Moving toward her third decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Learn more about her and her books at her website.
Nonfiction in Fiction
“Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, if written, results in a person explained.” ―
Cast Iron Skillet Deep Dish Pizza
Taken and adjusted slightly from https://minimalistbaker.com/simple-deep-dish-pizza/
1/2 batch pizza dough recipe (or store-bought)
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1 cup mixed veggies of choice (cherry tomatoes, eggplant, onion, green pepper, mushroom)
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
Italian seasonings (optional)
Grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Fresh basil (optional)
Prepare pizza dough and sauce if using homemade.
If roasting veggies, preheat oven to broil, toss veggies in olive oil on a baking sheet, and broil for 4-6 minutes on the top rack (low/medium broil), tossing once for even cooking. (If using a parchment-lined baking sheet, roast veggies at 450 degrees F as the broiling function is unsafe with parchment paper.) Remove veggies from oven and set aside.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
Coat a cast-iron skillet or round baking dish with olive oil and run a garlic clove around for seasoning. Plop your dough down into the pan and push it up around the sides about 1 to 1-1/2” inches (see photo). Let dough rest for a few minutes while preparing the rest of your toppings.
Sprinkle in 1/2 of mozzarella cheese. Add veggies, then sauce. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese, Italian seasonings and grated parmesan cheese.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese and sauce are bubbly. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Deep Dish Pizza Disaster
Cast Iron Skillet Mystery, Book 5
Welcome to Leavensport, OH, where death takes a delicious turn!
“NO! He’s not the father. You're all wrong! The father is . . .”
Everyone at the festival stood with their mouths hanging open as Lydia, who went into labor on Labor Day, revealed the identity of the baby’s father.
Autumn is beautiful in Leavensport, Ohio, with the colorful leaves and that crisp bit of coolness that dissipates the humid air that blankets the village each summer—but there is a dark cloud when a merchant from Tri-City is killed at the Leavensport Fall Festival.
Suburbanites clash with villagers, an MS flare-up puts Detective Meiser in a wheelchair, two couples announce their engagement, and someone is poisoned! This Labor Day weekend will do more than honor the laborers of Leavensport and Tri-City—it will pit them against one another to find a killer.