Hello, my bookish peeps. I hope everyone is staying warm and dry with this crazy weather. Most of my friends know that I am not a cook, but the one thing I do is collect recipes. Strange habit, I know but I’m absolutely fascinated by recipes especially those from different countries. Needless to say, I jumped for joy, figuratively speaking, when offered the opportunity to host another visit by Tina Kashian, author of the Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean Mystery series, including the latest in this series, On The Lamb. I don’t want to give you too much information, but Ms. Kashian will sharing some behind-the-scenes information on this series with us AND a recipe. Who knows, I just might give this recipe a try? Please join me and welcome Tina Kashian. Thank you, Ms. Kashian for visiting with us today.
Thank you for inviting me to chat with your readers about my new release, On the Lamb. It’s the fourth book in my Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean mystery series.
I grew up in a family-owned restaurant in New Jersey, and my Kebab Kitchen Mystery Series is set in a Mediterranean restaurant at the Jersey shore. In On the Lamb, Lucy Berberian is a recovering lawyer who returns to Ocean Crest, NJ and her family’s restaurant, Kebab Kitchen. Managing a restaurant is hard work and when Lucy is invited to a beach bonfire with friends, she’s excited for a night out. But things take a turn for the worse when a disliked, local landlord shows up on the beach and gets in a screaming match with one of Lucy’s friends, Melanie Haven, owner of Haven Candies on the boardwalk. And when that same landlord is found dead on the beach after apparently choking on a piece of Melanie’s salt water taffy, Melanie is in a sticky mess of trouble. It’s up to Lucy to investigate and help her candy maker friend before salt water taffy disappears from the boardwalk forever.
Many scenes in the series take place on the Jersey Shore boardwalk. I vacationed at the Jersey Shore as a kid and we continue to visit with my two girls every summer. We can’t imagine a beach vacation without going to one of the eateries, riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel, and enjoying the famous salt water taffy and fudge at the candy shops.
As for beach bonfires, I’ve attended quite a few myself. The sound of the surf, the sand between my toes, the ocean breeze, and the blazing bonfire all make for a unique experience. But thankfully, I’ve never experienced a murder at any of them!
I’m sharing a Mediterranean recipe for couscous salad from my own family’s restaurant below (the couscous is featured in On the Lamb as well!)
Lucy’s Mediterranean Couscous Salad
¾ cup uncooked couscous
1 cup chicken broth
1½ cup cubed tomatoes
1½ cup peeled cucumber
½ cup halved pitted kalamata olives
¼ cup chopped sweet onions
2½ tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
In saucepan, heat chicken broth to boiling. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand five minutes. Fluff with a fork.
In large bowl, place tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and onions. Stir in couscous.
Add lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for an hour. Enjoy!
Read the blurb below to find out what happens when Lucy does find a dead body at a Jersey shore bonfire.
On the Lamb (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
by Tina Kashian
About On The Lamb
On the Lamb (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
4th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
eBook ISBN: 9781496726063
Kindle ASIN: B07R8WVPMX
Lucy Berberian is busy preparing her family’s Mediterranean restaurant for Easter on the Jersey Shore—but a batch of sweets is to die for…
Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It’s a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie Haven’s candy shop. But Melanie is about to find herself in a sticky situation.
When Melanie and Lucy attend a beach bonfire, a local landlord is found dead after apparently choking on a piece of salt water taffy. Melanie, who was known to have a contentious relationship with the victim, is quickly skewered as the prime suspect. But Lucy is determined to prove her friend’s innocence before the real killer coasts free . . .
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About Tina Kashian
Tina Kashian is a bestselling author, an attorney, and a mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and the first book in her Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean mystery series, Hummus and Homicide, spent six weeks on the B&N bestseller list. Please visit her website at http://www.tinakashian.com to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!
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