Authors in the Kitchen: Susan Santangelo

Susan and I actually met a several years ago and have recently re-connected (on line, of course, which is how it's done nowadays). Susan is the author of the Baby Boomer Mysteries and shares a favorite recipe with us today.

Susan Santangelo, Dennis author, Retirement Can Be Murder

Thanks so much for inviting me to guest blog today, Rosie. Since this is a food-related blog, I had to think long and hard about what recipe from my Baby Boomer mystery series to use. All four published books (Retirement Can Be Murder, Moving Can Be Murder, Marriage Can Be Murder, and Class Reunions Can Be Murder) have at least one recipe in them, as will the soon-to-be-released Funerals Can Be Murder. Then I realized there was only one recipe I could use because it’s the only recipe I’ve actually made. (The recipes in the other books have either been provided by readers or by a professional chef, Paulette DiAngi. All of them receive full credit in the books, so I’m not cheating!)

You see, like my protagonist, Carol Andrews, I’m tired of cooking. Which is truly unfortunate because since my husband’s retirement a few years ago, I seem to be called upon to do more of it. You know that old saying, “Marriage is for better, for worse, but not for lunch?” Well, wait 'till you have a retired husband and see how you deal with it. So, here’s the two-ingredient recipe I used for a plot device in Book 1. It’s so easy that even I don’t mind making it. Enjoy!

 Ice Cream Bread 


1 pint (2 cups) ice cream,  softened. (Flavor: your choice)

1 ½ cups self-rising flour.

Stir together ice cream  and flour just enough so that flour is thoroughly moistened. Spoon  batter into a greased  and floured 8x4 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center of bread  comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

This two-ingredient bread  is great any time of day. It can be served as a dessert topped with whipped cream  and chocolate or other flavored sauce, or toasted  and used as a side dish to a meal.


Susan Santangelo is the author of the best-selling Baby Boomer mysteries, a series of humorous cover Retirement CBMcozy mysteries which follows the adventures of a typical boomer couple as they navigate their way along life’s rocky highway toward their twilight years. An early member of the Baby Boomer generation, Susan Santangelo has been a feature writer, drama critic and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the New York metropolitan area, including a stint at Cosmopolitan magazine. A seasoned public relations and marketing professional, she has designed and managed not-for-profit events and programs for over 25 years, and was principal of her own public relations firm, Events Unlimited, in Princeton NJ for ten years. She also served as Director of Special Events and Volunteers for Carnegie Hall during the Hall's 1990-1991 Centennial season. Susan divides her time between Cape Cod MA and the Connecticut shoreline. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Cape Cod Writers Center, and also reviews mysteries for Suspense magazine. She shares her life with her husband Joe and one very spoiled English cocker spaniel, Boomer, who also serves as the model for the books’ covers. A portion of the sales from the Baby Boomer Mysteries is donated to the Breast Cancer Survival Center, a non-profit organization based in Connecticut which Susan founded in 1999 after being diagnosed with cancer herself.

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