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FUDGE AND JURY: A Bakeshop Mystery ~Ellie Alexander

Monday, January 16th, 2017

“A delectable tale of murder and intrigue…This bakeshop mystery is a real page-turner, and we look forward to other in the series, just as tasty.” (Portland Book Review)

FUDGE AND JURY finds us in Ashland, Oregon in the most marvelous Bakery one can imagine, which is located just down the street from the Historic Ashland Springs Tower Hotel and the Shakespearian Festival Campus.   Ashland is one of the favorite sites on my list of best places to visit even though I have never seen a play or the Festival in my visits.  I have stayed at the Ashland Springs Hotel and eaten at the pubs after strolling through the wonderful downtown with its marvelous shops and lovely people.  Ashland is also known for it’s snow and ski adventures.

Juliet has moved back to her hometown with a broken heart.  She left Ashland to go to culinary school and then worked on a series of cruise ships where she met her husband Carlos, another chef, who omitted that he had a son and the discovery, was an undoing.   Our lead character has come home to TORTE her parent’s bakery; now run by her mom alone they are busy preparing for the March Chocolate Festival, the biggest Chocolate event in the Pacific Northwest.  The bakery is also getting a kitchen remodel with new ovens arriving and lots of painting and inventory.  Hands are busy and the rain is raining heavy and hard.

“Food is an expression of art and love.”

The book is part of a series and Alexander includes incredible descriptions of textures and smells of the lovely baking, coffee, and chocolate wafting through the building.  There is a cozy feeling to the whole adventure.  There is also a relationship theme to the story.  The workers at TORTE form an interesting group and community; it is evident that there is respect for each other and a joy in their efforts. They each experience the town’s citizens and good people as worthy of respect. At the chocolate festival, Juliet and her mother are encouraging to the other participants and assist the new entrants in their efforts.  It is this caring cooperative spirit that attaches to Juliet’s curiosity and questioning and assists in developing the solution to the murder!

This is a gentle read with some interesting problems to solve and certainly makes one want to read the next in the series and to eat some lovely food, especially chocolate.  Ellie Alexander has created a delightful read with FUDGE AND JURY.

A TLC Book Tours Book

“Ellie Alexander writes the bestselling Bakeshop Mystery series for St. Martin’s Press, set in the Shakespearean town of Ashland, Oregon and featuring a romantic, artisan pastry chef, Juliet Montague Capshaw.

Ellie is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.”

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Oven Dies – Don’t Ya Just Hate That!

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

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Getting ready to make Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins and wouldn’t you know it – the oven died. Yep, it just gave up and would not budge.   I could not nurse it or cajole it or get it to comply with my requests.   Oven Dies – Don’t Ya Just Hate That!

The control buttons and LED lights have not been working for about the last 2 years; I just know this professional piece of equipment so well, I could always get it to work for me.  First the light stopped working with a flash inside the oven, and then nothing but the clock would display. The oven came on and then shut down: repeat, repeat, repeat.   I sat on the floor in frustration.

I have a good story of how I got this fabulous oven.  When we were remodeling this 100 year old house and turning the 2 tiny bedrooms into the kitchen, I asked to please be able to pick the range, because I spend at least 20 hours a week in that kitchen and I am actually a person who cooks.  I am not a weekend warrior or healthy gourmet hobbyist.  I am a person who works at healing and promoting health with food.   I am not a nutritionist or a dietician but I do consult with them and I have very good results.

The head carpenter wanted me to pick the range, from a large box store, which was on sale.  My partner the architect wanted me to pick something white and which would fit in with his design and be energy efficient.  Of course, it could not exceed what he thought was a reasonable price.  So I found a brand new professional range with a 1900s design and a wood box warmer on the side. RED.  It was about $10,000.00 US.   This was 20 years ago.   I cooked with a clawfoot bathtub, refrigerator with a microwave oven sitting on top for nearly 2 years while the work was being accomplished.  My cabinet was our camping kitchen box.  I held on and held on to this new range idea until the very last minute.

Then I changed my mind to this one ( my true choice all along), which was available in the next big city down the pike, and only $5K.  They both hopped into the truck and went the 120 miles to pick it up and installed it the very next day.    It has been a love affair for me ever since.  All 10 chefs I interviewed about this range agreed with me, that this was an amazing cooking tool.

I will need to just mourn the loss of this great piece of equipment and then I will begin my interviewing and decision making process again.  The company no longer makes this version of a range and they are no longer offering anything in this price range either.   I am open and flexible, but I am looking for something that is truly amazing and will work with me and my style.  I will know it. It will be my right oven.

Now 6 people are coming for dinner on Friday night.   I will be creative and make do for my simply elegant dinner menu.  I do have a microwave convection oven which is new and replaced another oven microwave combination that caught fire the week after the warranty expired. Oven dies – Don’t Ya Just Hate That!

So have you had household problems or appliance failure, when you have had company coming for dinner?  Do you have a category you call:  Don’t Ya Just Hate That?  Have you experienced the end of an oven?

Looking forward to your comments.

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