Thursday, July 4, 2019

Cucumber Sandwiches

by Karen Rose Smith

This morning I was walking through the garden and I saw the first cucumber on the vines.  Although tiny, hopefully it and many more will soon be ready to harvest.  I immediately thought of my recent release, MURDER WITH CUCUMBER SANDWICHES, the third book in my Daisy's Tea Garden cozy mystery series.  Daisy conjures up a delicious recipe for cucumber sandwiches which features a pimento-cheese spread on pumpernickel bread and topped with a fresh cucumber slice.  The recipe for the spread can be found in the back of the mystery.  It would be a refreshing addition to a Fourth of July picnic.  I have included the recipe below for your holiday enjoyment.

Pimento Spread

8 ounces cream cheese (softened about 20 minutes and chunked)
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 ounce pimento, drained well (I buy a 2-ounce jar)
1 teaspoon onion flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 or 5 sun-dried tomato halves (sliced)
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch of nutmeg

1.  Add all ingredients to a two-cup food chopper and mix until smooth.  Seasonings are suggestions.  Adjust according to taste.

2.  Serve as a spread or a dip.


Daisy’s Tea Garden in Pennsylvania’s Amish country is known for its elegant  finger foods—but now owner Daisy Swanson has to finger a killer . . .

Restaurant critic Derek Schumaker, notorious for his bitter reviews, is about to visit Daisy’s Tea Garden, and Daisy and Aunt Iris are simmering with anxiety. A bad word from the culinary curmudgeon could really hurt their business, but Daisy tries to stay confident. After all, how can he resist her cucumber sandwiches with pimento spread—not to mention the cheesy cauliflower soup and strawberry walnut salad?

Schumaker takes a to-go order when the afternoon tea service is done, which Daisy hopes is a good sign. But when he perishes from a seizure, it looks like his food was dosed with something deadly. Considering a threat that recently appeared on his blog—and whispers of scandal in his past—Daisy has quite an assortment of suspects to sift through . . .

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