Sunday 1 October 2023

Recipe and a Read: Down Home Thanksgiving Dressing and a Cozy Mystery by Emma Lane...

We’re from the South so my family loves corn bread stuffing with a variety of meals. Below is our family’s favorite recipe that is only served at Thanksgiving. Make your holiday dinner complete by serving giblet gravy with sliced turkey and cranberry sauce, steamed broccoli, and dinner rolls. Don’t forget the pumpkin pie with dollop of whipped cream for dessert! 

Corn Bread Stuffing

1 box Jiffy Corn Bread Mix
2 tbsp. butter1 celery stalk, chopped 
1 med. onion, chopped 
2 cups chicken stock 
2 eggs, beaten
½ tbsp. dried sage
½ tsp. dried rosemary
 3 whole walnuts, optional

Preheat oven 350° F. 

Bake corn bread mix according to box directions.  Allow to cool then crumble. 

Melt butter in a medium size frying pan. Sauté celery and onion to opaque stage, about 7 minutes. 

Combine all ingredients in bowl. Turn mixture into a greased pan. 

Bake 30 minutes. 

Place walnuts on top for garnish. 

Happy Thanksgiving,

Emma and Family

Here is a brief intro to the cozy mystery series Emma writes.

sees the demise of a man no one likes, a romance, and plans for a wedding as Detective Fowler and his friends keep their small-town America free from danger.

Detective Kevin Fowler is furious that low life has targeted his town where people live in blissful safety. Brenda Bryant is out junkn’ for good things when she stumbles over the grotesque body of a man beloved by no one. Suspense heats up when large sums of money are found in two different places. Drug money is suspected and Brenda targeted by someone who wants the money returned. Detective Fowler faces surprise after surprise as he peels back the surface of Hubbard, New York and deals with its shocking underbelly. Meanwhile romance infiltrates the group of friends with a wedding in the making.


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. 

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  1. Welcome to my cozy kitchen, Emma! Sounds like a tasty alternative to the sausage stuffing my hubby makes for our Thanksgiving. Cheers for your yummy version, and all the best in all your creative endeavors, my friend!

  2. Sounds delicious! I can almost smell it. Loved Murder in the Junkyard.

    1. Me too! Virtually or not. Wink. Cheers for stopping by!

  3. Not always can post but thanks! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Sharon.

    1. Thanks so much, Emma! Hugs for hanging with me in my virtual kitchen today. Oh, the things we cooked up! Wink.