8 oz of fresh or frozen spinach (first microwave it for a minute)
4 or 5 slices of lemon or orange zest

In a food processor or blender, add the ingredients and blend for a minute or two until somewhat smooth. Pour into a serving bowl to use as a dip with crackers, chips, or cut-up vegetable. Serve over rice as a side dish, or smooth over a piece of fish and bake for 15 minutes. This is one of my easiest sauces, and it’s perfect for last minute company or to ‘zhuzh’ up dinner. The flavors are complex and unusual, the color is bright, vivid green, and it’s packed with flavor and nutrition. Enjoy!

About the Author

Known for her imaginative baking and fabulous dinners, G.P. Gottlieb was always an avid reader. She enjoyed several careers, but after recovering from cancer, turned to writing in earnest, melding two passions: nourishment for mind and body, and recipe-laced murder mysteries. She is also the host for New Books in Literature, a podcast of the New Books Network.

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  1. Thanks, Mystery Section, for posting my recipe today!

  2. This book looks like it would be good.

  3. I promise - the recipe is delicious! I also make an artichoke-sweet potato dip that is almost as tasty!