A good book, a fab recipe, and a great author…..

I’m so pleased to be hosting one of my favorite authors today, Joanne Guidoccio. Joanne and I share something other than just a love of cozy mysteries and romance books. We both lovelovelove to cook! And swapping recipes with this great cook/author/lady is one of my new favorite things to do.

In her new book, TOO MANY WOMEN IN THE ROOM, Gilda Greco is embroiled in the death of her new business partner in a restaurant venture. After all her guests stormed out of the restaurant, Gilda Greco took refuge in the steaming goodness of Chef  David Korba’s Avgolemeno, a Greek lemon chicken soup that warms up body and soul while releasing endorphins. Packed with protein and Vitamin C, this comforting soup is a staple in many Greek homes throughout the winter months.

But you don’t have to limit yourself to one season. Avgolemono is a great go-to dish whenever you are feeling under the weather and need a quick pick-me-upper.

Here’s a tried-and-true recipe from Joanne’s mother’s kitchen: ( you’ll want to add this to your “save” files!)


5 cups chicken broth

2/3 cup Italian arborio rice*

1 lemon, juiced

2 large eggs

Salt and pepper, to taste

* Feel free to substitute orzo or any small shaped pasta.


  • Pour the chicken broth into a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the rice and cook until chewy, but soft. Italian arborio rice will take about 20 minutes.
  • Take the pan off the heat and set aside. Let it sit for five minutes. If the rice mixture is too hot, it will curdle the eggs.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until frothy and then add the lemon juice.
  • Add the rice mixture, a spoonful at a time, to the egg mixture. Stir well.
  • Season with salt and pepper.

Servings: 3-4

Note: Six more easy-to-prepare recipes are featured in Too Many Women in the Room.


When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture— Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular.

Gilda’s life is awash with complications as she wrestles with a certain detective’s commitment issues and growing doubts about her risky investment in Xenia. Frustrated, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers decades-old secrets and resentments that have festered until they explode into an untimely death. Can Gilda outwit a killer bent on killing again?

A little about Joanne:

In 2008, Joanne took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

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I love a good book and TOO MANY WOMEN IN THE ROOM was a goodie. Here’s my review: My review



Filed under Author, Food lover, Foodie, Strong Women, WIld Rose Press AUthor

22 responses to “A good book, a fab recipe, and a great author…..

  1. Sandra Dailey

    The recipe sounds great and so does the book, Joanne. Good luck.

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  2. Oh that sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try the soup and the book!

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  3. Yum. That reminds me of a soup my Italian father made- stracciatella. Soooo good.

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  4. Thanks for hosting me, Peggy 😉

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  5. janarichards

    Really interesting recipe, Joanne. It looks almost easy enough for me to try!

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  6. Your recipe is a favorite or mine. I have a friend who is very proud of her Greek heritage and shares her amazing cooking skills (and recipes) with her friends! Love the cover of Too Many Women in the Room, and you snagged me with your blurb. Can’t wait to get started on your book!

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  7. Donna Simonetta

    I am not a huge soup fan, but even I think this recipe sounds good! And the book sounds terrific too!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Sounds yummy! The book sounds like fun too. Good luck!

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  9. Thanks! Good to see you here, Claire. 🙂


  10. Hi Joanne and Peggy!

    Cozy mysteries and romance totally work for me, too. And I love trying new recipes. Sounds like a win-win situation here!

    Congrats on your new release, Joanne!

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  11. I love soup during the cold months! Best on your new release.

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  12. The recipe and book sounds absolutely delicious, Joanne! Thanks for sharing and all the best! 🙂

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