Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Christmas Frittata A Recipe by Author Ellen Byron featured in It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Murder


Christmas Frittata


2 T. chopped pepperoncini salad peppers

1 (21⁄4 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained

1 cup chopped fresh spinach (you can also use frozen

spinach, but it must be defrosted and drained)

1⁄2 red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 cup shredded mozzarella

4 oz. Provolone cheese, diced

1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup diced hard salami (optional)

1⁄2 cup chopped fresh basil

1⁄4 cup chopped green onions

1⁄2 cup chopped mushrooms

1 T. olive oil

2 T. cooking sherry

1 T. red wine vinegar

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. minced garlic

6 eggs

11⁄2 cups egg whites

1⁄4 tsp. salt

1⁄4 tsp. pepper


Mix the first eleven ingredients (through the mushrooms) in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, sherry, red wine vinegar, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Pour onto the vegetable and cheese mixture and toss to combine well. Cover and chill anywhere from one to twenty-four hours.


When ready to prepare the dish, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9”x13” pan with olive oil.  

In a medium-size mixing bowl beat the eggs, egg whites, salt, and pepper. Pour the egg mixture into the chilled ingredients and stir them together until well combined. Pour the mixture into the greased pan, making sure the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Bake for 15–25 minutes, until the eggs are firm. If they’re not firm, keep cooking until they are.

Serves 6–8   

About the book 

Astoria, Queens, is decorated within an inch of its life for the Christmas season, and Mia Carina is juggling her job at the Belle View catering hall with a case of murder . ..

Mia’s busy with a full schedule of events at the family business—among them an over-the-top Nativity-themed first birthday party and a Sweet Sixteen for a teen drama queen. But her personal life is even more challenging. Her estranged mother has returned—and her lifelong friend Jamie has discovered a shocking secret about his past. He’s so angry that he starts hanging out with Lorenzo, who claims to be his long-lost brother—even after it becomes clear that Lorenzo’s story is as fake as a plastic Christmas tree. 

Then a body turns up among the elves in a Santa’s-workshop lawn display, and amateur sleuth Mia has a buffet of suspects to choose from. Amid the holiday celebrations, she intends to find out who’s the guilty party . . . 

Italian recipes included!

About Maria DiRico

Maria DiRico is the pseudonym for Ellen Byron, author of the award winning, USA Today bestselling Cajun Country Mysteries. Born in Queens, New York, she is first-generation Italian-American on her mother's side and the granddaughter of a low-level Jewish mobster on her father's side. She grew up visiting the Astoria Manor and Grand Bay Marina catering halls, which were run by her Italian mother's family in Queens and have become the inspiration for her Catering Hall Mystery Series. DiRico has been a writer-producer for hit television series like Wings and Just Shoot Me, and her first play, Graceland, appears in the Best Short Plays collection. She's a freelance journalist, with over 200 articles published in national magazines, and previously worked as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart, a credit she never tires of sharing. A native New Yorker who attended Tulane University, Ellen lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and two rescue dogs.

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  1. I found my way here from Debbie Dabble's blog. I love mystery books and just read the 11th book in the series of my most favourite series.

    1. Oh great. I have another blog.
      My Reading Journeys it's all about books. What series are you reading?


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