Calling all Cooks



I include recipes in most of my series. I like to include a sampling of both recipes I have developed over the years as well as recipes contributed by readers. Two years ago I took some of the recipes and created this cozy cookbook which also includes graphics and a short story, and I am toying with creating another one if I can find the time.

If you like to cook I have two opportunities for you. First of all I have a Facebook group which is really a recipe exchange. Here is the link if you want to share recipes, either original or those you found online or in a cookbook, with other readers: I do not print recipes shared on this page, as it is for the enjoyment of group members only.

I also accept submissions of original recipes from readers for consideration in self published books. The recipes must be original recipes or recipes modified from a printed recipe to the point that it becomes original. If your recipe is chosen you receive a signed copy of the book, your name in the acknowledgements section of the book, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card. It’s a fun and easy way to see your name in print. Simply email me at The recipe should be typed out on a Word document with standard font (New Times Roman or similar.) If you have questions about format just email me.


I’m including a fun fall recipe from the cookbook for you to try and enjoy.

Pumpkin Patch Muffins


3 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

1 16 oz. can pumpkin (2 cups)

½ cup water

3½ cups flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 tbs. cinnamon

1 tsp. ginger

1 tsp. ground nutmeg

½ tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. all spice

4 cups walnuts, chopped


Combine sugar, oil, and eggs. Add pumpkin and water and mix well.


Combine dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture. Add nuts.


Spoon into greased cupcake pans (or use papers). Bake at 350 degrees for 28–30 minutes.


Cream Cheese Frosting (optional):

¾ cup of butter, softened

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

3 cups powdered sugar


Whip all ingredients together and spread on to cooled muffins.


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76 thoughts on “Calling all Cooks

  1. I really like when an author compiles the recipes from their books into a cookbook. It makes it much easier to find a recipe than trying to look through the books looking for a certain recipe.

  2. Sandy Todd says:

    I need to order this Kathi! It would make a great Christmas present for my daughter.
    Oooh…Pumpkin muffins…love the smell while they’re baking!

  3. Oh wow, those pumpkin muffins have to be SO good! Thanks for the recipe and the link to the facebook recipe group. I feel like I’ve just found a secret treasure map! *LOL* 🙂 Joining today. I love cookbooks almost as much as Cozy Mysteries!

  4. Vicki Highley says:

    Love your books and the recipes with them. I really like that when a book mentions a dish, there is a good chance I can find the recipe at the back of the book. In fact, I will write the recipe name and the book it is in, in a notebook I keep in with my cookbooks.

  5. Linda Herold says:

    To be totally honest, I like reading your books but I am not a baker or even a cook! I didn’t get that gene!!

  6. Vee says:

    Nooooo! I love summer and don’t want it to end! Guess I’ll have to make some Pumpkin Patch Muffins to ease myself into the fall season…Thanks for sharing the recipe, Kathi!

  7. robeader says:

    One of the reason’s I love reading your books and following your blog and newsletter is the recipes you include. Also your generosity of including contributor’s recipes is great. Thanks for the delicious pumpkin muffin recipe.

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