Sunday 28 May 2023

Stop by to Break Bread with Cozy Mystery Author Janis Lane...

I've invited my long-time author friend, Emma Lane, who writes cozy mysteries as Janis Lane, to literally break bread with me in my virtual kitchen today. Since we're heading for warmer weather up here in the northern hemisphere, we thought we'd make time for brunch with three of Emma's tasty breakfast recipes. Perfect for camping, snacking at the cottage, or enjoying on the patio with a coffee or tea, these recipes are sure to add to your weekend brunch menu. So, I'm handing off the mixer and apron over to my guest of honor, while I go preheat the oven. Take it away, Emma...

Banana Bread

With or without nuts, who doesn’t love Banana Bread? I have cut the amount of sugar with successful results. It’s a matter of choice.                       

2 cups plain flour
1 tsp. baking soda 
pinch of salt
½ cup chopped nuts, optional
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 ripe bananas, mashed 
2 eggs, beaten                                                   

Preheat oven to 325° F.

Sift flour with soda and salt, add nuts then set aside. Cream butter and sugar. Add bananas and eggs. Stir in flour blend. Pour batter into a loaf pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm with a pat of cream cheese. 

Dill Muffins

My hubby loves this one and he slathers it with strawberry jam. I’m not so sanguine regarding the mixture of dill and strawberries, but perhaps your man of the house will like it too.

2 cups Bisquick
1 tsp. dill weed 
1 cup sour cream
1 stick melted butter

Preheat oven to 425° F. 

Lightly grease bottom of muffin cups. Mix all ingredients and drop into muffin cups halfway.  Cook for 12 to 14 minutes. Serve with butter.  

Zucchini Bread   

A friend’s mother shared this unusual recipe for the ever-popular quick bread. I think you’ll love it too.

2 cups plain flour
2 cups grated zucchini 
2 cups sugar 
2 tsp. cinnamon 
1 tsp. baking soda 
2 tsp. baking powder 
1 cup chopped pecans
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 small can crushed pineapple2 tbsp. vanilla             

 Preheat oven to 350° F. 

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour batter into greased and floured loaf pans. Bake one hour. Makes enough for guests. So moist!

While your breads are baking, I invite you to take a peek at one of my cozy mysteries under my pseudo name Janis Lane. I hope you like it. 

A blizzard blows in big-city crimes which spill into the peaceful small town of Hubbard, New York, catching the attention of Detective Kevin Fowler and staff. What unusual acts engage the Secret Service with the local cops? A young man is found badly beaten in the heated greenhouse of the Young Family Plant Nursery. Early spring melt reveals a sinister vehicle with a deadly cargo, even as the master of the greenhouse welcomes part-time alumni.

Romance swirls, tumbles, and produces surprising changes among the group of friends at Buddy and Rita’s diner. Beverly hires a young, ambitious reporter to work at the growing newspaper and starts a new adventure of her own, while Kevin watches over the townspeople of Hubbard. The mystery of a toxic skunk is finally routed by troublesome out-of-towners. An unexpected wedding shocks everyone but the Young Family. Spring has arrived and May is in full bloom in the Western New York small-town Americana, as another beautiful bride walks toward the flower-laded bower under the approving eyes of a group of fond friends.


Emma Lane
is a gifted author who writes cozy mysteries as Janis Lane, Regency as Emma, and spice as Sunny Lane. 

She lives in Western New York where winter is snowy, spring arrives with rave reviews, summer days are long and velvet, and fall leaves are riotous in color. At long last she enjoys the perfect bow window for her desk where she is treated to a year-round panoramic view of nature. Her computer opens up a fourth fascinating window to the world. Her patient husband is always available to help with a plot twist and encourage Emma to never quit. Her day job is working with flowers at Herbtique and Plant Nursery, the nursery she and her son own. 

Look for information about writing and plants on Emma's new website. Leave a comment or a gardening question and put a smile on Emma's face.

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  1. Welcome to my humble virtual kitchen, Emma! Coffee is on, so let's get this bread baking party started! Cheers!

  2. A few raisins in the banana bread gives it a bit of oomph too. Although I've read lots about zucchini bread I've never tried to make any. When the zucchinis are fruiting again (and boy are they prolific) I'll try this recipe thanks Emma.

    1. We love chopped walnuts in banana bread, Vonnie! Good luck with the zucchini bread and thanks for stopping by my virtual kitchen!

  3. Thanks for the post, good buddy.