In Lee Hollis’ Death of a Wedding Cake Baker, the latest installment of the Hayley Powell Mystery series, Liddy Crawford, best friend of food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell, is getting married. The wedding is the talk of the town in Bar Harbor, Maine, including snide gossip about the age gap between the bride and her groom, local lawyer Sonny Lipton. But the cruelty of the comments is nothing compared to the nasty wedding cake baker, Liddy’s quarrelsome cousin Lisa. When the belligerent baker is the victim of a poisoned slice and found facedown in a three-tier cake, there are more suspects in town than names on the guest list.
For Matron of Honor Hayley Powell, catching the half-baked poisoner—and possible wedding crasher—before her best friend’s wedding will be icing on the cake. Make this delicious Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Bruschetta from the book and enjoy with a teapot full of your favorite green tea.
- 2 cups Roma tomatoes, chopped
- 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced (more, if you love garlic like I do)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup chopped fresh basil
- Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
- 1 baguette
- 1 whole clove garlic, sliced in half
- ¼ cup to ½ cup crumbled goat cheese (use the amount you desire to your taste)
- In a mixing bowl, add your chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, and salt and pepper. Mix all together and set aside. If you would like, you can make this a few hours in advance to allow time for the flavors to mix together.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F. Slice your baguette and place slices on a cookie sheet. Place in oven for ten minutes or until lightly browned and toasted. Remove from oven and rub your garlic halves on all of the slices. Sprinkle your goat cheese crumbles on the warm baguettes and then spoon your tomato mixture on top. Buon appetito!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lee Hollis is the pen name for a brother and sister writing team Rick Copp and Holly Simason. Rick Copp is a veteran Hollywood writer and producer who has written for the hit TV show “Golden Girls”; he’s also the author of three other mystery novel series under his own name and Lee Hollis. He lives in Palm Springs, CA. Holly Simason is an award-winning food and cocktails columnist, and lives in North Carolina.