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    The Mossback Cafe Cookbook: the Best Little Fictional Cafe in Texas

    The best little fictional cafe in Texas now has a cookbook! The Mossback Cafe is a prominent setting  in all of Thomas Fenske’s Traces of Treasure series. It first appeared in the pages of THE FEVER, when fictional cafe owner Smidgeon Toll proudly delivered a serving of Huevos Rancheros Especial to Sam, the book’s hero. The description of the dish’s spicy goodness spurred numerous readers to ask the author, “Is that a real dish?”Now you can find out for yourself — this recipe joins several others mentioned in the novels as Smidgeon steps out of the fictional pages to share them with you. You will love her quirky, homespun wisdom and down-to-earth country cafe cooking as she gives insight into what has made The Mossback a unique and delightful locale in the world of fictional eateries. Smidgeon introduces readers to her excellent biscuits and the cafe’s locally famous chili. She also provides details about their fork-tender barbecue. Other favorites include “That BLT” (with its full-sized heap of bacon), the “Double Trouble Dog” (refried beans and guacamole on a hot dog?), and everybody’s favorite, the “Best-Danged Buttermilk Pie” you’ve ever tasted. As a bonus, she shares her famous potato salad secret, and she might even include a trade secret or two!