By Ruby Johnson
If your character lives on the coast, a seafood dinner or an oyster roast may be common, but maybe he/she hates or is allergic to seafood. If they live in a small town in the south, they might eat barbecue, corn on the cob, or fried chicken, but suppose your character is vegetarian. Ethnic groups eat different dishes, so you could tell something from this fact. Perhaps they have a "sweet tooth" and frequent donut shops or bakeries for other sweet treats. Many cozy mysteries are centered around a food business from donuts to ice cream.What your character eats can tell something about them or their area of the country and where they spent their childhood. The character in my WIP would like the following recipe for lunch. Can you guess where she is located?
Blue Plate Special-Chicken Salad
This is a great chicken salad and takes so little time to prepare. It's good with or without the curry.
2 c. chicken, cut in pieces- I use rotisserie chicken
1 c. finely cut celery
1 c. seedless grapes or
1 c. pineapple chunks or
1 c. mango cut into bite size pieces
1/2 c. pecans
3/4 c. mayonnaise (fat-free or regular)
1/3 c. sour cream (low fat or regular)
2 Tbs.lemon juice
2 Tbs. sugar or splenda
1 tsp. curry powder (optional, but very good)
salt to taste