|China's usually sensible husband is bored with teaching and ready for a career change...say hello to Mike McQuaid, P.I. McQuaid's first client is Phoebe the Pickle Queen, owner of the biggest little pickle business in Pecan Springs, Texas. She says her plant manager is embezzling, and she wants McQuaid to follow the money. But just days before the annual Picklefest, Phoebe disappears. And now it's up to China to search for her--and for clues in a case that promises to be a real dilly!||
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A Dilly of an Herb
If you thought dill was just for pickles, think again! Planted in the spring in a well-drained, sunny spot, this fast-growing member of the carrot family will yield a fine summer harvest. The delicate, ferny leaves lend a refreshing tang to potatoes, omelets, carrots, and cucumbers. The aromatic seeds are great with cabbage, fish, soup, and breads. Got witches? Pour them a cup of dill tea, which is said to rob them of their will to harm--a bit of ancient folklore which might have its roots in dill's enduring reputation as a sleep aid. In fact, the word dill comes from the Old Norse word dilla, meaning "to lull into sleep."
In Chapter Two, China serves Norwegian Pepper Cookies to Ruby's daughter Amy. Here's China's recipe for these unique buttery cookies with a spicy bite, a tradition in many Scandanavian kitchens, especially at Christmas.
Eleventh book in the series: Indigo Dying
Thirteenth book in the series: Dead Man's Bones
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