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Newport Jazz Festival

The book opens in Newport, Rhode Island. The famous Newport Jazz Festival comes up during a discussion about why the character who was murdered might have been in Newport. In 2004, the Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Sorry, Wrong Number - Part 3

Lizzie and Quinn short story

Lizzie frowned at her computer screen.  She had entered the telephone number displayed on her caller ID into the reverse directory.  The name and address for that telephone number was there in front of her:

Sorry, Wrong Number - Part 2

Lizzie and Quinn short story

Lizzie frowned down at the sticky honey she had spotted on the sleeve of her blue terry cloth robe. When she made a mess, she made a mess. "Quinn, hold on one more second," she said into the phone and reached for another paper towel.

She wet the towel in the sink and dabbed at her sleeve and then at the belt of her robe. A bird fluttered past the kitchen window, drawing her glance to the bright April morning outside.

"Lizzie?" Quinn said on the telephone. "I've got a meeting in about --"

Sorry, Wrong Number - Part 1

Lizzie and Quinn short story

His ergonomically-correct desk chair, inherited from his predecessor, creaked under his lean six-foot-one frame when he reached sideways for the ringing phone. Indexing his place in his report with his finger, John Quinn made a mental note to order a new chair. "University police. Chief Quinn speaking."

"Quinn, it's me."

Good thing his office door was closed. He could feel a sappy grin spreading across his face. "Hi, me," he said.

"Do you have a moment?" she said.

Condolence Call

"Good news, Philadelphia! Unless there's a big, bad, lurking booby trap out there somewhere, we did it. We survived Y2K! What've you got planned for 2000? Call me with your New Year's. . ."

John Quinn reached for the ignition key and turned off the car engine, cutting the DJ off in mid-sentence. New Year's resolutions? All he wanted was to get through the next half hour.

He glanced again at the house across the street as he had been doing since he pulled up ten minutes ago. The drapes were drawn, but the lights were on. Both cars were in the driveway.

Orleans Blues Bars
½ cup salt-free butter
½ cup sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 jumbo egg
1 cup well mashed sweet potatoes
½ tsp. vanilla
2 tsps. baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 cup broken southern pecan pieces 
½ cup raisins
Lizzie's Favorite No-Fuss Fudge
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
walnuts (½ cup or more)

Melt chocolate and mix in all other ingredients. Cool and cut into squares.
Thank you, Alice.

Grand Marnier Sweet Tart
1 cup of unsalted butter
1/3 cup of milk
1/3 cup of sugar
¼ tsp of salt
2 1/3 cups sifted flour
1 ¼ tsp of baking powder
1 1/3 cups heavy cream
Pinch of ground cinnamon
1 ½ cups fresh raspberries
¼ cup of sugar
¼ cup Grand Marnier

Marinate raspberries in Grand Marnier for about one hour. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and butter 9-inch tart pan. Set aside.

In large bowl, combine butter, milk, 1/3 cup of sugar, and salt and blend. Sift flour and baking powder, then add butter mixture and stir until lumpy.

Eastern Shore Baked Grits with Crabmeat
1 cup regular yellow grits
4 cups of water
1 teaspoon salt
½ pound cooked crab meat
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cup shredded parmesan and/or cheddar cheese
Collard Greens Lasagne
Don’t be afraid to experiment with this soulful dish, make it according to your taste.
2 bunches of fresh collard greens or a mixture of collards, mustard, and kale greens
1/4 cup fine virgin olive oil
3 large cloves of garlic
l large jalapeno pepper
1 medium-size onion
3 tbsp. instant chicken bouillon
8 ounces of lasagne noodles, green or regular
32 ounces of your favorite tomato pasta sauce
16 ounces of ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 ½ tsp. salt
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