Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Case of French Raspberry Toast and Surprising Crime Statistics

This summer with all the rain, friend Kathleen's crop of raspberries was amazing and she generously shared. I sprinkled her fresh raspberries over hot-off-the-griddle pieces of French Vanilla Toast and then drizzled on the maple syrup.

The talk over breakfast: according to Statistics Canada's article Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2011, "In general, males tend to commit crime more frequently than females...Of the almost 413,800 adults (age 18 years and older) charged with a criminal offence in 2011, 79% were male."

But things are changing.

The same article says that male-perpetrators have been declining over the past 20 years, while female perps have been increasing over the past decade.

The trend is even more pronounced in the case of violent crime. "Since 1991, the rate of males charged with violent crime has declined 32%, while the rate for females has increased 34%."

Really sisters, let's not emulate such negative aspects of the opposite sex!

Here are the very latest statistics available on-line from Statistics Canada (Canadian Crime Statistics, 2003):

Female Accused

Homicide 39
Attempt/Conspire Murder 65
Total Violations Against the Person 27,701

Male Accused

Homicide 287
Attempt/Conspire Murder 411
Total Violations Against the Person 127,162

So what's my point?

If you're hunting down a violent criminal, unfortunately you can't rule out a woman.

Becki

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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Case of Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris

Perfect for when you need to chill.
 
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris
 
2 lime wedges, partially slit crosswise
2 rounded tsps sugar, plus more for rimming glasses
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp orange juice
1 cup strawberries
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 cups ice
 
Moisten the rim of two glasses with the lime wedges (save the wedges for final garnish). Sugar the outside of the glasses by dabbing them horizontally in a mound of sugar and turning.
 
Blend together the 2 rounded tsps sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, strawberries, vanilla and ice.
 
Fill the sugared glasses with the Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri mix and garnish with the lime wedges.
 
Serves 2.
 
Becki
 
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Case of the Deadly Dozen

Wow! One fabulous deal! From me and all the other colourful characters in these books (plus our publisher) to you.

The DEADLY DOZEN Book Bundle contains 12 complete mystery/thriller novels by award-winning and international bestselling authors: Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Catherine Astolfo, Alison Bruce, Melodie Campbell/Cynthia St-Pierre, Gloria Ferris, Donna Galanti, Kat Flannery, Jesse Giles Christiansen, Rosemary McCracken, Susan J. McLeod, C. S. Lakin and Linda Merlino.


  1. THE BRIDGEMAN by Catherine Astolfo
  2. DEADLY LEGACY by Alison Bruce
  3. A PURSE TO DIE FOR by Melodie Campbell & Cynthia St-Pierre
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  5. A HUMAN ELEMENT by Donna Galanti
  6. LAKOTA HONOR by Kat Flannery
  7. PELICAN BAY by Jesse Giles Christiansen
  8. SAFE HARBOR by Rosemary McCracken
  9. SOUL AND SHADOW by Susan J. McLeod
  10. INNOCENT LITTLE CRIMES by C. S. Lakin
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  12. DIVINE INTERVENTION by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
 
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Becki
 
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Friday, August 15, 2014

The Case of Rigatoni with Broccoli

You taste the lemon, the rigatoni is comfortingly al dente, the broccoli savoury, and the toasted bread crumbs add a bit of crunch.

Rigatoni with Broccoli

4 cups rigatoni
1 bunch broccoli, in florets
4 tbsps lemon juice
4 tbsps olive oil
1/4 cup toasted breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
vegetable seasoning

Cook the rigatoni 2 minutes less than al dente then add the broccoli and cook for 2 more min.

Drain and return to the pot.

Stir in the lemon juice, olive oil, toasted breadcrumbs, Parmesan and vegetable seasoning to taste.

Serves 4.

Becki

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Friday, August 1, 2014

The Case of Pizza with Rapini and Chillies

Pizza with Rapini and Chillies

1 cup very warm water (120ºF - 130ºF)
1 rounded tsp salt
1 envelope instant yeast
3 cups flour, plus more for dusting
olive oil
pizza sauce
3 cups shredded part skim mozzarella
1 bunch rapini
2 chillies, sliced

In a large bowl, whisk together the water, salt and yeast.

Whisk in 1 cup of the flour until a loose batter forms. Stir in the remaining 2 cups flour and mix until a dough forms. You may need to add more water, up to 1/3 cup.

Start kneading the dough in the bowl and then transfer to a flat surface and continue kneading for a total of 6 min.

Shape the dough into a ball and transfer to a deep, oiled bowl. Turn the dough a few times until it's coated in oil. Cover the bowl with oiled plastic wrap. You can refrigerate the dough overnight at this point, or allow it to rise in a warm place (which can be your oven heated for 5 min. at the lowest temperature when it's cold outside and a sunny window just won't cut it) for 2 hours until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 500ºF.

Trim 1/3 off the bottom of the rapini while still bunched.

Cut the remaining rapini in half.

In a colander, rinse the stem ends under cold, running water. Drop into boiling water. Bring the water back to a boil then drain the stems over the leaves and buds, which you have also rinsed under cold, running water in the colander.


Punch down the dough and divide into 4 smaller balls. Shape each ball into a disk with your fingers. On a flour-dusted surface, roll each disk into a 12" circle about 1/8" thick.

Lay the pizza crusts on oiled pizza pans (pans with ventilation holes in the bottom crisp the crusts). Bake for 5 min., bottom rack.

Remove from oven and poke any air bubbles with a knife. Spread with the sauce, cheese, rapini and chillies and bake again for another 7 min.

Makes 4 personal 12" pizzas.

Becki

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Case of a Sizzling Summer Sale!

A scorching hot message from my publisher! Join the beach book party!
 

SUMMER SIZZLES 2014—July 12-20
 
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  2. Imajin Books eBook Sale—www.imajinbooks.com/sale—most ebooks will be priced at $0.99 or $1.99 from July 12-20, Amazon and Smashwords coupon codes.
  3. Facebook Party—for one day only, Thursday, July 17th, we'll be holding a Facebook Party online and giving away prizes (ebooks and gift cards from Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo.) Join us at: https://www.facebook.com/events/659449144144070. The party begins 2:00 PM EST and goes until 8:00 PM EST. Our authors will drop by when they can. Be sure to also like our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/imajinbooks.     
Becki
 
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Case of Happy Canada Day and Waffles with Fruit!

Do you get inspired by restaurant meals? This plate of Waffles with Fruit was inspired by a meal at Cora Breakfast and Lunch, founded in Québec, locations all over Canada. Drizzle on the maple syrup!

Go ahead and visit Cora Breakfast and Lunch (or the website http://www.chezcora.com/home) and see what inspiration you draw.

Becki

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