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Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Agatha-nominated and Amazon bestselling author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and as Maddie Day, the Country Store Mysteries. A former farmer and doula, she also writes award-winning short crime fiction. Learn more about Edith and her books at her website

Edith/Maddie will be giving away an advanced reading copy of Grilled for Murder. If you'd like a chance to win, post a comment, but be sure to leave your email address so she has a way to contact you.

I’m delighted to be back on the blog. One of my favorite things to cook is muffins. You really can’t go wrong with them. They are quick, easy, and tasty. I always use whole wheat flour and keep the sugar to a minimum, which keeps the recipe fairly healthy. Pretty much any quick bread recipe can double as a muffin recipe, like banana-bread muffins. The ones I make most often, though, are blueberry, throwing in a cup of the blueberries I picked and froze last summer.

But it used to be frustrating scrubbing out the muffin tins. No matter how much I greased them, stuff stuck. And it’s a pain scouring out each cup in the pan. Then I discovered USA Pan bakeware. (No, I don’t work for them, really.) Nothing sticks! Baked-on bits of batter just slide right off. They are of a heavy metal, so the muffins bake evenly. I have cookie sheets and bread pans of the same make, too.

In Grilled for Murder, the second Country Store Mystery, chef-carpenter Robbie Jordan serves up apple-spice muffins to breakfast customers in her country store restaurant, Pans ‘N Pancakes. They’re easy and tasty – and nobody dies from eating them!

Apple Spice Muffins

Makes 12

2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 cups chopped apples (about three small)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a muffin pan.

Combine eggs, sugar, milk, apples, and vanilla and mix well.

Separately combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices, and walnuts.
Stir dry ingredients into wet with a fork until just mixed. Spoon into a greased muffin tin.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until brown on top. Remove from pan and cool on rack.
Serve warm with butter, peanut butter, or cream cheese.

Grilled for Murder
In the charming small town of South Lick, Indiana, transplanted Californian Robbie Jordan has transformed a rundown country store into the popular restaurant Pans 'N Pancakes. When the star of a homecoming party turns up dead in Robbie’s store the next morning, apparently clobbered with cookware, the police suspect Robbie's friend Phil, who closed up after the party. To clear Phil and calm her customers, Robbie needs to step out from behind the counter and find the real killer in short order…

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traveler said...

Your apple spice muffins would be delectable and perfect with tea this summer. The mystery sounds captivating and intriguing. Thanks for this lovely feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

Grilled for Murder would be enjoyed greatly as well as the apple spice muffins I would love to savor while reading.

Angela Adams said...

I can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks.

Sandy T. said...

I loved the first in this series, Flipped For Murder! Cannot wait to read this one! Thank you for the opportunity to win.
Sandy in So. Cali sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

diannekc said...

These muffins look amazing. I'm looking forward to reading "Grilled For Murder". I just picked up the first book in the series and I'm looking forward to reading them together.

diannekc said...

These muffins look amazing. I'm looking forward to reading "Grilled For Murder". I just picked up the first book in the series and I'm looking forward to reading them together.

Anonymous said...

Yummy on the recipe! My grandkids would love these.

Edith Maxwell said...

Thanks for all this interest! Sandy T is the winner. Wish I had a book for everyone. Sandy, check your email Inbox.