In A.L. Herbert’s Murder with Honey Ham Biscuits, the owner of Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, Halia Watkins is famous in Maryland’s Prince George’s County for her down-home cuisine. But when she has the chance to showcase her talents on national TV, she becomes the star of a murder mystery that’s too hot to handle! It’s the perfect excuse to steep a cup of your favorite tea, plate an assortment of sweet treats, and take a seat in your beloved comfy chair. Don’t forget to try Halia’s Pineapple–Red Pepper Jelly recipe to enjoy with sconces and this engaging book too.
- 3½ cups chopped fresh pineapple
- 1¼ cups canned pineapple juice
- ½ red bell pepper, chopped
- 2½ cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- Pinch of salt and black pepper
- Using a few quick pulses, finely chop pineapple and red pepper in a food processor.
- Add finely chopped pineapple, juice, red pepper, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest to a large saucepan and bring to a low boil. Then reduce the heat and stir mixture over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes until a jam consistency is achieved.
- Mix water and cornstarch and add to simmering mixture along with salt and black pepper while continuing to stir for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 45 minutes.
- For a delicious biscuit spread, spoon cooled jelly over a square of softened cream cheese and serve.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Halia is invited to serve as a guest judge on the popular cooking competition show Elite Chef, she’s delighted to add some extra flavor to the mix. But as filming ramps up in Washington D.C., there are too many fiery personalities in the kitchen. Halia discovers that pulling off her small screen debut unscathed means contending with a longtime competing restaurant owner, an infamously crass hospitality mogul, and a group of cutthroat contestants vying for culinary glory.
The competition sizzles with only a few finalists left standing—and goes cold when the gorgeous young frontrunner is found dead. As murder accusations are slathered over a recently eliminated contestant, Halia, with some bungling assistance from her wise-cracking cousin Wavonne slides into an investigation of their own. A little snooping reveals the victim burned lots of bridges, leaving a slew of alleged affairs and stolen recipes in her wake. With a fast-rising list of potential suspects, Halia must sort through mind boggling clues to fry the flaky culprit before someone else gets baked to a crisp.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A.L. Herbert grew up in both Prince George’s County and Charles County, Maryland, and is currently working on the next Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery, along with more delicious comfort food recipes. For more information visit www.AlHerbert.com.