Saturday, September 20, 2008

Stiffs and Swine Is Available! (And...a recipe)

By JB

I had to take the space for some blatant self promotion. The 4th book in the supper club mystery series is now available (at least online, that is. It always takes the book stores a few weeks to catch up). This is my favorite book of all and I truly hope you like it. I'm going to post the blurb and the follow that up with one of the several recipes included in the book. Have a lovely just-about-autumn weekend!

"When the supper club members are invited to be guest judges at a regional barbecue contest, they accept the invitation faster than you can say "hog heaven." But the barbecue festival's family-oriented, finger-licking fun turns sour when a contestant is found dead. Things go from bad to worse when one of the five friends is accused of the murder and lands in jail. The strained relationship between James and Lucy is still no picnic, but the supper club members must stick together to find the real killer. Includes authentic barbecue-friendly recipes!"
Book 4 of the Supper Club mystery series will tempt your tastebuds with recipes for BBQ rubs, sauces, and the scrumptious oven BBQ brisket (trust me - it took 6 months to perfect and it's delicious). For those of you who aren't in the grilling mood, cozy up to this savory grits recipe. It reminds me of crisp autumn mornings, fuzzy blankets, and a good book in front of a crackling fire. Enjoy and thanks for reading about James Henry and the Flab Five.

Fox Hall’s Cheese Grits


  • 6 cups water

  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking grits

  • 3/4 cup margarine or butter

  • 1 pound extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated

  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt

  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (more or less to taste)

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 3 eggs, well beaten

  • paprika for garnish (optional)


Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Stir in grits. Reduce heat to low. Cover, and cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in the butter or margarine, cheese, seasoning salt, Worcestershire, Tabasco sauce, and salt. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Remove from heat, cool slightly, and fold in the eggs. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until the top is lightly browned.

What are you reading this weekend? How about cooking?