Monday, July 1, 2013

Tomato and Cucumber Salad for Summer! By Ellie Grant

Tomato/Cucumber Salad
From Plum Deadly
A Pie Shop Mystery
By Ellie Grant
www.elliegrant.com 


Tomatoes are my favorite food during the summer. They are never as good as when you pick them fresh from the plant but even produce stands can hardly go wrong with home grown tomatoes.

We are fortunate that cucumbers are growing at the same time and that we can put these two great tastes together in a summer salad. This is excellent as a side dish or as a meal itself!
I like to add onion and a little fresh garlic to this. The combination is delicious!
Add two cucumbers, thinly sliced and peeled, with three sliced tomatoes in a bowl. Slice thinly one clove of fresh garlic and add to the mixture. 
Add two tablespoons of red wine vinegar to the bowl and one quarter cup light olive oil.
Toss lightly and add salt and pepper to taste. Delightful summertime fare!

PLUM DEADLY

By Ellie Grant
Out September 3rd from Gallery Books (Simon and Schuster)
Unjustly accused of cooking the books, Maggie Grady is forced to retreat from her high-flying New York financial career to the town where she grew up. Her aunt Clara greets her with open arms and a job at the family-owned business that has baked the best pies in the South for over forty years. Unfortunately, while Maggie is determined to return to banking, her reputation there seems permanently in the pits. That is, until her old boss, Lou, visits with news that he’s found the real crook. Before he can reveal the details, though, Maggie finds his body right behind the pie shop.

With only her own word that Lou planned to exonerate her, Maggie is in the spotlight. The police seem to suspect that Aunt Clara’s damson pie may not be just dangerously delectable, but downright deadly. Maggie doesn’t just have her own name to clear; she has to make sure that her aunt’s beloved business isn’t harmed, either. Yummy local reporter Ryan Summerour appears eager to help, and Maggie can’t help hoping that it’s not just the police who find her a person of interest—but Ryan, as well. She’d thought it challenging to make the perfect pie crust that Aunt Clara demands, but that turns out to be nothing compared with finding a murderer. . . .

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